“Duel” is a Heart-Racing Pursuit To Claim a Death-Defying Medicine

 

Duel delivers a mind-bending chase thriller with unwavering excitement and grit.

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Trust OCN in conceiving crime stories that disregards the conventional cop drama approach by using conflicts that will make the most out of the viewers’ time. Duel navigated a heightened quest of heroes who blindly trusted each other to achieve their personal goals of saving a loved one and remembering lost memories.

“Duel” caught me off guard because I thought it will be straight cop and crime drama. So, I was not prepared when it broke my heart into pieces with its main conflict of a father seeking the abductor of his sick daughter who happens to be a human clone supported by a big conglomerate company. “Duel” will not sink in right away to engage you, but once you patiently cross the 6th episode, you will forget what your current real-life problems are, and would just want to reunite the hero to his beloved child.

Highlights

Insanely Wicked But Engaging Plot

If told in scientific form, the detective’s daughter Soo Yeon is like the sun in the solar system, moving around her are the heroes and villains. The mystery solving plot unravels the details of the story that are traced to a 24 year old prohibited medical research on human cloning and a sort of cure-for-all vaccine. The story progresses as the serial killings of an evil clone happen. The movements of the plot are dependent on the quest to save the young girl until the discovery of the holy-grail-human-cure, who notches a more ardent contention for the dying people who needs her to survive. The ambitious medical plot about stem cell therapy and human clones seem awkward to a crime drama, but the moment your attention is settled to the story, your brain will become busy processing the what-ifs and OMG’s of the story.

Staunchly Intense Tone

The frantic pace and overwhelming tone will exhaust you every episode, but you end up craving for more. I tend to avoid problem-laden stories, but Duel breaks the exception easily as it made me see the importance of reaching the end of the tunnel for everyone in the story. I was so drawn in all the characters that the fight scenes full of blood spatters, broken bones and ripped flesh did not make me flinch as the episodes go on. In the waning moments when the coveted vaccine has been found, I really had hair-tugging moments on why the story always chooses the complicated road versus the easy one, but then the strength of the story is how the characters have good and evil resonance of their own that justify their growth in the story to the point of ludacris and selflessness.

Excellent Male Cast Portrayal

Given that the action-packed drama will cater more to the male audience, I really enjoyed the men-dominated cast because even with the heart-wrenching moments, the tear-inducing scenes are kept nicely at a bearable level. Yang Se Jong is a revelation. For a barely new actor, he is sensitive to his shifting roles. I can only imagine the focus he had to work on in giving two facets of distinct characters. Jung Jae Young showcased his seasoned acting to a point where I want to beg the writer to stop hurting him. *chuckles I won’t say that the lady cast are lousy in the story. They supported well, but it’s the boys that really held the story in place.

Impeccable Finish Line Race

Duel gives a satisfying closure after wrapping neatly all the conflicts presented in the story. After Episode 16, I heave a sigh of content because it made me feel like I am one of their team members in that neverending pursuit to destroy the evil villains. The heroes and villains in equilibrium give a gripping pendulum sways as the characters push the momentum of the narrative. I got what I never asked for in Duel, and that really made me happy.

Drawback

Fight Scene Gaps

While chasing the fugutives, the prosecutor’s team with the police reinforcement have tracked them on the crime scenes, but they are always a step behind in the entrapment operations. The execution of getting through the sneaky villain and the people behind him are always failing. My patience was tested on the warehouse hostage exchange scene because I can’t believe they were outwitted again. I know that it’s possibly because the story was just hitting halfway and I’m exhausted as they really live up to the “chase thriller drama” tag, but come on, it was not logically possible for the villains to slip through a band of detectives. There are evident gaps on the execution of the fight scenes. Duel is bloody and brutal in the brawl scenes, but the characters seem to be invincible with their ability to regain their strength for almost every episode of dark and twisted exchange of nasty squabble. Like they can’t take a 2 hour nap and will be back in full health after altercations like that of MMA bouts. That for me is unbelievable.

Plot Summary

Jung Jae Young plays Detective Jang Deuk Cheon who is saddled with financial constraints due to his daughter’s leukemia. Left with no choice when his daughter, Soo Yeon, is hospitalized, he agrees with Prosecutor Choi Jo Hye (Kim Jung Eun) to close a recent investigation so they can get the promised money he can use for Soo Yeon’s urgent expensive stem cell therapy.

After Soo Yeon’s emergency treatment they head home but the driver of the ambulance managed to subdue Detective Jang and takes off with the patient. Ransom money is demanded by the culprit to which the detective hysterically obliges, but the kidnapper flees with her daughter after learning the money is fake.

Enter the supposed kidnapper of his daughter, a man who has no recollection of his memory which the detective believes owing to how he remembers the evil eyes of the man who took his daughter. He helps him escape the impending prison time as he relies on his memory to track down his daughter. The amnesiac man encounters the mysterious man, Lee Sung Hoon, who shares the same face, DNA, and fingerprints as what he have. He also learns his name as Lee Sung Joon.

Sung Hoon mercilessly goes on a murder rampage as his evil deeds are blamed on Sung Joon. In their confrontation at an illegal dog-fight den, the latter meets a journalist who shares a connection from the past that Sung Joon is trying to remember.

In 1993, a doctor Lee Yung Sup who shares the same face as Sung Hoon and Sung Joon is engaged in an illegal stem cell research. The unlawful experiment backfired on him when the patients on trial escaped and took his organs for donation. The situation got complicated because he has injected the stem cells on his body not knowing that he will be killed the same day. That same stem cell research is given to the detective’s daughter who was kidnapped by one of the clones made from the dead Lee Yung Sup. Sung Joon regains his memory when they locate his friend and remembers his identity as a clone, like Sung Hoon, to the dead doctor Lee Yung Sup.

It turns out that the real vaccine was not injected by the dead doctor to his body, but was infact given to his dying daughter who was later adopted by a nurse he trusted. The daughter turns out to be present day Mi Rae who has been helping the Sung Joon and Detective Jang. Sung Joon who remembers glimpses of Doctor Lee’s memories uses his clone’s identity for a bargaining ticket to save Soo Yeon. He baits Sanyoung Pharmaceutical Company’s Chairman’s daughter of his recent memory recovery on where the real vaccine is. He successfully rescues Soo Yeon with the help of the police team as Prosecutor Choi demands the Chief Prosecutor to have Detective Jang be reinstated.

Prosecutor Choi who has connected the Chief Prosecutor’s involvement to Sanyoung devises a way to trap the evil business and evil boss. Sung Joon is reunited to Doctor Han Yu Ra who raised him and Sung Hoon when they were young. But Sung Hoon succumbs to the Chairman’s evil ploy to raise doubts by blaming Doctor Han’s inability to protect him in all those experiments done to him in the past 12 years. Sung Hoon calls the Doctor for a meet up, but accidentally eavesdrop on Mi Rae’s role as a carrier of the vaccine when Detective Jang consulted the doctor about the options for his dying daughter who responded to the stem cell treatment, but has been rapidly developing tumors in the body. Sung Hoon directs the doctor to another place to get through Mi Rae, but Detective Jang quickly stops him from leaving in the basement parking. Sung Hoon confronts his doctor-mom about what Chairman San Young revealed. In his rage he triggers the gun to Sung Joon but the doctor takes the bullet for him. The doctor ill-fatedly dies, just as Soo Yeon hits a critical condition. The evil chairman orders ro kidnap Mi Rae and the police team traces her to a suburb laboratory owned by the pharmaceutical company. Detective Jang and Sung Joon dress up in doctor’s robes to infiltrate the place. They get through the main door but outnumbered by the security officers of the building, Detective Jang sacrifices his body for Mi Rae and Sung Joon so they can drive away from the place. Mi Rae gives off her bone marrow as soon as she reaches the hospital, but the villain intercepted it by threatening Soo Yeon’s doctor.

Mi Rae’s bone marrow tug-of-war ensues as Sung Joon retrieves the box from the chairman’s minion. Sung Hoon heads to his evil clone’s lair to get the bone marrow so they engage to a fight where he is left no choice but to drug him to unconsciousness. The chairman’s bullies arrive in the house so Sung Hoon pretends to be his clone and claim that he injected the bone marrow to himself already. He is brought to the facility to get the bone marrow just as Sung Joon wakes up and realized what happened.

Sung Joon bravely goes to the Chairman to demand the release of Sung Hoon. Knowing how he will go sneaky with his words, he visited the recovering Detective Jang to present his Sung Hoon rescue plan. He also gives Mi Rae the bone marrow box to carry on with Soo Yeon’s procedure before heading to a final showdown with the villain. Pretending that he is subdued, he releases himself with a scalpel to slash the chairman’s neck as bullets rain on his body.

A year later, Soo Yeon with her now family of five visits Sung Joon in his resting place.

Recommendation

Duel is the second scifi drama that will enter my personal favorite list for 2017. I’m also surprised how it consumed me, and how I stayed patient in reaching the culmination of the story. Probably it is because Duel made me feel like I am part of the team and we are all in that moment together. *wink

If by any chance you want a real drama with pounces of action elements and inventive scifi plot, then by all means consider this excitingly crafted drama. “Duel” secures important messages about how human greed is neverending. It is a disease that will corrupt someone to the highest level of selfishness. It also gives a lasting impression on what makes a person as we see a human clone with a heart as big than what a real person could ever have. There are a lot more lessons on love, friendship and family that are neatly interjected in the story. Yes, it is amazing how they were able to blend that given the rip-roaring battle scenes. Duel is served best on a spree for you to feel the rush of the thrilling chase of the story.

Rating:  4/5 

 

Confession of Murder Movie Recap (2012)

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This thriller flick kicked start in an electric tone that it caught my attention all throughout its duration.  It was smooth and I hated that I didn’t figure out what was happening until the very end revelation.

Confession of Murder tells the intertwining fate of a police officer, a serial killer, the family of the victims and a serial-killer-wanna-be.

Lieutenant Choi had an encounter with a faceless serial killer who has created havoc in the city killing 10 women.  He almost pinned him but the slimy manslayer was able to escape.

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After 15 years when the statute of limitations from the murder committed ended, a book author emerged and released a book “Confession of Murder” claiming he was the serial killer of the cold case 15 years ago.  He was able to narrate in detail the details of the vicious killings.  The media and society feasted on the absurdity of the idea and were crossed on how to react on the ownership and the strange bravery of the handsome author.  And as soon as his identity was known public, the families of the women he murdered executed a plot to abduct him to reveal the location of where his final kill was.

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So the still-grieving families of the victims connived a ploy to abduct Lee Do Seok by pushing snakes to attack him while he was doing his swimming routine.  They intercepted him by posing as the emergency team but the real emergency team appeared so their plan was discovered.   The police bodyguards and Lt. Choi tried to claim Do-seok back in a gripping pursuit, but the 15-year-grief-stricken-villains came up victorious.  But Lt. Choi was able to track down the location of the hideout of the perpetrators and was able to rescue his newly-met nemesis.

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Do-seok gave an after-kidnapping interview and promised his appearance on a public television debate.  I love the involvement of media in this movie, it was really nonsensical cute and feisty, and they added the spice in the plot in their stubbornness to sensationalize the events.

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Public television debate came and the famous killer-turned-writer faced the police officer he evaded.  He remained firm with his early statement of the reason behind his surprise publication to the mixed response of the audience and his detractors.  The segment for phone-in questions was inserted and a strange caller spoke and recounted details that were familiar with Lieutenant Choi.  At the end of the call he claimed that he was the true serial killer.

The new development created ruckus in the public and to support his claim the serial killer claiming the book author was fraud agreed on another public debate, and he even gave a tip of a location where he buried the last kill who turned out to be Lt. Choi’s ex-lover.

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Lt. Choi listened to the evidence they acquired in the past years to scrape some clues detrimental to the investigation and on the day of their face off, the two claiming the crime and the officer who failed to catch the serial killer, threw measuring glances to one another.

“J”, the other serial killer, chronicled how he did his last kill and on cue, a live external feed from the tip he earlier gave showed the skeleton of the last woman he massacred to the fury of Lt. Choi and her mother sitting in the audience stand.  After his boasting, Do-seok affirmed that he was not the serial killer but the son of the first woman who was killed.  He also revealed the conspiracy he put on together with Lt. Choi. 

They inadvertently planned the whole scheme to make the real killer go out from his rabbit hole to finally claim justice from all his evil doings. 

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Just because I don’t want to spoil everything and it’s a really must watch thriller, I would stop from here and would just give a strong encouragement to watch this movie.  I was on the edge of my seat on the chase-the-killer-fight scenes of this movie, and until now, I still can’t accept that I wasn’t able to deduce the ending twist of this movie.  *pout 

I thought when the “who’s the real killer conflict” was raised there will be a showdown between them, but there wasn’t.  Years of watching Dexter and Criminal Minds, I thought I have all of it figured out when it comes to socio and psychopaths, but this movie surprisingly amazed and amused me.  Well hidden, director… Well Done!   

Niftily written and cleanly executed… this was such a riveting delight and will be one of my favorites for the 2012 movies.

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Someone Special Movie Recap (2004)

CAST:  Jung Jae-young and Lee Na-young

It was a walk to remember in a soothing piano music.  Chi-sung holds his woman’s hand in that wonderful spring afternoon… and then the woman let go of his hand and breaks up with him. 

The man in his alter imagination madly shouts at her bringing him in a beautiful place to just end the relationship,  but in the real world the soft spoken man just agrees with her decision. 

He watches her walk away and in solitude he says…

“It was not love again this time either, I always thought that it is, but sooner or later I will find out it was not.  I haven’t experienced love yet, not even first love.”

He goes to see a doctor to check on the frequent nosebleeds he’s having, and the doctor reveals of the tumor in his head that will cause him an inevitable death. 

With the sad news of his upcoming death the man mopes in a bar and swims in liquor.  While the bar owner reminds him of his good old days as a baseball pitcher, tears brim in his eyes and the bartender girl notices it. 

When alcohol numbs his very bad day he wakes up in a hotel room with the bartender.  She teases him of his alcohol intolerance.  He wonders how she was able to bring him to that place and she retorts that she folded him and put him inside a box.  He tries picturing how she carried him but it was a weird idea so he dismisses it. 

She lectures him of his drinking habits and praises on how he looks so sweet and peaceful while he sleeps.  She leaves him in the room, and when he is alone.  He surmises on discovering three things that other people have but he doesn’t… He has no first love.  He has no next year.  He has no bad mannerisms.

The bartender tells her friend that she talks with her crush in more than two words, and her friend ignores her bragging but slams down the coffee mug when she adds that they stayed in a hotel room yesterday.

Chi-sung heads home after his zombie-ish baseball practice participation, and listens to a radio program on board a subway…

“He cried today… That’s the first time I saw it.  What could cause a good-spirited person to cry so?  And he drank yesterday too.  It’s the first time I ever saw him drink.  He never drinks, but after three shots he started shouting what his heart feels, and then he passed out.  For me to carry him was hard.  A man of his size was not easy, so I had to put him in a box.  In the room I just stared at him freely.  He didn’t snore or move around.  I don’t know if he could tell I was there.  There was so much I wanted to say and so much I wanted to hear, but the words are all stuck in my throat.  His sad face keeps coming in my mind. Is there any way I can make him feel better? ”

Chi-sung realizes the very subject of the radio program was him so he heads to meet the bartender and demands an explanation to what is happening.  The hosts of the radio program throw their opinion about the letter sender being in a one-sided love or just purely compassionate while the man grabs the bartender’s shirt.  She explains that she only wants to give him the mobile phone since he lost his.  He releases her and gives the hotel fee and walks away.

Chi-sung’s shower reverie is broken by his teammate.  He advises him not to dwell on his recent heartache as it won’t do him well.  He also informs him that he’ll start pitching again and to forget everything that happens in the past.  And we go to a trip down is memory lane.

“The most important part of the game is the 9th inning.  This is where dramatic moments come.  Someone goes for an excellent move and on the other hand some crazy fool screws up.  On that day thanks to me we experience a big screw up.”

Chi-sung hears the deafening sound of the crowd in the brink of a victory taste and from nowhere a woman in her break-up litany reverberates in his ears…

“If we break up like this, you’ll go meet someone new.  How long will it last?  A week?  A Month?  And you’ll meet someone else again, but then you’ll discover again that it wasn’t love.  That’s the way you are!  Your love is too weak.”

Chi-sung was consumed with that break-up scene of the year as the baseball hits his head and he fails to catch the ball.

 

The next day Chi-sung shows his baseball pitching prowess as his fellow teammates chat about his infamous killing pitch skill in college.

 

Chi-sung goes to a bank for his intention to loan some money but the bank is caught up with a bank robbery situation.  And when you are in between a gang of robbers and will face an inevitable passing away soon, you would really think fate is playing with you, so the man rants in the middle of the masked bank villains and tells them he doesn’t have any death wish. 

He counts the robbers one by one, complains why they are so many and lectures them of doing that vile thing when he just want to get a loan because he’s gonna die soon.  He shouts how they wave their guns because they want to live and he has to face it because he’s going to die.  Hahaha How’s death for a leverage?

When Chi-sung got home, he watches the TV news about the bank incident and there the culprits are interviewed…

CULPRIT:  We thought our plan will work and then he stands up… We were just listening to him.  First he talked about his loan, then some other incomprehensible things, and then he yells about love.  Then I said, what’s so great about love?  You meet a woman, ask her name.  Once you know her name you start loving her.  Then you ask her age, and her favorite food.”

He gets interrupted by a knock on the door and sees the bartender.  She gives him the mobile phone she won from their story, but he complains that he has money to buy it.  He asks her why she follows him and frets at the land broker who could have told her where he lives.  She rebuts that she lives in the neighborhood and he can’t remember her anymore.  She tells him that her house is 39 steps away from his house and then he remembers how they met before.

In his baseball uniform he hands some food to her mother as courtesy and explains that they just moved in the neighborhood.  He walks away and she counts the sound of his footsteps, and from then on, she silently loved him.  IN one of her staking mode, she overhears him telling a friend that he’s going to drop by at his bar since he lives in the neighborhood, and from then on as well, she started working as a bartender so she could get a glimpse of him every now and then.

Chi-sung goes to register his mobile phone only to find out that the bartender already did the job.  She asks him if he can come with her for a movie night because “their story” won at another radio station.

While waiting for the movie, he asks how many radio stations got their story.  She replies 5 and proudly exclaims that all 5 won. 

His ex-gf approaches making the supposed movie date awkward.  His ex-gf’s friend remarks that they thought he doesn’t like going to a movie house, but he explains that he got free tickets.  When his ex-gf asks him if the bartender is his new gf, he denies and says “she’s just a woman I know”. 

They are silent in the movie house, but the bartender can’t hold it anymore and asks him if he has a lot of “woman he knows”.  An angel passes by, and then he mutters she’s the only woman he knows which made her smile and happy.

Chi-sung funnily recaps the film in his thoughts…

“The movie was about a woman’s love and an old telephone pole she always stared at.  The man she loved lived in the city.  He always thought about the woman waiting for him and resisted the love of city women.  His love was unwavering.  The old telephone pole witnessed their love and their parting of ways.  She always waited for him under that pole from morning till dawn. 

The movie was almost ending, he’s on his way to be with the girl waiting for him, but then the love story turned into an action movie… the man was badly beaten, meanwhile the woman coughed for a few times and collapsed for no apparent reason.  The man bloody beaten dragged himself but eventually fall down.  Then a telephone pole appeared in front of him… He reached out his hand to the pole… closed his eyes and thought of her.  And then the pole sparks as his love entered the electrical wires and sent signal to all the poles in the land.  Then it finally reaches her, as she lays underneath the pole, it sparks and delivered his love for her. 

Chi-sung thanks her for the movie and dinner.   He learns that her parents already passed away, and tells her that he’s also an orphan.  The bartender remarks that they lost their parent on the same day.  Chi-sung grievingly recounts the last conversation he had with his father.  It was his father’s first time to fly and the last one too as the plane crash took away their lives. 

He stands up to leave and crushes the soda cans which stayed sticking in his shoes and heads home.  He stops as he realizes he’s nose bleeding again, and the bartender counting his footsteps halts and check why his footsteps abruptly ends.

She rushes him to the hospital, and she takes ownership of him.  The doctor reveals his worsening illness turning her to a point of deciding she’s going to take care of him.

She gives him a medicinal soup and a candy and he asks her to stand in the wall and wait for him.  He steps outside and traces a chalk as she stands in the wall.  He asks her not to bring him medicine anymore.

He is gaping at her wall chalk trace when a thief gets loose in the neighborhood.  He seeks Chi-sung’s home for refuge and accepts a pastoral speech from him.  The thief delivers his sob story and that’s all it takes to move Chi-sung who hands him some money to help him start a new life.

The next morning Chi-sung’s house is searched by the police and the bag the thief left last night is fund as an evidence of his stealing activity.  Chi-sung is about to pitch a ball when her face shows up and blurts on how he could have done a distasteful thing.  He attempts to get some sense out of her but she warns him that he can’t go home.

He ends up staying at the bargirl’s house for the mean time and her heart could never be happier.  Thus their weird cohabitation set forth.  At dinner time, the woman utters if thievery is just a big crime that police swarms his house that much, but he responds and compliments her cooking.   They watch a baseball game after and I can’t help but smile at him giving her a baseball crash course.

BARTENDER:  Why can’t you just go straight from 1st base to 3rd?

CHI-SUNG:  You can’t they will yell at you. 

BARTENDER:  If the fielder catches the ground ball and throws it at the crowd, what will happen?

CHI-SUNG:  You can’t throw it there.  Why would you throw it there?

BARTENDER:  Just for fun, why can’t you?

CHI-SUNG:  Yu can’t do it.

BARTENDER:  I’d love to see that.  That will be fun

After the game, he silently mutters what she will do if she only got two months to live.  She rebuts that she’d rather die faster than wait for two months and experience the pain of waiting with nothing else to do.  He deems what she said to be true more so in his case who doesn’t even need to write a will because there’s no person he knows of to give it to.  He tried committing suicide through marathon but his supposed strong heart bears the weight so well.  Suicide Attempt.  Epic Fail.  Instead he won 5th place and a kimchi refrigerator.  Winning prizes from radio shows and marathon can strengthen the love between two people if these two will end up together, well they will.  *wink

The bargirl (yes, her name hasn’t been revealed yet at this point of the movie, so pardon all the names I’m throwing at her) turns on her radio and storms to where Chi-sung was sleeping.  She asks him to come with her inside, he obliges and they listen to the song together.  The girl mumbles that she knows he likes that song, he agrees but blurts that it was a long time ago… She chronicles that when she was in High School, she often hears it playing when she passes his window so she started liking that song too. I sweetly sigh at her long running secret love. 

He asks her why did she start liking him, but she cannot remember when it started.  He asks if she still like him, but she can only mutters that he didn’t even know she existed. 

“You didn’t even know who I was, where I lived, how long and how close I could feel your presence.  What I liked or what I disliked.”

He apologizes to not knowing her existence and remembers that time when he steps out and notices the bargirl’s chalk tracemark on the wall.

The bargirl tells Chi-sung that there there’s a lot of things she hasn’t done for the first time, and that’s why she doesn’t know.  She closes her eyes, and he moves closer to kiss the girl who has loved him all her life, but something breaks outside that stop their magic moment.  They see the same thief Chi-sung had a pep talk with and he apologizes for going back to his old life when he promised he’ll do well.  He explains that her wife is pregnant again and the money he got won’t suffice for their needs so his will to believe in life again he has no choice but to forget again.  With that kind of drama, Chi-sung’s heart is moved again and they let go of the thief.  Bargirl offers her home if next time he has no other place to hide which made Chi-sung flinched.

The doctor who declared Chi-sung’s death diagnosis sits with another patient and realized that he made a mistake and that he is not dying. 

On another hospital scene, the doctor advises the bargirl that Chi-sung’s nose capillaries are getting weak and if his nosebleeds persist, he may succumb to anemia so he has to go on a surgery.  She asks how he caught that illness, and the doctor explains that it could be because of stress and fatigue or doing strenuous activity on the nose for a long time.  She assumes that it could be the former, but the doctor retorts that she might be surprised to hear that for some it’s the latter.

Chi-sung buys bargirl a dress and waits impatiently as she wears it.  She comes out awkwardly, turns around and they are caught with that pretty happiness they are both holding in. 

He asks her to come and watch him pitch again as he’s going to do it for the last time.  She prepares his medicine and let’s go of it when she sees Chi-sung picking his nose.  Now, the doctor could have been right, I’ll buy that’s the reason why because it’s funny, that’s it.  *giggles

 She cryingly requests him not to pick his nose and her sad face won him over as he follows.  His hiding spree abates as he is caught by the police.  He is interrogated and bargirl waits for her sleepily not knowing that he’s in the police station for questioning.

The police officer complains that the sun is peeking in the horizon but they haven’t gotten anything but “I don’t know” from Chi-sung.  They can’t understand why he gives the thief some money because his life is hard.  They keep pinning him to the direction where he is ether an accomplice or he paid the thief for a murder ploy.  The investigator yells that he also needs money and good-hearted Chi-sung offers him some money which raises the inspector’s blood pressure even more.  The police head comes in and let go of Chi-sung.  The murderer was named to be the man’s ex-gf and voices out that she did it because of too much love.  He hands a note from his doctor and wishes him luck for his pitching job that day.

The bargirl wakes up realizing he didn’t come home so she goes to Chi-sung’s house.  There are no police in his house anymore and it dawns on her that he could have been taken by the police.  She asks if Chi-sung was taken there, and they points at the TV and she watches him pitch the baseball.

Chi-sung plays pitcher in all his might, and in his thoughts he mutters… “

I’ve been trying to search what love is all about, but I never checked out the dictionary for its meaning.  Because I knew I won’t believe what it will say.  But today… I’m going to pitch… for that SOMEONE SPECIAL. 

The bargirl happily gapes at the TV screen as Chi-sung pitch and the batter hits it.   He catches the ball, the moment freezes, the team happily expects the victory, the batter tries to run… and then he throws the ball…

to the crowd…

 to make his SOMEONE SPECIAL smile. 

 

And smile the bargirl did, as the spectators wonder what happened.

The game freezes as Chi-sung walks away nosebleeding thinking he has done what he has left in his life.  He pauses to tell his team that he was curious what will happen if he fields a ball and throws it in the crowd, but a cat got the team’s tongue.

On a bus ride, he talks with the bargirl over the phone and tells her of the look on the manager’s face when he threw the ball.  She worries that he might not be able to play anymore but he doesn’t care.  She invites him for dinner as he reads the note from his doctor about his death verdict.  He hangs up feeling frustrated and happy at the same time for the news of the mistake on his expected death.  He tears the letter and goes to see the doctor who caused havoc in his life.  He rants how he mortgaged his house and lost his job because he thought he’s gonna die but the security holds on to him tightly.

The bargirl gets a call from the bar boss and asks her to come in to appease the troubled Chi-sung and her name is finally revealed, as her boss calls her name Yi-yeon.  Drunk Chi-sung vents his anger on losing his job and being penniless to Yi-yeon.  He annoyingly caused tears to brim in her eyes.

CHI-SUNG:   Are you going to let me stay in your house?   Do you love me?  Are you interested in me?

YI-YEON:  Why are you doing this to me?  Yes why are you being an asshole?

CHI-SUNG:  Are you not sure?

YI-YEON:  Why are you talking that way?  Do you really not know?  Are you asking because you’re curious?

CHI-SUNG:  screaaaams Damn  Just tell me if you love me!

Yi-yeon weeps and moves closer to him to whisper “ILOVEYOU” to his ear.

The boss assures her that he’ll be back to being nice when he sobers up, he was just drunk that’s why he lost his good manners.  Chi-sung is taking a night walk muttering how he will apologize to Yi-yeon.  He blabbers how he was prepared to die, and now he’s ging to live again.  He’s worried what he is going to do.  Then he sees a telephone post, he holds it, wonders why he’s doing it, gives up doing it and I can’t stop myself from laughing. 

Then we see the woman who murdered her ex-bf-who-caused-that-ball-hit-in-his-head-who-owned-the-watch-inside-the-thief’s-stolen-bag preparing for her suicide.  The car hits her, drunk Chi-sung stares at her and through telepathy they both wonder if they have met each other before.  He finally recognizes her and tells her that she’s going to get her dream of dying because of love, but the girl almost dying replies that love can only be felt when you are alive.

Chi-sung watches the ambulance go and runs to feel what love is a about.  He remembers the culprit’s definition of love as well as his teammates encouraging love talk that “love is always waiting” but he should go for it.  All the definitions of love he acquires come rushing in his running memories.

He went back to the hotel incident when she listens to his heartbeat uttering how she’s so happy he’s alive.  He jumps to check if she’s in her house, and realizes where she probably is… He shifts and go to his house and finds her waiting outside the door…

CHI-SUNG:  I want to ask you something.  What’s your name?

BARGIRL:  Yi yeon… Han Yi-yeon

CHI-SUNG:  That’s a pretty name.

YI-YEON:  Thank you.

CHI-SUNG:  Shall I walk you home?

Yi-yeon agrees and while they walk home, he asks about herself and her favorite things.

“Today I received three things that not all people can get…  I got next year.  I got bad mannerisms.  And I got my first love.”

COMMENTS:

This flick has one of the wittiest and funniest screenplay I’ve seen.  It was not complex and will keep teasing your heart in its entire duration.  It’s a movie were all pieces complements each other well from the story premise to how the characters played their role well to the amusing conflict and to the secret love and how it was returned back.  This is one of my hall-of-famers.  ^_^