Director: Park Yong-jib
Cast: Han Ye-seul, Lee Jong-hyuk, Kwon O-joong,
Kim In-kwon, Son Ho-young
RunTime: 1 hr 48 mins
Released By: InnoForm Media
Official Website: http://www.missshin.co.kr/
Opening Day: 3 November 2008
Drop dead gorgeous Shin juggles relatioship with 4 men and
adapts different persona for each. Her life spells trouble
when the men show their true colours after realizing that
they've been manipulated.
As the title implies, "Miss Gold Digger" is about
the exploits of Shin (Han Ye-seul), a sexy beautiful ad executive
who dreams of getting hitch to the right guy preferable one
who is rich, smart and suave.
as the story goes, Shin did happen to cross paths with guys
with all the above requisites. Not one guy but three and later
four. The first guy is rich but in Shin’s eyes, he is
ugly-looking. The second guy who is still trying to pass the
bar to be a DA is lacking in the dressing department and the
third, a Rain look-alike is a talented rap singer and dancer.
It’s not that complicated but I shall delve on the last
guy in the later paragraphs.
today cosmopolitan’s society with increasing living
expenses, demands for luxury goods and heavy influences by
shows such as "Sex and the City", the character
of Shin is no longer an exaggerated caricature. I’m
not trying to create any feminist uproar here but it’s
a true fact that our female counterparts have evolved greatly
over the years and it’s a sad fact that we men who have
been evolving at half the pace resorted to marrying foreign
partners than spending time going after girls liked Shin.
to our "Miss Gold Digger", for the whole, it strives
to be a romance comedy but unlike Jeong Ryeo-won (2 faces
of my girlfriend) and Kim A-Joong (200 Pounds Beauty), our
leading lady here although carries the looks sadly lacks a
certain comic vibe compared to the prior two. There are scenes
which can be potentially funny that falls flat at the end
so it’s either due to the fact that the comic-timing
is off or the dialogues aren’t witty enough to engage
the funny bones in you.
filmmakers apparently tried to squeeze too many elements into
one story. There’s the main plot of our female protagonist’s
conquest of course, the three 'stooges' and a cliché-filled
subplot of Shin’s arch enemy being romantically entangle
with her. This 'arch-enemy' role makes up the fourth guy (as
mentioned earlier) which unfortunately leads to an unsatisfying
jump hastily from one scene to another without getting an
in-depth look at the various characters except for the disturbing
fact that the rich guy has a fetish for hands. There is also
some dream-like sequences litter throughout the movie which
revolves around Shin, other than cute and fluffy, I couldn’t
find anything else to describe them.
very clear to us as to what the script is trying to convey,
it’s just that when everything comes together, "Miss
Gold Digger" didn’t really trigger a bigger impact
than it should be. A pity considers that all the elements
to make it a success were there.
(A little of everything from social satire to rom-com but
ultimately comes together as weak)
Review by Linus Tee