Rules of dating a korean man
The first step is called the Eui hon, or ‘matchmaking’, this is when both the bride and grooms families discuss the possibility of marriage.
Various factors are taken into consideration such as: social status, personality, appearance, academic and/or agricultural (industrial) achievements, as well as material harmony as predicted by a fortuneteller."In general the Eui hon is determined when the bridegroom-side sends a proposal letter of marriage and the bride-side sends a reply letter which permits this marriage." Once the response from the bride is sent back to the groom, if agreed, the groom then sets up a date for the ceremony.
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.
The grooms year, month, day, and hour (according to the lunar calendar), which is known as Saju, is written on a paper and wrapped in bamboo branches and tied with red and blue thread.
In traditional Korean culture, like many traditional cultures, marriage between a man and a woman were decided by the bride and grooms elders.
As in Confucian values family and the customs of a family is placed above all.
However, because of Parks performance, Yu Lim remains a character the audience can somehow be sympathetic to.
Its strange how such an unlikable leading man can carry Rules Of Dating, and the answer is in the intelligent screenplay.