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Hello School Girl (DVD) (Thailand Version) DVD Region 3

Yoo Ji Tae (Actor) | Lee Yeon Hee (Actor) | Chae Jung Ahn (Actor) | Kang In (Super Junior) (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.3 out of 10 (3)

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The second feature from director Ryu Jang Ha (When Spring Comes), Hello Schoolgirl (a.k.a. Love Comic) is a lighthearted romance about going with the flow and seeing where love brings you. Based on a popular online comic by Kang Pool whose Apartment and Ba:Bo were also adapted for the silver screen, Hello Schoolgirl revolves around two couples with age gaps. Acclaimed actor Yoo Ji Tae (Old Boy) and rising actress Lee Yeon Hee (M) make up the first budding pair; while Chae Jung Ahn from Coffee Prince plays the older woman opposite Super Junior's Kang In, in his second film after Attack on the Pin-up Boys. Hello, Schoolgirl charms viewers with its light humor, melancholic romance, and photogenic pairings.

Although civil servant Yun Woo (Yoo Ji Tae) is already 30 years old, he's still green and naive when it comes to love. Like many single men his age, he's thinking about marriage, but all his blind dates flop. He's just moved to a new apartment above quirky high school girl Soo Young (Lee Yeon Hee) and her prima-donna mother (Nah Young Hee). Frequently running into each other, Yun Woo and 18-year old Soo Young begin to develop a hesitant romance. Meanwhile, Yun Woo's 22-year-old co-worker Kang Sook (Kang In) falls for 29-year-old beauty Ha Kyung (Chae Jung Ahn), who is still pining over her ex-boyfriend.

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Product Title: Hello School Girl (DVD) (Thailand Version) Hello School Girl (DVD) (泰國版) Hello School Girl (DVD) (泰国版) Hello School Girl (DVD) (Thailand Version) Hello School Girl (DVD) (Thailand Version)
Artist Name(s): Yoo Ji Tae (Actor) | Lee Yeon Hee (Actor) | Chae Jung Ahn (Actor) | Kang In (Super Junior) (Actor) 劉 智太 (Actor) | 李研熙 (Actor) | 蔡貞安 (Actor) | 強仁 (Super Junior) (Actor) 刘智太 (Actor) | 李研熙 (Actor) | 蔡贞安 (Actor) | 强仁 (Super Junior) (Actor) ユ・ジテ (Actor) | イ・ヨニ (Actor) | チェ・ジョンアン (Actor) | カンイン (Super Junior) (Actor) 유 지태 (Actor) | 이연희 (Actor) | 채정안 (Actor) | 강인 (Actor)
Director: Ryu Jang Ha Ryu Jang Ha Ryu Jang Ha リュ・ジャンハ 류장하
Release Date: 2009-12-02
Language: Korean, Thai
Subtitles: English, Thai
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021655465

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Director : Ryu Jang Ha
Starring : Chae Jung Ahn, Yoo Ji Tae, Lee Yeon Hee, Kang In

A thirty-year-old businessman encounters a high school girl in the elevator every morning on his way to work. One day, he runs into her heading back home as she has forgotten the necktie to her school uniform. In a gallant gesture, he loans her his, but that action starts a relationship that could bring them both insurmountable problems.

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Professional Review of "Hello School Girl (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

January 29, 2010

This professional review refers to Hello Schoolgirl (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
After A.P.T. and Ba:Bo, the third time is the charm for popular web comic artist Kang Pool's works on the silver screen with Hello Schoolgirl, writer/director Ryoo Jang-Ha's follow-up to his overlooked directorial debut Springtime. Hello Schoolgirl already had the potential to be the best Kang Pool adaptation, not only because of its cute, true-to-life story, but also because of its fresh angle on modern youth romances. With an attractive cast and striking cinematography by Jo Sang-Yoon, Hello Schoolgirl is a refreshing comic adaptation that needs no knowledge of the original source material to be enjoyed.

Despite the film's comic roots, Ryoo keeps his screenplay and direction grounded in real life, employing a handheld camera for almost all of his shots and moving the story at a leisurely pace. However, the story’s main topic - romances with age difference as obstacles - is one usually explored in a sensational manner. While the secondary plot, about young soldier Sook (Super Junior member Kang In) working at a government office and wooing older woman Ha-Kyung (Chae Jeong-An), is a safer and more typical plot for these types of stories, the charm of the film mostly comes from the story between Sook’s co-worker, 30-year old Yeon-Woo (Yoo Ji-Tae, now 33), and his 18-year old high school girl neighbor, Soo-Yeong (Lee Yeon-Hee, definitely older than 18). Yeon-Woo is a barely-mature man living alone, while Soo-Yeong is a tougher-than-she-looks young adult whose father left her and her mother years ago. The two develop an unlikely friendship that slowly progresses into a very pure relationship involving UFO catchers, film cameras, some Chungking Express-style sneak-ins, and canned snow.

The relationship, believe it or not, is really as pure as they come. Ryoo removes any possibilities of attributing Yeon-Woo’s feelings to any type of fetishes, approaching the romance at a very innocent angle. He (and possibly Kang in his comic) codes these characters carefully, showing Soo-Yeong getting her adult ID card while also showing Yeon-Woo’s bumbling naivete, to make the romance seem perfectly acceptable and even something worth cheering on. Ryoo’s leisurely pacing also helps considerably, putting the two characters’ interactions ahead of forcing plot developments to move the story along. Hello Schoolgirl ultimately becomes more a character study than a plot-driven film, slowly showing how these characters change with very little external interference to move things along.

And a lot of credit goes to the two actors for making their characters as believable as they are. In addition to Lee Yeon-Hee’s charming and cute performance as the titular schoolgirl, Yoo Ji-Tae also shows off his acting versatility by showing an awkward vulnerability never seen in his past roles, making his character’s pure intentions convincing without any sense of perversion. On the other hand, while Ryoo employs the same storytelling technique for the storyline between Sook and Ha-Kyung, the older woman’s effort to forget her past boyfriend is too typical of the genre, and Kang’s immature attitude (even for his character’s age) is a little too irritating to make him a likeable or convincing romantic lead when up against Chae Jeong-An.

Ryoo has shown in his past as Hur Jin-Ho’s assistant director/co-writer and in his debut film that he’s an observant storyteller, and he brings that same sensibility to Hello Schoolgirl. I may have never read the comic book, but Ryoo makes it easy to see where the charm of the story comes from, and the writer/director not only does that with Kang’s stories and characters, but also with a filmmaker’s visual sensibility. While the film’s handheld look and leisurely pace suggest that this may be the most cinema verite comic adaptation ever made, Ryoo and cinematographer Jo Sang-Yoon also give the film a very polished look that glamorizes reality, but never leaves it. Even though the storytelling pacing is grounded in reality, Ryoo doesn’t hesitate to use computer-enhanced images such as an animated cell phone screen to give the film charm. Hello Schoolgirl may not be the comic with the most potential in terms of ambitious visuals, but its film version is certainly one of the more visually appealing romantic comedies from South Korea in a long time.

While some directors and comic fans are adamant about fidelity to source material when it comes to adapting comics to the big screen, Ryoo realizes that adapting comics to the big screen is about making the story work in cinematic form, and he succeeds resoundingly with Hello Schoolgirl. By deviating from the original story (and with Kang making a cameo, it appears to have been done with permission), Ryoo inserts his own touches to the story, making the story jump past its original comic form into our world, and he employs plenty of cinematic language to make the story relevant for the big screen. The actors also deliver plenty of charm with their performances, but they do so without resorting to the exaggerated comical expressions of their drawn counterparts (though comics such as Detroit Metal City would call for that). Regardless of its country of origin, Hello Schoolgirl is an example of a comic book adaptation done right, and should be the standard for any future Korean comic adaptations.

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Hello School Girl (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.3 out of 10 (3)

Julie
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January 1, 2011

This customer review refers to Hello Schoolgirl (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

KANG IN!!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
I bought this movie just because Kang In was one of the main actor. The story line was not that great but the idea of showing the 2 love stories in parallel was good. Anyway, Kang In was so cute in it!!! lol
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April 26, 2010

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A romantic charmer Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Hello Schoolgirl" takes a big risk that pays off in a satisfying, true-to-life romance. Yoo Ji Tae plays Yeon Woo, a 30 year old civil servant who can't help falling in love with an adorable high school girl who lives in his apartment building. Yeon Woo is a kind and good-natured soul, but the death of both of his parents in his early childhood has left him shy, withdrawn, and very lonely. His neighbor, 18 year old Soo Yeong (Lee Yeon Hee), is Yeon Woo's opposite, a lively, impulsive, outgoing girl who just may be yearning for a father figure, as her own father abandoned her family. The two strike up an innocent friendship which begins to grow into a deeper (althoug still innocent) relationship, perhaps against the better judgment of each of them. Watching these two appealing characters wrestling honestly with their unexpected feelings for each other is a delight.

Contrasted against this primary story is a secondary story in which 22 year old Sook (Kang In), who temporarily works in Yeon Woo's office while he finishes up his public service commitment, is smitten by a mysterious 29 year old woman named Ha Kyung (Chae Jeong An), who wanders through the film taking photographs. While Ha Kyung is not adverse to Sook's company, she rebuffs his advances, telling Sook that she is still feeling the pain of a break-up with her ex-boyfriend. This secondary story, unfortunately, is so underwritten that it feels like a distraction. The film, after all, is entitled "Hello Schoolgirl", not "Hello Photographer". Indeed, the secondary story is so undeveloped that, in one scene, we learn that Sook has been in a fistfight, but we have no idea why or with whom he fought; the idea is dropped as soon as it is introduced.

Fortunately, the film's main story is so sincere and compelling and the performances of Yoo Ji Tae and Lee Yeon Hee are so strong that concerns about the secondary story seem a minor quibble. Deserving of special mention is the wonderfully warm and nuanced performance by Na Yeong Hee as Soo Yeong's mother; what a treat it is to see a healthy parental relationship like that depicted here. "Hello Schoolgirl" easily could have been turned into something cheap and tawdry; we should rejoice at seeing filmmakers stick to the high road as they do in this entertaining romance. Recommended.
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April 16, 2009

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Tender and Sweet Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Another film based on the electronic manwha comics of Kang Pool (which I know absolutely zero about I’m afraid) this film is based off his cyber space work called “Love Comic”. Like similar comic book film adaptations of Kang Pool’s such as “Ba : Bo” its also another interesting and different, albeit somewhat controversial, film.

Although having sensitive age gap themes, this all comes across well as a good heart warming and amiable romance. Aside to the tentative relationship of mannered social worker Yun Woo (Ji Tae) and plucky schoolgirl Soo Young (Yeon-hee), the story plot is also fairly shared with Yun Woo's co-worker Kang Sook (Super Junior’s Kang In) and of how he’s equally smitten with photo snapping Kyung Ha (Jung Ahn Chae), a slightly older and remote woman than himself he meets at a train station. These two differing and faltering relationships constantly switch as the film progresses.

All four characters are likable making for an easy movie to appreciate and with gentle consistent pacing and a charming plot, it’s an overall pleasing viewing experience. It’s sweet, funny and charming and although having obvious iffy relationship matter, it’s so tender that it can only possibly leave you with a warm afterglow by the finish. It can work, too, as neither Soo Young nor Yun Woo are too young or too old respectively, and five years on they would be fine (aged wise) as a couple. Kang Sook is equally endearing as he also tries earnestly to win pretty Kyung Ha’s broken heart, and tries earnestly and consistently to woo her.

All 4 actors get equal measure here and Ji Tae and Yeon-hee don’t steal the show from Jung Ahn Chae and Kang In’s own touching story. Its great to see Ji Tae back on screen too. It’s common now to hear of his directorial work with a number of short films already under his belt (which I’d certainly get the DVD if ever publicly released), and I’d also read of Ji Tae’s romantic supernatural stage play he’d directed some years ago. Thumbs up and well wishes with this directing move JT! Hopefully this new orientation won’t end the acting parts though.

A film maybe showing how genuine friendship can sometimes arrive not always how we expect. Full of charm and a happy conclusion, it’s a romantic sort that you’ll love from beginning to end! A 5 star film for “Hello Schoolgirl” here.
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