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Nam-ja sa-yong-seol-myeong-seo (2013)

A messed-up life's woman buys a video tape named 'How To Use Guy with Secret Tips' that will change her life forever.


Wonsuk Lee

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Credited cast:
Jeong-se Oh Jeong-se Oh ... Lee Seung-jae
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yong-Joon Ahn Yong-Joon Ahn ... Seong-jae
Seong-woo Bae ... Representative Jin
Chang-Wook Ji ... Hong-joon
Jeong-tae Kim Jeong-tae Kim ... Woo Seong-cheol
Jun Kim Jun Kim ... Oh Ji-hoon (as Jun Sung Kim)
Min-jae Kim ... Assistant Director Jo Seung-hwan
Soo-jin Kyung Soo-jin Kyung ... Kim Mi-ra
Si-young Lee ... Choi Bo-na
Won-jong Lee ... Director Yook Bong-ah
Yeong-gyu Park ... Dr. Swalski


A 'not so attractive girl' is single and loses her chance of promotion at work. Not knowing why, she accidentally buys an old video tape set titled 'How to use Guys with Secret Tips'. May be this video can help her to get through life easier. With doubts and curiosity, she gives it as try. And Surprisingly, she gets what she wants at work and the top star LEE falls for her. But can she keep her true love? Written by Anonymous

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14 February 2013 (South Korea) See more »

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Seoul, South Korea

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So funny, my mouth hurt after watching it.
15 July 2013 | by ebossertSee all my reviews

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How To Use Guys With Secret Tips (aka Man Manual) (2013) (Korean Romantic Comedy)

Have you ever had your mouth hurt after watching a movie because it made you smile the whole way through? Well, my mouth hurts right now. This film was delightful.

An assistant director for commercials pays big money for a "man manual" video that supposedly helps awkward girls deal with guys in both romance and business. She then studies the video and implements its strategies with great success. The star of this film is Si-young Lee, who is an outstanding actress that recently demonstrated her charisma in the excellent Korean romantic comedy "Couples" (2011). She can venture into expressionistic acting in the most natural, charming ways imaginable. With her as a foundation, the quirky yet oddly dry humor succeeds admirably in laugh-out-loud fashion. There are a lot of jokes and almost all of them work. I especially liked the many video tips.

The direction of the film is very stylish, at times feeling like a comic book. A handful of sequences insert relevant video clip tips, while others will have the lecturer appear outside of the video to give tips to the protagonist or the viewer. The visuals are very engaging from start to finish. This film moves at a blistering pace and will leave a perpetual smile on the viewer's face. This will surely end up as one of the most purely entertaining films of 2013.

Highly recommended.

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