A Millionaire’s First Love

Directed by: Kim Tae-gyun
Produced by: Lee Joo-Ick
Written by: Kim Tae-gyun
Starring: Hyun Bin & Lee Yeon-hee
Music by: Kim Tae-sung
Cinematography: Choi Chan-min
Editing by: Ko Im-Pyo
Distributed by: Lotte Entertainment
Release date(s): 9 February, 2006

“A Millionaire’s First Love” is a great melodramatic movie about the love story of two people with totally different perspectives in life and how this love was able to change both of them completely.

Kang Jae-kyung (Hyun Bin) is a typical spoiled rich kid: arrogant and irresponsible towards life. He is set to inherit his grandfather’s fortune when he turns 18 but this comes with a price: he must transfer to a school in Gangwondo (countryside) and finish his high school there. Without much of a choice because all access to his penthouse, cars, and credit cards are denied, he is compelled to live a life far from what he’s used to live. Shortly after settling in his new home, he meets the 19-year old Choi Eun-whan (Lee Yeon hee) again after bumping into her in Seoul. She sees hope for him and sets out to make him see it for himself. A series of coincidences and school projects draw them closer to each other. However, a shocking revelation about Eun-whan’s health strikes Jae-kyung and flashbacks from his past came rushing back at him (in which Eun-whan has a big part). As the plot thickens, Jae-kyung learns to appreciate the simple things that make life more meaningful and discovers that one thing he’ll give up everything for.

The movie was successful in portraying the purity, innocence and impact of first love through the plain countryside setting, simple plot, heartfelt soundtrack, and the brilliant acting of the leads. I can’t pinpoint the “best scene” because every scene will really touch you and make you cry your heart out

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