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Sex Is Zero (2002)

Saekjeuk shigong (original title)
At a South Korean university most students are busy having a good time. A 28 y.o. and his horny friends are always getting into hilarious situations. He likes a much younger, pretty girl but she likes someone else.

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Credited cast:
Chang Jung Lim ... Eun-shik Jang
Ji-won Ha ... Eun-hyo Lee
Seong-guk Choi Seong-guk Choi
Chae-yeong Yu Chae-yeong Yu ... Yoo-mi Han
Min Jung Min Jung ... Sung-ok Ham
Seong-wook Choi Seong-wook Choi
Jae-yeong Jin Jae-yeong Jin ... Ji-won Kim
Tae-Hak Li Tae-Hak Li
Dal-hwan Jo Dal-hwan Jo
Yi Shin Yi Shin ... Park Kyung-Joo
Si-hu Yun Si-hu Yun ... Yoon-kyoung
So-won Ham So-won Ham ... Hyun-hee Kim
Chang-hie Nam Chang-hie Nam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi
Kyeong-ho Jeong Kyeong-ho Jeong
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At Sunjong University, a few students are serious, including Eun-hyo, who works hard at aerobics in hopes of doing well in a national competition. Most students goof off: drinking, partying, and focusing on sex. Eun-shik, a law student who's been in the military, is older but socially inept. He likes Eun-hyo; even though his earnest and simple side appeals to her, his juvenile excesses make him irrelevant when Sung-ok, a good-looking rich kid, charms Eun-hyo. They begin an affair, leaving Eun-shik on the sidelines. The national competition approaches and complications arise. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Korean

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13 December 2002 (South Korea) See more »

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Shocking, but surprisingly good
9 February 2006 | by dvazpSee all my reviews

Having watched a number of Korean films over the years, I got hold of this film assuming that in spite of its raunchy title and subject matter there would be little sex, nudity and grossness. Boy was I wrong! This makes American Pie look like children's TV. Sperm sandwiches, masturbating burglars and anal intercourse slapstick mean that the first half of the film is actually very funny. But like other Asian comedies, a light-hearted beginning leads to a serious second half designed to make the conclusion cathartic.

The film begins with Lim Chang-Jung as a student returning to university after completing his military service. Upon his return he falls in love with one of the cute girls in the university, but she only has eyes for the rich boy who oozes superficiality. Nevertheless Lim Chang-Jung befriends her and tries to help her deal with the difficulties of having a superficial, snobbish boyfriend. It is those scenes where he tries to be there for her that totally change the tone of the film. The serious issue of an unwanted pregnancy is dealt with in a way which is very touching and believable, even if there are certain scenes which are over exaggerated (Lim Chang-Jung getting hit over the head with a hammer in the aerobics competition is ridiculous).

There is an element of fantasy in this film, but perhaps it is more from the female perspective. The man who dedicates his life to make a woman happy and is willing to make extreme sacrifices for her sake seems like the type of ideal man in Sex and the City.


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