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How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men (Korea Version) VCD

Lee Hye Young (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) | Bong Tae Gyu (Actor) | Kim Seong Hun (Director)
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How does lack of love affect two men? Try living for years without a woman! This is what happens to daddy Cheol Dong (Baek Yoon Shik of Like a Virgin) and son Dong Hyun (Bong Tae Gyu of Family Ties). After his wife died, Cheol Dong spent all his time dealing with the younger version of his crazy self and putting food on the table in ways you wouldn't exactly call ordinary (is the toilet paper not as long as noted in the package? Let's sue the company that makes it!). All is well under the sun until the divorced and very attractive Mimi walks in, rents a room in the basement, and sends father and son into a battle to get the girl.

With an incredibly wacky title and the ad-lib prowess of its leads, How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men is the first feature film from Kim Sung Hoon, who was an assistant director for Jang Na Ra's debut Oh! Happy Day and He Was Cool. This time, instead of banking on loaded plots or internet novels, Kim passed the ball to Bong and especially Baek, who's become a master at these kind of unique roles, and it is their spot-on partnership that drives this hilarious slapstick comedy.

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Product Title: How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men (Korea Version) How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men (韓國版) How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men (韩国版) 愛情の欠乏が二人の男に及ぼす影響(韓国版) 애정결핍이 두 남자에게 미치는 영향
Artist Name(s): Lee Hye Young (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) | Bong Tae Gyu (Actor) 李慧英 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) | 奉太奎 (Actor) 李慧英 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) | 奉太奎 (Actor) イ・ヘヨン (Actor) | ペク・ユンシク (Actor) | ポン・テギュ (Actor) 이혜영 (Actor) | 백윤식 (Actor) | 봉태규 (Actor)
Director: Kim Seong Hun 金成勛 金成勋 キム・ソンフン 김성훈
Release Date: 2007-03-19
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: Cine Park Korea
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004693039

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굶은 지 5년, 들이댐도 뻔뻔한 능글 대마왕 동철동(백윤식) VS 홀아비 아래 개긴지 5년, 남은 건 망치뿐인 천진 난폭 고딩 동현(봉태규) 두 남자에게 애정 결핍이 미치는 영향은??

“뭐예요, 이거 녹음기예요? (손사래 치며) 아니, 제가 밤에 이사를 가든 낮에 가든 무슨 상관이에요? 그 인간 잘 때라서가 아니라 밤에 시원하고 좋잖아요? (계속해서 추궁하자)……한마디로 그래요. 저뿐만이 아니라 모두들 공통적으로 내뱉는 의견이죠. 지가 먹다 흘린 빵부스러기 이고 가는 저에게서 빵부스러기 도로 빼앗아 지 입속에 털어 넣질 않나(아, 글쎄 그게 우리 식구 50일치 식량이라니까?!), 일전에는 모기한테 빨린 피를 어떻게든 쥐어짜내 다시 빨아 먹더라니까~ 바퀴, 파리, 다른 애들 다 일주일도 못 버티고 이사 갔어요. 그 집에는 일 년 열두 달 살충제가 필요 없다니까요, 글쎄? (더 이상의 인터뷰는 거부함)” - 동철동 집에 거주하던 개미 A군, 이삿짐을 싸다가 그에 대해 논하며

“무서운 놈…” “그 자식 얘기하기 싫습니다. (한참 뜸들이다가 흰 봉투를 내밀자) …맘에 안 드는 놈 나타나면 일단 연장통부터 들고 나타나요, 맘에 안 드는 놈이 차라도 가지고 있으면 주차된 차 바닥으로 들어가 손에 잡히는 건 죄다 잘라내죠. 죽든지 말든지… 아, 글쎄 뭔 일만 나면 연장부터 들고 뛰어다닌다니까? 그 자식 대표적인 연장이 망치예요, 망치~ 뭐라더라? 일단, 손에 들고 있으면 심적으로 편안해진대나?” 근데 걔가 세상에서 제일 싫어하는 말이 뭔 줄 아세요? ‘부전자전’이래요. 글쎄... -사돈 남 말하고 있을 때가 아닌 동철동이 동현에 대해 논하며

자, 이제… 뜨뜻미지근하고 밋밋한 관계 따윈 쌍놈의 조카새끼나 줘버리자! 자신만의 개똥철학 아래 세상의 각종비리를 파헤쳐 잇속을 챙기면서도 이면에서는 자기 합리화에 여념이 없는 짠돌이 동철동(백윤식)과, 홀아비 밑에서 정상적인 성장과정을 외면한 채 별난 진화의 과정을 밟으며 자생력을 키운 동현(봉태규). 어느 날, 중증 애정결핍 증세를 보이는 두 남자가 살고 있는 집에 묘령의 여자 미미가 이사 오게 되는데… 과연, 사랑에 목마른 두 남자에게 애정결핍이 미치는 영향은?
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Professional Review of "How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men (Korea Version)"

March 22, 2007

This professional review refers to How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men (DVD) (Special Edition) (Korea Version)
Although Korean cinema is better known for its melodramas and gangster films, the country does produce a fair number of comedies, most of which tend to be very wacky affairs. Despite its odd title, which seems to suggest some kind of thoughtful emotional drama, How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men, the first outing for director Kim Sung Hoon, is a prime case in point, being a crazed mixture of slapstick and sexual harassment which makes the most of its two lead stars' considerable talent for physical humour.

The film follows the titular two men, namely widower Cheol Dong (veteran actor Baek Yoon Shik, also in Like a Virgin and The Art of Fighting), who makes his living conning money out of companies, and his gangly son Dong Hyun (Bong Tae Gyu, recently in Family Ties). Their lives are thrown into disarray when Cheol rents the flat below to Mimi, a recently divorced woman who plans to open a cafe and who has a penchant for wearing rather revealing clothes. The stage is thus set for a battle between the two men for Mimi's affections, though they also face an obstacle in the form of her ex-husband, not to mention the fact that she may quite understandably not want either of them.

Despite the subject matter, and the fact that the idea of father and son competing for the sexual favours of the same woman is inherently creepy, the film is strangely innocent, and although there are breast and cleavage jokes a-plenty, there is nothing offensive or particularly sleazy on show. Whilst for the most part the humour is of the expected saucy slapstick variety, it does drift into some fairly bitter territory, with the two men turning quite nasty when they don't get their way, either with Mimi or each other. It is arguably these scenes which are the funniest, with some decidedly twisted and mean-spirited gags being thrown in, for example when Cheol takes the rather extreme measure of tying his son up in a sack to prevent him from cramping his style. Although this may sound innocent enough, he actually keeps the poor lad in there for several days, starving him and refusing to let him use the bathroom, leading to an amusing Oldboy reference. The film as a whole is filled with similar cinematic jokes, some of which work quite well, and others, such as a bizarre play on The Matrix, are likely to leave viewers scratching their heads. This all makes for a pretty wacky mix, though one which works very well, providing a good balance of different types of jokes, and the film is generally very funny.

It also benefits from strong comedic performances from both Baek and Bong, and despite the fact that both play characters who are basically sex-starved perverts who will stop at nothing to try and outwit the other - the film might more accurately have been titled How the Lack of Sex Affects Two Men - the plot is surprisingly involving, if only to see which of the two end up with poor oblivious Mimi. To be fair, it's worth noting that she is not much of a catch herself, spending a good amount of the film in a drunken stupor, not to mention being far too old for Hyun, however desperate he might be. By revolving around such a wretched set of characters, the film does have a pleasingly offbeat and amoral feel, which director Kim maintains throughout, never sliding into any unnecessary sentiment or last minute melodrama as might have been expected.

Although at nearly two hours the film is perhaps a little too long, Kim does manage to keep things bright and breezy through a variety of odd inserts and strange visual techniques, with a number of weird animated sequences being thrown in for good measure, many of which seem wholly unrelated to the plot. This adds an at times surreal air to the proceedings and further underlines the film's general sense of maniacal energy, ensuring that things never get dull.

As a result, How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men makes for highly entertaining viewing, and is a must for fans of Korean comedy. Energetic and imaginative, it offers a fast paced barrage of laughs which although for the most part in dubious taste, relies more upon the excellent comedic performances of the cast rather than the cheap shock gags so common in the genre.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (3)

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August 30, 2008

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How a very funny movie affects me! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men" is a wonderfully hilarious dark comedy about a father and son competing for the affection of their new downstairs tenant, Mimi (Lee Hye-young). When Mimi arrives on the seen, her hip-swinging walk and low-cut dresses draw the drooling attention of every male in the neighborhood. Dad Cheol Dong (Baek Yoon Shik) and son Dong Hyun (Bong Tae Gyu) first set about fencing off their new love interest from outsiders, then seek to claim her for themselves. The rivalry between father and son escalates until they are taking truly sadistic (and funny) steps to defeat the other. What sets this film apart from the run of the mill bawdy slapstick comedy is the deadpan, Buster Keaton-ish presence of the great Baek Yoon Shik. This is a perfect marriage of quirky actor and even quirkier character! Very highly recommended.
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March 11, 2008

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Wooing with a Tee! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Although the Rolling Stones song constantly refrains that "You can't always get what you want", father and son combo team extraordinary here, Cheol Dong and Dong Hyun, certainly go down fighting passionately in trying and get what they need, by getting a woman into their lives. Never as the lack of love by two men been so expressed, as each try to win the heart of Mimi, the possible object and provider of what lacks in their lives. And what better than to have two brilliant actors here, performing as these two eccentric love strucks. With Tae Gyu Bong playing the son role here as Dong Hyun, you're assured a guaranteed spirit lift by his brilliantly timed comic humor, and the mix of his additionally charming naivety and oddball charisma of his characters, making it a sure fire way to have a bit of laugh when Tae Gyu is around - and he certainly doesn't fail to amuse here. He looks funny, he is funny and is brilliant at what he does - and he's a nice guy too! Along with Yoon Shik Beak as his father Cheol Dong, you get one crazy and madcap double act. Although this film isn't a classic comedy, you certainly get a large dollop of daft eccentricity and visually referenced humor to look out for. Yes, even Tae Bong climbing though a window "Sadako" style (instead of a telly) is in this, as he sees his father getting the better of him in their 'battle' to woo Mimi. Another extroverted aspect of this film is Dong Hyun's array of tee shirts he keeps appearing in. In fact, you could have an on-line competition with this film, to see how many different tees you can spot Tae Gyu wearing. If Cheol Dong couldn't get the best things in life for his son, he certainly has a good collection of stylish tees (and isn't lacking in those). The only thing he doesn't get, though, is Mimi additionally wearing a tee shirt with "Come and Get It" printed on the front - but he cannot have everything.

Initially, when I first heard about this film, I expected it to have quite a fair dose of heavy pathos, concerning the fact that this is all about two men (father and son) lacking the love of female company of their own - and the probable despair it could have contended by this. But this isn't about sad and depressing men (well, not exactly, anyway) with a melodramatic music score and suicidal 'I can't take anymore, cuz I haven't got a woman in my life!' finale. No, the lemmings can fear no competition here, as these two are far too focused on being hoist by their perturb to worry about that fatal emotion - and this film is far more of an escaped straight jacket job than that! In fact, this is about as serious as a wacky pair of flashing underpants to grace any form of pathos, when the crash, bang, whollop atmos going on with father and son constantly trying to thwart and out wit each other, to win the flesh (I mean heart) of fair and sweet Mimi. Love isn't an easy thing, is it?

The opening sequence is a very funny, too, with Mimi walking along the town's street and all the local men dropping their jaws, cars, tyres and falling over themselves at the sight of this heavenly maiden entering their town. She then seeks lodgings with Cheol Dong and Dong Hyun, so that she can open a shop of her own, and considering that Cheol Dong is also a prized business man in his own right (albeit it that its related to toilet rolls), produces the opportunity for him to help get Mimi under way with her own shop. Not that her business plan is priority one, when Cheol Dong decides on a new wife. But Cheol Dong isn't the only love starved man around, and by the fact that his competition is as close as his own flesh and blood Dong Hyun - who also has additional eye popping sessions at Mimi - isn't going to find his wooing easy. Mimi doesn't realize what she is in for, either, when both father and son steadfastly vie for her attentions, going to extreme lengths in exercising their affections to win her heart. Although straight away they are more interested in Mimi's swinging from side to side bottom, than her heart. And as Mimi trips down some steps, and the two love strucks move quickly to save her fall, their hands lurch straight for her......well, you can probably imagine.

All of this movie is a cartoon style of visual comedy and madcap humor (and even the prelude opening is a 3D generated animation sequence), with almost Three Stooges type nuttiness in what father and son attempt to do to get the other out of the way, to be with Mimi. Dong Hyun at one stage ties his father to his bed mattress with a leather strap to keep him trapped (bless), and Cheol Dong likewise seals his son in a strapped up bed bag (so touching), and even both have a boxing ring on top of their living quarters, to fight it all out over the woman of their (wet) dreams. Mimi is also,at first, all bemused by it all, and only wants to have help opening her shop. But bulging eyes and groping hands aside, Mimi finds herself constantly between the fisty cuffs and bonkers attentions of these two lacking in love men. Not only them either, as the local male town folk (who dropped nearly everything when Mimi first entered the town), also find Mimi an attractive addition, and the answer to their prayers. At one point, there are more men taking Mimi to task, than Dong Hyun as tee shirts.

I found a lot of this film to be very funny and wacky, and director Seong Hoon Kim doesn't fail to entertain here. It all ends up okay after the wash too, (no not Dong Hyun's tee shirts) and turns out to be a worthwhile cuddly and zany comedy, to recommend for a fun night in with the pop corn. Hopefully, if you're a guy, too, and feel lacking in the love of a good woman, these two eccentrics of needful feminine beauty, are sure to get you doing absolutely nothing of the sort like this to woe (I mean woo) the lady of your dreams. Well, not unless you have at least 50 different tee shirts. Another good comedy this! And, hey..see how many tees of Tae Gyu Bong you can spot!
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September 10, 2007

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Funny!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
This is one movie that will make you laugh until the end. Its the story of a father and son who is trying to get the attention of one woman.

In the end, Bong Tae Gyu helped in fixing the relationship with his father.
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