Mysterious time-traveling dramas seem to be all the rage these days on cable TV. Chicago Typewriter just started this past weekend and I literally started this drama because of the cast and the production value of the drama. I had no idea what the drama was about but already I’m intrigued.
Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy marries girl. Boy grows tired of her nagging. Boy hires the Casanova next door to seduce girl so he’ll be granted a divorce. In a nutshell, that’s the silly premise behind All About My Wife.
Doo Hyun (Lee Sun Kyun) is a timid man who is too afraid to ask for a divorce from his nagging wife, Jung In (Im Soo Jung). To others, she’s the perfect wife.
Behind closed doors, the two have lost that spark and romance that thrilled them in the beginning of their relationship. Doo Hyun asks the womanizer next door, Sung Gi (Ryu Seung Ryong), to seduce his wife in order to concoct the “perfect breakup” scenario.
I had to go back and re-watch this movie as it has been several months since I first saw it in the theaters. However, I couldn’t resist not writing about it because I simply adore romantic comedies. At film school, a lot of the boys would scoff at romantic comedies as mere chick films and the fact is they don’t get much love at the Oscars (except Sense and Sensibility). Still, writers of romance, like Jane Austen, pay careful attention to nuance of gestures or particular selection of words that make a grand difference between, “You can tell me anything,” to “Surely you and I are beyond speaking when words are clearly not enough.” (from Mansfield Park) It takes an extremely talented actor to be able to deliver such a line or give a shy glance and make it convincing.
Finding Kim Jong Wook stars Gong Yoo and Im Soo Jung. I immediately liked this pairing. Knowing they are friends in real life, I had no fears about their chemistry. The movie was originally a musical by playwright Jang Yoo Jeong. She made the move to director in order to bring the story from stage to the big screen.