I've kind of been slack at keeping up to date on my drama watching, lately I've been preferring my Asian entertainment in movie sized morsels. I was initially drawn to this film by one of my favorite actresses, Gong Hyo-jin. That's her up there on that poster... for comparisons sake:
So anyway, I was intrigued by the make-under she underwent for this, so I thought - HMMM GOTTA CHECK THIS OUT.
Crush and Blush (or Hangul if you love it 미쓰 홍당무 I know I do...) is a 2008 South Korean film which follows the obsessive one-sided love of Mi-sook (Hyo-jin), a wildly unpopular Russian teacher (complete with frizzy hair, frumpy clothes, and a ridiculous blushing problem which makes her frankly, endearing), for her married colleague Jong-cheol. Who, by the way, is an asshat.
Do not expect Mi-sook to get a makeover and kick Jong-cheol's ass. This does not happen, what happens borders on black comedy and is a somewhat twisted watch for those that are used to the typical Korean movie cliches. Mi-sook soon finds that the love of her life has his eyes set on glamorous younger teacher Yoo-ri for his extra marital activities, and Mi-sook finds an unlikely ally in discrediting Yoo-ri in Jong-cheol's daughter, Jong-hee.
What I loved the most about this film was the way the friendship between Mi-sook and Jong-hee was portrayed and developed. Basically there are some good laughs in this film, and definitely some uncomfortable moments that have you feeling for the characters, however at it's heart I feel this film is about friendship, and supporting each other, despite how odd your relationship may look to others.
This is definitely not a film that will delight all K-Movie fans, it veers straight off the beaten track and keeps going, but Hyo-jin's portrayal of the warped and downtrodden Mi-sook is damn right cute and funny, so if you're a fan of her work I highly recommend checking this out.