2008 ‘Sayangkoldong yangkwajajeom aentikeu’
Jin-hyeok opens a cake shop in an old antique shop, hiring Seun-woo, Korea's best pastry chef, who fell in love with him in high school. Also there, are Soo-young, crushing on Seun-woo, ex-boxer Gi-beom, and Seun-woo's French ex-boyfriend.
Jin Hyuk (Ju Ji-hun) is a wealthy young man of privilege with a tragic past. He also hates sweets but is unperturbed by the prospect of opening a gourmet cake shop and hiring Son Woo (Kim Jae-wook) as his genius baker. Standing in their way is their tempestuous history together. Jin Hyuk cruelly rebuked Son Woo’s amorous advances at high school leaving him devastated at first, but ultimately releasing his gay “demonic charm” causing any and every heterosexual man to fall madly in love with him.
The staff is rounded out by ex-boxer and Son Woo’s protégé Ki Beom (Yu Ah-in) and Jin Hyuk’s dim-witted but loyal childhood friend and body guard Soo Yeong (Choi Ji-ho.) The four men struggle…
Tonally this is a difficult film to put a handle on, as the shifts in topic are incredibly large. However, this film handles it beautifully, so much that the changes seem inevitable. For a film which covers such a dark topic it really is a happy and feel-good movie, and one which I would recommend.
Based on a popular manga, this Korean comedy drama focuses on a guy called Tachibana who opens a bakery, employing former schoolfriend Ono as the chef. Ono has always fancied his boss, and all the other staff fancy Ono, so hilarity ensues. Plus there’s a more serious subplot at work as they attempt to discover the cake-loving criminal who abducted Tachibana as a kid. It’s a surprising mix of comedy and drama that works well – and you’ll definitely want to indulge your sweet tooth after all the mouth-watering cakes on show!