Scent of Love

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Scent of Love
Scent of Love film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Gukhwaggot hyanggi
McCune–Reischauer Kuk‘wakkot hyanggi
Directed by Lee Jeong-wook
Produced by Jeong Tae-won
Written by Kim Hui-jae
Lee Jeong-wook
Starring Jang Jin-young
Park Hae-il
Music by Moon Dae-hyeon
Cinematography Lee Hu-gon
Edited by Park Gok-ji
Distributed by Cinema Service
Release date
  • February 28, 2003 (2003-02-28)
Running time
109 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Scent of Love (국화꽃 향기 lit. Scent of Chrysanthemums) is a 2003 South Korean film, and the directorial debut of Lee Jeong-wook. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Kim Ha-in, and stars Jang Jin-young and Park Hae-il in the lead roles. Like her character, Jang Jin-young battled stomach cancer and died in 2009. The film received an around of 900,000 admissions nationwide and on May 16, 2003 the film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.[1]


University student Seo In-ha meets a young woman on the subway and instantly falls in love. After joining a local book club, he is pleasantly surprised to find that the woman, Mun Hee-jae, is also a member. Although he makes a poor first impression, In-ha and Hee-jae eventually become friends, though he is left disappointed when she later rejects him, as she is more interested in another student, Kang Seong-ho.

Several years pass, with In-ha and Hee-jae going their separate ways. While Hee-jae and Seong-ho prepare to get married, In-ha, now a producer at a local radio station, still pines after his first love. When Hee-jae survives a car crash that kills her fiancé and parents, In-ha keeps a respectful distance. After a while he resumes his pursuit of her by reading out letters on his radio show, and finally winning her heart, the couple get married.

However, their happiness is short-lived, as Hee-jae becomes pregnant only to discover that she has stomach cancer, and must choose between her own life and the life of her unborn child.



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