미녀는 괴로워 (200 POUNDS BEAUTY) [2006]

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Christopher

This movie is very misleading. Yes it’s about a girl losing 200 pounds but it’s not that she was ugly and now she’s attractive that she’s skinny, it’s she lost weight but she did it using plastic surgery so she has to try to make people like her because she got plastic surgery? So it’s basically a cry to start seeing people with plastic surgery as okay people?

I’m not sure what to say about 200 Pounds Beauty. It’s not terrible but it’s not good, BUT three of us did watch it and it is all in Korean. So there must be something there that’s compelling. If you feel like you have seen every movie on Netflix this might be worth your time. Just know that if you aren’t interested in the first 10 min you can try something else.

Elizabeth

Well, 200 Pounds Beauty is definitely one of the weirder movies we’ve watched. I’m not sure if it’s mostly from a culture barrier or what, but this movie is fuuuuuucked up.

It has a relatively interesting plot: Hanna (Kim Ah-joong) is overweight (though much more than 200 pounds as the title suggests) and a ghost singer for a famous pop star who lip syncs to Hanna’s voice. After trying to kill herself, Hanna eventually gets head to toe plastic surgery, disappears for a year while she has this done, and then comes back with a different identity, using the name Jenny.

This is where things get particularly weird. Obviously our culture is not against plastic surgery or anything, but, at least from this movie, I think things and views on plastic surgery are very different in South Korea. I had assumed the whole movie was about everyone, Hanna included, realizing that looks don’t matter, overweight people are people too, etc etc. But what it’s actually about, is the stigma plastic surgery carries and getting people to accept her new body. I don’t know if I’m getting the point across about how weird that ends up being in this movie, but it’s weird.

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