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When he is 18 years old, Woo-jin (Woo-hee Chun) wakes up with a brand new face. This change in his appearance begins to happens every morning. One day he is a man and another day is a woman, sometimes an old man sometimes young, etc. Sometimes he changes into a foreigner so he only speaks foreign languages but he can still only understand Korean. When his mom discovers what’s happening to Woo-jin, she conceals him in their house instead of bringing him to a hospital. Naturally, everything changed in his life.
He couldn’t go to school anymore and he couldn’t be with his friends. One of those friend, named Sang Baek (Lee Dong-hwi), couldn’t understand why Woo-jin suddenly didn’t show up at school so visits Woo-jin’s house. A woman answers and Sang Baek thinks the woman is Woo-jin’s mother. Sang Baek met her a few times before but he couldn’t remember exactly her face. They sit down at a table and they talk about Woo-jin. While they are talking, Woo-jin’s real mother arrives.
Now Sang Baek realizes that the woman he’s been talking too is not Woo-jin’s mother, so he looks upon her with a fixed gaze. Woo-jin decides to tell Sang Baek everything, hoping his friend will accept the truth. He is so lonely and needs a friend. When Woo-jin explains about this strange changing that has overcome him, Sang Baek looks at Woo-jin with exactly same face as his mother did, that of shock. Woo-jin anxiously awaits his reaction. Suddenly Sang Baek laughs his head off, fully accepting this weird reality as Woo-jin feels relief.
After this, they spend time together and become best friends. Luckily Woo-jin is creative and good at making furniture. Working with other people isn’t necessary, so one day, Sang Baek suggests a business idea in which Woo-jin makes the furniture and his friend runs the company. Woo-jin agrees and makes personalized furniture and soon their business takes off. Not long after, Woo-jin goes to another furniture store where a woman works as a furniture seller. Her name is Yi-soo (Hyo-ju Han), and Woo-jin can’t stop himself from staring. She is beautiful and he thinks her personality is similar to his. From that day on, he develops a big crush. Ironically, before he met her, he actually started to accept his situation and deal with it. Now he wants to talk with her and be with her. He visits her store every day as a different person, and after spending more time with her, he suddenly wishes for a normal life.
He makes a big decision. When he wakes up as a handsome looking young man he decides to confess to her his he likes her. On the big day, he goes to her job and buys some furniture and tells her, “Do you prefer to eat Sushi or Steak?” This surprises her. He said, “I practiced a lot because I want to eat dinner with you. Today.” She already has a plan so she says maybe next time but he keeps saying to her it must be today. His persistence pays off and she eventually accepts his offer and they have dinner together in Woo-jin’s furniture store. They have a great time together and he asks her to meet again the next day. This is when he discovers a solution to his problem: Do not sleep.
He holds out for three days without sleep, spending each day with her, and even though he couldn’t sleep, he feels so happy. He feels like a normal person now and never thought he could actually have a girlfriend. On the third days, he brings her home and tells her let’s meet in the morning for breakfast. When he is on his way back to his house, he falls asleep on the subway. When he wakes up, he falls into the pit of despair because he has changed. The next morning, she waits for him, and he is there but as a different person. He couldn’t show himself to her. She calls him and worries about him. He doesn’t want to lose her and he doesn’t want to live like before so he makes a plan to confess everything to her. When he does, the story frightens her and she couldn’t accept him this way, confused and angry and disbelieving. But that’s not the the end of the story.
Directed by Baek Jong-yeol, the film is based on an Intel and Toshiba joint venture advertising campaign, which follows a similar story. After watching the advertisement, he was curious about what happened with the characters. That’s why he made this film. Baek focuses on their love and how love can change their relationship.
When I watched the trailer, I thought if I have this life it would be fun. One day I could be a pretty girl, the next day a handsome man, and then I can date easily. However, I learned while I was watching the movie, how happy I truly am as myself. People complain about their daily routines, including me. When people wake up in the morning, they expect and hope for something special to happen in their life. This film changed my thinking. People should be grateful to be normal, sharing life together and aging together. If I can be like the main character for only one month and then go back to before, I can maybe enjoy and have fun. But the main character has been changing since when he was 18 years old. In the film Yi-soo, tearful about the relationship, says to her sister, who knows Woo-jin’s fate, “I can remember everything about him except his face.” How sad. Who can be with him? The other issue is inner side of beauty. People say that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty but the real world is very different. If Woo-jin had not been the handsome young man, Yi-soo might not have been interested in dating with him and when Woo-jin wanted to talk with Yi-soo, he also waited until he had a handsome face. We emphasize inside beauty but we can’t ignore people’s appearance and it’s often a huge impact on that first impression.