Gong Hyo-jin and Ha Jung-woo’s Love Fiction
This sounds really cute: Gong Hyo-jin and Ha Jung-woo are teaming up for a romantic comedy titled Love Fiction, which features Ha as a timid novelist who falls in love at first sight with a charming woman (Gong).
Ha’s character has exactly one successful novel to his name, but has fallen into a sophomore slump. A naive, bumbling sort of guy, he’s always being dumped by women. And my favorite thing about his description: He’s a half-assed vegetarian. I don’t know why, but that just makes me laugh. Maybe because I’ve been one, too.
Gong plays an employee of a film import company who is also an amateur photographer. She’s got a bright, happy personality, though (of course) she’s got some deep-rooted mom-related pain underneath it all.
It’ll be great seeing Ha back in comedy (his last was 2008’s feel-good sports movie Take Off), as he’s been focusing most of his recent career on crime thrillers and mysteries like The Chaser, Boat, Hwanghae, and The Client. And we’ve seen Gong being winning and relatable no matter the genre, whether it’s comedy (Pasta) or melo (Thank You). Together, they should be adorable.
Both actors are managed by N.O.A Entertainment, and a rep from the agency said, “Ha Jung-woo has mostly acted in heavy, serious films, but he’ll take on the challenge of changing his image with this movie, his first traditional romantic comedy.” The rep added, “Gong Hyo-jin’s usual image is classy and stylish, but she’s a genuine actor who has never been afraid to mess up her image for projects.” Anyone who’s seen her being crass and rude in Crush and Blush can attest to that.
Love Fiction is directed by Jeon Kye-soo, who won a Baeksang Award for writing and directing The Ghost Theater, and will begin filming in June.