comedy (코미디 영화)

Here you will find reviews of Korean comedy films (코미디 영화). Please click on the picture or the title, and you will be taken to the review.

200 Pounds Beauty (미녀는 괴로워)

200 Pounds Beauty (미녀는 괴로워)

200 Pounds Beauty (미녀는 괴로워) – ★★★☆☆

 “200 Pounds Beauty (미녀는 괴로워) is a comedic and humorous film that attempts to explore both sides of Korea’s obsession with cosmetic surgery, a highly ignored cultural trend with a highly competent performance by Kim Ah-joong. While the film does depict a variety of social discourses surrounding the cultural phenomenon, 200 Pounds Beauty ultimately reinforces cosmetic surgery as the key to a successful and happy life. 200 Pounds Beauty is a fun comedy about the beauty that lies within.”

Boomerang Family (고령화가족)

Boomerang Family (고령화가족)

Boomerang Family (고령화가족) - ★★☆☆☆

Boomerang Family is a comedy-drama about bickering siblings that crucially is neither funny nor dramatic. The violence of hitting someone with a brick to the head is not comedic, nor is the rampant misogyny featured throughout where rape and sexual assault are not only intended to be entertaining, but also forgivable. Director Song Hae-seong competently helms the film, while solid performances are provided by the actors involved, yet as their characters are so utterly unlikable it’s difficult to align with them let alone find enjoyment.”

Dasepo Naughty Girls (다세포 소녀)

Dasepo Naughty Girls (다세포 소녀)

Dasepo Naughty Girls (다세포 소녀) – ★★☆☆☆

Dasepo Naughty Girls (다세포 소녀) is stylized entertainment, one that uses imaginative colour and camera techniques to provide fun and quirky originality within a national cinema that tends to focus on more standardized storytelling. Yet the stylization cannot hide the vacuous nature of the narrative which simultaneously celebrates and derides the protagonists within, and which also fails to merge the various threads into a coherent whole.”

Detective K (조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀)

Detective K (조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀)

Detective K: Secret of a Virtuous Widow (조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀) – ★★★☆☆

Detective K is a charming and very amusing comedy, with enough wit and ingenuity to keep the narrative flowing well despite the convoluted plot threads. The recurring jokes and slapstick comedy routines make Detective K thoroughly enjoyable, thanks chiefly to the actors who all deeply understand the comedy style and perform accordingly. If a sequel does appear, the number of narrative devices will be scaled back to allow the true heart of the film – K and Seo-pil – to continue their whimsical and hilarious relationship.”

Marrying the Mafia IV - Family Ordeal (가문의 영광 4 - 가문의 수난)

Marrying the Mafia IV (가문의 영광 4 – 가문의 수난)

Marrying the Mafia IV: Family Ordeal (가문의 영광 4: 가문의 수난) – ★☆☆☆☆

Marrying the Mafia IV: Family Ordeal (가문의 영광 4: 가문의 수난) is without a doubt one of the worst films to emerge from Korea in recent times, a comedy that fails in every degree through the juvenile and absurd sensibilities within. The acting is nothing short of horrendous by all involved. It is offensive in the pursuit of cheap laughs, but the worst offense is ultimately bestowed upon audiences who are presumed to find the film funny. It isn’t. Avoid.”

Miss Granny (수상한 그녀)

Miss Granny (수상한 그녀)

Miss Granny (수상한 그녀) ★★★☆☆

Miss Granny (수상한 그녀) is a light-hearted and mild family comedy, one which pokes fun at the elderly in Korea in a fun, tongue-in-cheek fashion. Ultimately enjoyment of the film will depend on audience knowledge and experience of the elderly in Korea, as the humour mainly derives from stereotypes, slapstick and body comedy. The story is incredibly cliched and predictable although it gels together well, while the additional melodrama is fleeting but poignant while it lasts.”

Over my Dead Body (시체가 돌아왔다)

Over my Dead Body (시체가 돌아왔다)

Over My Dead Body (시체가 돌아왔다) – ★★★☆☆

Over My Dead Body (시체가 돌아왔다) offers an interesting and comically-macabre spin on the crime heist sub-genre, and often succeeds in being entertaining throughout due to the premise. Yet the film largely falls into cliche and predictability following the first act due to the reliance upon an array of stock characters and a lack of inventiveness.  However Ryoo Seung-beom’s presence consistently raises the film, and fans of the actor will not be disappointed as Over My Dead Body is an enjoyable film largely thanks to him.”

Save the Green Planet (지구를 지켜라!)

Save the Green Planet (지구를 지켜라!)

Save the Green Planet (지구를 지켜라!) – ★★★★☆

Save the Green Planet (지구를 지켜라!) is a thoroughly engaging and fun amalgamation of disparate generic features, all interwoven into a uniquely thrilling whole. Yet in addition to the madcap antics, director Jang Joon-hwan (장준환) has crafted a biting social satire as well as a highly memorable, psychologically unbalanced anti-hero in the form of Byeong-gu. While the array of characters means that not all get a chance to shine, Byeong-gu’s heartfelt conviction overshadow such shortcomings. Save the Green Planet an incredibly enjoyable, strikingly powerful, and uniquely refreshing film.”

Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게)

Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게)

Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게) – ★★☆☆☆

Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게) is a record breaking film, although unfortunately that doesn’t mean that it’s of high quality. While competently directed by Jang Cheol-soo (장철수) and with a fun opening, things quickly become tedious due to an array of one dimensional stereotypes, while the drama and action are bland and uninspired. Secretly, Greatly’s successes seems to be based on fans of handsome actors Kim Soo-hyeon, Park Ki-woong and Lee Hyun-woo, as there is little else to recommend.”

Sunny (써니)

Sunny (써니)

Sunny (써니) – ★★★★☆

“Sunny (써니) is certainly a ‘feel-good’ film that does a wonderful job of employing the nostalgia of the ’60s to help the characters grow in the present. It is also incredibly refreshing to see a film that portrays women so vibrantly. As Sunny is such a fun and sentimental film it cannot be as critical and insightful as other dramatic examples. But then, Sunny doesn’t need to be as it’s such a funny, moving, uplifting and charming film in its own right. “

You Are My Vampire (그댄 나의 뱀파이어)

You Are My Vampire (그댄 나의 뱀파이어)

You Are My Vampire (그댄 나의 뱀파이어) – ★★☆☆☆

You Are My Vampire attempts to capitalise on contemporary culture’s fascination with supernatural love stories by offering a decidedly quirky rom-com between a struggling screenwriter and man who displays all the hallmarks of vampirism. Director Lee Won-hoi employs quite gentle comedy, while the over-abundant supporting cast force the film into a series of vignettes. While the approach to social issues is refreshing, the contrivances and lack of emotional core make the rom-com a mildly entertaining experience.”

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