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Lee Na Young (Actor) | Kim Ji Suk (Actor) | Kim Hee Soo (Actor) | Lee Pil Mo (Actor)
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Things couldn't be going better for photographer Ji Hyun (Lee Na Young). She has a successful career, and her boyfriend Jun Seoh (Kim Ji Suk) is completely lovestruck by her beauty and charm. Then one day a kid (Kim Hee Soo) shows up on the doorstep looking for his father - his father whose name is JI HYUN. It seems Ji Hyun's been keeping a little secret, and it's about to be let out of the bag!

Lee Na Young plays the perfect woman - who used to be a man - in the unconventional romantic comedy Lady Daddy. Directed by Lee Kwang Jae, the film follows the gender-bending heroine's spunky efforts to be both a father and a girlfriend, using a comedic approach to bring out the emotional and social challenges faced by transgender individuals. Kim Ji Suk (Take Off) plays the romantic boyfriend who's in for a big surprise, while child actor Kim Hee Soo is the boy who came along.

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Product Title: Lady Daddy (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 我的老爸變美女 (DVD) (台灣版) 我的老爸变美女 (DVD) (台湾版) パパは女の人が好き (2枚組初回版) (韓国版) Lady Daddy (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: 爸爸喜歡女人 爸爸喜欢女人
Artist Name(s): Lee Na Young (Actor) | Kim Ji Suk (Actor) | Kim Hee Soo (Actor) | Lee Pil Mo (Actor) 李娜英 (Actor) | 金基石 (Actor) | 金希秀 (Actor) | 李畢茂 (Actor) 李娜英 (Actor) | 金基石 (Actor) | 金希秀 (Actor) | 李毕茂 (Actor) イ・ナヨン (Actor) | キム・ジソク (Actor) | キム・ヒス (Actor) | イ・ピルモ (Actor) 이 나영 (Actor) | 김지석 (Actor) | 김희수 (Actor) | 이필모 (Actor)
Director: Lee Kwang Jae 李光宰 李光宰 Lee Kwang Jae 이광재
Release Date: 2013-07-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 114 (mins)
Publisher: Catchplay
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033750375

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導演:李光宰 Lee Kwang-jae

  歐買尬…「她」竟然在外面留了一個種!

  美麗的智賢(李娜英 飾)是一名攝影師,某天一名聲稱要尋找生父的小孩突然登門造訪,原來智賢曾接受變性手術,在他變性前的某次飲酒狂歡之後,與女同學寶英(鄭愛妍 飾)發生一夜情,導致寶英意外懷孕而生下這名男孩。為了不讓兒子失望,智賢決定以男裝身分與他相認,兩人也相處地很愉快融洽。然而小男孩離家尋父的事件卻引起了警察注意,在警方介入的過程中,智賢的現任男友(金智錫 飾)這才驚覺原來女友是一位變性人…
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Professional Review of "Lady Daddy (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

May 10, 2010

This professional review refers to Lady Daddy (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Lady Daddy is a film which certainly wins points for what is an unusual and brave concept, being a romantic comedy of sorts which revolves around the fact that its female protagonist used to be a man. Directed by Lee Kwang Jae, the transgender epic, also referred to by the easily misinterpreted title Dad Likes Women, the film stars popular Korean actress Lee Na Young (recently in Kim Ki Duk's Dream) in the lead role, with actor Kim Ji Suk (Take Off) as her confused love interest. Although the viewer is obviously aware of the coming twist, director Lee wisely takes time to build up to it, establishing the characters and their relationships, and setting out their feelings for each other, all the better to test their bonds and comment on the male/female divide once the cat is out of the bag. More importantly, through this the film also gets the viewer to care for protagonist Ji Hyun up front, and to see her as a human being, rather than simply as a man who has become a woman, fleshing out her character with flashbacks which actually serve a purpose for once. Indeed, much of the film revolves around her trying to relate to her son, and to accept responsibility for him and work out how to fit him into her life, an issue irrelevant to her gender. Although she never comes up against too much intolerance, and as such the film is not as challenging or provocative as it might have been, it does a solid job of portraying the difficulties faced by transgender individuals, both practical and emotional. As a result, the film works well as a character drama and as a personal journey, though thankfully one without too much preaching or melodrama. Lee Na Young is very good in a fairly complex role, and though the film's romance never rings particularly true, she is a likeable heroine, enough so to keep the viewer interested in her trials and tribulations, self inflicted or otherwise.

Relationships, romance and the exploration of masculinity aside, the film is also pretty funny, and it takes a marked step into some fairly broad comedic territory around the halfway mark once Ji Hyun starts dressing as a man - basically just by wearing a short wig and a moustache, a disguise unlikely to fool anyone, least of all the kid. Unsurprisingly, this makes for lots of mistaken identity gags and misunderstandings, most of which are quite amusing, with Lee never laying it on so thick as to undermine the film's premise, or to play it for cheap, distasteful laughs. Things do go a little too far with a needless subplot in which the boy's parents assume he has been kidnapped after being spotted with a man, though this does at least add a little momentum to the plot during the latter stages. Clocking in at nearly two hours, the film is a touch on the long side, though it generally manages to engage, if nothing else to see what will happen when the painfully slow, though earnest Jun Seoh finally realises the truth.

As such, despite its potentially provocative premise, Lady Daddy is a surprisingly conventional character piece, and an entertaining, above average example of the form at that. Dealing with interesting themes, it certainly has more depth than the usual Korean romantic comedies, and for once actually does have something to say beyond the usual "be yourself" platitudes.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Lady Daddy (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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

numinair
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January 31, 2011

This customer review refers to Lady Daddy (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Lady da-da-da-da-ddy! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
“Lady Daddy” is an easygoing rom-com drama with Na-young Lee in a double gender role. Ji-hyun (Na-young) once a man in her student science days, formed a relationship with a fellow female student and unknowing to Ji-hyun, a boozy night in the sack produced a baby son. Years later Ji-hyun (as a woman) becomes a professional photographer where she meets and platonically dates Joon-Seo (Ji-seok Kim), a special effects make up guy for a TV/movie company. Joon-Seo loves Ji-Hyun a lot, but as no idea of her true past gender. Ji-hyun’s ‘son’, Yoo-Bin, lives with his mum and step dad and plays FPS shooter video games, but is left alone after getting out of a school trip, whilst his parents are away. But Yoo-Bin yearns to meet his true blood father and knocking on Ji-Hyun’s apt door, she later learns that Yoo-Bin’s her (eh? his) son. Yoo-Bin shacks up at Ji-hyon’s apt believing her to be his ‘aunt’. But seeing Yoo-Bin upset not knowing his real father, J-Hyun dons a black suit, thin moustache, prop wig (all from Joon-Seo’s make up studio) and strategically pretends to be Yoo-Bin’s dad (although she/he is his dad!). Ji-Hyun then finds herself loving more the son she never knew, toggled with Joon-Seo’s constant and unsuspecting affections.

The funniest double motif here is Ji-hyun’s sharp ear for her different Nikon camera sounds and her mouth-emulating the sounds, like the D200 “chuking chuking” or D270 “chiking, chiking”, and Yoo-Bin doing similar by his video game weapon fire, mouthing the AUG’s “da, da, dang!” and UBM “jo-la-gi gae-jo-la!” (yes I had to check the DVD to verify those sounds), leading to some special dad/son bonding. Also J-Hyun swiping a mobile phone from Yoo-Bin’s hand leaving his glasses half on, mirrored Na-young’s “Please Teach Me English” specs going AWOL when she’s jolted on her bus travel. Ji-hyun’s growing affection for Joon-Seo is also funny exotic, especially Joon-Seo’s severed head film prop; at one point scaring some muggers by proxy when Yoo-Bin expects his ‘dad’ to be tough. Na-young’s a brilliant actress, returning to a more kooky role in her ‘woman in man’s clothing’ here. I found it difficult to fully suspend disbelief by Ji-hyun being a man/dad, although its more parody satire I guess. Loved the video game weapon/camera sound bits though. Imagine Korean school kids emulating that! Two girl’s in class: “Teacher’s boring lesson. Should we use a AUG da-da-dang?” “No, he’s got a girlfriend! Nikon D200 chuking, chuking!”
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January 24, 2011

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Romantic comedy with a twist Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
For a film with such an unconventional theme -- a transgendered person coming to terms with a new love and an unexpected offspring -- it is surprising just how conventional "Lady Daddy" actually plays. Pretty photographer Ji Hyun (Lee Na Young) works on a film set taking still photographs. She is pursued relentlessly on the set by lovestruck make-up artist Jun Seoh (Kim Ji Suk). For reasons not immediately clear, Ji Hyun feels conflicted about Jun Seoh's advances.

One day a cute bespectacled nine year old boy (Kim Hee Soo) shows up on Ji Hyun's doorstep looking for his birth father, whom he's never met. We soon discover that Ji Hyun used to be a man and that the little boy is a product of his/her one drunken indiscretion before he became a she. Once it dawns upon Ji Hyun that the tyke really is her son, she takes to wearing a fake mustache and goatee and male clothing when in the boy's presence and tries to become the attentive birth father for which the child long has yearned. However, attempting to juggle the manly role of father and womanly role of girlfriend becomes overwhelming (not to say confusing) for Ji Hyun.

"Lady Daddy" skirts many of the difficult moral and emotional issues inherent in its subject matter and instead fits its tale into the familiar conventions of romantic comedy. While this may cost the film in terms of depth, it allows the film to play as engagingly light fare that should appeal to a wide audience. Lee Na Young, being so slight and thoroughly feminine, is an unusual choice for her role, but she navigates the conflicting demands of her role in a finely nuanced manner. Kim Ji Suk acquits himself well as the somewhat slow but loyal boyfriend. Child actor Kim Hee Soo is a treat. "Lady Daddy" is worth a look.
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August 9, 2010

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Innovative Korean Offering Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Britain gave us the Crying Game and the USA has Transamerica and Boys Don’t Cry and now Korea brings us its own spin on transsexualism. The film focuses on Yoo-Bin’s hunt for his real father who turns out to now be a female photographer Ji-Hyun. In order to spend time with the son she didn’t know she had, and also to not confuse his 9-year-old mind she dresses up as the man she once was.
The main aspect of the film is the comedy, there are many well written and clever moments particularly when Yoo-Bin describes the distinct sounds of the different guns in his game to his bewildered step father. As for the acting, Lee Na Young does a first class job as both female and female playing her former male self and young Kim Hee Soo will definitely big a big name on the Korean screen in years to some.
Now on to the topic of Transsexualism. Usually this issue is treated with a great deal of sensitivity and seriousness in films. It’s an issue that challenges our perceptions on gender and society and the same is true for Lady Daddy. Although it is essentially a comedy film, at its core Lady Daddy delicately tackles the idea of gender. Charaters are sympathetic towards Ji-Hyun, her childhood friend has stuck by her as a boy and now a lady, her father, although somewhat miffed at losing his son, does care greatly for his daughter sending her care packages of kimchee and ultimately the man who loves her remains by her side even after discovering her true past. However the ending is a little disappointing. Although Ji-Hyun is accepted by her boyfriend there never is a moment of resolution between her and her son. Yoo-Bin’s mother does say she will “speak to him” but what the film needed was a moment where the boy discovers his father true female identity and accepts it such as in the film Transamerica. The audience is left hanging wondering whether Yoo-Bin will ever understand who his father is ... but perhaps this is one more serious step too far for this comedy.

Lady Daddy is definitely an important offering from Korean Cinema showing that it has a lot more to offer than its fantastic horror and addictively funny comedies that it tends to be known for. But if you are looking for some profound revelation about transexualism you might want to check out the western films mentioned earlier.
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