My Sassy Girl – tagalized?

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.

My Sassy Girl poster
My Sassy Girl poster

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.


  1. good luck in finding that tree!

    here in manila we had quite a scandal regarding that theme song featured in MSGirl. apparently, someone had recorded a tagalog version of it for himself and was stunned to hear it o the radio few days later (dunno the exact details but i saw this feature on tv last nite). the story goes that someone else here in the phils has already gotten hold of the rights to the movie and also the theme song. just a bit of extra news- i actually heard this tagalized song few days ago at a badminton court. duh. the original is still the BEST.

  2. You’ve watched it also on Star Mandarin? Hehehe. I miss those days. Hindi pa uso chinovelas but I was flooded with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean movies on that channel. Hay. Sayang wala ng Star Mandarin sa Destiny Cable.

    Here’s some of my post regarding Sassy Girl.. Isa dyan yung sinabi ni Irene about sa copyright infringement ng isang Pinoy composer:

  3. hi! i was just searching through the net for the trailer of my sassy girl tagalized version and your blog appeared on the list, so i decided to visit this page and give a comment.

    like you, i’ve seen and watched the movie lots of times and i get to ‘learn’ and discover new things everytime i watch it. the funny thing is, im not really into those ‘chinovelas’ and ‘koreanovelas’ unlike most Filipinos (especially mom who’s very, very, very, veeeerrrryyy fond of such that she’s got this tons of vcds piled up in her room!), but i liked my sassy girl. summer of last year, my mom bugged me about watching my sassy girl but i kept on arguing that i wouldnt place myself into the level of people who are crazy for the chino and korean series and movies. but when i got bored one time, i decided to watch it. result? i loved it!! from then on, i’ve been watching korean movies and only a few of korean series.

    with the american version of my sassy girl, im also having doubts about the outcome of the movie. i think it wouldnt have the essence and the ‘feel’ i have witnessed with the korean version.

    i also hope you get to visit the ‘tree’! how i wish i can go to korea soon! i want to visit that tree too!!!! =)

  4. i think there’s something wrong with the page’s date. all of the comments appeared to be made on july 23, but today’s october 10 =)

  5. Hi, i also loved the story of MY SASSY GIRL and I’m so envious of you coz you’ve already watched the Directors cut. I’ve just watched the movie 5 times but i’ve already discovered a lot of unusual things in the movie. the movie really rocks, it’s my favorite. i hope one day that i would also see the tree, and if i’m lucky enough, i also hope to see JEON JI HYUN in person!!
    Long Live MY SASSY GIRL FANS!!!

  6. hi there.
    if ur wondering if the tree is still alive, well it’s still is. i went there a year ago. and i must say that there’s really something magical about that pine tree. i got pine cones as souvenirs by the way~~~ anyway, i hope you’ll see the tree as well. before, people there said that there were so many tourists looking for the tree. right after the movie was shown. but when i got there, i found myself alone haha…after all, the movies is old. but anyway. it was perhaps one of the best tour ive ever done. the train ride took me 4 hours but the experience was priceless…:)

  7. hi..been looking also a copy of the tagalized version of my sassy girl..pls email me if you know where i can buy it..thanks a lot…

  8. hi..been looking also a copy of the tagalized version of my sassy girl..pls email me if you know where i can buy it..thanks a lot…my

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