There are some things better left untouched. And one of them is 엽기적인 그녀 or My Sassy Girl (literal translation is My Bizarre Girl), the 2001 movie that made superstars out of Jun Ji-hyun and Cha Tae-hyun.
My Sassy Girl is one of those films/dramas that marked the beginning of my Asian pop culture fan life together with Meteor Garden and Infernal Affairs plus an earful of Cantopop (Andy Lau mostly) and Mandopop. I loved the movie so much that I started to adapt “yupkigirl” as my online identity. (“Yupki” is the translation of 엽기 or “yeobgi” in the full title 엽기적인 그녀.)
It was my friend @kayteegee8 who gave me a copy of the movie on a CD. She had watched it but not before suspecting that it was some “porn movie”. I couldn’t blame her… My Sassy Girl does sound fishy for a movie that will turn out to be funny and heartwarming at the same time.
And now, according to The Korea Times, they’re turning MSG into a drama. A. Drama. A. Bloody. Drama.
But what’s more bizarre is they have opened the project to scriptwriters to submit two episodes for a 16-episode series around the MSG theme. I suspect this has something to do with the rights to turn this into a drama after the controversy in 2006 when the writer supposedly relinquished all rights to future productions. Now, the same company that claimed this is saying the case is closed and the writer together with the movie company share rights to produce MSG as long as it’s within Korea. Sounds like a complicated math problem to me.
I can’t even begin to imagine how they’re going to stretch the story to 16 episodes. And with different writers? For the sake of the original MSG material, I would hope the drama succeeds. But surely, they have learned their lesson from the remake done by Hollywood, and I heard, even China did its own version too? I didn’t even bother to watch the Hollywood version. I was burned by The Lake House (a remake of il Mare); even Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock couldn’t save that movie. Maybe the only consolation from this piece of news is it’s still a Korean production that will handle the material. So maybe it won’t end up mangled. May-be.
Watching the teaser makes me want to watch the movie again. My favorite part would still be the ending: when they meet again and they both realized that they were supposed to have met before but both of them tried to escape that destiny. It only goes to show that if it’s bound to happen, you can never escape from your fate.
I wonder if a drama is part of My Sassy Girl’s destiny then. Not all destiny, however, ends up happily. They can end up bizarre.
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