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Seo Ji-seok and Jung Da-hye’s new rom-com
by | December 10, 2012 | 32 Comments

Seo Ji-seok (High Kick 3, Manny) and Jung Da-hye (Rude Miss Young-ae) are starring in a new romantic comedy movie that’s been flying under the radar, called That Woman and That Man’s Inside Story — it looks like a cute little indie film with some possible sizzle, and it just secured a release date before the year is out.

The directorial debut from Lee Yoon-hyung stars Jung Da-hye as a woman who’s still a virgin and determined not to be, and spends a year dating three guys before she decides to sleep with one of them. There’s Bachelor Number 1 (Yeon Jae-wook), who can only think about sex and spends every ounce of energy on trying to figure out some new way to spend the night at her place. Bachelor Number 2 is mysterious and thoughtful, but a total riddle who disappears and then reappears just when she thinks she’s forgotten him. And Seo Ji-seok plays Bachelor Number 3, who on the outside seems to be endlessly sweet and kind and innocent. Mmm-hmm. That “on the outside” basically means it’s opposite day, but that’s the fun, yeah?

It’s nice to see Seo Ji-seok back in a new project, especially since he was so endearing in High Kick as a lovelorn sweetie pie — he got the best love story in that drama and totally scored swoony points with his adorable one-sided crush. And messing up his image for comedy was certainly the thing that got me to take notice of him, so roles like this sound right up his alley and will hopefully be one of many to come.

The movie is described as a frank and realistic portrayal of modern romance, told in a refreshing way. I hope you’re not lying, because that sounds great. The woman in the poster: “Is that all you think about?” The guy: “I’m not going home tonight!” Guess we’ll have to watch to see which guy she chooses, but I swear, if she goes all Kelly Taylor and chooses herself, imma get my money back.

That Woman and That Man’s Inside Story will premiere this December in theaters.

Via Star N News


32 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Mar

    Thanks for covering this. Any rom com is of interest after the Melo Period here.

    I’m sorry, but three guys, a year, a girl determined not to be a virgin and it’s a frank and realistic portrayal of modern romance? I’m pretty sure frank and realistic wouldn’t involve the word virgin. Or a year of decision. Still could be an interesting show, I’m just saying.

    • 1.1 Mystisith

      I quite agree with your interpretation.
      Also the conflict between the “urgency of body needs” and her long term plan should be interesting.
      I hope it will be cute. Then I will forgive the psychological inaccuracies.

      • 1.1.1 Mar

        Yes I am hoping for the forgiveness factor too!

    • 1.2 canxi

      I dunno, I don’t think so. I don’t think anything wrong with the word “virgin” and the heroine just sounds picky about who she’ll wanna give it up to. Nothing worse than regretting the next day.

      She’s also cheating which I think is kind of hilarious albeit awful (and realistic…I definitely have known a girl or two who would cheat). Heroine seems like the person who has an ideal for what a first time should be like hence her waiting and the options. I think it sounds like a cool watch.

    • 1.3 grapefruit_juice

      I mean, I’m 24 and still a virgin, and last time I checked I lived in the 21st century. I realize that I may be in the minority, but I wouldn’t say that her being a virgin somehow makes the film’s premise unbelievable. How frank or realistic a romance film is depends on much more than the status of the lead character’s hymen.

      Movie looks cute. I’ve been burned by k-indie movies before, though, so I’ll wait to see reviews on this one before checking it out myself.

    • 1.4 yammy

      you’ll be surprised how much this applies to women in s. korea. a lot of them won’t lose their virginity until marriage still today.

      • 1.4.1 houstontwin

        Nothing wrong with that!

    • 1.5 Orion

      Not all women jump vagina-first into crotches as soon as they feel they want to (puberty) and yes, this can be realistic considering their society. If a person’s beliefs or culture are strong enough, they will even ignore their own health and natural impulses for it. Unfortunate, but it does happen.

      I mean, she’s still manipulating these three guys badly and I do hope she ends up alone because of it, but her plan sounds frighteningly plausible. I’m sure some people have done that (especially in countries where sex is seen as taboo by society) and it does suck. Some avoid sexuality to be “pure” and end up being way crueler to themselves and others, throwing pure out the window in other ways. I hope this movie will be about how wrong this is for those involved, not some praise of being a virgin skank or some sexless guy.

      What I also find unrealistic is portraying even bodily needs in a very “kdrama” way. As in, people mostly not having them. We’re animals and mostly horny animals. We have them preeetty early on and they don’t disappear because we “love and respect” someone. That’s just a lie told to idiots who think that if someone wants to do them, they don’t “wuv” them enough.

      I’m skeptic when hearing “realism” mentioned around romance as portrayed in Korean works, but it’s definitely not the “virgin” or “a year”or “three guys” part that seem impossible. It will all depend on how they do it. The movie, I mean, not the other thing. 😛

      • 1.5.1 canxi

        Indeed. It does look like an indie movie though (like GF said) so I think they may handle it nicely. I know I’ve watched a couple of movies and even dramas that don’t do that “pure” love approach,lol.

    • 1.6 mary

      I think it’s the “three gorgeous men waiting for a girl to pick one” that needs suspension of disbelief here.

      Because, WHERE ARE MY THREE (or more) GUYS??? Geez. Not everyone is like Park Shin Hye! 😀

      • 1.6.1 Orion

        Never underestimate a sl*t. I happen to know many lovely and handsome young guys, dream guys, who keep chasing after such women and get obsessed. Such women, of course, never actually sleep with the nice guys, because they want them around as “fans” to adore them. These pathetic excuses of women feel like they’re awesome if they have a few nice guys eating out of their hand with the bait of maybe scoring someday or finding their ideal “seductive woman who wants me!”. Not that the guys aren’t to blame too.

        This is not about how sexually active someone is, it’s about character. If you’re a mess of complexes and a royal other-word-for-female-dog, you will do such things. Which is why I said, I hope “realistic” means she’ll get punished. I hope she finds a jerk to fall for and then gets a taste of what it’s like being mislead and used. That is what usually and eventually happens to women like these, or then they get tired and do marry some poor idiot to leech off.

        I prefer to never get three nice guys fighting for me than to turn into that. Plus, such guys ask for it and I can do better. As far as I’m concerned, these two types deserve each other. 😛

    • 1.7 Mar

      It’s interesting seeing all the different interpretations and opinions on this. Good stuff.

      I’m trying to figure out tho, if I missed something in the summary above, based on the comments. I didn’t see anything about her being in an exclusive relationship with one of them so how can she be cheating or manipulating? Unless she’s telling someone she’s exclusive or teasing a guy to keep him around to get some other benefit (back up date, money, networking, a Mr. Fix it on hand-hey it happens), I can’t see how she is cheating or manipulative. Maybe I misunderstood the plot. idk.

      • 1.7.1 canxi

        Well, from the description above it seems like she’s dating three guys at the same time. Personally, I consider this cheating even if it’s not exclusive or whatever. Dating can be a build-up to a relationship. When you think about how hurt the guys might feel if they find out she’s dating two other guys well, it’s not really a nice situation. Who wants to be a 1-in-3 option?

  2. MsB

    I absolutely loved him in Gloria. Never was a High Kick fan. And boy, he has a nice voice too!

    • 2.1 Mystisith

      I agree. Gloria is his best piece of work.

      • 2.1.1 houstontwin

        I liked him as the second lead in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  3. anotheraddict

    Sounds really cute but I’m not sure I’m ready to see him woo anyone other than Park Ha Sun– I guess I’ll have to tell myself that this is his much less innocent twin.

  4. cg

    haven’t seen any of their dramas but this film sounds interesting..

  5. OMG

    sounds interesting….it seems that Korea is becoming more and more open to sex and sexuality…especially from a woman’s POV. yaye to progression…haha

  6. Piggister

    Actually, I’m strangely invested in this movie. I’m 23 years-old and still have my V card. Although all my friends tell me it’s better to wait, there is this underlying pressure to just get it over with. It’s be interesting to see “realistic” portrayal of this modern romance.

    • 6.1 Lisa

      I’m 23, I waited for the right guy and lost it at 21. We were together for two years, ultimately we just weren’t quite right for each other, and I don’t regret a thing. Keep waiting, it’s not worth giving it up to some loser.

      • 6.1.1 Fab

        May ask if that waiting is only applied to the first time? Because oddly enough I hear it a lot where young women want to wait for the right guy, but after ‘losing it’, they move on as quickly as they to a new sexual relationship.

        • Freya

          it doesn’t mean the right guy as in the one you’ll get married to someday but a nice guy should be alright, don’t give it to a jerk…I’m 23 and still also a virgin, I have a bf and were in 4 yrs relationship however Im still not ready to give it up..I’m not against premarital sex as long as both parties wanted it and are responsible then go for it..

    • 6.2 asianromance

      I get what you mean. I’m older and still have my V card. I’m in the US and there is this perception that if you’re still a virgin after college, then there is something wrong with your body or perhaps you’re religious and waiting for marriage or maybe you’re a sexually-repressed prude or super insecure or unrealistically picky. Sometimes there just hasn’t been a decent opportunity. I was even thinking about such a scenario the other day – losing it with some decent guy you have scoped out, interviewed, and chosen rather than losing it with some douche in the heat of the moment. However, talking with fellow virgins – if you’ve “waited” this long, might as well hold out for a nice guy you’re crazy about.

    • 6.3 canxi

      Yeah! It’s kind of weird, when all of a sudden you realize all of your friends have done it and you’re the only one left. So, I’m interested in this too. I’m also waiting for the right person, I figure if I find him and feel strongly for him I won’t hesitate. It’s all about feeling comfortable, right?

  7. Fab

    I’ve seen Seo Ji-seok and Jung Da-hye respectively in OBGYN and 9 End 2 Outs. And I liked them, and how glad I am that this is not a drama…

  8. Mystisith

    Question: When you look at the stats, most men when they marry are not virgin anymore… but women are. ?!? Do people lie in the surveys? Do men have their first time with married women or with another man?
    OK, I’m just having a bit of fun here: Everyone can believe and act the way they want as far as it doesn’t annoy the others. But really, social hypocrisy, I love you: Taboos and laws must be different in different countries. That said, the libido is the same for all humans.

    • 8.1 JoJo

      Libido is the same for all humans? I dunno…South Korea might be different. Lots of single women in their 30s can’t find a mate and a very low birth rate. As for those men who aren’t virgins when they marry, they probably earned their stripes while in the army (ha ha…you can read anything you want into that).

    • 8.2 Freya

      men tend to lose their virginity at high school at least from where I live..some are mocked if they’re still a virgin at college and if you’re more than 20yrs old…for women it’s the other way around, some are mocked if they aren’t virgin anymore even after college..

      everyone has different cultures and varies..from where you live maybe is a liberated country but there are still conservative countries that exist..

      • 8.2.1 Mystisith

        I would rather say than there is conservative people (I have no problem with that, once again) in every country more than entirely conservative countries. If you read the post I gave the link for, you’ll see than it’s the case in SK, at least. There is what people say and what people do…

  9. Onees

    He’s not so great in acting but there is something about him that just hit the right spot. Hope that make sense. 😀

  10. 10 Ciara

    Excited about this drama! I first saw Seo Ji Seok in OBGY Doctors and then in Manny. Hopefully this will be a great project for him as well as Jung Da Hye!

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