Movie: The Princess and the Matchmaker (궁합)
Release Date: February 28, 2018
Runtime: 110 min.
Genre: Period / Romantic-Comedy
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Country: South Korea
Princess Songhwa (Shim Eun-Kyung) refuses her fate of marrying someone who matches her marital harmony. There are 4 men on her future husband list with different fate signs. Refusing her fate, she decides to leave the palace and find her husband by herself.
Seo Do-Yoon (Lee Seung-Gi) is a person who interprets marital harmony signs. He is very skilled at his craft and, consequently, selected as the one to read the marital harmony signs between Princess Songhwa and the 4 men on her husband list.
Lee Seung Gi – Seo Do Yoon
Shim Eun Kyung – Princess Songhwa
Yeon Woo Jin – Yoon Shi Kyung
Kang Min Hyuk – Kang Whi
Choi Woo Sik – Nam Chi Ho
I watched it after i found that that Lee Seung Gi is coming to Manila for a fanmeeting. I’m not a big fan of LSG but i find that i always end up watching his dramas/movies/shows. On the other hand, I only know Shim Eun Kyung because of Miss Granny and i actually feel like her character and mannerisms are similar to Miss Granny. I guess it’s the actress’ style where she speaks loud or make witty retorts. (kind of like how Park Bo Young annoys me with her tiny cute voice)
I liked the first half the the movie when Princess was trying to meet the 4 husbands to be. They were hilarious and the love/hate between the princess and Seo Do yoon was funny. You just know they will end up together. But then the second half of the movie got dark and too rushed. Yeon Woo Jin is handsome but he is really good at being and looking evil. The movie didn’t really explain why the consort or Shi Kyung were colluding (are they lovers? i wasn’t sure what their relationship was).
But i did like the ending and how they were able to find a good way to resolve the story that makes sense during that period and still have the princess and a normal guy together. i think this is Lee Seung Gi’s first movie after he got out of the army and he wasn’t that cute here (he didn’t wear makeup and his face looked dark and rough). and this kind of helped me make up my mind that i’m not going to LSG’s fan meeting (boohoo!) I realized i’m not really a fan and i may not have a good time watching. (but if i get free tix i will go haha or if my friend who is a big LSG fan will go, i might accompany her to watch).