Not going to lie. Despite my affection for SJK, I had zero intention of watching Penny-Pinching Romance because the description of Han Ye-seul’s character brought on a major case of eye rollage:
Hong-Sil (Han Ye-Seul) is a bit of an oddity. She doesn’t have any friends and lives her life extremely frugally to save money. (Why can’t she just get a real job?) She’ll rummage through abandoned homes, looking for items to resell for a profit. (She’d probably earn more money selling Bae Yong-jun’s garbage to his obasan fans in Japan.) She also collects glass bottles for recycling and takes a handful of sugar packs from coffee shops whenever she buys coffee. Hong-Sil also lives in the same low income area as Ji-Woong and her rooftop apartment is directly adjacent to Ji-Woong’s. (via AsianCinematic)
Han Ye-seul as a North Korean spy or a bitchy heiress, I can believe. I will even allow a stretch of the imagination and picture her as a rocket scientist. But HYS as a bag lady who doesn’t have any game or experience with men when she looks like this?
I will accept it if you tell me that all the men in the movie are blind. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Korea, why are the women in your dramas and movies working a dead-end job 98% of the time? It’s like there are only two occupations for women: maid/dogsbody/plucky heroine or heiress/princess/bitch.
And then I came across the movie recap over at Kaede Jun’s site and discovered this tasty little titbit: SJK plays a horndog who masturbates and watches porn a lot. So basically a 21st century version of Gu Yong-ha, then?
This I had to see for myself, especially since this is the image that comes to mind whenever I think of him:
Joong-ki baby, I think you should put that salami away. It’s scaring all the kids in the audience XDDDDD (more…)