Whoa! I just got some info from Pinoyexchange that “My Sassy Girl” (starring Jeon Ji Hyun and Cha Tae Hyun) will be shown in the Philippines dubbed in Tagalog. This is one of my most favorite Korean films and one of the many movies I’ve seen lots of times. I discover something new each time I see it so I haven’t gotten tired of it.
It was in early 2002 when I first chanced upon this movie on the cable channel Star Movies Mandarin. It was dubbed in Korean and subtitled in Chinese but I knew when I saw Jeon Ji Hyun that it was the “My Sassy Girl” movie that was the second most popular film in Korea in 2001, after Jang Dong Gun’s “Friend” (chin-gu). Not being able to read Chinese nor understand Korean didn’t stop me from watching it. A few weeks later, I decided to get an English subtitled copy at Mei-Ah VCD Shop in Chinatown (Manila).
I have the director’s cut video which was more than two hours long. When I got here in Korea, I bought the Korean version and watched it too without subtitles. This is one movie that I always suggest to people who’d like to get acquainted with Hallyu.
The rights to the US remake of the movie was bought by Dreamworks SKG and it has been scheduled for showing in 2006 as early as last year. So far, there has been no announcement to who will complete the cast. Most “Sassy Girl” fans (including moi) are quite pessimistic over this remake. Incidentally, I’ve read that a Filipino movie shown last month was patterned after this Jeon Ji Hyun starrer.
A couple of months ago, we went to Jeongson in Gangwondo to eat “jokbal”. The owner of the restaurant gave us a tourist map of the area. We were surprised to learn that a number of popular movies were shot there. We were excited to find the “tree” in My Sassy Girl on the map. We decided that we would go there after a month or two but we haven’t been able to because of our busy schedule. Of course, we are not giving up the plan. We will try to go there this August and to other shooting locations in the area as well. I just wonder if the “tree” is still alive.