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"If seminarians don't get married... how do they resolve their desires?"
Bong-hee
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Love, So Divine is a 2004 South Korean Romantic Comedy.

After getting in trouble at their seminary, young priests-to-be Kim Kyushik (Kwon Sang-Woo) and his best friend Seon-dal are sent away to rural South Korea for a month to serve Father Nam and his church as punishment. There he meets Bong-Hee, a flighty Korean-American girl who followed her boyfriend to Korea, and happens to be father Nam's niece. However, after Bong-Hee's boyfriend dumps her, she finds herself stranded with nowhere to go. Despite clashing because of Kyushik's somewhat wooden personality and Bong-hee's selfishness along with many misadventures , they slowly become attracted to each other. As a result, Kyushik is forced to question the life of celibacy that lies ahead for him.


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  • Adorkable: Kyushik is often uncomfortable around women, and is extremely awkward in social outings (like clubbing or going to the bar,) as he dedicated most of his life to becoming a priest.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Kyushik finds the drunken Bong-hee sleeping in the church, and tries to shoo her out. Needless to say, it doesn't end well.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: When Bong-hee first meets Kyushik, she mistakenly takes a swig from a bottle of liquor, believing it to be water. She passes out in her uncle's church. Later, after just a sip at the club, she gets drunk enough to pick a fight with a bunch of hoodlums.
  • Celibate Hero: Deconstructed, as Kyushik is a seminarian. He CAN'T get into relationships. So naturally, he's pretty uncomfortable around girls.
  • Character Development: Bong-hee grows out of her selfish and childish ways, learning to become more empathetic towards others.
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  • Fanservice: Bong-hee, much to Kyushik's chagrin. Seon-dal and a painter working on the church ogle over her when she sunbathes in the garden, and Kyushik attempts get her to cover up by throwing a bed sheet onto her.
  • Foreshadowing: One of Kyushik's seniors has gotten engaged.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: An important part of Bong-Hee's characterization. She is childish, selfish and enjoys pushing Kyushik's buttons. However she shows that she can be rather considerate when she repairs the rosary that she broke with some pearls from one of her necklaces.
  • Nice Guy: Kyushik, very much so.
  • Not What It Looks Like: The drunken Bong-hee passing out on Kyushik, which happens to look like they're on the ground making out. Sister Kim walks in on them in the act.
  • Precision F-Strike}: One of the kids under the daycare service hears Bong-hee swear, and imitates her in front of Kyushik.
    "Don't use such a word. he doesn't like it.
    "The guy up there?" points middle finger, but Kyushik grabs it.
    "He doesn't like that either."
    "I don't need a lecture from a man wearing a skirt. Pretty Bong-hee likes those words. Shit, fuck, shit, fuck!"
  • Tsundere: Bong-hee. As Kyushik takes her home the morning after the disastrous clubbing night, they encounter some kids playing "Freeze and Melt." (something like tag.) As they look on, Bong-Hee wistfully tells Kyushik that it reminds her of unrequited love. They look at each other for a moment... but then she smacks him on the head and runs off.
  • Vow of Celibacy: A priest cannot fall in love or marry.
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