"미녀는 괴로워" (Mi-nyeo-neun Goi-ro-wa) is a manga (Japanese comic, 漫画, マンガ) by suzuki yumiko (鈴木由美子). and now filmed into a Korean movie. to me, it is lengthier than required, but the ending makes it worth the waiting. it surprised me without the typical "happily ever after" or "all separated/dead" ending for Korea movies . but in a good way, which makes it a lot more believable.
Hanna is the famous Korean pop singer. she suffers from having extremely poor self-esteem, as she has been ignored because of her appearance. at last, she makes the decision of a lifetime to have full-body plastic surgery.
but one thing that i don't quite agree, and do not think it is as funny as the other movie viewers, is how the "fat and ugly" are looked and laughed at. we are all human, who and what makes the slim ones prior and better than the fat ones? didn't we always say that we must not judge by appearances? isn't that contradiction? aren't we being inconsistent of what we say and do? and shooting ourselves in the foot?
in my opinion, the movie would be much meaningful if the "fat and ugly" succeeded in her original form. imagine the strength it will give them, instead of causing them to have even less confidence in themselves. (and encourage them to go for plastic surgery? *sweat*) we have enough despise for the "fat and ugly" in the society today. it is time to reevaluate and measure the depth of our thinking.
some background on the movie:
- director: Yong-hwa Kim
- released: 2006
- casts: Ah-jung Kim, Jin-mo Ju
- language: Korean
- genre: Comedy/Romance