Cyrano Agency (trailer here) is a strong kick-off for the Korean Cultural Service’s It’s a Fine Romance film series, when it screens this Tuesday in Tribeca—for free.
First, Byung-hoon and his co-conspirators show the audience how it is supposed to be done, effortlessly guiding a clueless schlub into winning the heart of an attractive coffee barista. Their next client, hedge fund manager Sang-yong, is more of a challenge, but he has some real money. He is also unusually awkward socially and has a bad habit of drifting away from the script.
To make matters even trickier, he has retained the agency to help him woo Hee-joong, with whom Byung-hoon has some short but intense history in Paris. His right hand accomplice Min-young quickly suspects he is actually trying to undermine their mission. Indeed, she seems quite ambiguously attuned to her boss’s emotional state.
The ridiculously attractive cast does not hurt either. As Hee-joong, Lee Min-jung projects the right balance of sass and vulnerability. Even her caustic wine-bar owner sister is hot. However, Park Sin-hye’s Min-young out cutes just about everyone, anywhere. Uhm Tae-woong certainly looks like a tragic hero, whereas Daniel Choi actually humanizes the Sang-yong, the tongue-tied suitor, far more than most Cyrano pastiches.