Daddy-Long-Legs - 2005 South Korean Version
Well, most of this post is taken from the Wikipedia website on the Korean film version (2005) of Daddy-Long-Legs, but I'll take what I can get:
Daddy-Long-Legs (Kidari Ajeossi) is a 2005 South Korean romance film. It was one of four Korean movies screened at the 2006 International Fajr Film Festival in Iran. The story is loosely inspired by the novel Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster . . . . Young-mi Cha (Ha Ji-won) . . . is a young woman who has lost her parents and [is] struggling to fend for herself. She receives the assistance of a stranger who pays her university fees and sends her gifts. She affectionately nicknames her benefactor "Daddy-Long-Legs."Like all tear-jerking Korean dramas, this one ends in complex, improbable, unpredictable, confusing tragedy:
Young-mi . . . investigates her "Daddy-Long-Legs," eventually learning that her current job and accommodations were the decisions of the radio station's director. She confronts him, but it turns out that the director was only acting on behalf of his younger brother, who chose to provide Young-mi with her school fees and asked that she be given her current job and his house to live in. It turns out the director's brother is Jun-ho, who is also the writer of . . . [a delayed] email [that "details a love story written by the . . . owner of the house" about someone who has been "diagnosed with a terminal disease which would cause" loss of memory and then death]. Jun-ho had [by the time the email arrived] . . . lost all of his earlier memories of Young-mi when they were students together and he [had] loved her from afar . . . . Young-mi is devastated by this news. She reconnects with Jun-ho and they spend as much time together [as possible] before . . . [he] relapses and . . . dies.Jean Webster herself would be confounded!
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