This was a film I very much wanted to like, having enjoyed both Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, the other two films in Park Chan-Wook’s ‘trilogy’. And there is a lot to like about it: extremely stylish cinematography, good acting and an interesting script. But even with all that, the film somehow fell short. Fellini talked about ending films with a little spark of light—something Chan-Wook did in the other two films mentioned. Here however there is not even a glimmer.
200 Pounds Beauty
A Korean box office hit complete with ungrammatical English title, so I figured I would give it a go. This is probably the most ‘Hollywood’ foreign film I have ever seen—as formulaic as anything being done in America. It is about cosmetic surgery. I chucked a few times. Not bad. Recommended if you are a fan of films like Miss Detective. Otherwise give it a miss.