The Filipino adaptation of My Sassy Girl is really happening, and today we're feeling nostalgic about the 2001 OG version! The rom-com tells the story of a college student named Gyeon Woo (Cha Tae Hyun) who gets involved in the life of a "bizarre" and "sassy girl" (Jun Ji Hyun). The movie was such a hit, Cha Tae Hyun even won Best New Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for his performance and spurred many adaptations from the US, India, Japan, and more.
Here are several My Sassy Girl trivia and *easter eggs* that will make you want to rewatch the movie:
1. Cha Tae Hyun's favorite scene is the one where he showers and doesn't have any clothes on, saying in an interview: "I was really naked while filming the naked scene. You're originally supposed to cover all the important parts with materials arranged beforehand, but I just covered myself with a gourd and filmed. I didn't know you were supposed to do that."
2. A TV Tropes post points out that the actor who plays the motel owner appeared many times in the movie: he's a security guard, the gangster boss, the subway control operator, and the guard who orders Chinese food. Fan accounts observed that they're quintuplets, who are seen in a newspaper clipping at the motel.
3. The soldier they meet at the amusement park was actually mentioned on the radio broadcast during the scene where Gyeon Woo ran after The Girl, thinking that she was someone else. We hear the announcer saying: "There is an accident of a runaway soldier..."
4. The Girl's ex-boyfriend might have drowned. According to fan accounts, this is probably why she cried while looking at the sea and why we see her and the boyfriend's mother in mourning clothes next to the beach.
5. In The Girl's letter, during the flashbacks, we see her ex-boyfriend's hand next to a glass of soda at the table. That could explain why every time Gyeon Woo tries to order soda, she makes him buy coffee instead.
6. The Girl mentions UFOs as time machines during her earlier conversations with Gyeon Woo. And...ICYMI, The Girl spots a small UFO at the end of her scene at the tree with the old man! This means the old man *could* be Gyeon Woo from the future, too.
8. A blog post claims that in the director's cut, Chae Tae Hyun says in the commentary that for the scenes where we see The Girl's ex-boyfriend (except for his face), he was actually playing the role for fun!
9. Multiple blogs have featured *that* pine tree where the main characters buried a time capsule and it is now called the "Sassy Pine Tree." It's located at the Time Capsule Park in Gangwon-do, South Korea, and people can actually bury their own time "egg" capsules near it!
10. My Sassy Girl director Kwak Jae Young also worked on the movie Windstruck (2004), which starred Jun Ji Hyun and had many references to the 2001 film. Cha Tae Hyun even makes a cameo at the end by saving Jun Ji Hyun's character on a train platform!
Watch the specific moment here:
11. The man Sassy Girl goes on a blind date with is played by Im Ho, who portrayed the king in the sageuk drama Jewel In The Palace (2003).
12. Cha Tae Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun reunited in 2016 when he made a cameo in her drama Legend Of The Blue Sea!
13. There have been maaany pop culture references to the film, including a scene in Tempted (2018), where the characters flashed their IDs to show their age.
14. There's actually a direct movie sequel called My New Sassy Girl, and it stars Cha Tae Hyun and Victoria Song, who plays his first love named Sassy. It was released in 2016 and is a Korean-Chinese production. The logline reads: "Gyun Woo can't forget the sassy girl. One day he meets the love of his life again and marries her. However, he goes through a honeymoon which no man would ever dream of."
15. There's a 2017 historical My Sassy Girl K-drama that's loosely based on the 2001 movie! It's about a Joseon scholar (Joo Won) who meets an unusual—and drunk—princess (Oh Yeon Seo). It's currently available for streaming on Netflix.
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