Stills of "200 Pounds Beauty"
Courtesy of Shaw
Genre: Comedy/Romance Director: KIM Yong-hwa Starring: JOO Jin-mo, KIM A-joong RunTime: 1 hr 56 mins Released By: Shaw & InnoForm Media Rating: TBA
Opening Day: 19 April 2007
Hanna is a lip sync vocalist for Ammy, the famous Korean pop
singer. Even though Hanna is always ignored due to her appearance,
she has always been a bright and happy girl until Ammy humiliated
her in front of Sang-jun, the one she secretly admired.
she made a life-changing decision: to have a major cosmetic
surgery… Will this move, will her unrequited love get
The last time Hong Kong actress Sammi Cheng put on a fat suit
in Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai’s Love on a Diet (2001),
we loved the good-natured girl to bits, and what’s more,
Cheng garnered a Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress nomination
for her adorable role.
we saw Eddie Murphy put on a fat suit in Brian Robbins’
Norbit, and arghh, we were repulsed to bits by the obnoxious
you see, in the world where body discrimination continues
to plaque our horizontally-challenged friends, character still
plays a part.
the female (and seriously obese) protagonist of this latest
Korean import knew about this, she wouldn’t have gone
for plastic surgery (how apt, considering that The Land of
Kimchi is well-known for the large number of girls who visit
the plastic surgeon to look better).
every girl who wishes to be a pretty princess, Hanna (who
leads a miserable life by providing the singing voice of a
lean and mean diva) undergoes nip-tuck to become a slim and
attractive figure of desire. So after the ugly duckling transforms
the beautiful swan, things change for the better, or do they?
watching this movie, you’d know that the girl would
be blinded by the materialistic world and begin losing her
friends, family, and most importantly, her inner beauty. But
fear not, because the feel-good flick will conclude with a
happy ending, and the gorgeous girl may just bring home with
her a handsome prince.
being formulaic and predictable, this 116-minute comedy romance
will entertain fans of the genre with its delectable charm
and delicious eye candy.
good-looking Joo Jin-mo (Real Fiction, Happy End) plays an
artiste manager with the appeal to sweep any girl off her
feet. Girls: don’t look too deep into his eyes –
there are still Singaporean men around you yet.
there’s Kim A-Joong, who has the appeal to sweep any
guy off his feet. Guys: look too deep into her eyes and you’d
find every other Singaporean girl unworthy of your eyes. Besides,
when she belts out tune after tune on the movie’s rollicking
soundtrack, it only goes to show what a complete package she
are some very impressive concert scenes which showcase high
production values. You’d find yourself tapping your
feet to the catchy songs – it’s like watching
a “live” concert without paying too much.
than the lovely pleasures to the eyes, the Kim Yong Hwa-directed
movie has nothing else too refreshing to offer. The overlong
runtime makes the predictable plot somewhat tiresome, with
uninspired (but still quite funny) slapstick jokes filling
know those gags, where the fat woman has to squeeze through
a tight lane while stuffing her butt into people’s faces.
When told to go the other way, she turns direction and continues
to stuff her butt into people’s faces.
there is one thing I’m guilty of, it is the malevolent
act of body discrimination – I actually laughed at the
above scene. But then, isn’t that what the filmmakers
wanted us to do?
(Another typical Korean romance comedy that charms with its
palatable eye candy)