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‘A Year-End Medley’: A classic love story during the Christmas and New Year Season

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From 2001 hit “My Sassy Girl” to “The Classic,” director Kwak Jae-yong established himself as a master of the romance genre throughout the 2000s.

Kwak Jae-yong’s film mixes humor and a touch of emotion.

The upcoming romantic comedy “A Year-End Medley” is Kwak’s new work, delighting moviegoers and creating a warm and sentimental atmosphere during the Christmas and New Year season, when people usually feel confused before saying goodbye to acquaintances as well as opening up to those who do not know.

Dated about a week before the end of 2021, the film combines seven stories of first love, unrequited love, high-profile romance and friendship at the Emross Hotel, where many people visit or Stay to celebrate your holiday in a special way.

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So-jin (Han Ji-min), the hotel’s manager, is the thread that connects the story. She hesitated for about 15 years when she confessed her romantic feelings to her friend Seung-hyo (Kim Young-kwang).

One day, she ends up losing her chance when Seung-hyo introduces his girlfriend Young-ju (Ko Sung-hee) and asks So-jin to help him with the wedding preparations at the hotel.

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At the hotel’s entrance, Catharine (Lee Hye-young) runs into her ex Sang-kyu (Jung Jin-young), a hotel security guard, for the first time in 40 years. She flew back from Australia to attend her daughter’s wedding.

Yong-jin (Lee Dong-wook), the CEO of Hotel Emross, falls in love with Yi-young (Won Jin-a), a maid at the hotel, when he checks the hotel’s heating system for problems. .

Jae-yong (Kang Ha-neul) is closely watched by hotel staff as he shows some signs of suicide after years of not finding a job. Soo-yeon (Lim Yoon-a), a customer care worker, comforts Jae-yong through a morning call service.

Star singer Yi-kang (Seo Kang-jun) and his manager Sang-hoon (Lee Kwang-soo) recall their past as the duo struggled to survive in show biz but rose to the top. when their management contract is about to expire.

Se-jik, So-jin’s older brother, who has supported his sister’s 15-year unrequited love, begins his own love affair with his schoolmate Ah-young (Won Ji-an).

Meanwhile, Jin-ho (Lee Jin-wook) is a rich handsome doctor who goes to a fancy restaurant at the Emross Hotel for a date every weekend. The fact that he regularly visits and meets women is a matter of concern to the hotel staff, including So-jin.

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With all the episodes linked together and linked by humor, wit and lightness, “A Year-End Medley” brings a sense of comfort to Christmas and New Year.

Many viewers may not be afraid to accept the film’s conspicuous flaws such as the weak balance of characters and clichéd love stories. The film’s star-studded cast casts a warm light and delivers tender moments and well-timed humor, leading the story to the end.

In particular, actress Han Ji-min showed off her charm and charm, and the humorous performance of Kang Ha-neul and Lee Kwang-soo added to the drama’s charm.

“A Year-End Medley” may be the most suitable movie for those who are looking for solace and hope after enduring the Covid-19 pandemic and other financial and social burdens during the year. 2021.

The film opens in theaters on December 31.

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