Do you remember your first love? This is the story of Woo Yeon, a man who sees his only love as Seung Hee, a girl who believes in falling in love in 3 seconds. It portrays the hardships of first love, spanning 10 years as they mature from children into adults. Woo Yeon was a high school student who hated studying and spent his days getting into fights. His life appears to be going nowhere until he meets a new transfer student named Seung Hee. He falls in love with her at first sight, though she does not appear to reciprocate. Although Seung Hee doesn't seem interested in Woo Yeon, she grows annoyed at the countless male admirers, and they both agree to pretend to be dating, under the condition that Woo Yeon will stop fighting. He promises, and over time their relationship that was once fake, begins to develop into real love. However one day, Seung Hee contacts Woo Yeon, telling him to take care. She then leaves town, leaving him heartbroken. He however continues in life, going on to finish high school and find a career. His life seems to be improving, until some time later, he receives a wedding invitation from none other than her, his first love. (Source: AJ at MyDramaList) Edit Translation
Cast & Credits
I have a thing for love stories set in the 90's or the early 00's: how the set design is specifically made to reminisce the flip phones, dvd's, etc. I even noticed how the filming style varied a lot in this movie, from shaky to cinematic and professional. So even the little details stood out to me. Now, the main characters and their relationship seemed to genuine. They had amazing chemistry and character development. People gave this film a lot of backlash because of the sad ending, but I found it quite contemporary. The writers of the story didn't want to sugarcoat anything. This movie depicts how relationships in the real world work: people might have a strong belief in fate and how it brings humans together, but love doesn't last forever. Personally, I was balling my eyes out and had a thought that life is, indeed, so unfair sometimes. I'm still convinced that the main male lead Hwang Woo Yeon had the biggest character development. From a stupid jock to a mature and sweet teacher, we all wish him true happiness and to look back at everything as memories that shaped him. Even the female character Hwan Seung Hee changed from someone unapproachable to a loveable and hard-working woman. In other words, the story is important, but I though that observing the main characters was more fascinating. So if you're still on the hence whether this movie should've ended on a bad note, take your time to rethink if it would've been better with a happy ending.
Overall, this exceeded my expectations. I definitely recommend watching this and myself, I'll go and rewatch this movie sometime in the near future!