COUPLES is a Korean remake of Japanese director Kenji Uchida’s popular 2004 offbeat romantic comedy A STRANGER OF MINE. Like the original, the new version is by no means a straightforward genre outing, following a series of overlapping tales of various couples whose lives intersect thanks to bank robberies, car crashes and a variety of deceptions.
Cafe owner Yoo-suk (Kim Joo-hyeok) has had a particularly bad day, experiencing financial difficulties, still being unable to track down missing fiance Na-ri (Lee Si-yeong), and getting caught up in a bank robbery which sees him accused of sexual harassment by an unpleasant woman. There is one silver lining in the form of attractive off-work traffic cop Ae-yeon (Lee Yoon-ji) who he gets tied to during the heist, though he puts the spark between them to the side after his friend and private detective Bok-nam (Oh Jeong-se) gets in touch saying that he has tracked down Na Ri. From here, things get even more complicated as the truth behind her absence gradually becomes clear, and with Ae-yeon having troubles of her own.