All his life, Chi Soo has firmly believed that he could never put his trust in anyone. Until he meets Gi Tae, a cheerful person who is able to break the walls he has carefully built. What will happen when he realizes that the first person he came to trust isn’t who he says he is?
‘Long Time No See’ is a 2017 action romantic movie released in South Korea. The one-hour and fifteen-minute movie is directed by Kang Woo and stars Tak Woo Suk as Chi Soo and Yeon Seung Ho as Gi Tae. It revolves around a hitman living a double life as a web novel writer who falls in love with his avid reader. Originally released as a five-episode miniseries in Naver, it also stars Kim Myung Hwan, Ra Sun Young, and Won Tae San.
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A man violently confronts another man in a parking lot and does not notice the arrival of Chi Soo, a professional hitman known as ‘Flying Dagger’. Chi Soo kills both and reports the success of his mission to his foster father, the leader of the gang, who is also known as Black Rose. At home, he scrubs the blood off his body and is reminded of when he was mercilessly bullied as a teenager for being homosexual and an orphan. After being brutally beaten in the boy’s bathroom, a stranger intervened to help him and offered him a white handkerchief with a black rose embroidered on it to clean up the mess. Later, the savior would adopt him as his son and teach him to be a hitman.
Chi Soo meets with Black Leopard, his adopted uncle, who is currently at war with Black Rose, to devise a strategy.
On the other side of the city, Gi Tae, a devoted reader of a crime-themed web novel authored by an unidentified author known only as Black Rose, enthusiastically mails the author under the alias “Wild Dog” to express his delight over the most recent chapter. Black Rose, who is also Chi Soo, responds and makes a suggestion that they meet up. Gi Tae imagines himself and Black Rose intimately. The next day, Chi Soo runs into Gi Tae in a convenience store by mistake and is immediately attracted to him. However, he brushes it off and walks away, only to run into Gi Tae again in a restaurant that he frequents. The two recognize each other from their earlier encounter in the store. The author and the reader plan to meet up in a cafe but get canceled when Chi Soo’s father calls him for an emergency. That evening, he visits the restaurant again to eat his usual meal when he sees Gi Tae closing up for his sister and part ways after a casual greeting. Chi Soo calls “Wild Dog” to apologize for their abrupt cancellation, to his surprise, his voice echoes from the other side and he sees Gi Tae holding his own mobile. They realize that they are Black Rose and Wild Dog. Gi Tae hugs Chi Soo excitedly, who winces when the former accidentally hit an injured arm. Gi Tae volunteers to treat the wound in Chi Soo’s apartment, where the two spent intimate time together.