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Starring: KIM A-Joong, JOO Jin-Mo
Director: KIM Yong-Hwa
Rating: PG (Some Sexual References)
Year Made: 2006




- Teaser Trailer
- Trailer

- Featurette
- Music Video
- TV Spots
- Photo Gallery




Subtitles: Chinese & English
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 4x3
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 52 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Innoform Media




Hanna is the ghost singer for famous Korean pop idol Ammy. But in real life, she is made fun of because of her weight and appearance. When Ammy's malicious jokes leaves Hanna humiliated and heartbroken, she makes a drastic decision to undergo full-body plastic surgery, thereby changing her life forever...


Ever heard of the ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swan?

Well, that’s basically the premise of this Korean-comedy hit “200 Pounds Beauty”. Hanna (Kim A-Joong) is an overweight ghost singer of a famous idol named Ammy. Her dream-lover is none other than the charismatic, handsome music producer (played by Joo Jin-Mo) of the latter. After suffering through a few embarrassing, humiliating jokes by Ammy, Hanna decides to go for a massive (pardon the pun) overhaul at the cosmetic surgeon to begin a new phase in her life.

With any light-heartened comedies these days, the plot can’t really do without issues dealing with kinship, friendship and romance. But director Kim Yong-Hwa (who did another comedy hit called “Oh Brothers” in 2003) makes it so easy for audience to sympathies with the character Hanna and fall in love with her along the way.

Hanna is fat, her dad is holed up in a mental hospital and men are out to cheat her money because of her vulnerability. Yes, she is imperfect and yes, she still dreams of having a true love. She’s just like the common you and me on the streets. A character which almost everyone can relate to.

Perhaps the biggest credit has to go to Kim A-Joong, despite not being a A-lister in her homeland yet, her performance is the soul of “200 Pounds Beauty”.

For the first 30 minutes of the movie, Kim has to endure donning the fat suit (like what Sammi Cheng did for “Love on a Diet”) but her adorable, child-like facial expressions never fails to lighten up her performance throughout.

And for the record, her vocal in the movie is hers as she has to undergo months of training prior to filming.

Get this dvd and you can easily see why “200 Pounds Beauty” is the biggest Korean hit comedy in Singapore. It’s an easy digestible movie about you and me and the man on the streets.


This Code 3 DVD contains the trailer and the teaser, TV spots and a photo gallery for you to admire the nicely-taken photo stills. A short 4 minutes featurette which is more like an introduction to the movie. And also a music video if you still can't enough of the theme song.


A nice clean transfer but it's a pity the dvd only comes with Dolby 2.0, might be a bit inadequate for the bombastic concert scenes. The disc comes equipped with English and Chinese subtitles with the original Korea audio track and a dubbed Mandarin track.



Review by Linus Tee



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