In addition, much credit should be given to first-time director Han, who employs a handheld style that can be off-putting, but effectively places the audience in the perspective of voyeurs.Han doesnt possess any special visual flair that many new directors do, but in using a quiet style, he refuses to judge his characters and still manages to keep the film from becoming emotionally distant.
Choi refuses, of course, especially since she has a boyfriend already.
She also avoids Lee's continuous attempts to make a pass at her, but does so in a strange passive way, as if she isn't really unwilling. After the two spent the night together, their relationship just starts to get interesting.
The result is a sexy, mature, and unconventional romance that may be too challenging for some. Rules Of Dating (or known in the subtitles as To Do Or Not To Do) stars Kang Hye Jung (Old Boy) and Park Hae Il (Memories of Murder) as high school student teacher Choi Hung and her counselor Yu Lim.
When the two first meet, Yu Lim initiates a frank sexual conversation.
Yu Lim decides to pursue Choi Hung, not using pure charm, but through a variety of questionable means, including his power of authority (he forces her to socialize with the other teachers outside of class), endless sexual banter, and even nearly raping her in a mutual moment of weakness. One of the best decisions director/co-screenwriter Han Jae Rim makes is to not create charming and likable characters.
While Yu Lim probably would have been sued for sexual harassment a long time ago if he was in America, something keeps Choi Hung from blowing the whistle on him. Instead, the two protagonists are mean, conniving, weak, and at times, just plain frustrating people.
However, Han Jae Rim, aided by two commanding and brilliant performances, has masterfully crafted a complex romance that manages to be thoughtful, entertaining, and even frustrating.
Even though this isnt the type of film to appeal to a worldwide audience, any film that can stir up so many emotions is always a film worth watching.
Lee gets to know a lot about Choi's past, the reason why she is so rejecting and why she still isn't a teacher at her age.