ALL ABOUT MY WIFE
내 아내의 모든 것
Directed by Min Kyu-dong
It all came like a dream. Jung-In and Doo-Hyun meet-cute under a table during an earthquake in Japan. Turns out they’re both Koreans living in Nagoya: she a beauty looking to practice her Japanese, he a seismologist with Japanese to spare. They marry in a k-pop heartbeat.
Seven years later, Doo-Hyun feels more than an itch. It’s more like a rash. His dream bride turns out to be a quick-tempered, flame-throwing warden on watch 24 hours a day. Doo-Hyun has to get out of this earthquake of a marriage, but can’t bring himself to utter the d-word. So instead of a divorce, he goes for the opposite: seduction. Noticing that his neighbor’s doorway has become a runway of international supermodels begging for love in every language, he wonders if the Casanova-next-door can seduce his wife and grant him his freedom. The price of freedom, of course, is more than Doo-Hyun can afford.
A classic screwball story with a sassy-girl spin, ALL ABOUT MY WIFE begins as an overdrive (un)romantic comedy but hits the home stretch with uncommon smarts about how men and women adjust to each other, in good times and in bad. The love-triangle sizzles thanks to the unshaven, sleepy-eyed cynicism of the Casanova played by Ryoo Seung-Ryong (The Front Line, Spring Showcase ’12), the manic desperation of Lee Sun-Kyun as Doo-Hyun, and especially the blistering sadism of Lim Soo-Jung (I’m a Cyborg but that’s Okay, SDAFF ’07). –Brian Hu
Cast: Lim Soo-Jung, Lee Sun-Kyun, Ryoo Seung-Ryong