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Office worker Soo Jin (Lee Soo Kyung), convenience store clerk Jung Hwan (Lee Min Ki), CEO Jae Hyuk (Lee Seon Gyun), and pop singer Ga Young (Eugene) are four very different people who are equally stressed out from their current lives. In need of a break, they all end up on the same tropical island as Christmas nears. Crossing paths in bumbling serendipity, these four young urbanites find that new and unexpected adventures await on the Romantic Island of Boracay.
|Product Title:||Romantic Island (DVD) (Japan Version) Romantic Island (DVD) (日本版) Romantic Island (DVD) (日本版) ロマンチック・アイランド Romantic Island (DVD) (Japan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Eugene (Yoo Jin) | Lee Min Ki | Lee Soo Kyung 柳真 | 李民基 | 李水京 柳真 | 李民基 | 李水京 ユジン（S.E.S） | イ・ミンギ | イ・スギョン | イ・ソギュン 유진 (S.E.S) | 이민기 | 이수경|
|Director:||Kang Cheol Woo 姜 哲宇 姜 哲宇 Kang Cheol Woo 강 철우|
|Publisher Product Code:||OPSD-S924|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1022221682|
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It's really not hard to see the rationale for making Romantic Island with the premise offering gorgeous, sun-drenched tropical scenery, an eye-candy cast, and plenty of laughter and love - the perfect escapist remedy for the winter blues or financial woes. Certainly, director Kang Chul Woo, here marking his debut after serving as an assistant on light-hearted fare such as My Boss, My Teacher and My Boyfriend is Type B, makes the very most of the setup, and delivers exactly according to plan, making the film a truly amiable viewing experience, despite hitting the odd off-key note.
The film follows focuses on 4 young people who are all heading for the island of Boracay in the Philippines for one reason or another - Soo Jin, a ditzy office worker looking for escape (Lee Soo Kyung, Rainbow Eyes), convenience store worker and backpacking slacker Jung Hwan (Lee Min Ki, A Day for an Affair), rich company executive Jae Hyuk, coming to pay his respects to his estranged dead father (Lee Seon Gyun, Our Town), and pop singer Ga Young (Eugene, Unstoppable Marriage), who is on the run from her controlling management. Soon enough they have paired off into mismatched couples, with Jae Hyuk hiring Soo Jin to be his guide and Jung Hwan taking care of spoiled princess Ga Young. Needless to say, romance is soon blossoming for all concerned, although there are a number of obstacles to overcome first. At the same time, somewhat less cheerful events are unfolding as a terminally ill man (played by Lee Moon Sik, Public Enemy) plots to kill himself while on holiday with his unsuspecting wife (Lee Il Hwa, Iljimae) in order to claim an insurance payment.
Aside from the last sentence of the above synopsis, it should be pretty clear that Romantic Island is pure, unadulterated wish-fulfilment fluff. This it certainly is, though in the best possible sense, with director Kang managing to keep things light, breezy and above all, fun, distracting from the overall sense of inevitability and the long string of contrivances which make up the plot. Of course, a film such as this without comic misunderstandings, melodramatic twists and sentimental outpourings would be rather dull and pointless, and here such cliches are handled with a deft enough touch to make for pleasant and comfortable rather than over-familiar viewing. To an extent this is due to the fact that the four central characters are a very likeable bunch, and though none of their problems or worries is even remotely life-threatening, it's hard not to get caught up in their petty concerns and trivialities. Indeed, Kang seems only too aware of the fact that their motivations and tales are slight, and wisely makes sure that the film remains gently amusing throughout, never taking itself seriously. As a result, its various romances all work very well, and the film is actually quite moving towards the end, albeit not in particularly challenging fashion.
Against this background of tender love and low-key comedy japery, the subplot regarding the terminally ill man seems even more bizarre. Although his plight is genuine and his motivation for wanting the insurance money to leave for his family is sympathetically handled, Kang oddly enough plays his various failed suicide attempts for slapstick humour - for example with a drowning that flounders when the water proves to be too shallow, and a bathtub electrocution thwarted by a wire being too short. After he eventually hires an assassin to kill him on the island, who just happens to be an angel wings-wearing little boy, things get even more oddball, as the kid receives not only his picture, but those of the male leads, leading to a truly wacky final act in which one of them looks set to be murdered on the beach as the clock counts down for New Year. To be fair, all of this is actually quite amusing, in suitably bleak fashion, and does come together with a predictably fuzzy message towards the end. However, many of the resulting laughs may well be uncomfortable for viewers expecting something a little more conventionally warm-hearted.
The film's ace is quite obviously the lovely scenery, with beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches and plenty of local colour giving it the feel of a glossy holiday video. Indeed, the cast seem to spend a fair amount of the running time partaking in such challenging activities as scuba diving, frolicking in the surf and taking romantic walks to visit picturesque tourist spots. As a bonus, and not a small one, the cast all look good in swimwear, especially the gorgeous Eugene. Kang makes it all seem as appealing as possible, which only adds to the overall atmosphere of fun.
As a result, although undeniably slight, Romantic Island is a charming film with an infectious smile that works perfectly as a piece of fantasy entertainment. Hugely enjoyable and as light as a feather, it should be enjoyed not only by fans of romantic comedies, but even by those cynical souls who usually wouldn't go near such frothy fare.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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April 20, 2009
This customer review refers to Romantic Island (DVD) (Korea Version)
Although Korean rom-coms are aplenty, here you have a very lively, luxuriously filmed and a crowd warming romance. Plenty of lovely Philippines and Boracay island scenery, too, and with likable characters including that really nice gal Yu Jin, you’re in for a pleasant late night treat here. It’s charming, funny, and of course romantic, as you’d expect, all in a good way.
About six characters with personal problems all decide (for various reasons) to jet off to the Philippines. Pop star Ga Young (Yu Jin) due to maddening concert and recording schedules, quickly blows a raspberry to it all and grabs a flight ticket! Soo Jin (Soo Kyung Lee) makes a getaway to escape her un-appreciative boss, parents and brother. Jae Hyuk (Seon Gyun Lee) relating to his estranged father and job-on-the-line problems and Jung Hwan (Min Ki Lee) for his job improvement woes and being dumped by his girlfriend. There’s also actor Moon-sik Lee (brilliant in “Fly Daddy Fly”) whose character tragically needs a brain operation but never tells his lady friend (Il-hwa Lee), and due to impossible loan re-payments for the operation decides to go to the Philippines to end it there. Trouble is his suicide attempts go fortunately wrong.
The cast are good and I really liked the pairings. Soo Jin is extremely sunny with a happy go lucky spirit and a great tonic for more serious and moody Jae Hyuk. Yu Jin and Min Ki are the young ones favorites here and their developing romance is funny, charming and cute. Plenty of goofy parts, like Jung Hwan getting his money swiped out of his hands by a passing scooter biker and romantic bits where both shout out into the sea their silly foibles and weaknesses.
An excellent tonic to while away a summer night (or any season), and maybe even a prompt to visit the Philippines in the bargain. Certainly the cast and crew were having a ball looking at the Making Of, and with such luxury settings who can blame them. Five stars cause it’s a good spirit lifter (especially in these credit crunch times) and the cast show a good healthy vibe by the fantastic setting they worked in. These guys certainly pulled out nice long straws when cast for this movie! Especially Min Ki who gets to go with Yu Jin to the Philippines! Bonus stuff is a short making of, two trailers and a MV, but the film is a keeper as there is such fantastic scenery to enjoy. Go on, let your sofa fly to the Philippines and settle back and enjoy this great DVD romance.