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Jun Ji Hyun (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Jeong Yun Cheol (Director)
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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 (VCD) (Korea Version) 我的超人男友 (VCD) (韓國版) 我的超人男友 (VCD) (韩国版) 星から来た男 (韓国版) 슈퍼맨이었던 사나이 (VCD) (한국판)
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: 2009-05-05
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: Daekyung DVD
Other Information: 1VCD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020096747

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슈퍼맨이었던 사나이 (VCD) (한국판)

기발한 캐릭터와 스토리
기막힌 유머와 판타지를 넘어 숨가쁜 감동까지...
세상에서 가장 행복한 만남이 이루어지다!

손에 넣기 전까진 그 맛을 알 수 없는 것? 초콜렛 박스와 영화 <슈퍼맨이었던 사나이>! 2008년 1월 31일, 두근두근 설레이는 영화가 온다. 초능력을 잠시 잃었다는 전직 슈퍼맨과 감동이 죽도록 싫은 휴먼다큐PD라는 기발한 캐릭터. 엉뚱하며 기막힌 유머와 판타지가 넘나 들며 한국판 슈퍼맨의 감춰진 진실이 드러나는 가슴 벅찬 감동까지... 세상에서 가장 행복한 만남, 슈퍼맨의 이야기엔 무엇이 있는 것일까? 딱 보기에도 제정신은 아닌 것처럼 보였다. 꽃무늬 하와이언 셔츠에 복고풍 파마머리로 나타나 악당들이 머릿속에 넣은 크립토나이트 때문에 지금은 하늘을 날지 못한다고 말하고, 사람들을 도우면 기분이 좋아지고 머리도 아프지 않다며 환하게 웃는 남자. 하지만, 그의 이야기는 끝이 아니다. 엉뚱한 그의 행동 뒤에는 자폐아가 말을 걸고, 오래된 신문스크랩 속 각종 사건의 구조 현장 속에서 발견되는 그의 진짜 진실들이 숨겨져 있다. 게다가, 크립토나이트는 아니지만 실제로 그의 머릿속에는 무언가가 박혀있다! 황정민은 “한국영화에선 지금껏 볼 수 없는 캐릭터다” 라는 말로 ‘슈퍼맨이었던 사나이’의 특별함을 이야기한다.

가장 세계적인 캐릭터이자, 초인을 뜻하는 ‘슈퍼맨’이 대한민국 땅에서 인간들을 위해 고군분투하지만 그가 하는 행동들은 너무 하찮고 소소해서 모두가 비웃는다. 송수정은 그런 인간을 가장 싫어한다. 휴먼다큐 PD면서도 감동이 죽도록 싫고, 동정심 따위로는 세상을 바꿀 수 없다고 믿는 그녀가 성공한 방송인에 대한 열망으로 배운 것이라곤 억지 눈물과 감동의 조작을 위한 테크닉뿐이다. 송수정은 너무나 현실적이기에 현대인들의 공감을 불러일으키기 충분한 캐릭터다. 그런 그녀가 슈퍼맨의 기행이 아닌, 슈퍼맨의 과거와 정체를 추적하게 되면서 변화하기 시작한다. 과연, 그들이 전하는 이야기 속에는 무엇이 담겨 있는 것일까? 판타지를 꿈꿀 수 없는 리얼한 현실의 공간 속에서 펼쳐지는, 서로 너무나 다른 두 캐릭터의 만남 그리고 넘치는 유머와 판타지 속 세상을 바꿀 감동의 드라마. 2008년, 그의 기발한 정체와 반전적 진실의 감동이 가득 담긴 진짜 이야기가 당신의 가슴을 두드리기 시작한다.

세상이 사랑한 슈퍼 연기파 황정민
뜨거운 그의 심장이 세상을 두드린다!

<달콤한 인생> <사생결단> <검은집> <행복>... 너무나 강렬한 개성으로 완벽하고 변화무쌍한 캐릭터를 창출해온 한국영화의 대표 연기파 황정민. 그는 16년 연기 인생에서 처음으로 그의 마음이 흔들리고 있음을 느꼈다. 시나리오를 읽고 처음으로 느낀 마음의 울림을 잊을 수 없었던 것. 그리고 확신한다. ‘내 인생의 영화가 될 것이라고...’ 한국에서도 <포레스트 검프> 같은 영화를 만들 수 있을까? 내가 느낀 울림처럼 사람들의 심장을 두드릴 수 있을까? 초상 하나. 그의 회고... 2005년 여름, 태풍 ‘나비’가 휩쓸고 지난 자리엔 폐허가 된 삶의 터전과 이를 복구하고 돕기 위해 전국 각지에서 올라온 수많은 사람들이 있었다. TV를 통해 문득 그 사람들의 모습을 목격한 황정민의 가슴 속엔 그들의 얼굴이, 마음이 자리잡게 된다. 초상 둘. 감독 정윤철의 회고... 2006년 가을, 영화 <슈퍼맨이었던 사나이>의 시나리오를 쓰던 무렵, 그는 회심의 미소를 지었다. 왜였을까? 그는 ‘대한민국에서 슈퍼맨 역할을 맡을 수 있는 사람은 황정민이라는 배우 이외에는 생각할 수 없다’는 확신을 가졌다. 기발한 상상력과 판타지, 사람의 마음을 웃음과 눈물로 쥐락펴락하다 쿵! 하고 심장을 울리는 감동을 전하는 이야기... 그는 황정민이 너무나 고마웠다. 그가 기상천외한 모험을 펼치는 슈퍼맨이 되어 대한민국을 웃기고 울리기 위해 돌아왔다. 남들은 제정신이 아니라고 비웃지만 자신은 잠시 초능력을 잃은 슈퍼맨이라고 주장한다. 비록 지금은 하늘을 날 수 없지만 초능력을 되찾으면 언젠가는 날 수 있다고 믿는 너무나 사랑스러운 슈퍼맨이었던 사나이로의 변신은 또 한 번 즐거운 기대를 갖게 한다. 빛의 속도로 하늘을 날아와 위기에 빠진 인간들을 구해주는 슈퍼맨처럼, 황정민 역시 빛의 속도로 5천만 대한민국의 심장을 두드릴 것이다.

전지현, 지쳐 쓰러져도 행복했던
그녀를 처음 발견하다!

안심이 됐다. 황정민과 정윤철 감독까지, 이들이라면 뭔가 배울 수 있을 것 같았다. 그리고 촬영이 계속 되면서, 전지현은 <슈퍼맨이었던 사나이>와 송수정 캐릭터에 더 큰 욕심이 났다. 그녀는 두달간 황정민의 연기를 보면서 열정을 배웠고, 정윤철 감독은 그녀의 내면의 숨겨졌던 감정의 스위치를 찾았다고 말했다. 송수정 PD가 되어 현장을 누볐던 전지현은 안타까워하고 고민하고 궁금해했다. 그리고 2008년 1월 31일, 우린 전지현을 처음 발견하게 된다! 정윤철 감독은 “풍부한 표정을 갖춘 배우다. 전지현이 선택한 새로운 장르로의 도전이 앞으로 영화계의 큰 축복이 될 것이다” 라며 전지현에게 욕심을 냈다. 그리고 촬영 내내 10번이 되던 20번이 되던 지쳐 쓰러지는 전지현을 잡아 일으키며 전지현을 송수정으로 변화시켰다. 트레이드 마크인 긴 생머리를 포기하고 스스로 앞머리를 자르고, 스탭들도 놀랄 정도의 쌩얼로 스타 전지현이 아닌 생활인 송수정으로 나타났다. 감동이 죽도록 싫은 휴먼극장 PD. 골초가 될 만큼 ‘감동’ 스트레스에 시달리지만 시청률 대박의 꿈을 위해 조작도 서슴지 않는 캐릭터를 선보인다. 그리고 그녀가 맡은 가장 현실적인 캐릭터로 배우가 아닌 전지현으로 살아가며 느꼈던 것들을 표현할 기회를 잡아냈다. 그리고 이제 관객들에게 전지현의 또 다른 매력을 선사할 예정이다. 대한민국의 심장을 두드릴 황정민과 전지현, 그리고 <슈퍼맨이었던 사나이>의 진짜 슈퍼맨 정윤철. 거대한 비상을 꿈꾸는 이들의 만남은 이제 2008년 봄 영화계는 물론 대한민국을 행복하게 할 것이다.

나는 오늘 하늘을 나는 세가지를 보았다
비행기, 새... 그리고 슈퍼맨!

알록달록 이상한 인간이 나타났다

3년째 방송프로덕션에서 신파 ‘휴먼다큐’를 찍고 있는 송수정PD. 억지 눈물과 감동으로 동정심에 호소하는 프로그램에 신물이 난 그녀는 차라리 ‘동정심 없는 아프리카 사자’를 찍겠다며 밀린 월급 대신 회사 카메라를 챙겨 나온다. 그러나, 난데없이 아프리카 촬영은 취소가 되고, 엎친 데 덮친 격으로 카메라까지 날치기 당한 순간, 어디선가 나타난 하와이언 셔츠의 남자가 도둑을 쫓아 카메라를 되찾아준다. 그는 악당이 머리 속에 넣은 크립토나이트 때문에 현재는 초능력을 쓸 수 없다는, 자칭 슈퍼맨이라고 주장하는 사나이.

“약해 약해. 이 정도론 못 터져!
뭔가를 보여주자구 슈퍼맨!”

슈퍼맨은 여학교 앞 바바리맨 혼내주기, 잃어버린 개 찾아주기 등 하찮고 사소한 선행에 열중하는가 하면, 북극이 녹는다며 지구를 태양에서 밀어내기 위해 물구나무를 서는 등 엉뚱한 행동을 일삼는다. 수정은 제정신이 아닌 듯 하지만 눈길을 끄는 그를 휴먼다큐 소재로 이용하기로 하고 새로운 이야기 꺼리에 동료들은 열광한다. 숙취에 시달리며 집에 누워있던 송피디의 눈앞에 다시 슈퍼맨이 나타난다. 슈퍼맨은 진실을 알려야 한다며 괴물이 나온다는 골목 맨홀로 수정을 데려가지만, 괴물은 커녕 하수구 냄새만 진동할 뿐이다. 수정은 그 곳에서 머리를 다친 슈퍼맨을 병원으로 데려가게 된다. 거기서, 엑스레이 사진 속 슈퍼맨의 머릿속에 진짜 무언가가 박혀있다는 것을 알게 된 송피디는 그를 집중 취재하기로 결심하는데…

그리고, 슈퍼맨의 진짜 이야기가 냉철한 그녀의 마음을 두드리기 시작한다.
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Professional Review of "A Man Who Was Superman (VCD) (Korea 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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February 16, 2009

This customer review refers to A Man Who Was Superman (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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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ChoSoo
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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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