[Preview] ′You’re My Pet′: A Gift for Jang Keun Suk Fans
After watching the movie, You’re My Pet, the audience might come to feel curious as to why only Jang Keun Suk remains in their mind even though Kim Ha Neul appeared in most of the scenes.
The movie centered on a fantasy romance where ‘master’ Ji Eun (Kim Ha Neul) happens to live together with her ‘pet’ In Ho (Jang Keun Suk), one of the most adorable and cutest beings in the world.
Needless to say, the movie is obviously targeted at a female audience, who might want to identify with Ji Eun. To put it more simply though, the film is essentially a boxed gift set for Jang′s devoted fans as it essentially covers all the charms of the actor who′s been deemed the new ′Prince of Asia.′
Upon watching the movie, a question came to my mind: “Why did Kim Ha Neul star in the movie, which is like a gift set for Jang’s fans?”
She showed off her sincere acting in the movie, “Blind,” and won the best actress award at Daejong Film Awards. She was cast for the two movies almost at the same time, but a question arises as to why she took on the role of Ji Eun in the first place.
It′s not as if Kim′s position and fame was so lacking that she would want (or need) to benefit from Jang’s popularity. And it might not even be the case that the character was something she was hankering after in order to challenge herself. It even struck me that she might have taken the role to take a break from her serious roles. If that’s not the case, did she take a modest stance and lower herself to her original resolution to take every possible role? Or is she a closet fan of Jang Keun Suk?
Whatever her intention might have been, Kim faithfully carried out her role to prop up Jang’s charms, which rewarded her with praises for her professionalism and reviews like, ‘It was a fantasy romance completed thanks to Kim Ha Nuel.’ If the movie becomes a success, Jang will have to thank Kim the most.
The storyline of You’re My Pet is pretty simple. Having been adapted from a Japanese comic of the same title, it obviously targeted Asian female moviegoers with the focus on pretty and cute packaging with a romantic feel and simple content.
Ji Eun is a 30-something editor of a fashion magazine who has everything from looks to educational background to high income, but is unlucky when it comes to love. She believes she doesn’t have a boyfriend due to guys’ stereotypical idea that having a girlfriend superior to him would be burdensome.
One day she happened to encounter In Ho, a musical choreographer in his mid-20s and a friend of her brother. In Ho, who was kicked out by his family, makes a secret deal with Ji Eun’s brother and decides to live at Ji Eun’s house as her pet. Ji Eun boldly accepts In Ho who resembles her pet Momo in her childhood to have him do house chores and act as a barricade to loneliness.
The setting of relationship between master and pet itself is unfamiliar and vague, so it is unclear from where they start to see each other as lovers. It is unconvincing that a cute and lovely guy in his 20s falls in love with a woman in her 30s no matter how perfect she is. However, if you accept all things occurring in the movie as a comic book situation, it would be easier to appreciate the movie.
Jang shows off all his charms to win Ji Eun’s heart. To name a few, playing guitar with sorrowful expressions in his eyes, leading Ji Eun to dance with him in front of a fountain, singing a dramatic serenade as if in a musical, and showing off his rippling muscles. He appears in scenes sometimes letting down his curly hair, which reminds you of a prince from medieval times, sometimes tying his hair back as if shouting “Aren’t you going to fall for me still?”
As in the movie, My Tutor Friend in which Kim ended up falling in love with her student although she keeps declaring firmly, “You’re a student while I’m a teacher,” she ends up in an imaginable situation even though she keeps saying “You’re a pet while I’m a master.”
When In Ho slyly tells Ji Eun, holding her hands, “I’ve never met a woman who has these soft hands before” at their first encounter, and makes a comical gesture, disappearing in an instant with a line, “I’ll be back!” the character overlaps with Jang Keun Suk′s real-life character. All the previous characters taken by Jang, including a pure lad from the drama, Hwang Jin Yi, musical genius from Beethoven Virus, and a freewheeling macho rocker from You’re Beautiful are encompassed in the character In Ho. Therefore, if you are allergic to Jang′s charms, or if you are worried that your girlfriends will fall in love with him, you’d better avoid watching this movie.
Photo credit: You′re My Pet
Translation credit: Misun Lee
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