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Petty Romance (2010) May 8, 2011

Posted by ayasawada in Film.
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Petty Romance posterA lovely little film marked my participation in this year’s Terracotta Film Festival. Petty Romance (Ze-ze-han Ro-men-su) is a sweet, entertaining way to spend a couple of hours, brightened further by an imaginative blend of live-action and animation, and a sparkling performance from the two lead actors.

Lee Sun-Kyun and Choi Kan-Hee play Jeong Bae and Da Rim, an intellectual manhwa artist with no storytelling skills and a hopeless sex columnist with no experience of sex. Teaming up to win a $100,000 comic book prize, opposites eventually attract, but not before both learn a thing or two about what’s really important to each of them.

I’m a sucker for romantic comedies and Korean romcoms in particular (often the first thing I look for when I’m on an international flight ;) ). I’ve said it before: mainstream fare like this is so generic that more often than not you end up with banal crap. The recipe is almost too easy, so it’s refreshing when once every so often one gets it right.

Petty Romance benefits from imaginative direction, with Kim Joung-Hoon utilising Korea’s first-class animation studios to really bring Jeong and Da’s creations to life. But it really wins because of its fabulous lead actors (with history from a Korean drama series), whose wonderful chemistry left a big smile on my face.

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