Love 911

I’m slowly trying to go back into watching Asian films and dramas. I have a few lined up and let’s hope I’ll maintain this momentum. Love 911 is the first off this list.

Type Her 반창꼬/Love 911

Next Entertainment World, 120 mins
Released on December 19, 2012
Romance, Melodrama

Watched in July, 2013

Mi-Soo (Han Hyo Joo) is a doctor with a fiery spirit. Unfortunately, her fiery spirit gets the best of her one day at work. Mi-Soo fails to properly diagnosis an ill woman. Her husband sues the hospital and Mi-Soo is advised to find a character witness.

Kang-Il (Ko Soo) is a dedicated firefighter, who doesn’t blink when it comes to saving someone else’s life.His boss ordered Kang-Il to follow the husband and to make sure he doesn’t do anything rash. The husband eventually confronts Kang-Il and assaults him. Later, Mi-Soo learns of the incident between firefighter Kang-Il and the husband. She concocts a plan to cozy up to the firefighter, in hopes of enlisting him in her legal defense. Little does she know, she isn’t dealing with an ordinary fellow and she just may have found her true love.

Director: Jeong Ki-Hun
Writer: Jeong Ki-Hun, Park Sang-Min

Stars: Ko Soo, Han Hyo Joo, Ma Dong Seok, Kim Sung Oh, Juni, Jung Jin Young

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Ever since I graduated from nursing school, I became fascinated with medical themed films. Love 911 has that element. I was curious when I first seen the trailer last year and since I’m familiar with the lead actress, I wanted to see it.

Love 911 has the typical Korean romcom formula. It isn’t cheesy, it has the dramatic factor common in Korean films and dramas, and it has the comical scenes that would make you roll with laughter. The plot isn’t as strong as I expected it to be but the main problem is that the leads have no chemistry. They don’t have the spark or the pull that drives the viewers crazy with giddiness. It was one of the reasons why I find the film mediocre.

Because I had a background in medicine, though not as extensive as doctors, there are things that are medical related in the film that I feel implausible. I know misdiagnosis happens but the way it was presented in the film seems unlikely. They are in ER and even if there’d be signs of assault in a patient, they would still require additional tests, especially if it was mentioned that the patient has heart problems and is taking medications, to rule out possible complications of an existing health problem. Mi Soo’s decision in the ER is immature and unprofessional. It gives me the impression that they are not doctors practicing residency but as students in practicum. There’s also the last rescue Kang-II’s team did that made me question have far the writers made research before making that scene. How likely a person buried alive in a collapsing building be in a normal, healthy, unscathed state and ran around the city like nothing happened? Not even a concussion? The miner they rescued also retained his legs after being crushed of a big block of falling debris and being stuck for hours under that before rescue came. How possible is that? He cannot save those legs after the muscle and bone trauma it went through. That is just impossible.

There are also so many issues left unresolved at the end. What happened to Mi Soo’s trial? Did the husband withdraw the case filed against Mi Soo? Did Mi Soo lose her medical license? What happened with Mi Soo’s operation? Did it go through? How will Kang-II take it? They made the couple end up together and that’s it. Roll up credits please.

Pfff. I really wanted to like this. There are scenes that are good; the writers generally had an idea of what they wanted in the film. It was just poorly executed. Leaving important problems hanging at the ending was a major let down.

Bad: Read or watched but I’m not impressed.

Bad: Read or watched but I’m not impressed.

Shallow.

Shallow.

Other Reviews:
Shy Flower
A Splash of Inspiration
abby in Hallyu-land

Synopsis: IMDB

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