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  • In Focus: The Plan Man
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jan 06, 2014

  • Directed by SEONG Si-heub
    Starring JUNG Jae-young, HAN Ji-min, JANG Kwang, KIM Ji-young, CHA Ye-ryun
    Release Date January 9, 2014
     
    The first commercial Korean film release in 2014 is The Plan Man, a new romantic comedy from Lotte Entertainment starring Korea’s go to man for comedy, JUNG Jae-young. The film is the feature debut of SEONG Si-heub, previously an assistant director on YOO Ha’s A Dirty Carnival (2006), and co-stars HAN Ji-min.
     
    In The Plan Man, Jung-seok (JUNG Jae-young) the librarian, goes about his daily life with everything planned down to the second. Whenever he sees anything out of place, he can’t help himself but to rectify it. This trait is particularly irksome to his co-workers who find their desks hoovered by Jung-seok for cleaning crumbs or their to have their ties fixed during a meeting. Jung-seok develops a crush for a local convenience store's cashier who demonstrates a similar attention to order and cleanliness. When he finally works up the courage to tell her his feelings, he bumps into So-jung instead, a messy musician whose life is lived spontaneously. With So-jung’s help, he tries to woo his dream girl, but the only catch is that she wants someone who doesn’t share her obsession for neatness. So now Jung-seok must break his routine and puts himself outside of his comfort zone.
     
    JUNG stretched himself into indie fare last year when he partnered for the first time with HONG Sangsoo in the auteur’s most recent film Our Sunhi. He al