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Petty Romance (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Lee Sun Kyun (Actor) | Choi Kang Hee (Actor) | Ryu Hyun Kyung (Actor) | Kim Jung Hoon (Director)
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Their romance may be petty, but their box office certainly wasn't! Known for his romantic hero roles on TV dramas like Pasta and Coffee Prince, popular actor Lee Seon Gyun strikes up an atypical love story with quirky actress Choi Kang Hee (My Scary Girl) in the 2010 blockbuster Petty Romance, directed by Kim Jung Hoon. Having collaborated before in the drama My Sweet Seoul, the two stars light up the screen with their easy banter and odd couple chemistry in this romantic hit about budding lovers who meet and bond over an erotic comic that comes alive on screen through animation.

Aspiring writer Da Rim (Choi Kang Hee) is brimming with creative ideas, but careless with work. Her vivid imagination eventually gets her fired from her job as a translator for an adult magazine. Cartoonist Jung Bae (Lee Seon Gyun) is great at drawing, but his stories are boring to no end. Each has what the other doesn't, so they team up to enter an adult comic contest together, leading to all kinds of petty fights and romantic sparks!

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Product Title: Petty Romance (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 小氣羅曼史 (VCD) (香港版) 小气罗曼史 (VCD) (香港版) みみっちいロマンス (VCD) (香港版) 쩨쩨한 로맨스
Artist Name(s): Lee Sun Kyun (Actor) | Choi Kang Hee (Actor) | Ryu Hyun Kyung (Actor) 李善均 (Actor) | 崔江姬 (Actor) | 柳賢靜 (Actor) 李善均 (Actor) | 崔江姬 (Actor) | 柳贤静 (Actor) イ・ソンギュン (Actor) | チェ・ガンヒ (Actor) | リュ・ヒョンギョン (Actor) 이선균 (Actor) | 최강희 (Actor) | 류현경 (Actor)
Director: Kim Jung Hoon 金 楨勳 金 楨勳 Kim Jung Hoon 김정훈
Release Date: 2012-02-17
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030357438

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Director: Kim Jung Hoon

Cartoonist Jeong-bae gets rejected every time he tries to sell his work. One day when he got rejected, jeong-bae sees a prize for an adult cartoon contes. He eventually tries to find a story writer for his new "Adult" comic. Da-ram, who screws every work that she has to do, is kicked out from her company. While finding a new job, she is interviewed by Jeong-bae.Attracted by this huge amount of prize money. Da-ram starts to write a scenario for Jeong-bae. This is the making film of Da-ram and Jeong-bae's adult comic. The Petty romance that nobody saw before will soon start!
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Professional Review of "Petty Romance (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 18, 2011

This professional review refers to Petty Romance (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Petty Romance from director Kim Jung Hoon is a Korean romantic comedy with a difference, focusing on the world of erotic manhwa as a writer and artist strike up a relationship while working on a bawdy comic. For its all-important couple, the film features charismatic actor Lee Seon Gyun, known for the TV dramas Pasta and Coffee Prince and actress Choi Kang Hee (My Scary Girl), who previously starred together in the series My Sweet Seoul. Their paring again proved popular with audiences, with the film emerging as one of the biggest domestic box office hits of 2010, and recently enjoying success on the international circuit, playing to acclaim at the 2011 London Terracotta Film Festival.

The fun starts with Lee Seon Gyun as struggling manhwa artist Jung Bae, whose latest work ends up being used for scrap paper by a distinctly unimpressed publisher. Eager to make his mark, he decides to enter an adult comic competition, which has a top prize of $100,000 plus a lucrative international publishing deal. Reluctantly realising that his stories are below par, he advertises for a writer, and teams with Da Rim (Choi Kang Hee), who has just been fired from her job as a magazine columnist. Although the two are very quickly at odds as to the direction their erotic comic should take, creativity and romance gradually blossom, leading to all manner of wacky complications.

Whereas most Korean romantic comedies tend to simply hang themselves on a daft premise, Petty Romance actually makes very effective use of its manhwa theme, with director Kim using it to really bring the film to life. This takes the form of a number of neatly animated sequences, which depict fantasy tangents of the two protagonists' imaginations, as well as the comic which they are working on. Since the manhwa is based around the concept of a barely clothed female assassin and her various conquests, this does result in a lot of cartoon nudity and graphic sexual situations and dialogue, plus some surprisingly bloody action and violence. All of this works very well, making the film far more fast moving and fun than most other romantic comedies, while giving it a different feel and an appeal beyond the genre.

Whilst the live scenes don't quite feature the same level of bawdiness, the film is certainly an adult affair, dealing quite openly with sex, and with Da Rim's lack of bedroom experience being one of the key plot and gag points. At the same time, though Kim plays much of this for laughs, he avoids anything too crude or exploitative, and the film is very funny in a pleasingly urbane manner, benefitting from one of the best genre scripts in recent memory. Although there's inevitably a great deal of comic bickering between the leads, the film never crosses into cliche Sassy Girl territory, with both Jung Bae and Da Rim giving as good as they get. As such, the film makes for an amusing battle of the sexes, and one which doesn't openly pander to either female or male viewers, which again helps to set it apart.

The central romance itself is handled in a surprisingly mature fashion, never pointlessly manipulating the viewer by pretending that the two won't get together at some stage. The courtship between Jung Bae and Da Rim builds amusingly, though also convincingly, through their early flirtations, banter and misunderstandings about whether or not they like each other, through to dealing with actual relationship problems. Although the film is essentially predictable, it does at least have a final act which doesn't get too sappy, and thanks in no small part to extremely likeable performances from both Lee Seon Gyun and Choi Kang Hee, it has a real sense of chemistry along with a handful of genuinely emotional and heartfelt moments.

All of this combines to make Petty Romance easily the best Korean romantic comedy of the last couple of years, and one of the very few which should also be enjoyed by those who wouldn't normally sully themselves with the genre. Well made, amusing and with some entertaining use of animation, the film is hugely enjoyable throughout and proves that with a little thought, effort and heart it is still very possible to make something special within such an often lazily misused format.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Petty Romance (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

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

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May 9, 2011

This customer review refers to Petty Romance (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Very funny Film - Light hearted fun! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This film has a very light hearted funny story in the best sense of Korean Dramas. Also the english sub-titles are good so english speaking viewers can enjoy the film and the witty dialogue between the two stars!
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