While on a book tour in Chicago, bestselling crime novelist Han Se Joo (Yoo Ah In) comes across an antique typewriter. Initially, the typewriter’s owner refuses to sell it to Se Joo when he expresses interest in it but upon discovering that it is possessed, the owner becomes spooked and sends it to Se Joo as a gift instead.
Jeon Seol (Im Soo Jung) is a book lover who holds a variety of occupations, including being a veterinarian and delivery person. She is Se Joo’s number one fan until she delivers the package containing the typewriter and meets him in person and uncovers his prickly persona. When Se Joo receives the typewriter, he becomes afflicted with writer’s block so much so that his agent recommends a ghostwriter. Yoo Jin Oh (Go Kyung Pyo) is a talented ghostwriter whose only conditions is that he will writer Se Joo’s next book only if they do not have to cross paths directly.
As the new book is being written, Se Joo begins having dreams about a group of independence fighters, which look like himself and Seol, in the Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930’s. He comes to realize that the people in his dreams have a connection with the present day.
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.