Starring: Kim Ah Joong (Sign, Our Attitude to Prepare Parting, The Accidental Couple, etc.), Joo Jin Mo (Frozen Flower, Fashion 70s, Dream, Musa, etc.)
Running Time: 120 minutes
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!