There is a narrow dividing line between a movie which paints a delicate, nuanced portrait of characters who have subtle and restrained emotions, and a movie in which you want to just punch everyone in the face for being so wet. Come Rain, Come Shine is a movie which is on that dividing line, perhaps falling on the delicate, restrained side. But only just.
Y has just dumped X, and X uncomplainingly helps her move out of their impossibly large and stylish home. As if there is a marathon in enrobing a coffee mug in bubble wrap as slowly as possible, Hyun Bin wins the prize, and then performs a lap of honour by unwrapping it again equally as purposefully. If there is pain or agony in the fractured relationship between X and Y, you just wish they’d have a good old row and clear the air. But instead there’s politeness and restraint, and the rain keeps pouring down.
Im Soo-jeong is beautiful and nuanced, Hyun Bin is beautiful and nuanced, but the real star of the show is a cute little kitten with a fondness for anchovies.
Lee Yoon-ki (이윤기): Come Rain, Come Shine (사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다, 2011)