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Sassy Girl 2: Can Cha Tae-hyun resurrect the sass without the original girl?

The original sassy girl heads to the monastery to become a nun, and thus My New Sassy Girl debuts.

Cha Tae-hyun (The Producers) returns to the big screen as Kyun-woo without Jeon Ji-hyun (Assassination), the original (and to some, forever the only) sassy girl. Idol starlet Victoria of f(x) plays the new sassy girl as Kyun-woo’s long-lost first love who left for China.

The story picks up when she re-enters his life amid heartbreak. Cue: “a bloody and bizarre” honeymoon. (Side note: The direct translation of the title is actually Bizarre Girl; “sassy” doesn’t really cover the full shebang of shenanigans).

To give this new romance some backstory: As a child, Kyun-woo was small and timid who got teased a lot by girls. The new sassy girl went to the same school, living in Chinatown with relatives because she didn’t have parents, and always alone at school because she couldn’t speak Korean. The two outcasts naturally befriended one another, and she told Kyun-woo, “Let’s get married. Be my groom,” adding in Chinese, “Wo ai ni” (I love you). She’d told him that it meant “See you later,” and left for China.

Fast-forward to adulthood, when the two run into each other, and though she’s still of the mind to marry him, Kyun-woo is an unemployed nobody and feels he doesn’t have the right to marry her. The two end up marrying anyway, mostly due to her persevering courtship and his eventual employment.

Despite a happy marriage, Kyun-woo’s work life becomes haggard: That he got in itself was a miracle, and his supervisor, Choi Jin-ho (Mrs. Cop 2), treats him like a dog. Reminding himself about his wife who sacrifices so much for him, Kyun-woo tries to stick it out at his miserable job.

The production recently held a screening and press conference in advance of the film’s May 12 release, which was attended by star Cha Tae-hyun and director Jo Geun-shik (Victoria was absent from the press conference due to scheduled activities in China). Cha Tae-hyun explained that he hadn’t expected to do the sequel without Jeon Ji-hyun, thinking it would be both of them or neither.

He said he was sorry to her for taking it on alone, and that he was so shocked at seeing the scene where Jeon Ji-hyun becomes a nun, which was necessary to set up the sequel, that he reconsidered. Knowing how well-loved the original project was, Cha expressed his heavy heart about starring in a sequel without the other half: “I’m honestly upset and sad about it too.”

But Cha stressed that the sequel would not compete with the original (good, because it can’t), and said that as he was wrestling with his decision, he started missing the character of Kyun-woo. He also enjoyed Director Jo’s Manner Zero, and so had faith in him as a director. So while Jeon Ji-hyun’s fans may be upset, Cha said that the sequel promises many fun episodes, including his enjoyable chemistry with Bae Sung-woo, whom he called a really funny person.

Director Jo said he told Victoria (who is Chinese) to speak in Chinese, that she didn’t have to try so hard, but she made a great effort to speak in Korean. He was impressed she also tried to infuse emotion while speaking Korean.

Cha said: “I try a lot to star in comedies. As a person who watches a lot of movies in theaters, it’s lamentable that comedies or light-hearted movies these days don’t really hit. There are only dark movies, thrillers, sci-fi or blockbuster-type movies playing. There aren’t many comedies, which seems to be the trend, but I hope the movie does well.”

For his sake, I hope so. Time to watch My Sassy Girl to refresh my memory in advance of the sequel I may (or likely not) watch. My New Sassy Girl premieres on May 12.

Via HeraldPop, Joy News

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Nope lol.

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Honestly ... it reeks of fail :( sorry Cha Tae Hyun.
I remember how one poster was so badly photoshopped, it looked awful, her heels were so far from his back, like anyone would make a better poster than that mess.

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+1
I cringed when I saw that poster too. It would have been slightly more tolerable if they had gone for a remake of MSG instead with two new actors.

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All I can say is Cha Taehyun looks dashing in the 6th pic.

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Everyone knows that usually a sequel to anything will not be as good as the first one. But with a classic like my sassy girl, it's just such a pity for it to be ruined by a sequel so many years later. Even if they had the original cast all reunited, I'll still be sceptical about it. But swapping jeon Ji hyun, that's an absolute no no.

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Original sassy girl became a nun, pffff. Hello, that was just an excuse, she actually had a fling with a cute 400 year old alien plus she just had a baby three months ago...oh wait, never mind. :-D
Nope, in my world there's no sequel, it's all a hoax, let's close this page asap. Lalalalalalala

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Lol, that would have been hilarious! They show that the *spoiler?* old man at the tree who is an alien is actually do min joon. Then they disintegrate, or whatever that was, into a parallel universe. I think I'd pay money to see that movie.

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*correction, I think he was supposed to be a time traveler, but you know, they can change that to alien.

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But the real question: Is the baby the alien's?

Cause cheating on a fling seems like the opposite of a nun. Jk ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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Why, God, just, why..........why...........why..........why...........why.........why.......why..........why.......why...........why..........

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Why a sequel of My Sassy Girl in the first place???? Some mysteries just cannot be explained...

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Whyyy would they do this? :(

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Love CTH but nah. Will pass this one and hope for him to pick a good project in the future.

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Sometimes good project don't translate to big money or profit. With this movie, they can export to China and bank in under Victoria fans.

Not all CTH movies doing well.

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Unfortunately, despite Vic's sky high popularity online, her lack of public recognition coupled with the random story itself did no favours for the film's revenue, and reviews are practically down the drain.

Tl;dr: The movie flopped hard.

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The answer is simple. No. Just... No.

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I hope this movie will do well in Korea and also China.

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Never.

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I am fine with giving the sequel a chance. There are sequels that are totally fine. We won't know until we watch it. However it's a pity that some people write of sequels before even watching it.

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I refuse to acknowledge the existence of this, to me it's just fanfiction that managed to nab the original star.

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I think a better sequel would that the original characters had a child, and that girl or boy was sassy, and met someone or vice versa. New characters with the old ones, and still kinda revamping the original movie (I get it, people in Korean entertainment really want to market things for China cause that's where the money is).

This one is just a big nope for me too. I wonder how Jun Ji Hyun feels about this sequel.

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Is Victoria has a decent acting?

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In my opinion, in comparing the acting abilities of the F(x) members, that Sulli is the best, followed by Krystal, who is marginal, and if you travel a few thousand miles downhill you get to Victoria, whose acting abilities make Krystal and Sulli look really good. Actually, there is a movie called Punch, I believe, where Sulli is in it, where she does a great job.

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I wonder if she would be/is better acting in her native tongue, be it any of the Chinese dialects. As the director implied, real acting with emotions in a second language seems quite difficult if not rarely accomplished.

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Wow, it seems so... unappealing. Simply beating someone up doesn't make you sassy, Victoria. Everything about Victoria - from her image-conscious posters, the flat delivery of her lines, to her overall aura - screams milquetoast. No one could be un-sassier. I never liked the original MSG movie cuz it was too weird for my taste, but I can't deny that Jun Ji Hyun was an absolutely convincing "bizarre girl".

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I feel rather bad for it,but who knows it suprise everyone and do well. There sequels that have fared better than the originals like Terminator 2(one of my favourites),Captain America:Winter Soldier,Hunger Games:Catching Fire(much,much better than the dreadful first one) to name a few. So who knows? I haven't watched the original and this one seems like a bad idea but goodluck. Fighting!

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Don't forget Star Wars Ep V: The Empire Strikes Back

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I hardly think those movies (which were planned sequels and actually advanced the story from their prequels) deserve to be compared to an obvious cash-grab attempt like this.

or maybe MSG 2 (lol that acronym) is really cinematic genius and Victoria is a thespian who'll have as all going 'Jun Ji Hyun who?'

I REALLY don't think so.

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Sacarsm,hee. It does seem like a blatant cash grab.
Lol @MSG2. Isn't that a spice,sauce in a bottle or something?

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All I can say is Cha Tae Hyun is lucky I love him enough not to resent him for this.

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hahahaha
me too~

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I love Cha Tae Hyun but this is a big NO. Anyway I hope he got paid enough, he has a family to feed.

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i love how some people are acting as if my sassy girl is a cinematic masterpiece. i never understood the hype around the movie and i can't really relate to the nostalgic factor like i'm able to do with other movies that i can't necessarily classify as good but have enjoyed anyway. the way some of y'all are acting as if this remake is a crime need to calm down

that being said i can understand why fans are upset, maybe the constant backlash is irritating bc the personal connection for me just isn't there

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I won't say it is masterpiece, in fact far from it. But... JJH own My Sassy Girl, like nobody business. I will at least will watch if the sequel with same actors i.e with JJH & CTH. For me and many of us, Sassy Girl will always be JJH. I am not a fan of this movie either.

I feel bad to Victoria too, but she took the project knowing its risks.

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Agreed! I understand the attachment/loyalty to the original work, though I can say that the trailer looks surprisingly good and I'm actually looking forward to seeing it..!

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Will yeah it hardly a master piece of film making but then films like that you only say you have watched to seem clever, I mean who but real film buff have really watched the so called master pieces of film making? Certainly not me anyway. What Sassy Girl was one one heck of a funny film and at its time quite original, that spawned an endless run of copycat/like films in Korea, it like say the TV drama Successful Story of A Bright Girl, that was hardly the greatest Tv drama around, but somehow was so popular it rewrote the way comedy/romance Tv drama where made after it aired. In such a way Sassy Girl started a kind of sub themed run of Films, that are still copied as of today.

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This ,i watched the film for the first time and i didn't even finish it ,then 2 years later i tried to finish it but it really was not that funny or that good.

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I didn't like it either. I didn't think it was funny. It left me thinking that I should stay away from Korean comedies since I couldn't find the comedy in this "classic" at all. I really don't believe most of the people that claim to love it like it either.

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I will hate watch it, probably.

Something I picked up on: their apartment set looks EXACTLY like Uhm Jung Hwa's apartment from A Witch's Romance.

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While I never watch my sassy girl so I don't get the outcry. While majority of sequels fail. They are some sequels that are more beloved than the original. Rush hour 2 is example of a sequel done right! Go in with open mind!

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What?! no! In my mind they ended up together forever!! :) lol

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The ending in the original was good enough. Making a sequel with decent actors would be very risky. Victoria, when I've seen her act, well, is pretty much a trainwreck. This just has to be a money grab, maybe use her Chinese ethnicity to build up some interest. But like most of the commenters have mentioned, No. No. No.

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They must have thrown some serious coin at him to even consider doing this movie without JJH.

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My Sassy Girl is part of my youth so it hold special place in my heart. Say it whatever you like but Jun Ji Hyun own My Sassy Girl. My Sassy Girl is Jun Ji Hyun~
And I'm shocked the trailer starts with JJH becomes a nun. Whut?? Why????
As for watching this, nah... most probably will not. I have lots of other movies on my watch list anyways. Just drop by to see the trailer and end up missing My Sassy Girl~
Good thing I never loan my precious to anyone.

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Like you are a korean/chinese saying you wouldn't watch it, do you spent your money to watch the movie on cinema? hahaha ~

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Cha Tae Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun have had very different careers since My Sassy Girl. While Ji Hyun has become a superstar who would not lose her shine even if the project she works on fails miserably, Tae Hyun has had a rocky career, even though he is- undoubtedly- a superstar. (I am not a Korean so I am not sure about this, but that's what it looks like to an international fan)

My point here is that maybe Tae Hyun needs to revisit MSG to experience that level of success, whereas Ji Hyun does not. So I really want this movie to do well for him- because I have loved him in everything that I have seen of him (though I might have seen just the good projects).

But all said and done, the sassy girl as a nun is just plain laughable.

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Even when JJH's projects weren't doing too well, she still had her lucrative CF work.

CTH had a bit of a slump after MSG (some of his films did OK, but none were huge hits) - until "Speedy Scandal"/"Scandal Makers" in 2008 which was the highest grossing film in Korea that year - and of course, he is now the main guy for 2D1N.

So, it's not like CTH hasn't had a certain level of success (his films have done better than JJH's films).

If anything, this was a play on CTH's part for greater exposure to the China market.

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JJH had a period of time where her career almost flatlined when she tried to go to Hollywood.

She was really lucky she went back to Korea when she did and did The Thieves movie and then My Love From Another Star.

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Hmmmm. I am one of the fan that see JJH as *the only* Sassy Girl, ever, forever. For the endless love to MSG, I hope that this sequel would do well. There can never be anything similar to MSG, but I hope at least this is a good movie.
Good luck!
*go watch MSG, hugging my frog pillow*

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Simply a travesty.

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Um... really? I can't be the only one that thinks this will be a disaster.

I mean, Replacing Jeon Ji Hyun with an idol starlet who likely can't act her way out of a paper bag?

Come on. Really?

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Nope. I'm not even a fan of JJH, but MSG was one of my gateway drugs into K-dramas/movies and she's the ONLY sassy girl.

This is honestly disrespectful and I'm personally offended.

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a major let down! just finished watching it in cinema. though i always had second doubts the moment i head about the sequel, i was hopeful that it is going to be funny because of CTH. well, i did not even laugh. the plot was lacking something and the chemistry between the leads are absolutely zero.

i would not elaborate because i prefer to not to be a spoiler. for those who wants to watch it, go ahead. but you have been warned. i'd rather watch the original than waste 2 hrs on this film. which i already did.. ugh!

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THIS. IS. PURE. NOBLE. IDIOCY.

I know that South Korea's entertainment is sooo desperate to suck money from Chinese market. BUT this is just so, so stupid.

Make a sequel of My Sassy Girl without Jun Jihyun is a fool idea, and then.. they cast VICTORIA?
Like seriously.. WHAT THE...

Why they didn't also replace Cha Taehyun with Taecyon?
They could win The Best Nobel Idiocy of the year.

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My Sassy Girl and Windstruck yes. Both movie can be related, or not. Both were awesome, because of sassy JJH. My New Sassy Girl? No for me too. It's really sad to know that they decided to remake this. CTH and JJH's character were OTP in the original movie. It was already beautiful. Why they have to make her go to monastery and become a nun? What joke?

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Le sigh... tainted one of Hallyu's legendary films.

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The original was funny and heartfelt. A classic that I only got to see a couple of months ago. It kept me entertained throughout and had a very satisfying ending. That said, I have no interest in watching this alleged sequel after reading the reviews. After seeing the original movie viewers are supposed to believe that "The Girl" broke the hero's heart again after the great ending ?
This movie wreaks of greed. They should have made this a separate film, completely unrelated to the original. Do your self a favor and see the original. With any luck MSG 2 will be forgotten quickly.

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