A chance meeting with a totally drunk girl on a train changes the life of a 24 year boy and forms the story of the 2001 Korean hit “My Sassy Girl” (MSG). MSG is about a care-free boy who after a evening out with friends sees a totally drunk girl in the train. The girl vomits on a fellow passenger and passes out but just before calling the boy “honey”. The other passenger think he is her boyfriend and make him take care of her.
This event starts when he starts taking care of her and she enjoying total control over him making him do things he would not do normally. She shouts at him, she slaps him, she hits him, she feeds him and she makes him feel good.
The film is divided into first, second and extra time like a football match. The first half is funny, the second is amusing and the extra time is a perfectly executed climax.
MSG is based on series of true stories posted by Ho-Sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend and therefore the movie looks like small incidents about two lead characters and yet they the best aspect of the movie is the story-telling. The story focuses on two characters for most part of the almost two and half hour movie and yet it does not drag or slow downs.
The transition from a funny to a serious tone is quite smooth. Except the hero, nobody in the movie has a name. They are called by the relation name for most of the film. Even the girl does not have a name in the movie and that’s quite a fascinating aspect because you do not realize it until some one points it to you.
As mentioned, the movie is based on stories posted on the Internet and the scenes are episodic. One scene does not carry forward to the next scene. There is a definite start and end to the scene. It doesn’t mean that the story is directionless. Just that it jumps from one episode to another and that increases the repeat value of the movie. After the first time, you can start any where and watch one scene and then switch back to the start and so on.
I say that because there are some wonderful scenes in the movie. The first meet, the fictional stories the “girl” writes and their bizarre endings, the time when the boy goes to jail, most of the climax (extra time) and the best of all ‘the 10 rules of being with the girl’.
The movie is written and directed by Jae-young Kwak and is generally ok. The lead actors played by Tae-hyun Cha and Gianna Jun are the two main strength of the movie along with the wonderful story.
MSG was the first Korean movie I saw by chance. This movie introduced me to Korean cinema. I searched and found many good movies like “Memories of a Murder”, “The Host” and even an offbeat film like “Barking dogs never bite”
MSG is kind of a film which is really feel-good. Its a film which I watch when I feel down. So if you like good movies which make you feel good too, then MSG is the film.