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'200 Pound' Is Fun, Light Comedy

2006/12/14 Source

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

Some may say, "If there is one of you who does not prefer a knockout figure with a pretty face, let him be the first to throw a stone at her" as the whole society is going crazy over slim beauties, and the "she" here may refer to those who have had plastic surgery.

Being slim and pretty is definitely a privilege. One may need to deal with discrimination if one is not slim and pretty. It prompts people to seek a solution in plastic surgery.

Yet, at the same time, society is not generous to those who have had plastic surgery, maybe because they value natural beauty, free of artificial manipulation.

This whole ironic situation is a good source for a comedy film like the new movie "200 Pounds Beauty".

Directed by Kim Yong-hwa, director of the 2003 hit comedy "Oh! Brothers", the film tells the story of an obese woman, who goes through a drastic makeover to become pretty and to be loved.

It is an adaptation of a popular Japanese comedy series by Suzuki Yumiko, which produces hilarious jokes about a beautiful woman who leads the life of an obese woman _ as she was. But the film version focuses more on how the obese woman tries to find her true self.

In the movie, Han-na (played by Kim Ah-joong) is a kind woman with a great talent for singing. She ends up working as a lip sync vocalist for a famous Korean pop singer and phone sex partner.

In the world where no one can see her, she is the most desirable woman. In reality, she suffers from extremely low self-esteem due to her physical appearance.

After having her heart broken, she decides to undergo full-body plastic surgery. The successful makeover catapults her to a whole new world. Her mistakes are easily forgiven, she attracts the man she loves and she becomes a singer on stage.

But she faces another challenge _ to deal with people and society that considers her surgical beauty as monstrous.

The storyline is predictable and if you want to see what the film offers as light comedy, it is quite enjoyable to see her fairy tale come true.

Most importantly, the movie doesn't talk about the pros and cons of plastic surgery nor attempt to end with an empty propaganda statement on the importance of inner beauty that is likely to disturb the audience.

In the movie, Han-na says "It's more painful to hurt her heart than her body". Maybe this is pretty much what the director wants to say in the movie.

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