Movie Monday: 200 Pounds Beauty (2006)

Starring: Kim Ah Joong (Sign, Our Attitude to Prepare Parting, The Accidental Couple, etc.), Joo Jin Mo (Frozen Flower, Fashion 70s, Dream, Musa, etc.)

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 120 minutes

Twinkies: 4

Synopsis: Adapted from a Japanese manga, Kanna-San, Daiseikou Desu, 200 Pounds Beauty is Korea’s rendition of this popular story. Hanna (Kim Ah Joong) has a beautiful voice but a physical appearance that keeps her from reaching her dreams of one day becoming a singing sensation. Instead, she works at night as a phone sex operator as well as the “voice” of a popular Korean pop star. Of course, no one knows that Hanna is really the voice behind this star.

Realizing that her physical appearance is keeping her from the career and man of her dreams, Sang Jun (Joo Jin Mo), she “disappears” as Hanna and reemerges as “Jenny” after a complete head-to-toe plastic surgery/transformation. 

What ensues afterwards is a pointed critique of society’s obsession with physical beauty and the lengths that some people go to obtain that beauty when in reality, the outward appearance is merely a facade for the inner beauty.   

Musings: I have been debating for a while whether to recommend this movie because I wasn’t sure if this would be a “good” enough movie for “Movie Monday.” However, after several of you commented on liking Innocent Steps, I decided that you may just like this movie as well.

I saw this almost as soon as it hit youtube and became completely enamored with two things: the song “Maria” and Joo Jin Mo. LOL…Yeah, he’s one of my Korean eye-candies. 😉

So if I liked the movie so much, why did I hesitate? Mainly because I didn’t feel as though this movie offered anything new to the genre of romantic comedy…no matter how much I enjoyed the movie.

But then I realized that the movie doesn’t have to offer a new spin on romantic comedy or on the age-old issue of physical beauty vs. inner beauty to be a “Movie Monday” selection. After all, I think this will be the perfect movie to ease into the work week; it’s light, funny, romantic, pleasing to the ear (songs), and loaded with eye-candy! 😉 And…it does provide a social commentary on society’s preoccupation with physical beauty, especially Korea’s obsession for plastic surgery.

I’m curious to hear what you think, so leave me a comment if you’ve seen or will see it. And for those of you who are curious as to why this Twinkie liked the movie so much, I’m inserting a music video of the “Maria” song for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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10 thoughts on “Movie Monday: 200 Pounds Beauty (2006)”

  1. Hi Twinkie, great movie & I actually watched this when a colleague of mine loaned me her DVD, so I actually don’t have this in my library.
    My first time to see JJM as well and went crazy looking for Fashion 70s which I aslo liked and then Queen of the Game, lol
    He was my wallpaper for my laptop for around 6 months, hehe
    Definitely worth watching!

  2. I loved this movie. The only thing that bothered me was the comments on YT about how this movie promoted surgery. I don’t think they got the message which is exactly what you said: physical beauty vs. inner beauty. I don’t want to say any spoilers on the movie so I will stop here but honestly, it’s a great movie! =)

  3. I watched this movie and I really like it. It’s more to like today’s society where people are so stressed out on how they look and ways to improve their appearances. I actually prefer inner beauty than outer beauty because outer beauty can’t remain forever, whereas inner beauty is something you will maintain and have it until the very last day of your life.

    I love one of the OST for this movie. It’s called Byul. It’s such a touching song and I even shed tears listening to that song. Thanks, Twinkie unnie for sharing this movie. ^^

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