At a glance:
This Korean variation on So I Married An Axe Murderer and The 40 Year Old Virgin has enough originality, humor, and good performances to make it worthwhile
Our review (with spoilers):
This Korean variation on So I Married An Axe Murderer and The 40 Year Old Virgin benefits from reusing some of the same themes and presenting them within the context of non-western culture. Hwang Dae-woo (Yong-woo Park) is a studious, unusual man who has somehow made it to his thirties without ever dating a girl. Suddenly he gets the urge. He clumsily hooks up with Lee Mi-Na (Kang-hee Choi), a girl in his building who supposedly has similar interests. But she’s not only lying about her love of art and her study of design – she also has to lie even more when she starts killing various men.
The bulk of the humor is generated by Yong-woo Park’s offbeat, yelling performance. Later in the film, his quirks are mostly ironed out and Kang-hee Choi takes center stage, along with her annoying roommate (played by Eun-ji Jo). This sags the middle of the movie a little, but it improves near the end when the two prospective lovers come back together. It’s not a great film, but it is one with occasional laughs and some cultural originality.
Rating: 2.5 of 4