The Cyrano Agency consists of four people from a theater troupe who offers a unique cupid service for lovelorn clients. The company intricately devises and implements schemes, custom tailored to match the interests of their intended target, for the ultimate goal of obtaining romance for their client. The boss and mastermind behind the agency is Byung Hoon. Things take a strange twist at the Cyrano Agency when a new client named SangYong enters their office. Sang Yong is a straight-laced financial trader who is rather inept with personal relationships. He has fallen for a free spirited woman named Hee Joong and seeks out the Cyrano Agency's help. The boss for the Cyrano Agency, Byung Hoon, then notices that Hee Joong is his ex-girlfriend with whom he has really never gotten over.
Cast & Credits
The entire film is based on a simple, but at the same time, brilliant idea. A successful romantic relationship is something necessary but not easy to achieve, especially in today's busy world, thanks to that there are many opportunities for anyone with talents and skills for fulfilling that need to show up. This led to opening of Cyrano Agency, where a group of theater actors using technology straight from Mission Impossible and ingenuity make the "target" of operation, thanks to the planned "accidents" and "random events", "naturally" fall in love with their "client". This ingenious team includes: scriptwriter Chul-Bin (excellent as usual Park Chul-Min), dress coordinator Min-Young (played by Park Shin -Hye, currently one of the best young actresses) , "spy" Jae-Pil (Jun A-Min), and director/diction coach Byung-Hoon (Uhm Tae-Woong formerly know for his supporting roles and the fact that he is younger brother of the well-known singer/actress Uhm Jung-Hwa). In a funny "prologue" we have opportunity to meet all members of the Cyrano Agency, during one of their missions. They helping a funny football fan (Song Sae-Byeok) and make female cafeteria employee (Ryoo Hyoun-Kyoung) fall in love with him. From the intro story goes smoothly to the main thread. To agency reports a handsome but somewhat dorky, Sang-Young (Daniel Choi), whose "target" is Hee-Joong (beautiful as always Lee Min-Jung, who thanks to this role, on three festivals got award for Best New Actress).
Intro in a neat way shows us how the movie will be: whimsical, a little corny, but very sincere and surprisingly romantic. Director Kim Hyun-Seok is quite wrongly considered by many to be capable only of making movies about baseball, when in fact he is one of the few Korean directors who can make a gentle, playful melodrama without applying the forced emotions or shanks straight of soap operas. He have very good sens of boundary between natural comedic scenes and exaggerated slapstick that we see so many "comedies". The amount of artificial or unnecessary misunderstandings and lies is kept to a minimum, so the movie is not boring and does not irritate the viewer with it's artificiality. The only thing i think is unnecessary, is intrusion from a loan shark (although the actor Kwon Hae-Hyo is always welcome sight).
A great benefit for the film, besides a great script, are the characters and the actors playing them. Hee-Joong is far from being a dream girl, of a typical Korean guy, but she still is incredibly appealing . Her relationship with Byung-Hoon is so authentic that I would be inclined to believe that they really felt something for each other. But for me the biggest surprise is an excellent role of Daniel Choi, even though he played Sang-Young who at the beginning is not the most likable character, he ultimately ends up as a positive and popular figure. Total climate and the charm of the film is completed by the lighting and the work of the camera. The whole movie is decorated in gold, warm tones and gives the impression of a beautiful dream from which you do not want to wake up.
Cyrano Agency is very good romantic comedy, and it's hard to dislike it. Good actors, funny dialogues, "realistic" plot and fairy tale like atmosphere makes it perfect movie for cold winter evenings.
Like the synopsis say,s the movie is about a troupe of down on their luck actors who open a dating agency and utilize their skills to help people win the object of their affection. It's fun watching the tricks they come up with to hook the prospective mate for their clients. Things take a complicated turn when a man comes in hoping to acquire their services and the woman he fancies is the ex love of Byung Hoon (Uhm Tae Woong).
The story obviously plays on the theme of Cyrano De Bergerac and it's done quite well. But this is not a re-telling or even a moderization of the old classic.
The set design is wonderful. I wanted to hang out in the old theatre where the troupe has their head quarters. The dynamics of the troupe and their interactions were some of my favorite scenes. Although this is not strictly a comedy, there were times when I laughed out loud. I consider it a success when a movie can draw a spontanious loud laugh from me rather than simple amusement. Uhm Tae Woong does a great job here as well as Park Shin Hye (that was a surprise).
The main themes of this movie are love and trust and which is more important? There's also friendship and learning to let go.
The director did a good job of setting the mood of this film and telling the story in way that flowed at an even pace. It is a fairly light movie and I can see why it did so well at the box office.
If you're looking for a fun movie to watch that isn't too dark and yet not overly light and fluffy, this one is a great pick.