Here’s a look at the new romantic melodrama Introduction to Architecture, starring Uhm Tae-woong and Han Ga-in as first loves reunited in what will be Uhm’s gazillionth film in the past year. Seriously, the guy does not know the meaning of vacation. The story about two college sweethearts crossing paths fifteen years later features a heavy reliance on flashback/past versions of the leads, so much that Suzy (Dream High) and Lee Je-hoon (The Front Line) are touted as the stars of this movie as much as their adult counterparts are. And I have to say, the quartet looks pitch-perfect in the series of posters for the film.
The teaser shows the two kids meeting in their college Introduction to Architecture class (hence the title, natch), and sharing their first kiss. And then fifteen years later, the heroine walks into the hero’s office because she’s looking for someone to rebuild her childhood home. Conveniently, he grew up to be an architect, and once promised he’d build her a house. It’s like someone planned it! Oops, I mean… it’s Faaaate!
I think the key with this kind of movie is to stick with an understated approach to love-as-timing, because it could be really cute as long as it steers clear of the big melo pitfalls. And in general I’m just happy with this new versatility in Uhm Tae-woong’s projects, because he’s great at badass, but I like that he finally gets the chance to explore the side I saw in Cyrano.
Director Lee Yong-ju is relatively new, with an assistant director credit for Memories of Murder and then a feature of his own in 2009 called Possessed. Introduction to Architecture heads to theaters in March.