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Son Jae Gon (Director) | Park Yong Woo (Actor) | Cho Eun Ji (Actor) | Choi Kang Hee (Actor)
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My Scary Girl (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Korean romantic comedies were never quite like this! From writer/director Son Jae Gon comes My Scary Girl, a.k.a. My Sweet, Yet Brutal Sweetheart, a darkly comic send-up of the typical Korean romantic comedy that proves to be anything but formulaic! Park Yong Woo (from Ditto and Blood Rain) takes on the lead role of Dae Woo, an educated, cheerful thirty-year-old who has gone his entire life without asking a woman out on a date. However, fate soon intervenes when a beautiful art school graduate with alluringly expressive eyes (Choi Gang Hee, from 1998's Whispering Corridors) moves into Dae Woo's apartment complex and takes residence in the room just below his. Thanks to some increasingly proactive encouragement from one of his faithful friends, Dae Woo actually musters up the courage to ask her out to dinner, and - surprise, surprise - the two hit things off!

It isn't long before the young lovers fall head over heels in love! But as the relationship takes off, Dae Woo begins to suspect that his new girlfriend may be hiding a dark secret. But what? His bewilderment at the situation quickly develops into concern, if not outright shock! Also known by the international title My Scary Girl, this 2006 film takes the typical romantic setup found in most films of its ilk, and turns the whole genre on its head! Instead of settling for the expected schmaltz and melodrama, My Sweet, Yet Brutal Sweetheart delivers the unexpected, resulting in a delirious, tremendously refreshing trip to the movies!

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Product Title: My Scary Girl (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 我的怪雞女友 (DVD) (香港版) 我的怪鸡女友 (DVD) (香港版) 甘く、殺伐とした恋人 DVD (香港版) My Scary Girl (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Park Yong Woo (Actor) | Cho Eun Ji (Actor) | Choi Kang Hee (Actor) 朴埇佑 (Actor) | 曹恩智 (Actor) | 崔江姬 (Actor) 朴埇佑 (Actor) | 曹恩智 (Actor) | 崔江姬 (Actor) パク・ヨンウ (Actor) | チョ・ウンジ (Actor) | チェ・ガンヒ (Actor) 박용우 (Actor) | 조 은지 (Actor) | 최강희 (Actor)
Director: Son Jae Gon 孫在坤 孙在坤 ソン・ジェゴン Son Jae Gon
Release Date: 2006-12-27
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: Hi-Fi Stereo
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004606646

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* Screen Format : 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix : Stereo
* DVD Type : DVD-5

導演︰Son Jae Gon
Director: Son Jae Gon

  大宇是個優秀的高中教師,但在感情路上卻交白卷。眼見大部份朋友都已經有女伴,步入三十歲的大宇倍感孤單。就在這時,美娜從天而降,她外表美麗、聰慧和熱情,令大宇的無女伴系統迅速消失。但當他們交往得越多,大宇卻發覺美娜在多方面都顯得很可疑。她說她的嗜好是閱讀古典文學,但竟然連杜斯妥也夫斯基的《犯罪與懲罰》都不知道。大宇越是牽涉入美娜的私人生活,就越懷疑她究竟是什麼人。除了她的室友很古怪和可怕外,更有一個自稱是美娜前度男友的怪人出現……大宇越是覺得可疑就越煩惱,因為他已經深深愛上美娜!

  Dae-woo, a college lecturer, is the most gentle and warm-hearted man on earth. But the "no man is perfect on earth" rule applies here with no exception. As he turns over 30, seeing most of his friends having girlfriends, he find himself lonely. At this very moment, here Mina comes out of nowhere! She looks intelligent, beautiful and so hot! His long running "no girl system" is just gone. But as he's going out with her more, he feels something so fishy with her one way or another. She says her hobby is reading classics but she doesn't even know "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoeysky? And the more he comes to get involved in her personal life, the more the suspicious he is of what she really is! One thing is that her roommate is too funky an freaky. And secondly, a man who self acclaims that he is an ex of Mina shows up and he is so whacky. The more he questions, the more it bugs him as he is really deep in love with her.
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Professional Review of "My Scary Girl (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 13, 2006

This professional review refers to My Sweet Yet Brutal Sweetheart (a.k.a. My Scary Girl) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Although this is a broad and perhaps too dismissive generalization, I can't help but feel that Korean romance movies - whether they be comedic, tragic, or both - are getting increasingly stale. They seem to either try way too hard to be "wacky" at the expense of plot, character development, and real comedy or they resort to some clichéd melodramatic plot point just to get viewers to reach for their hankies (Yeah, terminal illness weepie, I'm looking right at you).

Sure, both Korean romantic comedies and dramas usually feature good-looking stars and possess seductively glossy production values, but where are the genuine laughs? The earned tears? Or any actual innovation, for that matter? Time and again, the audience is subjected to yet another tired variation on K-drama convention #1: "Pretty Korean People with Problems." Boo frickin' hoo.

Enter one welcome breath of fresh air entitled My Sweet, Yet Brutal Sweetheart, the devilishly clever send-up of the typical Korean romantic comedy. This little genre-bending tale has earned itself a bit of positive buzz, not to mention a respectable take at the box-office since its release in early 2006. The film takes a familiar storyline - "hapless loser meets the girl of his dreams" - and turns it on its head.

My Sweet, Yet Brutal Sweetheart stars Park Yong Woo (Ditto, Blood Rain) as Hwang Dae Woo, a shy English professor who's never had so much as a date in his thirty-something years of existence. Dae Woo is a nice guy, but he's also irritable and bit out of touch with modern women, so his chances of wooing the girl of his dreams seems somewhere between slim and none. With a little bit of a push from a friend, Dae Woo asks out his new downstairs neighbor, Lee Mi Na (Choi Gang Hee). Claiming to be an art student with plans on studying in Italy, Mi Na is beautiful, intelligent, and elegant - everything Dae Woo's ever dreamed of in a woman and more. Well, she's certainly a good enough gal to make him gleefully toss out his hidden porno stash. And after a hilariously awkward start, Dae Woo's sincerity wins Mi Na over, and the sparks begin to fly between them. Yep, it's just about time to cue the goofy, cutesy dating montage we've come to expect in films of this ilk.

The scene comes and goes, but just when you think you know where the film is heading, My Sweet, Yet Brutal Sweetheart throws its viewers a curveball. Things take a dramatically strange turn when the love struck Dae Woo pops over to Mi Na's place, only to discover a rough-looking, naked man emerging from her bathroom. Coarse and threatening, the guy looks like he belongs in another movie.

Unsurprisingly, Dae Woo is mortified, but Mi Na later explains that the mystery man is her ex-boyfriend, and he simply barged into her house. She tells Dae Woo that she'll "take care of things," but he seems doubtful and tries to break things off. But upon reflection, Dae Woo agrees to give Mi Na time to sort things out, and before too long, the ex is out of the picture for good. Literally.

At first, Dae Woo is blissfully - and quite comically - unaware of his beloved's potentially homicidal tendencies, but eventually, her strange behavior and inconsistent cover stories prompt him to hire a private eye to dig up clues about her past. What follows is a bloody trail of dearly departed ex-boyfriends, curiously large kimchi fridges, spot-on blood-type/personality jokes, and even a stab at the popularity of Bae Yong Joon.

Although I've tried to tread as lightly as I can in spoiler territory, it's not hard to infer exactly what secrets Mi Na is hiding. In fact, the film tips its hand fairly early into the picture. This isn't some Audition-level 180-degree turn meant to shock the heck out of the audience. Instead, My Sweet Yet, Brutal Sweetheart aims to deliver an absorbing romance, a gut-busting comedy, and suspenseful thriller all in one package. And guess what? The filmmakers more or less succeed.

This HD-shot movie is reportedly a low budget work, but it certainly doesn't look like one. In fact, the film's trademarked Korean movie "sheen" actually makes the whole experience a bit jarring, as its good looks sometimes belie exactly what's going on in the picture itself. Whatever its genre aspirations, My Sweet, Yet Brutal Sweetheart is a black comedy at heart, able to wring both effective drama and genuine humor from its subject matter, sometimes even at the same time. Park Yong Woo's performance is largely responsible for the film's ability to dramatically multi-task, as he makes for a likeable, if largely irascible everyman. He's not some pretty boy superstar masquerading as the average joe; he's the real deal.

Kudos should also go to the filmmakers for pushing Mi Na's character to the limit, and not taking the easy way out in terms of her circumstances or her motivations. Things are a bit more complicated and unsettling about the film than one might expect, even as you find yourself laughing all the way to the film's unexpected, oddly gratifying Singapore finale. In fact, there's something a bit unnerving about the ending, a feeling that just wouldn't arise in your average romantic comedy or drama. I don't know if that makes My Sweet, Yet Brutal Sweetheart a great film, but its brilliant knack for working within the formula while turning the whole damn thing on its head sure is fun to watch.

By Calvin McMillin

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Customer Review of "My Scary Girl (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.5 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.8 out of 10 (6)

Kevin Kennedy
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August 15, 2007

1 people found this review helpful

Amusing but confused romance Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"My Scary Girl" is an uneven, but entertaining romantic comedy. Park Yong Woo plays a shy university lecturer who is entering his 30s without ever having gone on a date or kissed a woman. The lovely Choi Gang Hee moves into his apartment building and it isn't long before Park is falling all over himself in his clumsy attempts to woo Miss Choi. But there is more to Miss Choi than meets the eye.

The bumbling romance part of the story works well, but the "scary" aspects of the film never make much sense. One wonders whether the problem arose because of a confused script or bad editing. Nonetheless, I can recommend the film for the nice comedic performances by Mr. Park and Miss Choi.
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January 4, 2007

SO- SO MOVIE Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Actually, the movie started with a strong impact and i thought that it would go throughout the whole film. In a way it did, but sometimes its a bit boring. You get lost because ultimately you wouldn't know the reason for her being that kind of girl.
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September 26, 2006

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Excellent! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The actress wasnt meant to be scary in the first place, its a romantic comedy, and I thought it was done extremely well. With any comedy its personal taste but I really liked it, and the movie itself is obviously by a talented director.
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September 11, 2006

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my scary girl Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
the girl wasn't even scary at all. the movie wasnt particulary funny either. a bit disappointing. the lead actor's character was likeable, the lead actress - was so so. boring movie.
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September 3, 2006

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outstanding Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this movie is not set into any plots or original cliche plots if i were to put it that way, this movies consists of many suprises and keeps you at bay constantly and it is alos moving at the same time, it just tore at me when the movie ended, this movie is great for casual move watchers who wants to spend their saturday night chilling to a good movie.
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