Genre: Romance, Comedy
Cast: Um Tae Oong, Lee Min Jung, Choi Daniel, Park Shin Hae
Plot: Cyrano Agency is a secret agency which helps people who are not experienced in dating get the man/woman they love. It aims for 100% success, and it works like a movie production company with the highest technology such as mini-microphones, scripts, secret plans, etc, etc. The Cyrano Agency crew often follows their clients to their dates and works at the back to make sure everything works out perfectly, even making rain if they have to.
One day a man named Sang Yong (Choi Daniel) visits their office and asks them to help him a woman named Hee Joong (Lee Min Jung) love him back. Sang Yong is wealthy, intelligent, and famous for being a young, successful financial trader, but he is inexperienced and a little bit slow when it comes to women and dating. Things start to get complicated because Hee Joong is Byung Hoon (Um Tae Oong)–who is the leader of the Agency–‘s ex girlfriend, and Byung Hoon never got completely over Hee Joong. One of the agents Min Young (Park Shin Hae) notices it and tells Byung Hoon to get professional, but he can’t quite let go of the past.
This is the trailer.
I couldn’t find one with English subtitles :(
This movie was a big hit in Korea when it came out. All the actors and actresses did a good job, and I liked the plot of the movie as well. The ending was pretty strong too, compared to most Korean movies that have endings that leave you thinking, “…so what?” It reminded me a lot of the movie Mr. Hitch (https://rachels13.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/mr-hitch-the-cure-for-the-common-man/#more-187) because both movies are about a secret agency or agent helping inexperienced people get the love of their lives.
Recently, a Korean comedy show actually tried being a “dating agency.” They recruited a few people, and tried to help them by telling them what to say through mini microphones, watching them through mini cameras, and giving them a complete make over, just like the Cyrano Dating Agency. They showed 2 cases on TV, and unfortunately, both cases failed. No matter how systematic their plans were, there were always flaws, and it’s pretty hard to change someone’s mind so that they fall in love with a certain person. I guess it’s only in movies that this exists, but I still think it would be cool if we actually had these secret agencies. What do you think?