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200 Pounds Beauty (DVD) (Thailand Version) DVD Region 3

Kim Ah Joong (Actor) | Kim Yong Hwa (Director) | Ju Jin Mo (Actor)
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200 Pounds Beauty (DVD) (Thailand Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (23)

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Lighthearted, witty, and bitingly funny, surprise box office hit 200 Pounds Beauty became one of Korea's top ten grossing films of all time and the highest-grossing romantic comedy ever when it came out in 2006. 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.

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Product Title: 200 Pounds Beauty (DVD) (Thailand Version) 醜女大翻身 (DVD) (泰國版) 丑女大翻身 (DVD) (泰国版) カンナさん大成功です!(美女はつらいの)(DVD) (タイ版) 미녀는 괴로워
Artist Name(s): Kim Ah Joong (Actor) | Ju Jin Mo (Actor) 金亞中 (Actor) | 朱鎮模 (Actor) 金亚中 (Actor) | 朱镇模 (Actor) キム・アジュン (Actor) | チュ・ジンモ (Actor) 김아중 (Actor) | 주 진모 (Actor)
Director: Kim Yong Hwa 金龍華 金龙华 キム・ヨンファ 김용화
Release Date: 2013-02-27
Language: Korean, Thai
Subtitles: Thai
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Thai CD Online
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032428292

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Director: KIM Yong-hwa

Hanna (Kim A-Joong) is the ghost singer for famous Korean pop idol Ammy. But in real life, she is made fun of because of her weight and appearance. When Ammy's malicious jokes leave Hanna humiliated and heartbroken, she makes a drastic decision to undergo full-body plastic surgery, thereby changing her life forever.
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Professional Review of "200 Pounds Beauty (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

May 14, 2007

This professional review refers to 200 Pounds Beauty (DVD) (DTS) (Korea Version)
It is one of the great truths of cinema that fat suits are comedy gold, something which surely stands director Kim Yong Hwa's 200 Pounds Beauty in good stead from the start, as does the fact that it deals with the ever topical subject of plastic surgery and its place in modern Korea. Taking the concepts of personal makeover and obsession with appearances to a wacky extreme, the film manages to work in not only comedy, but also some surprisingly eloquent social commentary, all wrapped up with the expected romance and melodrama. The combination proved to be a successful one, and the film certainly struck a cord with Korean audiences, emerging not only as one of the top ten domestic box office hits of all time, but also as the country's highest grossing romantic comedy ever.

The film follows Hanna (actress Kim Ah Jung, recently in When Romance Meets Destiny), a friendly though unfortunately obese woman who works as a ghost singer for untalented pop idol Ammy and who secretly yearns for the heart of manager Sang Jun (Ju Jin Mo, also in Musa). After a cruel joke leaves her self-esteem in tatters, poor Hanna undergoes drastic plastic surgery and reemerges a year later, completely transformed into the svelte, almost unrecognisable Jenny. Pursuing a singing career in her own right, rather ironically being marketed as a natural beauty, and working her way into the affections of the curiously blank Sang, everything seems to be going well, until the suspicious Ammy begins digging into her past.

Although much of the humour in 200 Pounds Beauty stems from embarrassment gags, the film is surprisingly free of the kind of cruel weight-related slapstick at the expense of the protagonist that might have been expected. Instead, director Kim plays mainly upon the ways in which Hanna retains her pre-surgery mannerisms and shyness, and the fact that she is clearly not the sharpest tool in the box. Most of the jokes hit home, and the proceedings are amusing throughout, with a few odd subplots helping to give a somewhat eccentric air, such as her sideline as a phone sex worker or her poor, crazy old father who is shamelessly wheeled out every now and then for a quick shot of hilariously misplaced cheap sentiment.

Whilst more in the way of fat suit action might not have gone astray, this does allow for a little more character development, and the film benefits from the fact that Hanna is a likeable enough figure whose naivete is charming rather than annoying. As such the viewer comes to care for her and support her, if not in the rather redundant quest for the hand of the determinedly uncommunicative Sang, then at least in her efforts to get her life in order and to find some kind of peace with herself. Certainly, the film works better as a personal journey than as a romance, with life lessons a-plenty on the menu, and ultimately emerges as being more about Hanna learning to love herself than the floppy fringed dullard.

Director Kim tackles in a deceptively light-hearted manner some fairly complex subjects, and the film not only explores the ways in which people are treated differently according to their appearance, but also the inherent hypocrisy and double standards of a society which encourages the pursuit of beauty yet criticises the methods taken by those not necessarily naturally blessed, with plastic surgery never being either demonised or wholly condoned. Despite some surprisingly bitter themes lurking in the background of obsession, self loathing and suicide, the overall message which eventually emerges is a plea for tolerance and acceptance, and as such the film does have an upbeat, life-affirming feel.

This is echoed in Kim's direction, which is colourful and energetic, though mercifully free of the kind of visual gimmickry which is often seen in such films, and he allows the story to play out in a pleasingly unforced manner, accompanied by a fitting soundtrack of bouncy pop songs. On the downside, the film is a little too long, especially since the plot plays out exactly as expected, with the initial joys of transformation giving way to Hanna undergoing personality changes and turning her back on her old life and friends, right through to the inevitable identity crisis and climatic emotional outpouring.

Still, this doesn't prevent 200 Pounds Beauty from being a great deal of fun, and the film stands as one of the best romantic comedies from Korea in recent years. Offering an effective and thoughtful mix of laughs and social commentary, it should manage to win over even viewers who are not normally fans of the form.

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Customer Review of "200 Pounds Beauty (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (23)

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August 17, 2008

This customer review refers to 200 Pounds Beauty (2006) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
-She's a Beautiful Girl- Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"200 Pounds Beauty" tells the story of a girl who may look beautiful on the outside, but still lacks that self-esteem and the confidence in herself that no amount of surgery can give you...! It explores the harsh reality of the stereotypical attitude towards fat people - giving it an entertaining yet sympathetic edge as we get to know "Jenna/Hanna" in both lights...A story which truly explores the llife of a woman, who just wants to be loved for who she is...!

A fantastic movie with a great soundtrack. Kim Ah-Joong proves that she is not only a brilliant actress but a super singer as well!!!~
And the guy ain't half bad either! ;)
Recommended! A definite good buy ~
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June 5, 2008

This customer review refers to 200 Pounds Beauty (DVD) (DTS) (Korea Version)
AWESOME!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was bored and needed a good movie to watch -- I came across this one. The title seemed interesting and caught my attention. It was a very touching movie and got me crying towards the end. Probably one of the better Korean movies out there.

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May 18, 2008

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Both good and bad. Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
This movie is both good and bad. It points out a truth in life. it's all about looking good, that's how you get free things in life, which is kind of true. Have you ever seen an ugly person on stage?

However it's sad that life is like this, also coming from Korea where many people care too much about how they look. Also the subject "platic sugery" something Korea is fameous for of doing well!
Still as it shows in the end!? She wasn't happy since she wasn't herself anymore. She looked good and people liked her.. but isn't people supposed to like you because you are you?! Isn't that how you say?!

The movie makes you laugh at the same time, as you get angy and think what kind of crap is this!?
But in all it shows how life in todays society is and probably will be in the future as well.
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April 23, 2008

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It was FUN Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
After watching "200 pounds Beauty", I decided to introduce the movie to my friends. It was a gesture they really appreciated as everyone agreed: IT WAS FUN WATCHING THE MOVIE. The story also makes us realize that Beauty is always within. We do not need to looking stunningly attractive and sexy to make people like us. It is always the character in the person that eventually make one more beautiful each day. Now that there is a plan for a sequel, we just can't wait....
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November 11, 2007

This customer review refers to 200 Pounds Beauty (VCD) (Korea Version)
good Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
A very enjoyable film. She is very emotional, cries easily and very pretty, but she should have dumped the producer boy friend.
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