Irish Film Institute -I Wish I Had a Wife

I Wish I Had a Wife

This low-key, beautifully observed romantic comedy combines the formidable talents of two of Korea’s most respected stars, Sol Kyung-gu (Peppermint Candy) and Jeon Do-yeon (Happy End). Sol plays a lovesick bank teller who can’t get marriage off his mind, while Jeon plays a teacher who works across the street from his bank. After a few accidental meetings, she works up the courage to ask him out, but is rudely rebuffed. A confident debut by director Park Heung-shik, who worked as an assistant on the celebrated Christmas in August, this understated but engrossing gem has a similar visual style as well as a solid grounding in everyday realities and emotions.
2000. English subtitles. Colour. Dolby digital stereo. 106 mins.

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