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Spygirl (2004)

Geunyeoreul moreumyeon gancheob (original title)
Go-Bong has a huge crush on Gye-Soon who works at a fast food restaurant without knowing that the girl he love is a spy from North Korea.

Director:

Han-jun Park

Writer:

Won-jun Ha
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Credited cast:
Jeong-hwa Kim Jeong-hwa Kim ... Park Hyo-jin
Yoo Gong ... Choi Ko-bong
Sang-mi Nam ... Nam Jin-a
Jadu Jadu ... Park Hyo-jin II
Il-seob Baek Il-seob Baek ... Park Mu-sun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seung-hee Baek Seung-hee Baek
Kwang-gi Lee Kwang-gi Lee
Seung-yeong Lee Seung-yeong Lee
In-yeong Yu In-yeong Yu
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Go-Bong has a huge crush on Gye-Soon who works at a fast food restaurant without knowing that the girl he love is a spy from North Korea.

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Action | Comedy | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 January 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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$1,210
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Spygirl gone wild... well sort of
30 August 2005 | by Gigo_SatanaSee all my reviews

Being a strong follower of Asian cinema I have learned to sometimes go against the general consensus regarding certain films, since I believe there's always something worthwhile in Asian movies no matter who directs and who stars in it. 2004 was a good year for Korean cinema and I simply had no time and desire to view a possible candidate for disappointment that this film was billed as by the various viewers. But that time has come.

The story here deals with a North Korean female spy being sent to the South to cooperate with established agents in order to capture a man in hiding. She starts working in Burger King where her mark sometimes shows up, but instead of keeping a low profile every male student and teacher falls head over heels for her and slowly start exposing her identity through the net (which never really stirs any trouble). And it's not hard to believe why guys like her and why girls feel jealous, Jeong-hwa Kim is stunning and wholesome to say the least.

The comedy kicks in immediately and it's actually pretty good, both in its quality and quantity, however it noticeably lessens almost halfway through the film which made me wonder if the film was about to be overtaken by heavy sentimentality and or sappy romance shtick. The tear jerking effects are not present here at all, which is good since the film had things to reinforce in the department of comedy and romance in terms innovation.

Meanwhile one of the students from the school manages to penetrate through the blockade of hungry males and actually scores a date with our gorgeous spy. Now we all know that they'll end up together, no matter how complicated or ridiculous this plot would get, but I was simply waiting for the two leads to spark the much needed chemistry. Their acting isn't bad, it just never goes anywhere. I was waiting for Yu Kong's character to say or do things for me to see why a spy with multiple problems on her hands would find special. At least he wasn't pushy or arrogant and he did wash her feet so that had to count as something, right?

Still, this film was consistent in its lightness and didn't sidetrack with unnecessary drama or gross out comedy elements as seen in Sex is Zero. Kim was good to look at, but she was nowhere near as charismatic as Ji-hyun Jun (then again, who is?) or even Na-yeong Lee (Please Teach Me English and Someone Special). Too bad, because this film could have achieved something more beyond the good looks and a few funny scenes. However if you found She's on Duty and Saving My Hubby thoroughly satisfying then you should find Spygirl pleasing as well.


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