Come Rain, Come Shine

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Come Rain, Come Shine
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Promotional poster for Come Rain, Come Shine
Hangul ,
Revised Romanization Saranghanda, saranghaji ahnneunda
McCune–Reischauer Saranghanda, saranghaji annŭnda
Directed by Lee Yoon-ki
Written by Lee Yoon-ki
Based on A Cat That Cannot Return by Inoue Areno
Starring Hyun Bin
Im Soo-jung
Ha Jung-woo
Release date
  • 17 February 2011 (2011-02-17) (Berlinale)
Running time
105 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Come Rain, Come Shine (Hangul사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다; RRSaranghanda, Saranghaji Anneunda; literally "I Love You, I Love You Not") is a 2011 South Korean film by Lee Yoon-ki. A young woman (Im Soo-jung) informs her husband of five years (Hyun Bin) that she is leaving him for another man (Ha Jung-woo), but the husband remains calm and even helps her pack. The experimental film traces in real-time parts of their last three hours together while the wife prepares to move out. The film premiered in competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011.[1][2]


The film opens with a 9-minute long take of a married couple riding in a car together. After several minutes of small talk, the woman (Im Soo-jung) tells the man (Hyun Bin) that she's leaving him for another man. The rest of the film takes place in the couple's home during a rainstorm on their last day together, as the husband helps his wife pack. Various quiet, introspective scenes show them doing things such as making coffee, smoking a cigarette, and reminiscing over nostalgic items. While eating together, the woman asks the man why he isn't angry with her, saying that he has a right to be. The man says that he knows she doesn't change her mind when she decides on something and feels that he is partially to blame for their rift. She then accuses the man of being selfish for acting as "the perfect man" during their breakup. Their conversation is interrupted by the meowing of a lost kitten outside. They bring it inside, but it escapes and hides elsewhere in the house. Soon, their neighbors come looking for the kitten and are invited inside. Strained conversation ensues, and the neighbors inform the couple that the rain has flooded the roads, preventing travel to Seoul. The husband answers a phone call from his wife's new lover and passes it to her. She tells him she'll have to put off leaving until the next day due to the flooding. He asks her, "Is there anything holding you back?" To which she doesn't answer. The neighbors leave without the kitten, telling the couple to call them when it comes out. Now unable to go to their planned dinner reservation, the couple prepares dinner together. The man begins sniffling while cutting onions, and goes to the bathroom to wash his eyes, silently standing while letting the faucet run. The film ends with the kitten coming out of hiding and the woman telling it that everything is going to be okay.


Director Lee Yoon-ki is known for his delicate portrayal of emotions. The three-hour confrontation between the couple on screen is told almost in real-time. He recommended the audience become immersed in the emotional exchange between wife and husband. "I wanted to reveal a sense of loneliness between the two characters and the actors successfully portrayed the subtle sentiment," Lee said. "The house itself is the third character in this movie, as memories are compiled within."[3] Lee said he is drawn to simple and plain narratives ("the more I have things to say") and is more interested in character-driven pieces. He based the film on the Japanese short story A Cat That Cannot Return by Inoue Areno.[4]

The two actors joined Lee’s project without pay. Lim said, "There are many producers and directors dedicated to the diversity of Korean movies, but many productions are in financial trouble. I was happy to support a movement to make better movies. It was a great opportunity to work on an experimental film with such a talented actor and wonderful director."[3][5]

Hyun Bin said, "Anyone can easily empathize with the experience of breaking up, which is heartbreaking but at the same time opens up the possibility for new beginnings and new kinds of joy."[5] Im added, "There is no right answer in love."[3]


The Hollywood Reporter gave a negative review of the film, summarizing it as "a film so subdued and delicately wrought it will go unnoticed by most audiences."[6]

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  1. ^ "Annual Archives: 2011 Programme". Berlin International Film Festival. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  2. ^ "Director Lee defends pace of Berlin’s sole Asian entry". The Korea Herald. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  3. ^ a b c Kwon, Mee-yoo (21 January 2011). "Come Rain invited to Berlinale". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  4. ^ Park, Soo-mee (14 February 2011). "Q&A: 'Come Rain Come Shine' Director Lee Yoon-ki (Berlin)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  5. ^ a b Lee, Hyo-won (15 February 2011). "Hyun Bin emerges as Romeo of the hour". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  6. ^ Lee, Maggie (20 February 2011). "Come Rain, Come Shine: Berlin Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 

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