Starring: Jun Ji-hyun, Jang Hyuk Director: Kwak Jae-yong Category: IIA (Korean) South Korean director Kwak Jae-yong seems to know his audience. In My Sassy Girl (2001), he captured hearts with an annoying, yet ultimately charming, couple going through their romantic rites of passage to often hilarious effect. In his follow-up, The Classic, he turned the sentimentality valve up to full, and there was nary a dry eye in the house. Kwak has returned with Windstruck - a tale of love and loss - and, initially, the signs look good. He has again called on the wonderful Jun Ji-hyun (above right) from My Sassy Girl and has brought the promising Jang Hyuk (Volcano High) along to play her love interest. Things start off brightly. Jun plays a rather intense (and brutal) young police officer who mistakes Jang for a purse thief. Their initial slapstick scenes provide some of the film's highlights - the matter-of-fact police officer and the bumbling, but sweet, man, working the same sort of relationship that made My Sassy Girl so funny. But then they fall in love. And the film changes its mood. You can feel tragedy on the horizon as the pair grow closer. And, as in The Classic, Kwak shows his sentimental side when the lovers take a trip into the countryside. Their love is the chaste kind, with lots of hand-holding, games and cute stories as they sit by a fire or walk up a hill. It's all warm and fuzzy. Not content to play for all-out melodrama, the comedy returns in flashes - sometimes at inopportune times, such as as when Jun is left to fend for herself. And we're left confused about how we're supposed to feel. By covering so many bases, Kwak gives Jun every opportunity to show what a great talent she is. And, regardless of the film's short-comings, she shines - whether she's playing the tough-girl cop, or the heart-broken lover. You can't take your eyes off her. But the audience is bounced around so much that, in the end, you're left dazed and confused. A pity, because at times Kwak can really hit the mark. Windstruck opens today.