Architecture 101

Architecture 101 (2012)

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35-year-old architect Seung Min receives a visit at his office from a woman. Seung Min doesn't recognize the woman at first, but then realizes the woman is Seo Yeon. Seo Yeon is his first love, but he hasn't seen her since his freshman year in college. Seo Yeon now has a request. She wants to hire Seung Min to rebuild her home on Jeju Island. The movie goes back and forth between read morethe past and present day, being affectionate and refined.

  • Native title:

    건축학개론
  • Also Known as:

    Introduction of Architecture; An Introduction to Architecture; Geonchukhakgaeron ;

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Sindsoron
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Apr 12, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Movie with the architecture in the background, directed by the architect. After a fairly successful directorial debut with Possessed (2009), once an architect, and now director, Lee Yong-Ju came back with a new movie. In contrast to his debut, which was something bordering on horror/thriller, his second movie is a romance with a suitable amount of melodrama. Architecture 101, a title that could not be probably better matched. In the end we read more have an romance whose title does not contain any references to love, and at the same time is strongly associated with the plot of the movie. Another advantage of the movie is it's cast, which surprised with the good acting. In the main female role we have Han Ga-In (known for her series The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012)), and a young version of the character is played by Bae Suzy. Both ladies are not known for being good actresses and usually present just decent acting, hence the big surprise was how well they coped. In the role of the male is Uhm Tae-Woong (rose to fame thanks to role in Cyrano Agency (2010)), while the young version of his character is played by Lee Je-Hoon (very good role in My Paparotti (2013)). Good cast and interesting title, attracted to theaters just over 4 million viewers and brought a profit of more than $ 30 billion won (~$29 million).

The story is fairly standard and represents an unfulfilled youthful first love. The whole story develops around a pair of students. On the one hand we have a beautiful and somewhat mysterious music student Seo-Yeon (Bae Suzy/Han Ga-In), and on the other a shy architecture student, Seung-Min (Lee Je-Hoon/Uhm Tae-Woong). Their affair begins with the first class of "Introduction to Architecture" and with last, ends. After 15 years, Seo-Yeon finds Seung-Min and employs him to rebuild her home on the Jeju island.

Both stories are intertwined in a pleasant and peaceful way. Lee serves up standard problems, in the form of first love of two students, and the bittersweet romance of the same pair in their prime of life. It seems that we get another typical romance, with all its advantages and disadvantages, but in the case of Architecture 101 is only a first impression. What makes this particular movie stands out from the others? Architecture. All known schemes are presented through the prism of ubiquitous architecture. Love of Seo-Yeon and Seung-Min follows the footsteps of "Introduction to Architecture" and ends after 15 years with construction of home. Lee superbly presented things we already know, in a new way, so that even a cliche story, ends up being "fresh" and consistent.

As for the actors, most of the time we see a pair of Bae Suzy/Lee Je-Hoon, partly a result of the fact that Lee Je-Hoon is de facto protagonist of the entire production. Although not quite similar to each other, we are able to believe that the naive and shy Lee Je-Hoon grew into a cynical and nonchalant Uhm Tae-Woong, and Bae Suzy playing the perfect Korean girl grown to be forthright but at the same time sensitive and delicate Han Ga-In.

All this makes it an excellent story that is closer to the viewer than the sleek affair of Romeo and Juliet. When Seo-Yeon and Seung-Min meet after years, he no longer sees her through rose-colored glasses, because he lost them long time ago. All the time he blames her for how their first love has ended, even though through the movie, we learn that he, because of his insecurity and low self esteem, is equally responsible. Our memories can deceive us, but the pain of unrequited first love will never disappear, the song, a face, book, almost everything can bring it back. The mind will deny it, but the heart never forgets.

Architecture 101 is a position that may bore many and surprise in not a nice way. I recommend people to watch it again, but calmly, to be able to empathize with the characters and think about the whole story. This movie has something which many similar production are lacking, despite the lack of rousing story or breathtaking effects, it really is not a boring production. This is a movie which, thanks to its simplicity, becomes intimate to viewer and seems very real, you only have to look a bit deeper.
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KdramaQueen89
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Jun 17, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I wasn't really expecting anything going into Architecture 101 just because i didnt think a movie about building a house would seem that interesting. However, there was more to it...

First, the plot was a calm one with the building of a house and reconnection of the main characters being the focal point of the present story line. The past storyline gives us important info on how the main characters met(as friends) read more and what were the events that led to their separation (still friends at that point). I really did like the story until the ending. The ending just didn't work for me but i guess you could say it was a realistic one.

Second, I thought this was well casted. UTW & HGI played thier older versions well and they had really good chemistry. As for the younger versions of thier characters Suzy & Lee Je Hoon were adorable and matched well. I know Jo Jung Sook had a very small role but once again he manages to make his character stand out.

Overall the actors are what makes the movie memorable but the ending kind of ruins my overall enjoyment for it.
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    Twyx Mar 12, 2017

    Boring. A lot. Nothing really happens. When it ended I jsut felt like "Seriously?? " Don't waste your time, look for something else.

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    AhnDanTae Feb 6, 2017

    why so underrated?????? i like this so damn much. the most realistic ending:(

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    cyssan Nov 7, 2016
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    Alba Aug 8, 2016

    I loved this movie. I didn't find it to be slow and boring. The ending is also fine and realistic. Give it a try, but if you don't like realistic movies or you find it boring anywhere in the middle, move on to another movie.

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    christy Jul 9, 2016

    I thought that this movie is beautifully done about getting closure from first love. I think it should be rated higher!

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    Sparsh May 19, 2016 - edited

    This movie is so practical, i could easily relate to it. Now, i am remembering my First Love... This feeling of nostalgia ... Everyone keep something to remember it by.. I got it too.

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    Lulu Apr 19, 2016 - edited

    Are there other movies/tv shows about architecture? Preferably with some romance?

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    Syranus Mar 5, 2016 - edited

    Sad. :-( Why do first love hurt? lol

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    maha-emam Aug 28, 2015
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    LAdydyLA Jun 11, 2015
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    realdeal Mar 5, 2015 - edited

    6/10 boring.....honestly I think i waste my time.

    The only good points of the movie is that funny best friend dude of the younger male lead specially the part where he explained the true meaning of kissing. Brilliant acting.

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    Rahma Feb 3, 2015

    this movie is good, but i just didn't enjoy it, i didn't even complete it, it was bored for me...

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    Lior Dec 15, 2014 - edited

    Where can I watch it???

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    jumpstar Nov 25, 2014 - edited

    One really realistic and beautiful created movie. 8/10

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      Syranus Mar 5, 2016 - edited

      indeed, it's realistic; that's the word. :-) I liked it.

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    ievutae Nov 19, 2014 - edited

    I like this movie. This movie is so sincere, beautiful and realistic. Whole movie I was expecting different ending(maybe because I'm too much in romantic moments :D) but I really like this kind of ending. I think it's a good movie if you don't have very good mood for comedies like I didn't have :)

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Mar 22, 2012
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 58 min.

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