At Best, A Trite Melodrama With Action Ranging From Dull To More Dull, This Film Has Not Been Constructed For Any Specific Genre.
11 June 2012
This Korean-made film, overlong for its lifeless content, has also been translated into English as "Love On A Rainy Day" but, under any name, it is well below a satisfactory standard as entertainment, principally due to disjointed script pages. The lightweight, yet dour, piece begins with Beom-su (called "Francis" in English), played by Kim Ho-Jin, a college sophomore from a socially prominent family, ineptly courting Paeng Young-mi (called "Amy"), performed by Shin Eun-Kyung, these two sharing a class. Amy agrees to marry sad sack Francis, probably to end his dreary brooding over unrequited love. At this point, the film tries hard to be a sex comedy, although scriptor Yeong-mi Han is not able to construct an interesting character for either leading role. Since both Francis and Amy wish to have a child, the latter's failure to become pregnant after three months of marriage is viewed by them as being disastrous, a typical extension of a script that wants for wit. After Francis is told by a doctor that his sperm count is deficient, it is assumed that further attempts to impregnate Amy will be fruitless. With no parental possibilities in store for the pair, he becomes increasingly morose without giving his wife a reason. However, Amy then announces that she is, indeed, expecting, and although Francis desires a child, he naturally does not wish for its father to be hidden among his friends and acquaintances, as we view him imagining during a series of fantasy episodes. A lugubrious Francis insists that his spouse have an abortion, and a bewildered Amy grudgingly agrees, but after Francis is told that his sperm count test was read incorrectly by a half-witted doctor, he speeds (on foot) to prevent the abortion. Will he be in time?...and if he is, what can the couple expect for prospects of happiness together? There is little here for supporting a positive recommendation to a viewer, as the film's intended comedic scenes are heavy-handed, all apiece as might be predictable. Shin Eun-Kyung has earned many plaudits throughout her career, but in this instance is defeated by the script of an uninvolving production. A Winson Entertainment DVD release, the movie lasts only 83 minutes, yet seems overlong. It is displayed in full screen format. Subtitles are included for the disc in both traditional and simplified Chinese, as well as risibly off-centered English.
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