Heartbreak Library is a Lee Dong Wook and Eugene movie. The shallow and cheesy part in me made me like the movie. Why? Gosh, the two actors are so pretty to look at in the widescreen, so why not?!
Before, I get to the how I felt during and after watching the movie part, let me give you some info about the story.
Heartbreak Library is just the official english translation of the movie with a korean title that means “Page 198 of His Book”. Lee Dong Wook’s character is a lonely and sad chef named Jun-oh. He went to the library and began tearing page 198 from some books and Eun-soo played by Eugene, the librarian caught him and of course, was so furious.
Jun-oh explained to her why his fixation on the page 198. Apparently, his former girlfriend told him to check page 198 because she left a note for him there but the problem is she forgot to mention from what book, hence, the title – Page 198 of His Book. Weird but romantic although quite a blasphemy from a book lover like me. Oh, but the unbelievable things we do for love…
Eun-soo who is equally lonely just like Jun-oh was able to symphatize with him and helped him find the lost note. People who was able to watch this movie questions Eun-soo’s fascination with Jun-oh…duh??!!…don’t you have eyes at all. The guy is totally cute and kinda helpless so, the combination is quite potent for women are are quite nurturing by nature. Nurturing??? as you have probably guessed by now, I am a sucker for cute guys…hahaha…the guy is cute period!
The korean title was what sparked my interest for this movie but it does not come across as something romantic so maybe that is the reason why they chose Heartbreak Library as the official english title. Personally, I think it was all about letting go about certain things in our lives. Memories made it more painful but we are humans so we do undergo that process whether we like it or not. Some people are just fast in coping up with a loss but there are some that just takes too much time before realizing that “letting go” is an important step for one to move on.
I do concede to those who felt that this movie will not be regarded as one heading for awards but its light and easy on the eyes. It may have typical cliches in the story but Eugene and Lee Dong Wook did a great job so if you just want to enjoy something that won’t make you think that hard and analyze each scene then, go and watch this movie.
Watch this music video so you can get a feel of the movie. OST was sung by Kim Hyun Joong(SS501).
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