‘My Sassy Girl’ is a 2001 Korean romantic comedy film directed by Kwek Jae-yong and starring Jun Ji-hyun and Cha Tae-hyun in the title roles. Based on a series of actual blog posts which were later adopted into a novel by Kim Ho-sik, the film became a blockbuster hit upon its release and has since been remade in Hollywood and inspired a sequel. It is the highest grossing comedy film in South Korea, with its immense popularity in Asia drawing comparisons to the 1999 Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet starrer ‘Titanic’. Post the DVD release, the film caught worldwide attention, spawning an international media franchise, consisting of film remakes and television adaptations. With the unconventional romantic relationship between Gyeon-woo, a regular engineering student, and the unnamed ‘Girl’ as its primary premise, ‘My Sassy Girl’ takes the viewers on a hilarious, bittersweet ride throughout its run-time.
The story follows the periodic intertwining of the couple’s lives with each other in the most quirky situations, leading to its eventual happy ending. The film comes with its share of melodrama, involving the audience with the emotions of its relatable, yet interesting characters. Jun Ji-hyun’s portrayal of the unnamed ‘Girl’ has been widely appreciated by critics, with Koreanfilm.org calling her ”the undisputed queen” and stating ”it could not have succeeded nearly as well without her”. Through this film’s enormous success, Korean Cinema received renewed international attention, encouraging foreign production companies to invest in it. With all that said, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘My Sassy Girl’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘My Sassy Girl’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Windstruck (2004)
Like ‘My Sassy Girl’, this film sees the collaboration between director Kwak Jae-yong and actress Jun Ji-hyun. The plot revolves around the life of Kyung-jin (Ji-hyun), an ambitious young police officer serving on the Seoul police department. Windstruck’ contains several subtle references to ‘My Sassy Girl’, including a photo of Jun Ji-hyun from the film on her piano. The ending of ‘Windstruck’ takes place in a railway station where Ji-hyun’s character Kyung-jin meets her love interest, similar to the beginning of ‘My Sassy Girl’. Also, Ji-Hyun is seen playing the piano in both these films while playing the character of a sassy, smart talking girl who eventually tends to reveal a sadder and more emotional inner character.
9. My Little Bride (2004)
Remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film, ‘My Wife is 18’, this South Korean romantic comedy film is about the arranged marriage between a female high school student and a male college student. Starring ‘the nation’s little sister’, Moon Geun-young, and popular South Korean actor Kim Rae-won, ‘My Little Bride’ was the second most popular film in its domestic box office in 2004, behind ‘Taegukgi’. The movie was nominated for various awards upon its release, notably winning the Grand Bell Awards for best newcomer male and female.