Lighthearted, witty, and bitingly funny, surprise box office hit 200 Pounds Beauty has become Korea's highest grossing romantic comedy. Based on a Japanese comic by Suzuki Yumiko, the film revolves on a topic all too familiar in Korea: plastic surgery. Kim Ki Duk previously covered plastic surgery in Time, but director Kim Yong Hwa takes a decidedly different spin with the scalpel in the crowd-pleasing 200 Pounds Beauty. Poking fun at society's obsession with appearances and, ironically, disdain for plastic beauty, the film made an overnight star out of lead Kim Ah Jung (When Romance Meets Destiny), whose sassy, yet vulnerable performance earned her the Best Actress and Most Popular Actress trophies at the 44th Daejong Awards. Starring opposite the breakthrough newcomer as her romantic interest is Ju Jin Mo (Musa). Even the film's award-winning soundtrack has become a big hit, particularly Kim Ah Jung's rendition of Maria. Is beauty more than skin deep? Find out in Korea's newest comedy sensation 200 Pounds Beauty!
As the ghost singer for pop idol Ammy and a popular phone sex partner, the bright and lovable Kang Hanna (Kim Ah Jung) attracts everyone with her beautiful voice. But in real life, she is overlooked and made fun of because of her obesity. She secretly likes manager Sang Jun (Ju Jin Mo), but does not have the courage to tell him. When a malicious joke leaves her humiliated and heartbroken, Hanna makes a drastic decision: full-body plastic surgery. One year later, a slim and drop-dead gorgeous Hanna (now going by Jenny) saunters into auditions, and easily wins over Sang Jun with her beautiful looks and voice. With her newfound beauty, Hanna gets everything she's ever wanted, including fame and love. But what will everyone think when they discover her true identity, and the secret behind her transformation?
Director Kim Yong Hwa has a keen sense for bringing comedy out of a seemingly tragic premise, and delivering it all with resounding commercial appeal. His previous comedy Oh! Brothers was about the bonding between two estranged brothers, one of whom has a rare physical disability. This time Kim addresses a different kind of physical imperfection. In portraying a society in which looks determine status, but plastic surgery invites criticism, Kim twists a painful reality into a comical situation, letting the social commentary underlie, but never overtake the film. 200 Pounds Beauty is first and foremost a romantic comedy, but one with a deceptively intelligent core.This edition comes with the following special features:
Audio Commentary with Director, Kim Ah Jung, and Ju Jin Mo
Audio Commentary with Director, Cinematographer, Music Director, Art Director, and Producer
Birth of a Beauty (Making Of)
Gift of My Life (Interview with Director)
Interview with Main Cast
Maria (Interview with Music Director & Kim Ah Jung Vocal Lessons)
Special Makeup Featurette
Making Space (Interview with Art Director & Production Documentary)
Advanced Screening and Premiere Footage
Five Million Admissions Celebration Party
34, 24, 34 (Poster Shoot)
Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot
- Kim Ah Joong (Actor)
- Ju Jin Mo (Actor)
- Director: Kim Yong Hwa
- Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan)
- Release Date: 2011-12-22
- Language: Korean
- Subtitles: English, Korean
- Country of Origin: South Korea
- Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC
- Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
- Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
- Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
- Publisher: Art Service
- Other Information: 1-Disc
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