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My Dear Enemy (2008)

Meotjin haru (original title)
Jobless, single and in her early thirties, Hee-soo is miserable. Desperate, she sets out to find her ex-boyfriend, Byoung-woon, who owes her $3,500. Rather inconveniently, it turns out that... See full summary »


Yoon-ki Lee


Yoon-ki Lee (screenplay), Eun-yeong Park (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Do-yeon Jeon ... Kim Hee-su
Jung-woo Ha ... Jo Byeong-woon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Il-hwa Choi Il-hwa Choi ... Man at Cousin's house
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi ... Man at Cousin's house
Hyo-Joo Han ... Woman at bus stop (voice) (as Hyo-ju Han)
So-yeon Jang ... Eun-jeong
Si-nae Jo Si-nae Jo ... Professor
Hee-jung Kim Hee-jung Kim ... So-yeon (as Hee-jeong Kim)
Hye-ok Kim Hye-ok Kim ... Mrs Han
Joo-ryeong Kim Joo-ryeong Kim ... So-yeon's mother
Jung-ki Kim Jung-ki Kim ... Cousin
Young-min Kim Young-min Kim ... Dae-hee - Hong-ju's husband
Seo-hie Ko Seo-hie Ko ... Notebook Lady
Ji-eun Oh Ji-eun Oh ... Se-mi
Hye-rim Park Hye-rim Park ... Female parking lot worker


Jobless, single and in her early thirties, Hee-soo is miserable. Desperate, she sets out to find her ex-boyfriend, Byoung-woon, who owes her $3,500. Rather inconveniently, it turns out that Byoung-woon is also penniless, but he cheerfully claims he can get the money from a series of girlfriends. Suspicious, Hee-soo decides to trail Byoung-woon as he makes the rounds of his varied lady chums, just in case he tries to deceive her. Thus the pair embark on a strange, nostalgic journey together. Written by Dubai International Film Festival

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Release Date:

25 September 2008 (South Korea) See more »

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South Korea

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Yoon-ki Lee had been in a bookstore in Korea, scanning the display of bestsellers, when a lonely little stack of the Japanese novella One Fine Day by Asuko Taira caught his eye, "like one quiet, lonely person drawn to another." He found the story different from the currently popular trendy Japanese fiction, "There's something old-fashioned about it, something very unique and intimate, it felt like an old, forgotten fable," and thought he'd like to make a film that would touch people's hearts the way the book had touched his. The title was a problem, since many films had the same title. Lee thought of the term "enemy" because it can be used in Korean to refer to lovers, friends, even children. See more »

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A slow to develope but refreshing and heart warming story
2 August 2018 | by bardakist-junkSee all my reviews

Albeit a small, simple and very linear story that avoids dramatic gestures for the sake of simple everyday depiction of life it remains a refreshing one and beautiful at that. The movie starts with a young woman who tracks a guy from her past to whom she loaned some money. We accompany them for the duration and get to know them better and their relationship. The film stands thanks to solid performances of its lead actors. Jo Byeong-woon does a great outgoing happy-go-lucky kind of guy (rarely is this depicted in film in men I find) and Kim Hee-su a shy, pessimistic introvert. Together and through the rest of the cast we get a nice temporal arc both situational and inter-personal that by the end of the film may leave you both heart warmed and introspective. Very slow but worth it if you appreciate humanistic and less formulaic films.

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