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How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Si Young (Actor) | Oh Jung Se (Actor) | Park Young Kyoo (Actor) | Kim Jun Sung (Actor)
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Want to know how to use men to your own advantage? With just a few simple steps, you, too, can learn How to Use Guys with Secret Tips! The directorial debut of Lee Won Suk, How to Use Guys with Secret Tips is a hilarious anti-romantic comedy starring Lee Si Young (Meet the In–Laws) as a young woman who acquires a set of self-help tapes that teaches her to use the misogynistic attitudes of the men she works with to her own advantage. Oh Jung Se (Quick) goes all-out, co-starring as an arrogant soap opera star who unwittingly becomes the heroine's victim. Lee's creative directing style and twisted sense of humor has tickled audiences around the world, from the Udine Far East Film Festival (where it won the top prize) to the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Bo Na (Lee Si Young) works as an assistant director at a production company. Stuck in the same job for five years, Bo Na feels like she's hit a glass ceiling in a misogynistic society. After one disastrous shoot, Bo Na encounters a truck filled with self-help tapes. The shady owner sells her a set of tapes called "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips," promising that it will help her get somewhere in the world. By following the tips, Bo Na invents a new personality and begins using male mentality to her advantage. Soon, she sets her aims on Lee Seung Jae (Oh Jung Se), an arrogant soap opera actor who was rude to her on one production. Seung Jae soon falls for Bo Na, but is he in love with the new Bo Na or the real Bo Na?

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Product Title: How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 御愛專用守則 (2013) (DVD) (台灣版) 御爱专用守则 (2013) (DVD) (台湾版) 男子取扱説明書 (2013/韓国) (DVD) (台湾版) 남자사용설명서
Also known as: 男人使用說明書 / 盛女求愛戰 男人使用说明书 / 盛女求爱战
Artist Name(s): Lee Si Young (Actor) | Oh Jung Se (Actor) | Park Young Kyoo (Actor) | Kim Jun Sung (Actor) | Kim Jung Tae (Actor) 李 詩英 (Actor) | 吳政世 (Actor) | Park Young Kyoo (Actor) | 金俊成 (Actor) | 金宗泰 (Actor) 李 诗英 (Actor) | 吴政世 (Actor) | Park Young Kyoo (Actor) | 金俊成 (Actor) | 金宗泰 (Actor) イ・シヨン (Actor) | オ・ジョンセ (Actor) | パク・ヨンギュ (Actor) | Kim Jun Sung (Actor) | キム・ジョンテ (Actor) 이시영 (Actor) | 오정세 (Actor) | 박 영규 (Actor) | 김준성 (Actor) | 김정태 (Actor)
Director: Lee Won Suk 李元鍚 李元鍚 イ・ウォンソク 이원석
Release Date: 2015-07-07
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Video Codecs: MPEG-2 (H.262)
Duration: 114 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044424166

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導演:《尚衣院:衣縷情絲》李元錫 LEE Won-Suk
演員:
《神之一手》《黃金交叉》李詩英 LEE Si-Young
《高跟神探》《想你》吳正世 OH Jung-Se

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任職廣告業的崔寶娜(李詩英 飾)自認無論是外型或是氣質,她都毫無吸引力,然而某天她在外景拍片結束後,偶然得到一本「御愛專用守則」/「男人使用說明書」,她半信半疑地照影片中怪博士指導的方式去做,竟然真的獲得意想不到的結果,甚至還吸引了原本互看不順眼的大明星李承宰(吳正世 飾)…崔寶娜真的可以藉此獲得戀情嗎?
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Professional Review of "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

August 19, 2013

This professional review refers to How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (2013) (DVD) (Korea Version)
With the playing field becoming more crowded seemingly by the day, it's getting pretty hard for Korean romantic comedies to stand out or offer something new. Thankfully, unlike many directors happy to play things safe, for his directorial debut How to Use Guys with Secret Tips Lee Won Suk has tried to shake things up a little bit by offering a different perspective on modern relationships and mixing wacky cuteness with a sharp script. Though the film didn't set the box office in Korea alight, it proved very popular at overseas festivals, including winning the Audience Award at the Udine Far East Festival in Italy, and has now been picked up for distribution in the UK by Third Window.

Actress Lee Si Young (Meet the In-Laws) headlines as Bo Na, an assistant commercials director whose career at a production company is going nowhere, much like her love life, finding it hard to make her way in a society run by men. One day after falling asleep on the beach during a shoot and waking up in the middle of the night, she meets the mysterious Dr. Swarski (Park Young Gyu, I am the King), who sells her a set of self-help tapes called How to Use Guys with Secret Tips Although initially dubious, Bo Na starts watching the tapes and finds her life transformed, managing to get her male colleagues to do her bidding and even getting handsome though conceited soap actor Lee Seung Jae (Oh Jung Se, Quick) to fall for her. Inevitably, her sudden success brings with it complications, and she starts to question her new personality and sneaky methods.

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips is one of those films which just really clicks, all of its various elements gelling together into an incredibly entertaining whole. Director Lee Won Suk does a great job of working within the usual romantic comedy formula while at the same time playfully subverting it and making it feel original – no mean feat given the utter lack of invention often seen in the genre. While the plot itself is ultimately straightforward, the film shows genuine insight into the dating game, and though it doesn't dig too deeply it successfully manages to comment on the chauvinistic nature of the male-run Korean society. Thankfully, despite this, the film never becomes too hung up on the same old battle of the sexes theme, and though all the male characters are bumbling, vain idiots there's plenty to enjoy here for viewers of either gender, making it one of the rare example of its type to have real universal appeal.

This aside, the film's main strength is the simple fact that it's very, very funny, with an intelligent script and some great gags. Though the framing device of the self-help tapes doesn't actually add much to the narrative it does make for some quirky scenes and amusing moments, Park Young Gyu hilarious as the showman-like Dr. Swarski, popping up to offer odd nuggets of advice and encouragement. The film's pacing and comic timing are impeccable, and though reasonably cynical it has a boisterous, uplifting air that carries it throughout, partly thanks to a very likeable turn from Lee Si Young in the lead, making Bo Na sympathetic despite her many, many flaws. While the film is arguably first and foremost a comedy, it shows surprisingly effective character development, and though predictable, her gradual transformation from cutesy frump to confident career woman and lover is rewarding and satisfying to watch. As a result, the romance also rings true, if to a lesser degree, Bo Na's on-off relationship with the foolish Lee Seung Jae benefitting from a dash of realism. Unfortunately, if unsurprisingly, things do get a bit sappy towards the end, though by this stage the film has won just about enough good will to this slide, and Lee Won Suk at least never tugs too hard on the heartstrings.

Lee's style fits the material perfectly, giving the film a perky feel and throwing in a great deal of liveliness. Backed by a bouncy indie pop soundtrack, the film is visually very creative, with lots of animation and manga style inserts, and wacky flights of fantasy during the self-help sequences and Bo Na's day dreams. Wisely, Lee doesn't go too over the top, and the film comes across as a more romantically inclined Miki Satoshi outing, showing a similar level of eccentricity and straight faced silliness.

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips really is a lot of fun, and is one of the most distinctive and entertaining romantic comedies from Korea of late. Lee Won Suk accomplishes the not inconsiderable feat of making the form feel fresh again, and the film stands as a bright and breezy debut that should be enjoyed by even the most jaded of genre fans.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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September 5, 2013

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Video Tapes with Mesmerising Tips Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Its great to see Si-young Lee back in a movie also alongside Won-jong Lee again, who both featured in the K-TV drama ‘Wild Romance’. Here Si-young (she don’t arf remind me of HK’s Charlene Choi) is flustered in a surreal TV comedic reality world, where cardboard cut-outs, stage backdrops and flashy graphics don’t necessarily restrict themselves to Bona’s commercial TV world. No, Bo-na’s frustrated life is one weird mixed up mind bending cartoon world in itself, with reality and fantasy most times blurring into one. Most of the visual and love sparring (arf) is between Bona Choi (Si-young) and her besotted kooky lover Seung-jae (Jung-se Oh), a hallyu TV actor with a massive ego, Ennio Morricone type background music as he enters a scene, oversized blue balls (in a surreal metaphorical sense) and his hate of the word ‘meh’, especially after Bona uses it to dampen Seung-jae’s kissing in a lift antics.

Bona works long hours as a downtrodden assistant director for her avant garde TV commercial director Sung-chul (Won-jong), feels exploited as a woman in her male dominated TV advertisement world and stressed out by being constantly berated for mishaps by her boss, reaching her tether when stuck out on a beach after a gruelling commercial shoot. Depressed about her hectic and unrewarding life, Bona crashes out on the beach and later wakes up in the middle of the night after her TV crew have packed up, got drunk and gone home. But wandering tiredly towards a small neon lit video stall, Bona meets the eccentric Dr Swarski (Yeong-gyu Park), a charlatan TV guru salesman, who for Bona to get on in a world of men within TV advertising, seems to be her only hope. The charismatic Swarski pro-offers Bona his ‘self help’ video tapes and especially his number 1 hit ‘How To Use Guys With Secret Tips’, which in a weird surreal manner Bona gets mindfully tricked into buying. Video packs in hand, Bona goes home, switches on her TV video combo and is then transfixed by Dr Swarski’s secret tips for women. Step by step Bona learns subtle methods of how to woe men by smiles, get a better fashion sense, cry emotionally for leverage, subtle hand touching and even learns a crafty usage for the word ‘meh’ to ward off overheated and pestering males. And if Bona plays her steps correctly she could become a successful woman in a man’s world. But success isn’t easy, especially when Seung-jae begins to act like a moth around a flame when smitten by Bona’s new manipulated talent.
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I think this gets a ‘Thumbs Up!’ Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Won-suk Lee’s movie is a strange and surreal rom-com with a very sharp and satirically honed script. With a colourfully surreal TV styled visual play and nifty computer graphics, this is set within the world of TV media ambition and romance. But the central humour (as well as ambitious passion) is how Bona transforms herself from a ‘dorky’ fumbling AD in a pink hoody to a power dressing top director fem within the male dominated, mind controlling TV world, as she keeps her peelers on Dr Swarski’s tutoring and zany TV video tapes (or tips). Bona’s drive is to escape her basic prison world and succeed in her profession towards becoming a top female director. But her social upgrading lures the flamboyant Seung-jea’s lurid attentions (Bona’s hold and smile ‘tips’ do work) which become a bit of annoyance at first.

With this being a bonkers rom-com it’s got that S Korean daftness you’d expect, but with additional clever moments of rapid-fire visuals and related humour to the Korean TV and entertainment world, to make it a bit more special. Like when Bona (after she succeeds quite a bit) invites work colleagues and associates to her home, but Seung-jeae getting all mixed up by her call has to make a quick exit out of Bona’s top story window. After a fleeing and naked Seung-jae runs to his car, he then later gets stopped by several road cops and photographed for all the tabloids to show, set to the music of Puccini’s Nessum Dorma. And of course the word ‘meh’ is used to frustrating maddening levels for Seung-jae after he pestered Bona in an elevator. The verdict of Seung-jae’s passion? Well, meh of course, and more so wherever Seung-jae hears the darn word everywhere he goes. But he doesn’t give up. Spraying himself with a passionate deodorant that smells like gasoline and attracting the local area dog population than Bona’s arousals, Seung-jae is the proverbial fall guy. His pride and joy severally wounded. But when success heralds a new set of problems for Bona, Seung-jae comes to the rescue.

Maybe it’s true that no matter what your life, if you really want to find that place you prefer to be at or in, if you’re strong minded and positive about it, you’ll get there eventually. But just beware of strange men with ‘magic mushroom’ type self help videos - as sometimes that world as more shackles than you could shake a magic stick at. Well, according to this movie anyway.
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