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Please Teach Me English (2003)
"Yeongeo wanjeonjeongbok" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Na-yeong Lee ...
Yeong-ju Na
Hyuk Jang ...
Moon-su Park
Angela Kelly ...
Catherine
In-mun Kim ...
Yeong-ju's grandfather
Mun-hee Na ...
Moon-su's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ye-Young Baek ...
Julie
Hyo-eun Hwang ...
Betty
Jae-hyeong Jeon ...
Jang-Nam Keuk
Seok-yong Jeong ...
Tyson
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Terrorist
Beom-su Lee ...
Passenger on the subway
Chang-Hwan Lee ...
Richard
Dell McLeod ...
English Teacher
Hae-jin Yu ...
Passenger on the subway
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Cute romantic comedy almost entirely undone by its third act.
4 June 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an overly slapsticky date movie starring Lee Na-young as an uber-dorky (and therefore uber-cute) public service drone encouraged by her coworkers to take an English class in an effort to improve relations with English-speaking customers. In the class, our heretofore loveless heroine falls fast for suave shoe salesman (Jang Hyuk), a slick player who has played far less frequently than he lets on and who's taking the class so he can communicate with his American-raised sister, who was given up for adoption as a child. Lee's infatuated. Jang thinks she's a dork (which she is) and is himself besotted with the English teacher (Angela Kelly, one of the precious few white actors in Korean films with actual acting skill as of 2003; pity she seems to have ventured behind the camera in low-level tech jobs since this). Characters are broadly drawn (with the exception of Kelly, oddly enough), which means gags are plentiful; some stick, some slide down the wall, and others are delivered with little animated word bubbles and cartoon heads that pop up on screen, The mangled use of English by the leads and their classmates carries a certain charm for both Korean and non-Korean audiences, but the picture is done irreparable damage in it's third act when the American sister shows up, played by a beautiful woman with seemingly no acting ability and a little-girl voice. Her scenes with Jang and their guild-ridden mother are supposed to be one of the film's melodramatic high points, but this performer's absolute wrongness for the part stops the movie dead in its tracks. I can't seem to find this woman's name anywhere online, but perhaps its for the best.


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