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Jeong Yun Cheol (Director) | Jun Ji Hyun (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor)
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Sassy girl Jeon Ji Hyun finally breaks her two-year silence, making her long-awaited celluloid comeback in A Man Who Was Superman, a romantic comedy helmed by Jeong Yun Cheol (Marathon). Boldly renouncing the beloved wholesome image her fans have long been accustomed to, Jeon plays a chainsmoking, tomboyish documentary filmmaker who falls in love with a mentally challenged man who believes himself to be Superman.

The unlikely superhero is deliciously portrayed by Chungmuro's new leading man Hwang Jung Min (Happiness, You Are My Sunshine). Like Superman, Hwang wears the big letter S on his chest and the trademark S-shaped spit curl on his forehead. Some scenes from the original Superman movie are spoofed in the film with Jeon and Hwang appearing as Lois and Clark, offering a nostalgic moment for many who grew up watching the comic book superhero come alive on screen. Despite director Jeong's failed effort to feature the actual Superman theme song in his picture (largely due to a high royalty fee), A Man Who Was Superman nevertheless makes a stunning entrance like no other.

After three years of making one sappy human documentary after another, filmmaker Song Su Jung (Jeon Ji Hyun) is at her wit's end. Hoping for a refreshing change, she signs up for an African safari shoot only to see it get axed. Adding to her misery, someone mugs her precious camera. "Help! A thief!" Hearing the damsel's cry, a man (Hwang Jung Min) wearing a Hawaiian shirt runs after the thief and retreives the camera. The mystery hero then explains to Su Jung in detail about how he could not use his usual supernatural powers because Mr. Evil has implanted Kryptonite in his head. Yes, the man is Superman, or more precisely, a self-professed Superman - nonetheless, a newsworthy subject! Su Jung follows him around shooting his daily activities, which consist of frivolous - but in small degrees, heroic acts, such as finding lost pets and performing handstands in an attempt to distance the Earth from the Sun to prevent the North Pole from melting. Then one day, the man injures his head and Su Jung takes him to the hospital where she discovers that her superman does indeed, have something in his head.

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Product Title: A Man Who Was Superman (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 我的超人男友 (DVD) (香港版) 我的超人男友 (DVD) (香港版) 星から来た男 (DVD) (香港版) A Man Who Was Superman (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jun Ji Hyun (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) 全 智賢 (Actor) | 黃 政民 (Actor) 全 智贤 (Actor) | 黄政民 (Actor) チョン・ジヒョン (Actor) | ファン・ジョンミン (Actor) 전 지현 (Actor) | 황 정민 (Actor)
Director: Jeong Yun Cheol 鄭胤澈 Jeong Yun Cheol チョン・ユンチョル 정윤철
Release Date: 2009-01-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
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?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 106 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1012951602

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Director : Chung Yoon Chul

“I saw Superman, today...”
And along came a strange man Producer SONG Soo-jung has been producing new-wave human-interest documentaries for the past three years at a television station—and she is sick and tired of wringing fake tears and emotions that tug at sympathy. She quits, saying she would rather film unsympathetic African lions, and takes one of the station’s cameras in exchange for her overdue paychecks. However, the Africa shoot is suddenly cancelled and on top of that she gets the camera stolen. It’s then that a man in a Hawaiian shirt chases the thief and recovers the camera for her, later claiming to be Superman. He cannot use his superpowers, however, because villains have put Cryptonite inside his head.
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Professional Review of "A Man Who Was Superman (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 13, 2008

This professional review refers to A Man Who Was Superman (DVD) (Final Cut) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Many see Jeong Yoon-Chul's A Man Who Was Superman as a make-it-or-break-it film for the Sassy Girl herself Jeon Ji-Hyun. Despite her upcoming Hollywood debut, the actress has been struggling to find a hit film in Korea that doesn't involve her playing the same character over and over again (Windstruck may have been a commercial success, but it was a critical dud with horrible word-of-mouth). To put that kind of pressure on the actress is a little unfair, as she's actually the far less glamorous straight character in the film, and is given little opportunity to stand out. Actually, the one under pressure should be writer-director Jeong, who is still trying to find a follow-up that would match the success of his mega-hit tearjerker Marathon after his previous film Shim's Family crashed and burned at the box office last March.

Instead, like the supposed responsibility of his character, the film is almost entirely placed on the shoulders of award-winning actor Hwang Jung-Min as a man who thinks he is Superman. Claiming that he lost his super powers because of a piece of Kryptonite in his brain, he still runs around Seoul helping people on the street while also trying to raise environmental awareness. One day, his actions are captured on tape and shown to human interest reality show producer Soo-Jeong (Jeon).

Soo-Jeong is one pissed off lady; she's tired of doing sappy human interest shows (ironically, the narrator she hates is featured throughout the film for her own story), her boyfriend is away in Mongolia working as a volunteer, and she's about to quit her job to go to Africa. But when her expensive video camera is stolen on the streets, she is coincidentally helped by Superman. After seeing him in action, Soo-Jeong finally finds his story compelling enough to be documentary-worthy. Through the filming process, she begins to warm to this half-crazy, half-admirable Good Samaritan.

However, anyone who's seen a Korean film would know where this is going. A Man Who Was Superman possesses a very familiar Korean film structure: quirky light comedy in the first half, then overbearing tragic drama in the second. After about 50 minutes of eccentric humor about Superman, all of his dirty secrets come pouring out, and IT ALL GOES TO HELL™. The story does go in a convincing and natural direction in terms of delivering what Jeong wants to say, especially when there wouldn't be a movie if the truth about Superman didn't come out. However, the problem with Jeong's choice is that the truth(s) is delivered in such a heavy-handed way that it betrays the tone established in the first half.

What Jeong fails to do is to fully buy into the magical world he partly sets up in the first half. Jeong shows these seemingly incredible events, only to go back and show us the reality of the situation in almost every case. The director's mindset sticks too close to reality, and he programs the viewers to be taken out of magic immediately when it happens. As a result, there's no surprise by the ending of the film. We know that whenever Jeong shows us some kind of miracle, the tragic real version of it is already waiting for us on the other side. It's convincing and logical, but it doesn't make for a very pleasant experience, especially in a movie with imaginary superheroes. Then again, this formula has been used so often in similar types of "comedies with a message" that giving a story too much emotional gravitas to enhance emotional resonance has become the safe thing to do for filmmakers.

Fortunately, Jeong has Hwang Jung-Min to make up for it. Here, he has to tackle the difficult role of Superman, which requires a heavy mix of heroism and unfounded paranoia. It's a very physical performance with various changes throughout, and Hwang handles it superbly. He's easily the best thing about the film, and ultimately becomes a major reason to keep watching during the second half. On the other hand, Jeon's performance may be bland when compared to Hwang's, but none of the fault should go to her. She plays the straight character here with little chance to stretch, but holds up the film well as the central character. As the most adult character she has ever taken on, this is also easily her most mature performance yet. The most disappointing entertainer out of the three here is director Jeong, who has ironically made the sappy, human interest tearjerker that his main character despises throughout. In the end, it's not the Jeon Ji-Hyun character that needs to buy into the Superman myth; it's the man who created the myth that needs it the most.

By Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "A Man Who Was Superman (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (3)

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February 16, 2009

Super Essential Viewing Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
“A Man Who Was Superman” is definitely a film to see. Aside to its charm and good intention, this as two brilliant performers and fulfils tremendously as salubrious entertainment. Also based on a true situation, which generally lends to a more poignant story line similarly to My Sassy Girl’s similarly fact based and unforgettable plot. Which this succeeds at. It features an equal combination of humour, drama and sad emotions to reflect the diverse nature of life, too. Even of a man with childlike belief that he's Superman.

Ji Hyun performs well as frustrated and stressed out TV documentary producer Su Jung along with another amazing character performance from Jeong-min Hwang as the archetypal ‘superman’. In fact he as two character aspects considering Jeong-min’s eccentric people saver and the more subdued broken man behind ‘superman’s’ mask. Ji Hyun performs a somewhat stressed out and brittle character to begin with. But as she constantly witnesses and is stupefied by ‘superman’s’ kooky humanity, she eventually mellows and hits her sympathetic emotional barrier. Su Jung soon becomes emotionally attached after visiting superman’s ramshackle ‘home’ and attempts to find out (in a Lois Lane mode of investigation) about his past. This uncovers some tragic circumstances.

Certainly pitched as a melodrama by its emotionally crafted tearjerker finish. I’m not sure which of the plot is fact and fiction, but I thought that the conclusion’s ironic twist might have been somewhat embellished. It’s all a logical one though and the final generic moment (juxtaposed with ‘superman’s’ surreal imaginings) is a heartfelt parody about selfless and innocent human qualities. It’s blended well into the Superman rescue theme, too, and a broken hearted man’s personal tragic circumstances. You might not get eye laser beams or a Big Super Battle, but you do get a 'superman' deserving of an ultra thumbs up. Also dedicated to the late Christopher Reeve. A gem to keep forever, so don’t let this DVD pass the station.

Will be great to see Ji-Hyun (Gianna Jun) in “Blood : The Last Vampire”. But I hope she continues making great Korean movies like this one.
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December 5, 2008

This customer review refers to A Man Who Was Superman (DVD) (Final Cut) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
A real event~ Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
When I bought it I didnt know a thing.. I just picked it because it was a new movie.
And at first I didn't recognize Jeon Ji Hyun!! and she does a good part.. much better then she has done before..in my eyes anyway.
Since this movie is based on a real life story I think they made it well!!
It was fun,sad and touching, and I believe the ordinary superman touched many peoples hearts!

Worth buying and watch!!
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November 16, 2008

This customer review refers to A Man Who Was Superman (DVD) (Final Cut) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
A Powerful, Affecting Film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was stunned by this film. Jeon Ji Hyun gives a more believable, naturalistic performance than I would
have expected from her, and most of the supporting cast is reasonably good - but the revelation of this
excellent film is Hwang Jung Min in the title role. I liked, then pitied, then cringed for, and finally loved the
truly good man he plays. His most repeated line, "Someone help me!" tears my heart out - largely because
his character unfailingly does help while others stand aside.
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