The Beast and the Beauty

The classic tale with a hilarious spin!

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Starring: Ryu Seung Bum, Shin Min Ah, Kim Kang Woo

I don’t know about you guys, but Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, period.  That being said, it wasn’t hard to figure that I’d love this movie, too. It is perhaps the funniest Asian movie I have seen to date!

Koo Dong-gun (Ryu Seung Bum) is a voice actor who is not exactly ideal in appearance. He lies to his blind girlfriend, Jang Hae-joo (Shin Min Ah) about what he looks like, and she imagines him to be her dashing prince charming. But when she finds a doctor who can give her sight back, hilarity ensues. Hae-joo runs into a policeman named Tak Jun-ha (Kim Kang Woo), who happens to be the high-school friend Dong-gun thought of when describing himself to her. He is embarrased by his true appearance and hides, but will the beast be unleashed when he discovers that Jun-ha has feelings for Hae-joo?

This is tagged as being Romantic Comedy when it’s really more like comedy that happens to be romantic. It’s seriously hilarious. Dong-gun is lovable from start to finish, despite being unconfident in himself. He makes hilarious excuses for not being able to visit Hee-joo. Hawaii was the running theme between them. Also funny is how Dong-gun inadvertently befriends a thug (Ahn Kil Kang) from the gang Jun-ha is after; he is present until the end of the movie, being even more hilarious than Dong-gun himself.

This movie is the type that I will always like, no matter what form in comes in: the type where it is realized that love goes behind physical appearance (among other things). It’s a story where the attractive guy doesn’t get the girl. And I rather like that. Even if the girl manages to be slightly naive, she manages to both be as pure as a Disney princess, but with that familiar firecracker temper often found in the females of Korean dramas.

Definite thumbs up for consistent laughs!

Rating: 3.5/5


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