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Sunday, November 21, 2010

그 남자의 책 198쪽 / Keu Namjaui Chak 198Jjeuk

Heartbreak Library


who is she?




2008 Korean movie that stars Lee Dong wook as Jun oh and Eugene as Cho Eun su.

She is a librarian who catches the culprit who has been ripping out page 198 of most every book in the library.



Jun oh is a tall, quiet man who is trying without success to find the answer to a riddle his late girlfriend, who loved to read and checked out more than 400 books at that, particular library, left him: Look on p. 198

He seems a bit surprised to know that he could have just copied page 198 from all of the books he had thus far searched for the answer, and soon Eun su is helping Jun oh in his quest for the answer.



Jun oh is quiet as well as wealthy and a learned Sushi chef with his own restaurant.

Eun su is brash and hardened by a recent break-up, so at first it doesn't seem as if the two will strike up a romantic relationship, but the story was so well-written that one could not help but want to root for them just the same.

After Eun su hears Jun oh's story, she begins to settle down a bit while also struggling to maintain a sense of decorum about her past as much as about her seemingly budding feelings for Jun oh.



Jun oh didn't realize it right away, but he did, eventually accept the fact that what happened was an accident, and that he needed to move on while also remembering to thank the helpful Eun su for all her help.

The acting was marvelous and the story flowed without interruption or too, many flashbacks to add to the confusion that sometimes can occur in movies of this caliber.

Heartbreak Library received only three-flower bouquets from me because while I thoroughly enjoyed the story and thought that the acting was superb, it left some reservations in my heart about the eventual outcome - but since I'm not one to spoil things for others, I'll leave it up to you to decide what you think about this, particular movie.


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