Kissing Cousin (2016) poster
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13-year-old Tae Ok felt strong feelings of love when he first met his cousin at the family gathering. "12 years later, my heart started beating again." A letter arrives from Ah Ri while he is on military duty. Edit Translation

  • English
  • Español
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: May 12, 2016
  • Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Score: 7.1 (scored by 213 users)
  • Ranked: #8960
  • Popularity: #11294
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Essay - Kun
8 people found this review helpful
Jan 16, 2022
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0


I dunno what compelled me to watch this movie, but perhaps it was the poster.
The name might suggest something of a controversial and absurd to an extent.
But the director's vision was way ahead.
Something so silly yet true for perhaps each and every one of us out there, where things don't proceed since we realize it's wrong at an early stage itself.

The whole movie is an art and reflection of poetic justice :
Falling in love with someone who's your cousin.
Indeed it's controversial but you have to accept that it's a poetic visionary.

It's a universal given that some people's first crush is always their cousin.
But things don't escalate further as you realize the sensitivity.
This movie takes it to a whole new level.
I loved each and every second of it.
The portrayal, the sexual tension, the side gazing, the talks.
It focuses on how things develop, slow and steady.
It's more about why you choose to love rather than who you love, how naturally it develops and how it feels when you realize it.

If you love movies to a true extent, you'll find this movie fascinating.
I'm still in awe, especially with the acting.
It felt so natural, I could literally feel each and everything.
Both the actors did a terrific job.
It's almost like this movie deserves awards, especially the actors.
Commendable acting .
I'm short of words, this needs to be applauded.
A must watch .


~ Maybe the closer you're to the answer the more of a mess you paint.
The irony is that they didn't even show them doing any act, just let the imagination to us.
Damn, it's more effective.
Until they did something, it develops to the point where you can't resist.

My fav scene from the movie is when she asks :
' How did you find me? '
He says ' Feelings '
The way he was nervous and tense while trying to find her but close his eyes, relaxed and tried to focus.
That scene is stuck in my mind.

The increase in intensity on the last day was at its peak.
I could literally feel it.
That they want each other but can't
That they won't see each other for quite some time now.

And he decides to burst the bubble.
' If there are people who feel distant even after millennia,
there are people you can fall in love with within an instant. '

The ending scene is what makes you emotional, the director's aim to portray how much he loves her while not choosing to smoke and laughing realizing how much he does.

This movie invoked my feelings of how it feels to be in love

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4 people found this review helpful
Apr 25, 2022
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 9.0

A Hymn to love. Go with the flow of beauty...

I don't care if they are related... Their hearts doesn't care either.

I had the similar feeling when I watch: In the mood for love or Comrades: Almost a Love Story. Some kind of forbidden love, the feeling that we can sense in every look, gesture, without having the complete scene.
The rhythm is slow, built with the story, the ten-year gap where they never forget each other, even if they don’t understand it.
STORY – simple and beautiful, with the way that was filmed. The silence, the expressions saying a thousand words. The chemistry was awesome!
ACTING – it was good! If you just consider the 2 main actors it was AMAZING!!
MUSIC – loved Taek Ik Theme, painted so beautifully the last scenes…
REWATCH – maybe, with someone next to me, holding hands…
OVERALL – something like: “Whenever you feel like smoking, just think of me”… Holding a plant instead of a cigarette, laughing as only someone in love can.
I think if you are used to independent great movies, with the velocity of a story and not the superfluous way that we live now, if you just enjoy beautiful stories with depth, please watch it…
If you are used to Hollywood media, k-pop or kdrama world of beauty and visuals and that kind of stuff, don’t watch this. The world will appreciate.
Someone wrote that you have to be intelligent to watch this movie and understand it. I am not sure if I agree, I think is more of having a sane emotional intelligence. If you have, enjoy the ride!

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  • Movie: Kissing Cousin
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: May 12, 2016
  • Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older


  • Score: 7.1 (scored by 213 users)
  • Ranked: #8960
  • Popularity: #11294
  • Watchers: 572

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