As my fascination with South Korean cinema grows, so does my tolerance for the country’s sillier, more easy going fare. The upcoming supernatural romance “Spellbound” is something I’d probably hate with a passion had it been directed by Gary Marshall and released by Disney. It’s goofy, cutesy, and so sugary that your teeth may immediately rot and crumble upon viewing the trailer embedded below. And maybe that’s why I like it, though I honestly can’t immediately explain it.
This synopsis is way too long, but here it is, anyway:
Jo-gu, a street magician, meets a miserable girl, Yu-ri, during one of his performances, and she winds up the inspiration for his “Horror magic show.” The show becomes wildly popular and Jo-gu is now a successful magician with a model girlfriend. Yu-ri begins working as an extra on the show but the darkness inside her, something her teammates sense, keeps her from truly connecting with anyone else. Jo-gu’s attempt to include her during dinner turns into a disaster when she gets blindingly drunk. Jo-gu calls Yu-ri the next morning, but when the phone disconnects with a weird noise, he starts to worry. When Jo-gu finds her, she confesses the long story behind her gray, wan face. Since surviving a high school car accident Yu-ri has seen the ghosts of dead schoolmates and her one-time best friend Joo-hee. Joo-hee is a ghost, following her everywhere and scaring the people around her, leaving her totally isolated. Even Yu-ri’s family eventually fled, leaving her behind to live alone in a tent, speaking only to a friend on the phone sometimes. During the course of Jo-gu’s failed attempts to find the lonely Yu-ri a boyfriend she resigns herself to the idea of her solitary life is best in the grand scheme of things. And though Jo-gu is sometimes scared witless himself, the pair starts to develop feeling for each other. Now consumed with jealousy, Joo-hee becomes a threat during the show and prompts Yu-ri to head off to join her family to save Jo-gu. Is getting away going to be that easy, or does Joo-hee have more tricks up her sleeve?
Did you get all that? Feel free to reread it a few times if you’re having trouble digesting it all. When you’re ready, the aforementioned teaser awaits your attention. Don’t blame me if you love it.
Via : Film Smash