Korean Movie Review – All About My Wife (내아내의 모든것)

Have you ever wondered what that famous scene in “Ghost” (1990) would have looked like if Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore were Korean, and instead of making a clay vase they were milking a cow? Well, if you have, you’re in luck, as that’s just one of the scenes in Min Kyu-dong’s romantic comedy “All About My Wife” (2012).

While Jeong-in (Lim Su-jeong) is in Japan learning how to cook, she bumps into Doo-hyun (Lee Seon-gyun) who is on a student-exchange program. Fast forward seven years. They are back in Korea, married, but the relationship has disintegrated and Doo-hyun can’t stand his overbearing, opinionated wife.

Jeong-in knows the only thing for him to do is to be a man and ask his wife for a divorce. Instead, he decides to enlist the help of the town Lothario, Seong-gi (Ryoo Seung-ryong), to seduce his wife, making the divorce as painless, and as cheap, as possible. However, the more distant his wife becomes, the more Doo-hyun starts to wonder if he has done the right thing.

To my surprise, I loved the film. I’m not usually a fan of romantic comedies, but it was genuinely funny and didn’t rely on slapstick to drive the plot. The script is solid, and despite Lim Su-jeong’s character being extremely annoying at times, there is some truth to the things she says. You get the impression that the writers were using the character as a mouthpiece to voice their displeasure over certain aspects of Korean society. For example, they clearly don’t agree with Korea’s views on making sure you’re married before a certain age. Jeong-in lets her feelings be known to her detractors in the film and, in turn, to us, the audience.

“All About My Wife” is funny, charming and sad all at the same time, and definitely worth a watch — even if you aren’t a fan of the genre.

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