Ji Hae and Soo Kyung are friends attending the same university and both have a crush on Sang-min who is in their drama club. The more clamorous and outgoing of the two, Soo Kyung, asks Ji Hae to do her a favor; write a love letter to Sang Min. Ji Hae pours out her own feelings for him on paper, but sadly in her friend's name. Touched by the letter, Sang Min is attracted to Soo Kyung, and Ji Hae, feeling uncomfortable and even guilty, tries to avoid him. And yet by coincidence or by fate she keeps running into him.
Ji Hae has lived alone with her mom since her childhood, when her dad unexpectedly passed away. Her mom is now on a trip abroad, and to wile away her solitude she starts cleaning the attic. There Ji Hae finds a secret box, in which her mom kept the memorabilia of her first love story of some decades past.
Summer in 1968 - Joon Ha is visiting his uncle's home in the countryside during his summer vacation. There he meets Joo Hee and falls in love at first sight. One day, the lovely Joo Hee secretly asks Joon Ha to escort her to a haunted house in the village. Happy and excited to be at her service, Joon Ha meets her at their promised spot. But in an unexpected storm, the two lose their boat and barely manage to return home at a very late hour. Joo Hee gets into big trouble for this incident and is sent back to Seoul. Having parted with Joo Hee without a word of farewell, Joon Ha spends the rest of the summer heavy-hearted. With summer vacation being over Joon Ha also returns to Seoul. At school, his classmate Tae Soo asks him to write a love letter to send to a girl. And who would it be but Joo Hee, Joon Ha's dream girl. Unable to confess his own summer love story, Joon Ha reluctantly complies with his friend's request.
Cast & Credits
You get a double story in the end with her and her mother's love story. This certainly is the perfect mix of gushy romance with coming of age.
Much MUCH better than Romeo and Juliet by far. It's more satisfying than sad at the end and worth the watch! Perfect for a girl's night. My friends dread subtitles but they had nothing to complain about when it was over.
Although, I give the music a nine because I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to hear it.
I began the movie thinking I already had the plot figured out. While watching the movie I still thought that this isn't such a great movie maybe. By the end I was choked up and bawling my eyes out. The story takes such an unexpected turn towards the end that you just never see it coming. It was a beautifully woven tale about the love stories of a mother and daughter. In fact, as far as unrequited love stories go, this has got to be my favorite one. Usually at the end of those, I'm cursing the characters for their foolishness but this time, I was awestruck by the sheer power of sentiments and reality when it comes to loving someone you cannot be with. The strongest part of the movie, as well as the best, is the story.
The actors were all truly amazing. Son Ye Jin is one of my favorite actors and she never fails to impress me. She did a great job playing both the roles and brought credibility to the screen. Jo Seung Woo was brilliant from the first scene he appeared in, you just love the guy by the end. Jo In Sung and Lee Ki Woo had smaller roles but were pretty good in their own respect.
I never usually notice the music in a movie because there's not much time, not much focus on it. But the music of this movie was heartbreaking and heartwarming-ly beautiful. The instrumental theme of the movie made me feel bittersweet, like an unrequited love.
I could definitely watch this movie again but maybe in a little while, not in the near future. I'd like to see it again when the effect of this tie wears off and I need to be reminded that yes not all the love stories get their happy ends but life moves on nevertheless.
A must watch movie for everybody. Steer clear if you don't like too of much emotional hooha. But I'd still recommend it anyway because it's just that brilliant!