Korean Movies: 200 Pounds Beauty
Here’s your delicious A-list of Korean Movies: 200 Pounds Beauty and 3 reasons why I love 200 Pounds Beauty. 200 pounds beauty, 미녀는 괴로워 [ mi-nyeo-neun-goe-ro-wo ] is a 2006 South Korean comedy based on a Japanese manga, Kanna-San, Daiseikou Desu (カンナさん大成功です!) by Yumiko Suzuki. The literal meaning of 미녀는 괴로워 is “Being Beautiful is Agonizing.” The story tells the tale about an overweight girl who undergoes extreme plastic surgeries to become a pop sensation.
3 Reasons Why I Love 200 Pounds Beauty
200 Pounds Beauty was released in year 2006. Even though I’ve watched it many times, but I still fallen deep in love with this Korean movie, 200 Pounds Beauty. Why?
- The Story. Hanna is a lip sync vocalist for Ami, the famous Korean pop singer. Even though she is always ignored because of her appearance, she has been a bright and lighthearted girl until Amy humiliates her in front of Sang-jun, her secret love. At last she makes a decision of a lifetime to have plastic surgery all over her body. Her unrequited love gets any return?
- 200 Pounds Beauty Cast. The main two cast in this Korean movie is Kim Ah Jung (김아중) and Ju Jin Mo (주진모). Of course, I like Kim A Jung more than Ju Jin Mo. Kim Ah Jung is a well-known Korean actress/model/singer who rose to stardom from her roles in numerous films and commercials. She was awarded Best Actress in the 2007 Grand Bell Awards for her leading role in 200 Pounds Beauty. She did her own singing in the movie, including “Beautiful Girl’ in the opening credits music and the song “Maria”. Prior to that, she previously appeared in a few other TV series including the popular The Bizarre Bunch in 2005 by KBS. As well as major commercials and continues to model.
- 200 Pounds Beauty Soundtrack. The title song in the movie is a cover of the Blondie song “Maria”, sung in Korean by the movie’s star, Kim Ah Jung. The Korean modern rock band Loveholic also appears on the 200 Pounds Beauty soundtrack. However, my favorite 200 Pounds Beauty soundtrack is “Star” sung by Kim Ah Jung in that movie. It makes me cry!
200 Pounds Beauty Synopsis
Kang Hanna (Kim Ah Jung) who is an overweight phone sex employee and a secret vocalist for Ammy, a famous Korean pop singer who actually lip syncs as she cannot sing. Instead of being famous for her own amazing vocal talent, Hanna hides behind Ammy’s performance stage and sings during Ammy’s concerts, and records all of Ammy’s songs.
One day, Ammy ungratefully humiliates her in front of the music company’s director Sang Jun (Ju Jin-mo) during his birthday party, knowing full well that Hanna has a crush on him. While crying in the bathroom, Hanna overhears Sang-jun telling Ammy that even though they are just using Han-na for her voice, they must be kind to her so she will not walk out on them. Heartbroken, Hanna attempts suicide but is interrupted by a phone call from one of her phone sex regulars who happens to be a top plastic surgeon. She decides to get a head-to-toe plastic surgery instead.
The surgeon at first refuses to operate on Hanna, but Han-na threatens to blackmail the surgeon by telling his wife about his calls. Then, Hanna makes a moving speech that she does not want to undergo surgery merely to be beautiful, but for the sake of love and as a boost in confidence, and the surgeon is deeply moved. Hanna puts herself in seclusion for a year as she recovers from the changes.
When she comes back from the hospital, Hanna is incredibly beautiful and slender. No one, not even her best friend, Chung min, recognizes her. With Chung min’s help, she creates a new identity for herself.
She is now a Korean-American from California named Jenny. After auditioning to be Ammy’s secret vocalist again, she earns her own recording contract instead from Sang Jun, claiming that she is “all-natural”. In the meantime, Ammy, oblivious just like everyone else of Han-na’s new identity, desperately tries to find Han-na so that she can record her own postponed album (since she cannot sing the songs herself) by spending time with Hanna’s father who is in a hospital with some mental problems, possibly Alzheimer’s.
Meanwhile, romance begins to blossom between Jenny and Sang Jun, as he continues to promote Jenny, in effect boosting Hanna’s confidence on her new self. However, Ammy, through spending time with Hanna’s father and Jenny, eventually realizes that this Jenny is actually Hanna in disguise. During a date one night, as sparks fly, Jenny supposedly stripped for Sang Jun in the character of a nurse, through a phone sex session. After Jenny has fallen asleep, he sees the African character Jenny had drawn on the glass and realizes it was a sign he had seen before.
He remembers that when Hanna still existed and he had not met Jenny yet, Hanna had drawn the exact same signs on a sheet of music. Then he adds all of the signs up and realizes as well that Jenny is actually Kang Hanna but he keeps this information to himself.
Jenny’s debut single Maria becomes a hit and the recording company holds a party to celebrate its release. On the day of a party however, Ammy brings Jenny’s father, in an attempt to blow Hanna’s cover. Hanna’s father tries to return Hanna’s Barbie doll to her, which has always been Hanna’s favorite childhood gift from him. Startled by the sudden appearance of her father and not knowing how to react in front of all the people, including Sang Jun, Hanna denies knowing her father and calls him a fan instead when Sang Jun asks her if the old man is her guest.
As her father keeps on insisting on giving the doll to Hanna, Sang Jun drags him away from Jenny and accidentally knocks him down onto the floor. Desperate to keep her true identity a secret, Hanna made no move to help her father. It was Chung min who finally helps him up, casts Jenny a furious look and leads Hanna’s father away from the party.
After the party, Sang Jun and Jenny were the only ones left in the room. Sang Jun reveals to Jenny that he knows her true identity but is now cold and distant. He seems to be unable to forgive her for lying to him but says that he will still work to promote Jenny and carry on with her concert scheduled the next day. Hanna breaks down at this point, heartbroken and unable to pretend to be someone else anymore. Hanna tells him that it is incredibly frustrating and painful not being able to be just be herself but have to live a lie, especially in front of him. The surgery that took a whole year to recover from was not nearly as painful as realizing that she still could not be close to Sang Jun. As Sang Jun tries to comfort her, she brushed away his efforts saying, “You broke my heart. Tissue paper cannot fix it.”
The day of Jenny’s first concert, Sang Jun still insisted on continuing Jenny’s concert, despite his father’s protests. Later, he encourages a distraught Jenny to do this concert, not for the sake of the fans or the company but for herself, thus implying that he has forgiven her and will continue to support her. At the concert, Jenny couldn’t sing and later breaks down from the pressure of seeing her father being dragged away by security and tells everybody to stop. She then reveals to the public that Jenny is a fake, and that she is not all-natural, as she had claimed, but is plastic.
However, nobody seems to believe her. She proceeds tearfully to tell the large crowd her story: how she has abandoned everything that is dear to her – her best friend and father – to get to where she is. She also tells the crowd about how along the way to fame and fortune she has also lost her own identity and that she now no longer knows who she is. Just then, the screens behind her on the stage started to show a clip of the old, obese Han-na, singing angelically. Hanna turns around and sees her old image and tells the crowd that the image is the real her.
The crowd, moved by her sincere confession, responds by chanting “It’s okay,” and Han-na rekindles her relationships with her father and best friend. She drops the stage name Jenny and re-releases a CD with her own name, Hanna, and becomes a highly successful music artist, gaining many fans and anti-fans along the way. Sang Jun realizes the very thing about Hanna that had always drawn him to her was Hanna’s innocence. However he also realizes that she has moved on and is now content with who she is.
Written by Guest Writer – Christina