Heartbreak Library

Heartbreak Library (2008)

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One day, Eun-Soo, a librarian, sees Jun-Oh tearing off a certain page of several books and accuses him of vandalism. Soon, she discovers that there's a complex story behind his actions.
It occurs that Jun-Oh's girlfriend, who was a bibliophile and checked out books regularly at the library, had suddenly left him with only a mysterious note that says "Look up page 198". Because of the strange note, Jun-Oh goes to the read moresame library and tears out page 198 from every book he comes in touch.
Seeing Jun-Oh's despair for not knowing why the woman he loved had left him, Eun-Soo starts to help him find the hidden message on page 198.

  • Native title:

    그 남자의 책 198쪽
  • Also Known as:

    Keu Namjaui Chak 198Jjeuk

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IndubitableInk
15 people found this review helpful
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Mar 15, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Very few movies can stir my emotions almost to the point of tears. This is one of them. It charmed me from the start and left me feeling that I had spent two hours very well.

The story is elegant and touching, and while some might say it is slow, I think it is well paced: it shows a window of time, a week or so, in the main characters' lives, and read more that is reflected in the progression of the movie.

Though by no means a sad movie, it has many poignant moments, and is, I feel, the better for them. Through the tragedies and heartache, you experience the depths of the characters' emotions, you glimpse the reasons behind their subtle reactions and realize what impels them.

The leads are natural and unaffected, their emotions and expression genuine. Hesitant smiles, miffed expressions, anguish, slow tears, pensive frowns, playful smirks, gentle laughter — they do not feel acted but instinctive and sincere.

The music is perfect for the movie in tone, pace, and content. Indeed, it is one of the first things I liked about the movie. It beautifully captures the emotions within the movie, translating them in the exquisite way that only classical instruments can. Stringed instruments, particularly the violin and the piano, both which convey an extraordinary range of emotion, are used to great effect.

The movie does not try to explain or justify itself, preferring to let the story work its own magic. Consequently, there are a few loose ends, but that only lends to its charm. Real life always has loose ends, it never ties up neatly, and there is never a dramatic 'The End' splashed across an end screen while happy music plays quietly in the background. Life flows on, a million stories running concurrently. This movie reflects that: its ending is more like the end of a first chapter, a beginning rather than a conclusion.
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angelitocurioso
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Jul 15, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Sometimes you are stuck somewhere. But there is always someone who, take you by the hand, show you way and accompany you to your destiny and beyond.

At first what attract me was the name. I love books. I love libraries. A heartbreaking romance in a library... My kind of story!! But what I found, totally got me by surprise and leave me breathless.

It was beautifully presented, beautifully acted and "slow" read more pace of the story, make me fall in love with it!!! Is is a very emotional movie...

And LEE DONG WOOK?? That is a MUST see!!
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    SecondLeadQueen Aug 10, 2016

    The cover on this got me confused I thought it was another version as the girl has short hair in the cover and in the movie I watched she never did.
    The movie wasn't the best or the worst it was a bit boring and slow.

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    4444 Apr 6, 2016

    a lil bit slow, but a nice movie.

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    Kkrazy99 Mar 23, 2016

    OMG omg omg LDW and Eugene in one movie that's a MUST WATCH FOR ME!! I love both of them!!

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    jxsilicon9 Nov 7, 2014 - edited

    How does this end? What does he find about page 198?

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      Dia Feb 15, 2015
      Reveal Spoiler »
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    dpcirizarry123 Mar 25, 2013

    It was OK but I will not re-watch it.

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    gigi Feb 28, 2013

    Why in the picture she has short hair? I was thinking like later on the movie she'd cut her hair. lol but it was an ok movie.

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    Emily Jan 25, 2013

    Disappointed. Not COMPLETELY a waste of time, as it was nice to watch, but I wouldn't watch it again or recommend it.

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    goldenseal50 Dec 17, 2012

    could there be a more boring movie? I had to finish it in segments it was soooooo boring

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    Hanamiki Oct 28, 2012

    It was really good. :)
    But i had hoped there would be more about Eun Su's past :/

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    sabubu Aug 19, 2012

    i lovvved madeleine and since it's one of the recommendations i guess i have no choice but to check this out ;)

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    eiyaah Jul 14, 2012

    nicely done ;)

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Oct 23, 2008
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 39 min.

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