Movies and TV Shows From Kim Ha-neul
1. My Tutor Friend
Released on February 7, 2003, themovies top of the box office for five consecutive weeks and sold 4,809,871 tickets, making it the third-best selling Korean film of 2003.
This movie is about Kim Ji-hoon (Kwon Sang-woo) and Choi Su-wan (Kim Ha-neul), both 21 years old. Su-wan is in her second year at university while Ji-hoon is still in the process of repeating his senior year of high school.
Su-wan’s mother works in their family business, selling fried chicken. To help out, Su-wan earns money by tutoring other children, but often gets fired after hitting the students. Her mother has a rich friend with a son in need of a tutor. The friend, Kim Ji-hoon’s mother, wants a tutor that will make her son study so that he can pass his high school graduation exams. The salary offered is enough to pay for an entire semester of Su-wan’s college education.
Ji-hoon is always able to attract the girls and draw attention through his love of fighting. He has recently transferred to Surim High School, and manages to offend Lee Jong-soo (Gong Yoo), “king” and best fighter there. Jong-soo’s girlfriend, Yang Ho-kyung (Kim Ji-woo), also sets her eye on him. He continues to brawl at Surim, including beating up a member of the high school gang for stealing from his younger brother, Se-hoon.
Apart from studying, Ji-hoon is actually fairly well rounded. As a child, he was sent to America to study. Because of his parents’ decision, the relationship between them and Ji-hoon is strained. Ji-hoon’s father, Kim Bong-man, threatens to send him back to the US if he continues to get into trouble with his fighting and bad grades. To avoid being sent back to America, Ji-hoon needs to get at least a 50% on the upcoming mid-term exams. The only problem is that his usual average mark is much lower than that.
Su-wan is persistent in tutoring Ji-hoon despite his rudeness to her, and eventually their relationship improves. At the end of the term, Ji-hoon receives a barely passing grade (50.1), but passing nonetheless. According to the terms of a bet they made, Su-wan must dance in front of a crowd during a college festival. While embarrassed and shy at first, she eventually really gets into dancing and the audience cheers her on. Ji-hoon realizes his growing feelings for Su-wan when he gets jealous and angry at seeing all the guys watching her running up to the stage.
Then Su-wan’s boyfriend comes back home. While spying on the couple, Ji-hoon learns that Su-wan’s boyfriend is breaking up with her. The next day, Ji-hoon shows up at his house and beats him up for hurting her. However, he finds out that the reason he was leaving Su-wan was because he was entering the priesthood. After the ordination, Ji-hoon lets Su-wan vent her feelings by hitting him for a while. Once she settles down, he decides to take her sky sailing. While in the air, Ji-hoon tells Su-wan that he likes her.
Su-wan does not know how to respond and pretends that she couldn’t hear him over the earpiece. Later on, they go to an amusement park. Just as Ji-hoon is about to give Su-wan a present, Su-wan runs into a female college friend, who’s accompanied by her boyfriend. Su-wan had previously confided in the friend about her difficulties in tutoring Ji-hoon. Su-wan’s friend initially thinks that Ji-hoon is her boyfriend, but Su-wan denies it, saying she would never go out with a high school student. This angers Ji-hoon and he throws her present into the fountain and leaves.
Kim Ha-neul as Choi Su-wan is a sophomore at college who comes from a modest, lower-middle-class family that owns a fried chicken restaurant. To cover her expenses, she works as a private tutor. She is hired to tutor Ji-hoon in order for him to complete his high school requirements and graduate.
Kwon Sang-woo as Kim Ji-hoon is a wealthy and troubled young man who is repeating his senior year of high school for the third time.
2. Almost Love
Ji-hwan is a tae kwon do student with a part-time job as a stunt man, who dreams of becoming Korea’s answer to Jackie Chan. Dal-rae is a drama student and aspiring actress, but tends to fail auditions because of her timid personality. The two are old friends who have grown up together, but their relationship becomes complicated when they each start dating other people.
- Kwon Sang-woo as Ji-hwan
- Park Ji-bin as young Ji-hwan
- Kim Ha-neul as Dal-rae
- Jung Min-ah as young Dal-rae
- Lee Sang-woo as Moon Young-hoon
- Jang Mi-inae as Kim Ji-min
- Jung Gyu-soo as Dal-rae’s father
3. Don’t Forget Me
He has lost his memory. He can only remember from the moment he found himself left alone in an apartment. He tries to find any clue as to who he might be, but nothing comes out. When he plucks up the courage to go out, he meets a woman at a psychiatric hospital, whom immediately begins to cry upon seeing him. He begins to piece together the missing fragments of his memory, he reaches out to those he thinks might know him.
Jung Woo-sung as Yeon Seok-won, lawyer who has lost the past ten years of his memory due to an accident. As he struggles to resume his life, he becomes obsessed with piecing together the puzzle to find out his past and what led him to lose his memory.
Kim Ha-neul as Kim Jin-young, woman who seemingly weeps upon seeing Seok-won when they first meet. They have an instant connection and a romance develops but she has a past that she keeps hidden.
Bae Seong-woo as Oh Kwon-ho, Seok-won’s best friend and fellow law firm partner who insists that Seok-won resume the case of defending one of their biggest clients despite his condition.
Jang Young-nam as Kim Young-hee, client of Seok-won’s before his accident. She is on trial for the murder of her husband, but Seok-won is hesitant, as there is something mysterious about his client and his past involvement with her case.
On Joo-wan as Kim Dong-gun, brother of Jin-young.
Lim Ju-eun as Lee Bo-young, a mysterious woman who Seok-won might have been linked to before his accident.
Lee Jun-hyeok as Shin Hyun-ho, insurance salesman and acquaintance of Seok-won who provides valuable clues about Seok-won’s past.
Blind is a crime thriller movie project fair held by the Korean Movie Producers Guild in 2009.
A missing person case involving a female university student and the victim in a hit and run case appears to be related. Detectives look for a witness.
Min Soo-ah (Kim Ha-neul) used to be a promising cadet at the police academy but after a horrific car accident which killed her surrogate brother Dong-hyun (Park Bo-gum) and caused her to lose her eyesight, her police career ended. Soo-ah reveals to Detective Jo (Jo Hee-bong) at the police station that on the night of the hit and run, she was picked up by a taxi cab driver. Soo-ah believes the taxi driver may be the perpetrator of the crimes. Initially, Detective Jo doesn’t take Soo-ah’s claims seriously because she is blind, but when Soo-ah displays her acute senses, the detective starts to believe her.
Detective Jo and Soo-ah then work together to find the taxi cab driver, but all their leads turn up empty. Then another witness comes forward, Kwon Gi-seob (Yoo Seung-ho). Gi-seob is a motorcycle delivery boy who claims to have also witnessed the hit and run incident. Gi-seob emphatically states that the car in question was not a taxi cab, but rather an imported sedan.
Meanwhile, Soo-ah finds herself being stalked by a mysterious man who turns out to be the killer, gynecologist Myung-jin (Yang Young-jo). Soo-ah, while in the car with him, remembered that he had a strong scent, he had a watch on his right hand, and he gave her an iced coffee drink in a glass can. While in the car with him, they hit a bump while in an argument. The body of the dead university student rolls out of the trunk and Myung-jin gets out to examine it. When Soo-ah goes out as well to inspect the damage done, he claims that he hit a dog, but she reasons with him, starting another fight. He leaves her in the rain when another car comes. The reason why she was in the car with him is because she needed a ride back from visiting the orphanage she grew up in.
One night when Gi-seob is walking home alone, he is followed by Myung-jin. Gi-seob at first runs away, but he is snuck up on and hit by a brick. An ambulance comes and Detective Jo and Soo-ah drive to the scene. Gi-seob gets annoyed by Soo-ah’s constant nagging and on the day of his release he storms out in anger. When he reaches the nearly-empty subway station, he sees Soo-ah on the other side and then sees her ride the subway, followed by the killer. He calls her on her phone and tells her urgently that the killer is in front of her. As he runs to catch up with her, she goes on FaceTime and shows him her location and surroundings. He guides her out of the subway and to safety, as well as her seeing eye dog, Seul-gi. She reaches into her handbag and sprays the killer’s eyes with her pepper spray and runs off with Seul-gi. When she reaches the elevator, she thought that she’d be safe, but the killer quickly gets in and kills Seul-gi.
- Kim Ha-neul as Min Soo-ah
- Yoo Seung-ho as Kwon Gi-seob
- Jo Hee-bong as Detective Jo
- Yang Young-jo as Myung-jin
- Park Bo-gum as Dong-hyun, Soo-ah’s younger brother (career debut)
- Dolly as Seul-gi
- Sa-hee as Jung-yeon
- Kim Mi-kyung as school director