Baby and I
Also loosely based on the Japanese manga, Baby and I (Korean: 아기와 나; RR: Agiwa Na) is Jang Geun-seuk’s 4th movie which tells the story of a rebellious 18-year-old high school senior who ends up responsible as a father to a baby which was found with a note in his cart. The film was released on August 10th, 2008 and was directed by Kim Jin-young. The film had an attendance of 435,551 nationwide.
Although most parts of the movie were different than the original manga version, the situation is somewhat similar, the film’s main character is a troublemaking high school student while the main character in the manga Baby and Me is a model student. Jang Geun-seuk’s character (Han Joon-soo) also has a problem with his parents, meanwhile, the original version (Takuya Enoki) is braced with the ideal family but he had to take care of his younger brother in the place of his deceased mother.
A little bit about the plot:
A high school student, Han Joon-soo (Jang Keun-seuk), is a troublemaker. He always quarrels with his parents and does not obey them. One day, his parents are sick of his bad behavior and run away from home, leaving only a videotape and $100, stating they would come back when Joon-soo has gotten his act together. Shrugging it off, he decides to just throw a small party with his friends, Ki-seok (Ko Gyoo-pil) and Choon-seung (Choi Jae-hwan), in his empty house. While buying alcohol at a grocery store, a baby with a note is left in his cart. The note claims the high school senior, Han Joon-soo, is the father of the baby and the mother could not take care of him anymore. The baby’s name is revealed to be Han Woo-ram (Moon Mason). Joon-soo finds himself stuck with the child, he tries abandoning Woo-ram multiple times, but always fails. Without anyone to help him, other than Kim Byul (Song Ha-yoon), a smart girl who has a crush on him, Joon-soo resorts to bringing the baby to school and his part-time jobs. Finally, he is suspended from school due to the baby being a disturbance. After days of becoming financially broke and sinking to the bottom, his parents come back home when Joon-soo has an emotional breakdown and expresses his sympathy and love for the baby; a love that changed him from a troublemaker to a caring father. Joon-soo’s parents acknowledge their love for their son and tell Joon-soo that they will help take care of Woo-ram. When Woo-ram is admitted to the hospital, Joon-soo becomes depressed and meets up Ki-seok. Ki-seok tells Joon-soo that he is the father of Woo-ram. Furious, Joon-soo beats up Ki-seok and tells him to take Woo-ram back. He later lies to Byul and Choon-seung that he does not care about Woo-ram anymore. Woo-ram, now out of the hospital, is being adopted by a couple from overseas. After contemplating, Joon-soo races to the airport and fights his way through security. At the gate, he yells for the couple to give Woo-ram back to him. Later, Joon-soon agrees with Ki-seok that they will raise Woo-ram together. Byul sends Ki-seok and Choon-seung to go buy some soda, wanting to be alone with Joon-soo. After she coyly compliments his “cool” behavior at the airport, Byul gives Joon-soo a quick kiss before running off.
In the same year with Baby and I, Jang Geun-seuk also released a comedy movie called Crazy Waiting (Korean: 기다리다 미쳐; RR: Gidarida michyeo), also known as The Longest 24 Months, or Going Crazy Waiting. The film was written and directed by Ryu Seung-jin and stars Jang Geun-seuk as Park Won-jae, Son Tae-yong as Kim Hyo-jeong, Jang Hee-jin as Nam Bo-ram, and Danny Ahn as Seo Min-cheol. The film explored the dilemma of maintaining and leaving a relationship.
A little bit about the plot:
In South Korea, all men in their early twenties have to serve two years of mandatory military service, and many young couples find themselves asking, “Do we stay together… or break up?” If they stay together, will their love survive the two-year separation? The movie takes a look at four couples as they explore these questions and “go crazy while waiting” to be reunited with their lovers.
Hyo-jeong is dating the much-younger Won-jae when he leaves for the military service, and his visits home put a strain on her wallet. Bo-ram has a crush on bandmate Min-cheol, who ignores her in favor of Han-na. Jin-ah and Eun-seok are the perfect, cutesy couple, but telling his best friend to take care of her turns out to be Eun-seok’s mistake. High school student Bi-ang’s reaction to live-in boyfriend Heo Wook’s departure is to go out and find a replacement – innocent college student Ho Sin.