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Meotjin haru (My Dear Enemy) Reviews

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½ October 23, 2011
Not a romance,nor 'Korean', nor road, movie. Remarkable portrait of a "type" of guy: perceptive,kind,loving,engaged, everything a woman would love. BUT it is hopeless to love this "type." Jane Austen or George Eliot, would comprehend this movie better than the RT reviewers have, so far. I saw the movie at MOMA, and found it transfixing. I don't think anyone left during the movie, and most people stayed sitting all through the Korean credits at the end. It's an amazing character portrait.
October 23, 2011
This movie was so great. Definitely a must see!!!
October 23, 2011
A woman embarks on a road trip with her ex to get back the money he owes her. Beautiful movie and great cast...
August 3, 2010
great movie on why it's not enough just to be in love (as we know that from Suzanne Vega, as well)
½ May 13, 2010
Beautiful and sad and certainly a very realistic aspect of today's SK.
½ January 4, 2010
Para poli kalo ergo. Ypervolika aisiodoksi ayra apo ton protagonisti se mia apla omorfi tainia. Recommended
December 25, 2009
It is a Korean movie starring Jeon Do-Yeon and Ha Jung-Woo. The movie revolves around a man and woman who were dating at one point but broke up a year prior, and she suddenly appears demanding he pay back money he borrowed from her from back when they were dating. And for the rest of the movie, he goes around to various girls who he knows borrowing money so he can pay her back.

He comes across as somewhat of a doufus, acting on the spur of the moment, but somehow managing to keep up a wide range of relationships with women but not being able to maintain anything long term. She is depicted as being very pushy and judgmental. But we don't know anything about her motivations. Like why she decides to take a day to follow him around borrowing money from girls and occasionally feeling humiliated for their feeling sorry for her. You hear some statements, like him telling everyone that she is in a bad situation, but you don't know if he is being honest or not (and you get the idea that he is not always honest, even if he is well meaning) There are occasional asides as to problems (in the past year, he married then divorced. She broke off an engagement to someone who had lost his job.). And she mentions that all she wanted to do was yell at him, not necessarily get her money.

What it does well is complexity of characters. He comes off as a thoughtless doufus, but you get the impression that the affections and gratitude of various girls is something that had been earned by his being there in times of trouble. You admire her for being forthright and confronting him about his thoughtlessness, but you get the nagging feeling that she is only looking for someone to yell at and instead of seeing her as an advocate for the girls that he is getting money from by being slightly dishonest, you start thinking that she is envious of not having the experiences that led to their gratitude in her own relationship with him.

At the end, you see him connecting with another set of girls, talking about a plan of his that you are very unsure is for real. And you see her leaving, with an IOU that provides a means of reentering his life, and smiling at seeing his pattern of relationships continue.
½ November 29, 2009
Outstanding contemporary film which premiered in the U.S. at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
October 22, 2009
Amazing film. Nothing flashy or extreme, just a very solid story with perfect pacing. Great performances. Great characters. Extremely entertaining and enjoyable movie.
½ August 9, 2009
a korean interesting romantic comedy about a single and penniless woman who follow her ex around as she try to collect money that she has lend him, as he tried to coax women to advance him the money to pay her. nice cinematography and mood music.
½ August 8, 2009
SIFF 2009 - A slow-paced but never boring Korean dramedy that benefits from having a very charming leading man.
½ May 20, 2009
I applaud director Yoon-Ki Lee for continuing to stay true to his art and making films that stand out from the standard action and horror flicks coming out of Korea.
April 5, 2009
Interesting.... btw, i like Astrud Gilberto too~~~
½ April 4, 2009
Both the actress and the actor perform well.. very natural. Not a heavy movie but a light hearted one.
½ April 2, 2009
bitter sweet ,quite enjoyable ,Jung-woo Ha's character is great.
April 1, 2009
like a modern-day screwball comedy, but with a deeper issues. makes you laugh and makes you think ...
March 31, 2009
surprisingly delightful, humorous & ultimately touching movie of how two opposites can still find something together.
½ March 16, 2009
Buena película del género road-movie con una historia bastante sencilla y buenas actuaciones.
½ March 15, 2009
The most mainstream work by director Lee Yoon-ki so far while he managed to stay true to his signature. The mesmerizing performance by the couple made this seemingly simple movie works. Recommended!
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