Movie Monday: Beast and the Beauty (2005)

Starring: Shin Min Ah as Hae Joo, Ryoo Seung Bum as Ku Dong Geun, Kim Kang Woo as Tak Jun Ha, Ahn Kil Kang as Choi Do Shik and Ahn Sang Tae as Jung Suk

Rating: PG-13, some language

Running Time: 101 min

Twinkies: 3

Synopsis: Dong-Gun has a serious complex of sorts. He has low self-esteem about his appearance, particularly a scar that sits next to right eye-brow. His world changes when he drives down a street and is flagged down by a beautiful girl that gets into his car. The girl, named Hae-Joo, is blind and mistakes Dong-Gun’s car for a taxi cab and asks him to take drive her to another part of Seoul.

He immediately falls for Hae-Joo and realizes that Hae-Joo’s blindness would be perfect for him and his low self-esteem. Dong-Gun soon becomes Hae-Joo’s eyes, taking her to various places and describes what everything looks like to her. When Hae-Joo asks Dong-Gun what he looks like, Dong-Gun inexplicably describes someone from his high school that he looked up to. They fall for each other and see each other day for 3 years. Everything changes once Hae-Joo receives a phone call from her doctor. The doctor tells her that a donor has been found and she can soon see again, once she has an operation but Dong-Gun doesn’t want her to see him as he really is.

Things are further complicated when Dong-Gun’s high school friend, Jun-Ha, now a prosecutor, randomly crosses path with Hae-Joo and falls for her as well.

Musings: I admit to rarely watching “cute” movies but this was definitely one. I first saw Shin Min Ah in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and fell in love with her character. As Hae Joo, you can pretty much bet that you will fall in love with her character here too.

Now Ryoo Seung Bum, who plays Dong Geun, I’ve seen a lot of times and “cute” movies are a rarity for him! But as the ever-loving beast, he really went to great lengths to hide himself from Hae Joo because of what he felt was his “imperfections”.

Kim Kang Woo as Jun Ha was perfect for this role. He is still one of the handsomest actors I’ve NEVER liked in a drama before but definitely prefer him in movies. His final sacrifice at the end was out of character for Jun Ha but it was nice to see the “real” good guy get the girl!

I think the story is a great lesson to all that beauty is definitely in the eyes of the beholder and that love will (and does) conquers all. Overall, worth the price of admission: 101 minutes.

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3 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Beast and the Beauty (2005)”

  1. Bel I just finished watching and I had a good time. My girl Min Ah was as cute as could be. just goes to show being honest and up front would have saved hours of hurt and lowliness. She loved him no matter what. She loved the person not what he looked like. It was cute and enjoyable. Thanks Bel I enjoyed you pick it’s a winner you are batting 100 🙂

    I was going to watch Good Dr but I have decided I am not going to watch a person with a problem get bullied and made to feel like a out cast because he does not fit in with the good old boys club. This is not the first kdrama that made bullying and tormenting someone like it is standard operating processor. I find it very distasteful and I hope that the people in Korea will let them know that is not what we the viewer want to watch. Monstar had it in it and it all most cost a life. The bad thing is that we will have to seat thru more EP’s but for there mite be a turn around for Joowon can show what he is made of. I am not going to watch crap like that even if it had Park Shin Hye, Eugene and everybody else I like in it. To watch just because it has there star in it is not the reason to green light it. I have never seen a show with so many neg guys as you have here and just a hand full of good folks. If I have stepped on anyone’s toes I am sorry but I ran a Shop that we used handicap people and there was not one that did not give 110% and the most caring and loving people you want to meet. So I know a little about this subject. When they get to treating him like a Dr and person then I mite watch. This hit a nerve and it should everyone else. I wish I had the gift of writing like Wee One or Grace so it is not so ruff around the edges and maybe more P. C. Again Bel it was a hell of a funmy movie Thanks you, Kamsahamnida!

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