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My Dear Enemy (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Jeon Do Yeon (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | Lee Yoon Ki (Director)
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After unleashing a whirlwind of international acclaim with her unforgettable performance in Secret Sunshine, award-winning actress Jeon Do Yeon makes a silver-screen comeback with the romantic comedy My Dear Enemy. In what is expected to be her last film before heading into motherhood, Jeon teams up with one of Chungmuro's most in-demand actors Ha Jung Woo (The Chaser). After Ad Lib Night, award-winning director Lee Yoon Ki again adapts a Azuko Taira novel to deliver a lighthearted romp about a desperate unemployed woman whose quest to reclaim money from her ex-lover turns into a whirlwind day of memory trips and significant trivialities.

Unemployed, single, and thoroughly miserable, Hee Soo (Jeon Do Yeon) sets out to recover the money her ex-boyfriend Byoung Woon (Ha Jung Woo) still owes her. Byoung Woon, it turns out, is equally broke, but a good deal more optimistic about his romantic and financial prospects. Hee Soo ends up spending the entire day bickering up a storm, and following him from one place to another as he tries to borrow money from other women.

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Product Title: My Dear Enemy (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 最熟悉的陌生人 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 最熟悉的陌生人 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) 素晴らしい一日(DVD) (台湾版) 멋진 하루
Artist Name(s): Jeon Do Yeon (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo (Actor) 全 度妍 (Actor) | 河政佑 (Actor) 全 度妍 (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo (Actor) チョン・ドヨン (Actor) | ハ・ジョンウ (Actor) 전 도연 (Actor) | 하정우 (Actor)
Director: Lee Yoon Ki 李胤基 李胤基 イ・ユンギ 이윤기
Release Date: 2011-04-23
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 124 (mins)
Publisher: Catchplay
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024208471

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導演:李胤基

這是風和日麗的一天,年屆三十還是工作無着落的單身熟女喜秀(全度妍 飾)忽然想起前男友秉雲(河正佑 飾)欠她的一筆舊債。她無預警地殺入秉雲流連的馬場,預告了這轟轟烈烈的一天,秉雲喜出望外,帶著舊女友四處借錢︰從職場女強人、酒店小姐、一路借到單親媽媽…等,全都是曾跟他有過關係的女人,而且愈窮就對秉雲愈慷慨。一天下來,喜秀的愁雲慘霧驅散了,意外地,她發現一個自己不曾認識的秉雲,他們兩人是否有機會重燃愛火呢?
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Professional Review of "My Dear Enemy (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

December 3, 2009

This professional review refers to My Dear Enemy (DVD) (Korea Version)
My Dear Enemy marks a turning point of sorts for its three central figures: Jeon Do-Yeon takes on her first role since her award-winning performance in the emotionally devastating Secret Sunshine; Ha Jeong-Woo appears fresh from his own star-making role as the fearsome serial killer in the surprise blockbuster The Chaser; and director Lee Yoon-ki is tackling his most ambitious production yet after the low key made-for-TV film Ad-Lib Night. With its breezy tone and relatively light story, My Dear Enemy may not seem like an ideal follow-up to the previous successes from Lee's actors. However, it's these three central figures coming together that make the film a textbook example of how to do this type of story right.

My Dear Enemy marks the the first time that Lee is directing someone else's script (by Park Eun-Young, who co-wrote Maundy Thusday), but the script is also happens to be based on a short story by Azuko Taira, who also wrote the original short story Ad-Lib Night was based on. With that in mind, it's no surprise that Lee takes a similar low-key approach in directing a conflict-filled setup set in a compressed time period.

One morning, Hee-Su (Jeon) suddenly shows up at the racetrack looking for ex-boyfriend Byung-Woon (Ha) and the 3.5 million won (roughly USD$3,500, according to the subtitles) that he borrowed from her over a year ago. Also stuck in a financial slump, Byung-Woon doesn't have the money, but he's sure that he can gather enough if he gets bits of it from his female friends. As a result, Hee-Su is forced to drive him around town over the course of a day, trying to get enough money from enough people to cover the debt. Along the way, Byung-Woon slowly cracks the cold surface of Hee-Su, and she begins to see her lifelong optimist ex-boyfriend's real situation.

This urban road movie may sound too episodic to fully carry its two-hour running time. However, Lee and writer Park keep the focus on the initially antagonistic relationship of the two. While the episodes involving the friends can range from comedic (a restaurant scene with the husband of Byung-Woon's ex-girlfriend is a master class in comedic awkwardness) to flat-out main-spirited, each helps to enhance Hee-Su and Byung-Woon's characters, as well as the development of these scorned lovers' re-acquaintance. The film is far from being a laugh-out-loud comedy, but the snappy dialogue between the characters and the fluidity of the script, which rarely feels like it's simply going through a motions, very much match Kim Hyung-Ju's breezy jazz score.

Despite the challenge of having to shoot at a different location for almost every scene, Lee handles the visual aspect of the film with assurance. Except for a somewhat showy long take at the opening, Lee's style never calls attention to itself. He opts for a somewhat flat gray visual palette, putting the true focus on his two central characters and their interactions without resorting to flashy directorial touches that a less confident director might use. My Dear Enemy takes a steadier approach than the hand-held style for Ad-Lib Night, but it still takes a restrained, life-like approach to potentially emotional situations. This keeps the two protagonists' relationship grounded in reality and makes their typically sitcom situation easier to place in real life.

However, Lee's main actors show the most impressive amount of restraint. Both Jeon and Ha undergo major transformations in their demeanors that make them virtually unrecognizable from their previous roles. After spending most of Secret Sunshine in draining emotional outbursts, Jeon shows how to reveal an entire character through a lack of emotions by spending the entire film repressing them. Even though it's nowhere near as showy as her previous roles, Jeon continues to prove why she is simply one of the best actresses in Asia with this masterful display of subtlety.

Meanwhile, female fans should be happy to know that Ha does successfully shed his scary serial killer image from The Chaser, exuding a boyish, immature charm as Byung-Woon. Like Hee-Su, he's also hiding an entire character behind his façade. But, while Hee-Su hides herself behind a stone face, Byung-Woon hides himself with a joker-like extrovert personality. My Dear Enemy may be an exposition-filled road film on the surface, but it's also very much about what these characters don't reveal and the emotions they don't show.

In retrospect, nothing much really happens in My Dear Enemy; the characters don't undergo any great changes, and there isn't really anything in the way of an emotional climax. Many of the revelations are merely hinted along the way, and many of the realizations only occur inside the characters' minds. My Dear Enemy may sound like a surprisingly cerebral experience for an odd-couple road movie, but it's ultimately the subtle understanding and emotions the characters discover along the way that makes this seemingly pleasant and easily forgettable experience a surprisingly emotionally resonant one as well.

By Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "My Dear Enemy (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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January 23, 2009

This customer review refers to My Dear Enemy (DVD) (Korea Version)
An enthralling slice of life Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"My Dear Enemy" runs for slightly more than two hours, has no action, no romance, and few laughs, yet I was thoroughly enchanted by it. Byoung Woon (Ha Jung Woo) owes his ex-girlfriend money. Over a year has passed since Hee Soo (Jeon Do Yeon) grew tired of Byoung Woon's irresponsible dreaminess and dumped him, but she hasn't received a penny of all that money she is owed. Things aren't going well for Hee Soo. She recently has lost her job and broken off an engagement to another man. She decides to drop in on Byoung Woon and demand repayment of the money she's owed.

She finds Byoung Woon hanging with friends at an off-track betting parlor, yet Byoung Woon claims to have no money. Hee Soo shows Byoung Woon the IOU he had written her for the loaned money. Hee Soo not only has kept the IOU; she has kept it encased in plastic. It appears that Hee Soo has similarly encased all her past grudges and now is crushed by their cumulative weight. Byoung Woon is Hee Soo's polar opposite. While entrenched in similarly unfortunate circumstances (he lost his job, has been married and divorced in the past year, and now lives a homeless existence), nothing seems to get Byoung Woon down. He delights in chatting up women (and they delight in being chatted up by him) and he continues to spin out dreamy plans, now contemplating opening a rice wine bar in Spain, of all places.

"My Dear Enemy" unfolds as a "day in the life" movie, as we follow Byoung Woon and Hee Soo around town and see Byoung Woon asking everyone he knows for a loan with which he can repay Hee Soo. Amazingly, everyone is happy to give him whatever money they can spare. Through these events, it begins to dawn on the viewer (and on Hee Soo) what makes Byoung Woon so beloved by all those from whom he is sponging his existence.

Director Lee Yoon Ki sets the perfect darkly comic tone throughout this film; he has created a seamless small gem of a movie. Ha Jung Woo is an irresistible, larger-than-life force as Byoung Woon. And my favorite actress Jeon Do Yeon works a subtle magic as we see her icy, troubled character slowly begin to thaw. I loved "My Dear Enemy"!
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