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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 27, 2017

'You With Me' Starring Devon Seron And Korean Actor Hyun Woo Is A Well Made Crowd Pleaser About An Interracial Romance

 WE WERE INVITED to the premiere night of “You With Me”, the first Filipino-Korean collaboration at Trinoma last Tuesday night and Devon Seron’s two Korean partners, Hyun Woo and Jin Ju Hyung, were both in attendance. Actually, it’s Hyun Woo who is the leading man while Ju Hyung, who the press got to interview at length in the film’s last presscon, plays only a supporting role as his assistant and had minimal exposure.

Pinoy director Rommel Ricafort has helmed a real crowd pleaser. Hopeless romantic viewers are squealing with delight in so many scenes and we can’t blame them because there’s no denying that Devon has endearing chemistry with Hyun Woo.

Devon plays Kim Soriano, a rich girl with over protective parents, Tonton Gutierrez and Assunta de Rossi, who are both very strict with her. She is allowed to work, but only at home, as an English tutor for Korean students online. As a result, she rebels and runs away, going to Korea by herself to proclaim her independence.

In Korea, she meets Jason (Hyun Woo) and it’s easy to predict that they will eventually fall in love with each other. But wait, it seems Jason has a hidden agenda all along. He actually wants to use Devon just to take revenge on her parents because they caused a tragedy in his own family some years ago.

We can only reveal up to that, because sharing more about the narrative will be too much of a spoiler. Suffice it to say that those who love a good romantic story will truly enjoy watching this film. Devon has a winning presence and her acting is very natural, not at all forced or engineered. Hyun Woo is not good looking by Hollywood standards but he is oozing with so much charming on-screen charisma. Both of them also act persuasively in their dramatic scenes when Devon discovers Hyun’s hidden motives.

The film also serves as a short travelogue as Hyun tours Devon around his city. We also like it that Direk Rommel makes liberal use of several songs in a lot of scenes, not only Tagalog but also Korean and English songs. Technical credits are all adequate, except for some scenes that seem overscored. And yes, we also wish that they got a better stylist for Devon as some of the outfits she was made to wear in the movie just doesn’t become her.