Review by: Mut Asheru
I’m happy to report that this delightful tale of love and romance is worth the watch. The ‘two lonely souls looking for luv’ formula never gets old. Especially when done up as simply and as beautifully in Korean movie THE HEAVEN IS ONLY OPEN TO THE SINGLE.
The characters in this film directed by David Cho are richly human and simple. In short, they are totally believable in looks, words and deeds. Actress Yoon-So (Choi Yoon-So) gets dumped horribly by her comedian asshole of a boyfriend which leads to a scandal. An embarrassment to say the least for the actress who because of the dating scandal finds herself in trouble with her management. In South Korea, it seems some management companies like to forbid their talent to date. Her taste in men runs towards the more simple side which might be hard to come by for a well-known actress.
On the flip side, wholly talented…but still trying to make it 35-year-old musician Neung-Ryong (Lee Neung-Ryong) is lonely and looking to sow his no-money-having oats. Yes, ladies and gents he’s getting up there in age, has no money and is only adequate looking at best. (although by the end of the film I found him to be just absolutely adorable) His sister decides to sign him up for dating agency but has no luck because he’s considered an undesirable candidate by just about practically every agency.
As luck would have it there’s more than one way to Zoosk online and both Yoon-So and Neung-Ryong sign up for the same site. Only thing is, when Yoon-So shows interest Neung-Ryong doesn’t believe its her and reports her for identity fraud. One day, Neung-Ryong is asked to create the soundtrack for a movie. He feels something strange when watching Yoon-So on the screen. Could it be the love bug??
I will say that this story does have a happy ending but the journey is not the conventional road traveled which makes for a refreshing and heart-rending viewing experience. Director Cho’s script is beautifully devoid of the typical bullshit that plagues many RomComs. The heroine is smart and believable and the hero is absolutely just like every up-n-coming musician I have dated (did I just write that?). Which means you don’t have to rack your brain trying to suspend every particle of belief that you may harbor in order to enjoy the plot. You can get right down to falling in love with the characters and hoping that they find each other.
THE HEAVEN IS ONLY OPEN TO THE SINGLE is a pretty straight forward film with solid storytelling as its strength. The ending is just as simple and real as the characters…there’s no fireworks or kissing in the rain at the end…but you do get to breathe a sigh of relief. Happy viewing.
“The Heaven is Only Open to the Single” (설마 그럴리가 없어)
|No Rating, 94 minutes|
|Director: David Cho (조성규)|
|Cast: Choi Yoon-So, Lee Neung-Ryong, Seo Bum-Suk, Baek Hyun-Jin, Jun Ji-Hoo, Mongoose, Lee Sang-Soon, Lee Jong-Ho|
|Screenwriter(s): David Cho (조성규)|
|Producers: Jo Young-Eun, Shim In-Ae|
|Cinematography: Lee Hee-Sub|