STRENGTH IN ADVERSITY

HWANG JIN YI (2007)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

It’s quite sad at the beginning after Jin Yi (Song Hye Kyo) realizes she’s not the aristocrat daughter she’s made to be and makes her way to follow her biological mother’s trade – be a gisaeng. Look out for Jin Yi’s wit and intellect as she manages to charm and, in the end, humiliate a scholar who professes to despise gisaeng. The love story between her and Nom-yi is rather tragic. But Nom-yi’s (Yoo Ji-tae) performance is quite outstanding – chivalrous and charming.

Otherwise, there’s not much of elaborate costumes or perfomances but beautiful scenery, witty dialogue and heartwrenching scenes between the actors are enough to support the movie.

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