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My Tutor Friend (동갑내기 과외하기)

동갑내기 과외하기 (Dong-gab-nae-gi Kwa-oi-ha-gi)

Directed by Kim Gyeong-Hyeong (김경형)

Screenplay by


110min | Release date in South Korea :

Soo-wan and Ji-hoon are both 21 years old. But Soo-wan, a sophomore in college, is an unpolished country girl, while Ji-hoon is a major party animal and still a high school senior. Soo-wan's mother is a master of chopping up chickens for her fried chicken business. Ji-hoon is the eldest son of a very rich and ruthless father. These two have little in common, but, when they kneel face to face at the same desk, one is the teacher and the other is the student.


My Tutor Friend | Cast

My Tutor Friend | HanCinema Reviews

  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "My Tutor Friend"

    Soo-wan (played by Kim Ha-neul) is a college-aged tutor who crankily works to finance her education. Ji-hoon (played by kwon Sang-woo) is a high school student who's been held back three years because he's been too busy doing cool stuff like getting into fights and partying. Together, they study. And I guess eventually they also fight crime, via a last minute plot thread that kind of pops out of nowhere,...More

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  • [HanCinema's News] Kim Ha-neul Returns With "The Wind Blows"

    Kim Ha-neul, the Queen of Melos as she has been nicknamed, has returned to the small screen with "The Wind Blows". This marks her first drama appearance in three years, the last one being "Road to the Airport" in 2016. Kim Ha-neul first started her career off as a model in 1996, eventually obtaining a debut as the lead actress in "Bye June" back in 1998. The movie did not do well, but after a popular appearance in the music video 'To Heaven' by Jo Sung Mo her profile improved dramatically,...More
  • Jang Dong-gun and Kim Ha-neul to reunite at the BIFF

    2017/09/12, Source
    Actors Jang Dong-gun and Kim Ha-neul reunite after five years to host the Busan International Film Festival that begins on the 12th of October. The two starred together in the 2012 drama "A Gentleman's Dignity",...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "My Tutor Friend Lesson II" + DVD Giveaway

    Junko (played by Lee Chung-ah) is a young Japanese woman of some Korean ancestry who lives in Hokkaido. She had a massive crush on Woo-seong (played by Yang Jin-woo) when he stayed at her home for awhile as an exchange student. So naturally, when it's time for Junko to go to college, she heads off to Seoul to try and find him. Junko boards at a traditional Korean guest house, where she meets Jong-man (played by Park Ki-woong) whose temperament is a tad cruder than Junko was expecting, considering everyone knows how cool and awesome Korean men are,...More
  • Kim Ha-neul to Get Married Next Year

    2015/10/26, Source
    Actress Kim Ha-neul will marry a businessman early next year, her management agency said on Friday. They have been dating since early last year and recently set their wedding date for March 2016,...More
  • Kim Ha-neul will get married

    2015/10/23, Source
    A-list actress Kim Ha-neul was on the fast track from admitting her relationship and to the announcement of her wedding date. The 39 year old superstar actress will be off the market next spring. Kim Ha-neul's agency SM C&C has announced through the press release that Kim Ha-neul and her businessman boyfriend will wed March 19th next year after one year together,...More
  • Kwon Sang-woo Hopes to Please Moviegoers at Chuseok with New Comedy

    2015/09/23, Source
    Actor kwon Sang-woo will return to the big screen with a comedy film scheduled for release just ahead of Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving. "Accidental Detective" revolves around the owner of a comic-book shop who becomes involved in a murder case,...More
  • "Accidental Detective" Kwon Sang-woo, "My wife is 200 out of 100"

    2015/09/10, Source
    "I think my wife would like this movie. It's like me in the screens and the movie was fun to make because there was no faking". Actor Sung Dong-il met kwon Sang-woo in "Accidental Detective" and said, "He is well fermented". kwon Sang-woo appears friendly and relaxed,...More
  • [HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Gong Yoo and "Silenced" DVD Giveaway

    Acquiring and maintaining stardom contain different necessities than acquiring and maintaining a stable career and prestige as an artist. Stardom often depends on starring in successful works and being very prolific. Audiences get easily impressed by new things and move on quickly unless thoroughly engaged and hooked. This is especially true for the Korean drama industry. Gong Yoo is an odd case of someone whose acquired fame has kept him relative despite the sparsity of his works. He is also someone who is now branching out,...More
  • Korean movie of the week "My Tutor Friend"

    2015/03/19, Source
    Korean movie of the week "My Tutor Friend" (2003) Directed by Kim Gyeong-Hyeong With Kim Ha-neul, kwon Sang-woo, Gong Yoo, Kim Ji-woo, Baek Il-sub, Kim Hye-ok,... Synopsis Soo-wan and Ji-hoon are both 21 years old. But Soo-wan, a sophomore in college, is an unpolished country girl, while Ji-hoon is a major party animal and still a high school senior. Soo-wan's mother is a master of chopping up chickens for her fried chicken business. Ji-hoon is the eldest son of a very rich and ruthless father. These two have little in common, but, when they kneel face to face at the same desk, one is the teacher and the other is the student,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "My Tutor Friend"

    Soo-wan (played by Kim Ha-neul) is a college-aged tutor who crankily works to finance her education. Ji-hoon (played by kwon Sang-woo) is a high school student who's been held back three years because he's been too busy doing cool stuff like getting into fights and partying. Together, they study. And I guess eventually they also fight crime, via a last minute plot thread that kind of pops out of nowhere,...More
  • Changmin "Won Bin auditioned for SM"

    2013/02/26, Source
    Changmin expressed his regret in SM Entertainment. He appeared in the KBS 2TV program "Moon Prince" with Yoo In-na and Han Sunhwa and talked about teenage poetry,...More
  • Kim Ji-woo gets married

    2013/02/11, Source
    Actress Kim Ji-woo is getting married to star chef Raymond Kim. The wedding is to be held at the Raum in Seoul on the 13th of May,...More
  • Kwon Sang-woo Wins Back Fans as Jilted Lover in SBS Soap

    2013/01/29, Source
    kwon Sang-woo returning to the spotlight from which he has faded in the last few years as he is appearing in a hit Chinese movie and a popular new SBS drama that is garnering positive feedback from TV viewers and critics alike. The soap, "Yawang" revolves around a man who takes revenge on his ex-girlfriend after she betrays him. In the first few installments of the show, Kwon focuses on showing his utter devotion to his partner,...More
  • Updated cast for the Korean movie "Pained"

    2011/12/10, Source
    Updated cast for the Korean movie "Pained",...More
  • [Screen] Jang Geun-suk "Thousand troops Kim Ha-neul" movie "You Pet"

    2011/07/07, Source
    "Lucky to have met the legend of romantic comedy"...this time she's a mature woman "Kim Ha-neul, the legend of Korean romantic comedy, it's lucky to have met her".,...More
  • Oh Geon-woo, dies at 31... collision with a dump truck

    2011/01/13, Source
    Actor Oh Geon-woo (real name Oh Se-kyu 31) died of an accident on the 13th and is causing great shock. Oh Geon-woo's company said, "He was driving back from Daegu when his car skidded across the icy road and collided with a dump truck. Accident procedures were then being delayed so his body could only be transferred to Seoul later in the evening.,...More
  • Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi cast in new film

    2011/01/07, Source
    Actor Gong Yoo (left) and actress Jung Yu-mi [N.O.A. Entertainment] Actor Gong Yoo and actress Jung Yu-mi have been cast together in a new film, announced their agency N.O.A. Entertainment on Friday. According to a press release by N.O.A., film "Silenced" ("Dogani"), whose title can be translated into 'a scene', is based on the 2009 best-seller of the same name written by Korean writer Gong Ji-young who looked into a sexual violence case committed in one of the schools for hearing-impaired people in Gwangju,...More
  • Actor Gong Yoo meets with fans in Japan

    2010/12/06, Source
    Gong Yoo at his fan meeting in Japan [N.O.A. Entertainment] Over 15,000 fans showed up at actor Gong Yoo's fan meeting held in Japan over the weekend, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment on Monday. N.O.A. announced in press release today that actor Gong's fan meetings held at the International Convention Hall in Osaka on December 3 and Arena Hall in Yokohama, was attended by over 15,000 fans from not only Japan but also from those who flew from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong,...More
  • Actor Gong Yoo to hold fan meeting in Japan

    2010/12/02, Source
    Actor Gong Yoo [Mind Bridge] Actor Gong Yoo plans to hold a fan meeting in Japan this week, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment on Thursday. N.O.A announced today that Gong will meet with fans through a meet-and-greet titled "Love Song for You" in Osaka and Yokohama on December 3 and December 5, respectively,...More
  • Posters for new romantic comedy "Finding Mr. Destiny" revealed

    2010/10/28, Source
    Movie poster for upcoming romantic comedy "First Love" [CJ Entertainment] Movie posters for an upcoming Korean romantic comedy tentatively titled "First Love" were unveiled today. The first poster reveals Korean actor Gong Yoo holding a name card to help find Im Soo-jung her first love while the latter shows Im hugging a giant heart,...More
  • Gong Yoo meets with 5,000 fans during drama promotion

    2010/08/23, Source
    Korean actor Gong Yoo at the "Coffee Prince 1.5th Shop IN United States of Odaiba" at Odaiba in Tokyo on August 22. [N.O.A Entertainment] Korean actor Gong Yoo held a promotional event in Japan for hit TV series "Coffee Prince" over the weekend, according to his agency N.O.A Entertainment on Monday,...More
  • Gong Yoo to promote "Coffee Prince" in Japan

    2010/08/20, Source
    Korean actor Gong Yoo [N.O.A Entertainment] Korean actor Gong Yoo will promote hit Korean TV series "Coffee Prince" in Japan this weekend, according to his agency N.O.A Entertainment on Friday. N.O.A announced that Gong Yoo was invited by Fuji TV to attend an event titled "Coffee Prince 1.5th Shop IN United States of Odaiba" at Odaiba in Tokyo on August 22, where he will meet with about 2,000 fans to speak about filming the drama and participate in quizzes and games,...More
  • Kim Ha-neul heats up Japan fan meeting

    2010/06/30, Source
    Korean actress Kim Ha-neul performing at her fan meeting held in Tokyo, Japan on June 26, 2010. [J. One Plus Entertainment] Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has successfully wrapped up her first-ever solo fan meeting in Japan over the weekend, according to her agency J. One Plus Entertainment on Wednesday. J. One Plus explained in a press release that the actress held a fan event titled "Kim Ha-neul's Love Letter", which was hosted by Yamaha A&R and held at Tokyo's Ginza Yamaha Hall on June 26. Tickets for the event are said to have sold out in 15 minutes after going on sale on the Internet last month,...More
  • Kwon Sang-woo likely to receive fine for car accident

    2010/06/28, Source
    kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily] Actor kwon Sang-woo, who was belatedly known to have been indicted on charges of fleeing after colliding his car into several vehicles more than two weeks ago, is expected to receive a fine for the incident. "There is a high possibility the case will be closed with Kwon receiving just a fine", an official at Seoul's Gangnam Police Station told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Sunday, saying that the case was turned over to prosecutors as an incident in which Kwon did not take immediate action for the damage he inflicted,...More
  • [INTERVIEW] Kwon Sang-woo - Part 2

    2010/06/25, Source
    kwon Sang-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 10: I understand that you communicated with director John H. Lee in many ways too. Kwon: I think it becomes difficult when the actor has to play a character which does not suit him and when he does not understand the movie. The reason I was able to have fun shooting this film although it was tough was because I suited me well. It seemed that the director judged that my idea of my character fit his idea of the character. 10: Were you not bored on set because it was all guys? Kwon: No. It was actually more fun because it was just guys. There were many characters and my senior actors were a lot of fun too -- I had a lot of fun. And the city we were shooting in was small so eating and having a drink was our source of pleasure. With Cha Seung-won, we would look over what has been shot, tell each other what's good and also talk about things other than the movie. It's disappointing that we don't get to see each other much after returning to Seoul,...More
  • Kwon Sang-woo indicted for hit-and-run accident 2 wks ago

    2010/06/25, Source
    Korean actor kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily] The police have booked Korean actor kwon Sang-woo without physical detention for a hit-and-run accident that happened two weeks ago. According to Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Thursday, the actor had been driving on the wrong side of the road near Cheongdam-dong on June 12, around 2:55 a.m. and collided into a parked car when he was discovered by the police,...More
  • [INTERVIEW] Kwon Sang-woo - Part 1

    2010/06/25, Source
    kwon Sang-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] kwon Sang-woo is back to wearing a school uniform. He who placed films "My Tutor Friend" and "Once Upon A Time In Highschool" atop the local box office with roles as a high school student, is back as a student soldier full of rebelliousness in "71-Into the Fire" about the Korean War. Now a father of a son, a school uniform might have not been the right character for him to play. But in "71-Into the Fire", based on the true story of 71 student soldiers who fought against one of the most elite troops of the North Korean army, Kwon's eyes and expressions are the very eyes and expressions of a student soldier full of vehemence. The wailing directed to the oppressive system of Korean high schools that his character Hyun-soo let out in "Once Upon A Time In Highschool", has taken on an intensity that goes between life and death to save his country and his colleagues. 10Asia sat down to speak with Kwon who says the sacrifices the student soldiers made was "noble and heartbreaking",...More
  • [INTERVIEW Part 1] Kwon Sang-woo "thirsty" for "Fire" success

    2010/06/23, Source
    Actor kwon Sang-woo [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily] Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo has said he is "thirsty" to see the success of his new film "71-Into the Fire", hoping the war pic will outshine the reputation of his former big screen hits. "The movies I've starred in for the past eight years had all done well up till two years ago so I am thirsty for the success of this one", Kwon said of his expectations for "Fire" during an interview with Asia Economic Daily. "In the end, it's up to the heavens but I do hope it breaks my previous record and that it becomes the highest grossing movie this year", the actor added,...More
  • [INTERVIEW Part 2] Kwon Sang-woo eyeing acting roles in China

    2010/06/23, Source
    kwon Sang-woo [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily] Actor kwon Sang-woo, one of the most successful stars in both Korea and Japan, has turned his eyes to China as he sets out to expand his acting career to a wider audience in Asia. During an interview with Asia Economic Daily, the 33-year-old Hallyu star explained he is "looking into a film or drama role for next year in the Greater China region", and that "talks are currently in process",...More
  • Kwon Sang-woo to cheer on Korean soccer team with son

    2010/06/17, Source
    Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily] Hallyu star and avid soccer fan kwon Sang-woo will be cheering on the Korean soccer team, who plays the Argentinians tonight in the 2010 World Cup games, with his son Rookie and other family members. "I think he was planning to watch tonight's game with friends but I am not sure because he hasn't been feeling well recently", a source close to the actor told Asia Economic Daily over the phone. "For now, I was told that he was going to cheer for the game with his family",...More
  • Kim Ha-neul to hold 1st fan meeting in Japan in June

    2010/05/24, Source
    Korean actress Kim Ha-neul for her first Japanese fan meeting "Love Letter" [J.One Entertainment] Korean actress Kim Ha-neul will hold her first-ever solo fan meeting in Japan on June 26, according to her agency J.One Entertainment on Monday. J.One announced in a press release that the actress will be flying to Japan in June for the event titled "Love Letter" to hosted by Japanese company Yamaha A&R at the Ginza Yama Hall in Tokyo,...More
  • New Go Hyun-jung, Kwon Sang-woo series to air Oct 6

    2010/05/19, Source
    Korean actress Go Hyun-jung [Asia Economic Daily] A new TV series starring top Korean stars Go Hyun-jung and kwon Sang-woo is scheduled to begin its run on October 6, according to the drama's production company Lee Kim Productions on Wednesday. An associate from Lee Kim explained, "The new drama with Ko and Kwon tentatively titled "Big Thing" ("Daemul - Big Thing") will join the Wednesday and Thursday night primetime line-up during the latter half of the year", explained an associate from Lee Kim.,...More
  • Gong Yoo and Im Soo-jung to star in new film "Finding Mr. Destiny"

    2010/04/08, Source
    Korean actress Im Soo-jung and actor Gong Yoo [N.O.A Entertainment] Korean actor Gong Yoo and actress Im Soo-jung have been slated to star in a new film tentatively titled "Finding Mr. Destiny", according to their agency N.O.A Entertainment on Thursday. N.O.A stated that the two actors were cast to play the lead roles in the musical-turned-movie, based on a comical story of a woman who during her trip to India re-encounters her first love and tries to see him again,...More
  • Gong Yoo wraps up Japan fan meeting in success

    2010/03/02, Source
    Gong Yoo performs at his fan meeting held in Japan on February 26 and 28, 2010 [N.O.A. Entertainment] Korean actor Gong Yoo successfully wrapped up his fan meetings in Japan over the weekend, his first in three years since being discharged from the military last December, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment. The actor met with some 7,000 fans -- including those from Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan -- at the fan meetings held in Kobe on February 26 and Yokohama two days later. "I am truly grateful to fans who remembered me and waited for me for the past two years", the actor was quoted as saying. "I will repay them for their continued support with good work".,...More
  • Book Features Korean Film Renaissance

    2010/02/26, Source
    By Chung Ah-young
    Staff Reporter

    In recent years, it has become more likely for Korean cineastes to be placed under the international spotlight at major film festivals worldwide.

    Over the past,...
  • Actor Kwon Sang-woo to make singing debut in Japan

    2010/02/16, Source
    Actor kwon Sang-woo [MAC] Korean actor kwon Sang-woo will debut as a singer in Japan, according to a report on Monday. Daily Japanese sports paper Sankei Sports reported that Kwon will make his singing debut in Japan after releasing a DVD on February 19. The DVD, titled "DREAM IN JAPAN", will contain the actor's Japanese songs as well as footage from his latest visit to the country. The newspaper also quoted the actor as saying, "I would like to start my nationwide tour in Japan as soon as possible".,...More
  • Kwon Sang-woo, Son Tae-young reveal son's pics

    2010/01/27, Source
    Actor kwon Sang-woo and his son Luke [Son Tae-young Cyworld web page] Actress Son Tae-young has revealed photographs of her actor husband kwon Sang-woo and baby son together on her personal blog for the first time. In a series of photos titled "Daddy and Yami-yami" posted on Son's personal account of social networking website Cyworld on Saturday, Kwon was seen kissing and cuddling 11-month-old Luke in a white hat and blue infant wear.,...More
  • Kim Ha-neul featured in fashion spread for ELLE

    2010/01/19, Source
    Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul poses in ELLE fashion spread [ELLE Korea] Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has been featured in an editorial for fashion magazine ELLE Korea, according to a press release by the monthly publication on Tuesday. The actress, who was photographed wearing various "romantic gypsy style" clothes, even offered some fashion styling and traveling tips for the readers. "Blue jeans is a must-have item for traveling because it goes with anything and keeps you from worrying", the actress explained. "But sometimes, preparing a special wardrobe can increase the fun you have at the location you travel to".,...More
  • Gong Yoo wraps up first fan meeting since military discharge

    2010/01/11, Source
    Korean actor Gong Yoo performs for fans at his fan meeting on January 10 [N.O.A. Entertainment] Korean actor Gong Yoo successfully wrapped up a fan meeting which is his first since being discharged from the military last month, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment The actor met with some 1,000 fans -- including those from Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Taiwan -- at the fan meeting , which was held at Seoul's Yonsei University on January 10.,...More
  • Kim Ha-neul launches online magazine on official website

    2010/01/06, Source
    Korean actress Kim Haneul's online magazine [J. One Plus] Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has launched an online magazine on her official website (, according to a press release by agency J. One Plus Entertainment. "We plan to provide new and refreshing information about Kim Ha-neul on a monthly basis thru the Kim Ha-neul Magazine", an official at J. One Plus was quoted as saying. He further explained that the magazine site, launched on Tuesday, will be a place for communication with the fans and electronic commerce with businesses affiliated with the actress.,...More
  • Star Couple to Seek Probe Over Rumors
    2009/07/23, Source
    Star couple kwon Sang-woo and Son Tae-young plan to ask police to investigate rumors about them that have been spreading rapidly on Internet portals, press reports say.

    One of the c,...
  • Park Ki-woong: The Real Draw of New Hit Soap

    2009/04/22, Source
    The new TV series "The Slingshot" is already drawing acclaim less than two weeks since the first episode aired. Boasting a star-studded,...More
  • KIM Ha-neul in first action film

    2008/12/22, Source
    Actress Kim Ha-neul has said that she is excited about trying her hand at playing an action character. She has been cast in the upcoming film "<,...More
  • Kwon Sang-woo & Son Tae-young Say "I Do"
    2008/09/29, Source
    Actor kwon Sang-woo and Son Tae-young tied the knot at the Shilla Hotel in Jangchung-dong, Seoul, on September 28. 350 guests attended the much talked-about event.

    The couple's wedd,...
  • Actors Kwon, Son Tie Knot
    2008/09/28, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    Actors kwon Sang-woo, 32, and Son Tae-young, 28, tied the knot Sunday at a three-hour private wedding that drew a crowd including top Korean stars,,...
  • Actor Kim Soo-ro as English Teacher on Big Screen

    2008/08/20, Source
    By Le e Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    The zeal for English education in South Korea needs no introduction, except that it has inspired hit comedies like "My Tutor Friend" and ",...
  • [ChanMi's drama news] Lee Chung-ah returns through "Chosun Science Investigator"

    2008/08/08, Source
    MBC dramanet "Chosun Science Investigator: Season2" stars Lee Chung-ah who also starred in "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" ""Temptation of Wolves" and "My Tutor Friend Lesson II".,...More
  • Kwon, Son to Wed in Sept.
    2008/07/18, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo, 32, announced plans to tie the knot with actress Son Tae-young, 28, in an outdoor ceremony at the Shilla Hotel, Sept. 28.,...
  • [ChanMi's star news] Kwon Sang-woo and Son Tae-young, wedding in September

    2008/07/18, Source
    Two stars will be walking down the aisle for wedding this September! The two will be making a public address for this news!,...More
  • New SBS drama set to be a smash

    2008/02/26, Source
    The blockbuster-making duo Sin Woo-cheol and Kim Eun-sook have teamed up again to cre,...More
  • KIM Ha-neul in romantic drama

    2008/01/29, Source
    Popular actress Kim Ha-neul and Yoon Kye-sang (of the former band G.O.D.) are faced wi,...More
  • 10 Hallyu Stars
    2007/10/14, Source
    The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
  • Week's Movie Premieres
    2007/04/20, Source
    Time to check on what's new at the movies.
    This week, there's an equal mix of local and Hollywood productions.
    Here's Son Heekyung.
    First up this week is the Korean film, "My Tutor Friend Lesson II", sequel to the 2003 hi,...
  • France Buys Korean Film "The Restless"

    2007/03/27, Source
    CJ Entertainment said Tuesday that it sold film "The Restless" to France at the 1st Asian Film Award recently held in Hong Kong.

    A com,...
  • Good Sequels
    2006/11/09, Source
    Most popular movies this year are expected to generate sequels. It is evidence that Korean films also have "brand" power. It is a phenomenon caused by sequels that were more popular than the sequels. The key to success is to continue with the sequel but differentiate it by adding new material.

  • Japanese Media to Cover Lee Byung-hun's Film Shoot

    2006/08/25, Source
    Journalists from some 30 Japanese media outlets will cover the filming of actor Lee Byung-hun's upcoming movie.

    A person from the movie's p,...
  • "Once in a Summer" Starring Lee Byung-hun to Be Exported to Japan
    2006/05/23, Source
    A contract has been signed with SPO, a film distribution agency in Japan, regarding the export of the melodramatic film "Once in a Summer" starring Lee Byung-hun and,...More
  • Prime Entertainment Expands
    2006/03/27, Source
    Innotz / Prime Entertainment, a new player in the Korean film industry, just got bigger, after taking over the well-established production company Korea Entertainment. The latter is known for its commercial hits Mapado, The,...More
  • Chemistry
    2006/03/23, Source
    by Seung-Jae Lee

    Kim: It feels as if the lines that I exchange with kwon Sang-woo match up with each other smoothly. When I read my lines and my partner answers back, there is a sense of sauciness. If the sauce is tasty, that is chemistry,...
  • [MOVIE REVIEW]'Almost Love' mixes romantic comedy with melodrama
    2006/03/23, Source
    Good romantic comedies usually stick to the golden rule: Don't stray too far toward other genres, especially trite melodramas. "Almost Love" (Cheongchun manhwa) is by and large a watchable romantic comedy, but it does not obey the rule -,...More
  • Heartthrobs Run 'Wild'
    2006/01/04, Source
    kwon Sang-woo, Yoo Ji-tae Team Up for Crime Thriller 'Running Wild'

    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    Just hearing the,...
  • "Yooth Comics" ("Almost Love") to be pre-sold in 5.2 million dollar to Japan
    2005/11/14, Source
    "Yooth Comics" ("Almost Love") (Production: Popcorn Film, Distribution: Showbox, Meida Flex, Director Lee Han) was pre-sold in 5.2 million dollar to Japan at America Film Market (AFM), which attracts the public's attention by recombination of the m,...More
  • A Trend of Internet-based Novels Being Adapted for Films
    2004/08/27, Source
    Films produced from 'Internet published novels' have become a trend in Korea.

    Two Internet novel adapted films, He Was Cool - "The Guy was Cool" (Geunomeun Meoshit seot da) and Romance on their own -,...
  • Teen Romances Go From Internet to Big Screen
    2004/07/22, Source
    By Joon Soh
    Staff Reporter

    Summer is a time when vacationing teens make up a large portion of the movie-going public. Film companies, of course, are aware of this and are always on the lookout for that one movie idea or two that will grab young hearts and wallets.

    Well, who better to know w,...
  • Saying Sayonara to Screen Quotas
    2004/06/13, Source
    Korean filmmakers are winning big at the box office, leaving Seoul to reconsider protectionism

    Todd Thacker (internews)

    It was an abrupt about-face for the staunch film industry ally.

    On Friday the Minister of Culture and Tourism and former film director,,...
  • Korean films top video market
    2004/01/15, Source
    strength of Korean films in the theatrical market was closely matched by their performance in the video market in 2003. According to figures compiled from Jan. 1 - Dec. 20, 2003 by the video chain Cinetown, which runs 589 stores across the country, Korean films accounted for the seven most frequentl,...More
  • CJ Entertainment CEO named 'power leader'
    2003/12/31, Source
    Reflecting a year in which Korean films reached new heights, CJ Entertainment CEO Park Dong-ho was named the pop culture "power leader" of 2003 by The Herald Business, a sister newspaper of The Korea Herald.

    CJ Entertainment, a film investment and distribution company, claimed 20.6 percent of th,...
  • Memories of murderous success in 2003
    2003/12/18, Source
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 Lee Seo-yeol (이서열)
CJ Entertainment (CJ Entertainment)
 Ji Kil-woong (지길웅)
 Ko Im-pyo (고임표)
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Release date in South Korea : 2003/02/07

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won SangWoo plays JiHoon, a transfer student from America who loves to brawl but hates to study. At 21, he's still in high school and doesn't seem to be bothered by this. His dad hasn't given up on him, however, so he hires a tutor, SuWan (played by Kim HaNeul). JiHoon makes life miserable for his tutor so the latter would quit. He finds out that SuWan is not one to give up easily. The two battle head-on with neither wanting to be the first to raise the white flag. They tolerated each other's company until the student finds himself enjoying her company and the tutor finds herself thinking about him. Can SuWan go beyond the level of tutor and be the girlfriend of this guy, a 21-year old high school student?

I am making a list of my favorite Korean movies and My Tutor Friend flew right on top of that list. I would say this is Korean romantic comedy at its best.

The story between JiHoon and SuWan unfolds perfectly: there was no rush in letting the two fall in love in the middle of the movie, such move would be a downright killjoy; neither was too much time wasted in developing a romance between the two, such move would be a downright bore.

Your interest is captivated by the antics of the quirky characters but you never lose sight of the fact that this movie is a love story between the tutor and her student. I was skeptical with the gang bit in the story. I thought that it could be done away with, but, in retrospect, I thought it blended well with the movie. Besides, the fight scenes were quite good with a few awesome stunts, though I've seen better.

I have to commend the lead actors. Kwon SangWoo was close to superb in this movie. The sarcasm and devil-may-care attitude was magnificently delivered that when it was time to show the guy's sensitive side, I was blown away. Do I hear sighs in the background? Not to be outshone was Kim HaNeul who performed equally well. Her character required her to be sassy and demure all at once, a stint she pulled off splendidly.

10 kimchi dishes out of 10.

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this movie was just like the movie, *he was cool* and i loved at one and this one alot. XD
2009-03-03 14:15:37
2008-05-17 18:34:12
I Love this movie. It is awesome. I like the character of Choi Su-wan, This movie give me some excitement and inspire me in some other way. I like the story, really great. Hope to watch more movies like this. Keep them going ^_^
LoVe coMes UnExpEctEdLy with "UnExpECtED PErSon", : ) ( i rili like kwon Sang-woo)
2008-01-13 18:39:17
2007-12-23 02:50:37
Kwon Sang Woo Take Care!!! I love you!!!
I Love this movie!!!!i love kwong sang woo!!
2007-12-04 05:56:41
2007-10-12 23:38:45
The movie poster doesn't look so interesting and you'll get the wrong idea from this movie. This movie is funny but not too silly. Kwon Sang Woo is really cute and hot. Very typical Korean movie. High school students fighting and so on. I like i
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