Hello Stranger: A Review

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I caught Hello Stranger, a Thai romantic-comedy that takes place in Korea. One of the reasons I really wanted to watch this was because 1) It's funny. 2) It contains footage of many familiar sights of Korea. The summary of the plot taken from Golden Village's website:
A love story about two strangers who know nothing about each other and fall in love. He is a football fanatic, videogame nerd, social butterfly, comic lover, tired of love stories and a cynic of love while she is Korean soap opera fan, beef lover, devout radio station listener, avid book reader, and homebody. Together, they are perfect strangers who will travel, eat, share a room, and talk about anything and everything including each others top secrets. 
The movie struck a chord with me because it brings one to all the touristy places in Seoul, places that I, as a traveller would have been to. They go to N Seoul Tower, Seoraksan National Park, Bucheon Hanok Village, Myeongdong, Cheonggyechon, Dae Jang Geum Theme Park, Seven Luck Casino, Lotte World and many other places. And they touched on how Korea has become such a tourist hotspot because of Korean dramas and Korean music. They even stayed at places I had heard of: Grand Ambassador and Seoul Backpackers.

Overall, if you have been to Korea, this film is a great way to reminisce on your travels there. If you've never been there, this film basically introduces you to all the best tourist spots that you should definitely go to in Korea. The plot is simple yet heart-warming. Both characters (whose names we do not know at all) are refreshingly funny and pull off their roles well.

In fact, I don't usually like to watch films where I don't understand the spoken language because I feel that the essence is somewhat lost through subtitles. But in this film, I felt that the actors themselves managed to touch the audience with their acting and expressions, such that even if some meaning was lost in the translation, it was still funny to everyone. Fact: The whole cinema was roaring with laughter throughout the whole film. Even at the sad bits! (Which is a bit lol. But the guy looks quite comical with his vulnerable expression.)

Though it is a bit long (2 hours), but I love romantic-comedies, so I am not complaining. In fact, I might get this on DVD when it's out. Do catch it if it's out in your local theatres! And I'll leave you with a trailer just so you can get a feel of it!

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