Boy-sees-girl moments are monumental in South Korean star screenwriter Kim Eun Sook's romantic comedies.
Her 2010 hit Secret Garden is ignited by a look, by the moment Hyun Bin is wonderstruck seeing Ha Ji Won's stuntwoman in a swordfight.
In last year's Gentleman's Dignity, Kim Ha Neul's baseball enthusiast is glowing in the afternoon sun on a field as Jang Dong Gun looks at her with warm recognition: She is the one he has seen thrice now and feels an immediate attraction to each time.
The screenwriter's latest, The Inheritors, has Lee Min Ho sitting in a seaside cafe in Malibu when he catches a stricken look crossing Park Shin Hye's soft face.
He is a tycoon's love child in exile in the United States. She is the daughter of his mother's maid back in South Korea, who has just landed in Malibu and spotted her runaway sister serving coffee by the sea.
Lee gets to gaze at Park more intently in Californian sunshine, after her sister disappears again and the story gives Park no choice but to stay at Lee's beachfront mansion.
Two lookers (Lee is more of a looker but Park has amazing eyelids, which quiver with all kinds of feelings) peer and glance at each other. Yet, the show doesn't exactly catch fire.
The Inheritors has been hyped as Kim Eun Sook's answer to Boys Over Flowers, the 2009 high-school romantic comedy in which Lee rose to fame in the role of Goo Jun Pyo, a posh guy who pursues a girl with the alarming force and speed of a tornado.