My Sassy Girl (???? ??; literally, That Bizarre Girl) is a 2001 South Korean romantic comedy film in which the lead protagonist\'s chance meeting with a drunk girl on the train changes his life. It is based on the true story told in a series of love letters written by Kim Ho-sik, a man who initially posted them on the Internet and later adapted them into a novel. The film was directed by Kwak Jae-yong.
The film was extremely successful in South Korea.
When My Sassy Girl was released throughout East Asia, it was well received in the entire region. An American remake, starring Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert, and directed by Yann Samuell was released in 2008. A Japanese drama adaptation with Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and actress Rena Tanaka as the leads started broadcasting in April 2008.
Directed by Kwak Jae-yong
Produced by Shin Chul
Written by Kim Ho-sik
Starring Jun Ji-hyun
Distributed by Cinema Service
Release date(s) July 27, 2001
Running time 123 min.
137 min. (director\'s cut)
Country South Korea
The Korean song entitled \"I Believe\" by Shin Seung Hun (???) is the theme song of this film. The song has been translated to different Asian languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Filipino.
Also, there are two scenes within the movie that have different soundtracks from each varying version, notably the EDKO and Starmax distributions
* During the scene where Gyeon-Woo, in the Girl\'s second movie script, is the villain fighting the heroine, the EDKO release has a Korean track while the Starmax distribution is replaced by a different track.
* During the scene where Gyeon-Woo exchanges shoes with the Girl, the EDKO release again has a Korean track while the Starmax distribution has replaced it with the song \"My Girl\" by The Temptations.
* In 2007 the song, \"I Believe,\" featured a change in lyrics in relation to the short story \"Fish Cheeks\" from the novel, Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. The lyrics reflected a portion of the story concerning the humiliation which the young Chinese girl felt after her heritage was set at the table of a Christmas Eve dinner. The song was simply retitled \"Sassy\" and received a favorably positive reception.
In 2001 \'My Sassy Girl\' was the second highest selling film with 4,852,845 tickets sold nationwide and 1,765,100 in Seoul over its 10 weeks in the cinemas. Koreanfilm.org praised the Jeon Ji-hyun portrayal of the character calling her the \"undisputed star\" and stating \"it could not have succeeded anywhere near as well without her\"