Architecture 101 (Movie, 2012)

Plot

Seoul, the present day. Out of the blue, architect Lee Seung-min (Uhm Tae-woong) is approached by Yang Seo-yeon (Han Ga-in), whom he knew at college some 17 years ago, to design a new house for her on the site of her 30-year-old family home on Jeju island. Seung-min reluctantly agrees but can’t come up with
a design that pleases her. In the end, they decide to renovate and expand the existing house, and he and Seo-yeon spend a considerable amount of time together down in Jeju, to the growing annoyance of his fiancee Eun-chae (Go Joon-hee), with whom he is soon to be married and move to the US. As Seo-yeon cares for her dying father (Lee Seung-ho) and Seung-min learns more about what became of Seo-yeon in the intervening years, he recalls their initial meeting at college in the early 1990s. Seung-min and Seo-yeon (Lee Je-hoon and pop star Bae Suzy) had lived in the same neighborhood and attended the same architecture class. He remembers her liking for rich student Jae-wook (Yoo Yeon-seok), his inability to declare his attraction to her, and the times being coached by his best friend, Nab-ddeuk (Jo Jung-suk), in how to get girls. Hoping to confess his feelings to her at the perfect timing, Seung-min asks Seo-yeon to meet him at the abandoned house they frequent, on the first day that it snows that coming winter. But one night he catches Jae-wook and a drunk Seo-yeon entering her house together. Fearing the worst, he ends his friendship with Seo-yeon due to his pain of believing she had chosen Jae-wook. The first day of snow arrives, and Seo-yeon is left waiting in the abandoned house alone. Heartbroken, she leaves behind her CD player with a CD of her favorite artist at the house. Seo-yeon in the present day receives that very same CD player and CD from Seung-min, meaning that he actually went to the house later and remembered their promise. But despite the bittersweetness of their first love, in the end, Seung-min still chooses his fiancee Eun-chae and flew with her to America, while Seo-yeon sits in the house he built for her, listening to the CD.

Cast

  • Uhm Tae-woong as Lee Seung-min in the present
  • Han Ga-in as Yang Seo-yeon in the present
  • Lee Je-hoon as Lee Seung-min in the past
  • Bae Suzy as Yang Seo-yeon in the past
  • Yoo Yeon-seok as Jae-wook, Seo-yeon’s sunbae and Seung-min’s rival
  • Jo Jung-suk as Nab-ddeuk, Seung-min’s best friend
  • Go Joon-hee as Eun-chae, Seung-min’s fiancee
  • Kim Dong-joo as Seung-min’s mother
  • Lee Seung-ho as Seo-yeon’s father
  • Kim Eui-sung as Professor Kang
  • Park Soo-young as Architect Koo
  • Park Jin-woo as the taxi driver

Production

Director Lee Yong-ju has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yonsei University, and collaborated with architect Gu Seung-hwe to accurately depict the architectural details shown and mentioned in the film.The film was shot on location in the Seoul neighborhood of Jeong-neung and in Jeju Island.
It was chosen as the closing film at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival.
In late August 2012, Typhoon Bolaven, regarded as the most powerful storm to strike the Korean Peninsula in nearly a decade, severely damaged Seo-yeon’s house that was constructed especially for the movie.Plans are underway to rebuild the house and turn it into a cafe gallery.

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