Here’s a look at the quirky new gallows-humor romantic comedy Neverending Story, starring Uhm Tae-woong and Jung Ryeo-won as two people who meet on the day they each get diagnosed with a terminal illness. How’s that for a meet-cute? With six months left to live, they decide, eh why not, and start to date… as they prepare to die. Their dates consist of shopping for coffins and burial clothes, and other hilariously dark non-datey activities, but their romance is every bit the traditional bickering cuteness.
Uhm Tae-woong plays a happy-go-lucky unemployed loser who can’t live without the lotto, and Jung Ryeo-won an uptight, exacting bank employee who can’t live without her diary. What cracks me up is that in the trailer, Uhm Tae-woong seems the closest to his real persona that I’ve ever seen (not counting 1 Night 2 Days, of course). And in fact, it seems so out of his normal wheelhouse that it seems like a part borne out of his 1N2D persona. His character is kind of a doofus, and really inexperienced at love, to the point that Jung Ryeo-won has to coach him on how to seduce her. Him: “Do you… not have to go h-home?” Her: “You have to MAKE me not want to go home! Cry and beg, or jump into the ocean or something!” Ha.
The trailer starts out all melodramatic as they find out they’re going to die, and then immediately undercuts the drama with offbeat charm and flirty banter. (And yes, that’s a cameo by Cha Tae-hyun as a quack palm reader.) Uhm Tae-woong squeeing over being called “oppa” is pretty much the cutest thing ever. The poster’s kind of awesome too — who ever thought two people climbing into a coffin together could be so hot?
I love it when a story takes common melodrama fodder and then tells it as a comedy, and even better is the idea to take two drama-heavy actors and make them light and funny. Morbid AND hilarious? Why, oh why can’t this be a sixteen-episode drama?
Neverending Story hits theaters January 19.
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