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Man on High Heels (2014)

Hai-hil (original title)
From people's eyes he seems like a sadistic cop who give no mercy to his enemy. But, deep inside his heart Ji-wook hides his desire to become a woman.

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Jin Jang

Writer:

Jin Jang
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Credited cast:
Seung-Won Cha ... Ji-wook
Oh Jeong-Se ... Heo-gon
Esom ... Jang-mi (as Som E.)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kil-kang Ahn ... Master Park (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
Lee Hwang-Ui Lee Hwang-Ui ... 1 Person Band
Eung-soo Kim ... Squad Leader Park
Kwang-Hyeon Kim Kwang-Hyeon Kim
Ho-seok Kong Ho-seok Kong ... Heo Bul's Attorney 2
Go Kyung-Pyo ... Jin-woo
El Lee ... Dodo
Yong-nyeo Lee ... Bada
Ji-Ho Oh ... Lee Seok (as Ji-ho Oh)
Young-chang Song ... Heo Bul
Park Sung-Woong ... Public prosecutor Hong
Kim Ye-Won ... Jung Yu-ri
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From people's eyes he seems like a sadistic cop who give no mercy to his enemy. But, deep inside his heart Ji-wook hides his desire to become a woman.

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Action | Comedy

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High heels, low score
8 December 2015 | by nathanpollard-34-591307See all my reviews

Man On High Heels follows a very tried and tested Korean gangster/cop formula but with a rather unusual quirk. Korean mega star and tuna salesman, Cha Seung Won plays against type as Yoon Ji Wook, a tough detective with a surprising secret. Cha's no mercy, gung-ho, bone breaking cop is about to go through with gender reassignment surgery.

Homosexuality and gender reassignment are topics rarely touched upon in mainstream Korean movies and all credit must be given for a serious attempt at broaching an oft ignored issue. Cha does put in a very good performance lurching from a deadly fighting force to an emotionally drained and confused individual struggling with his own identity. However the film is rather uneven; the emotional impact of the scenes illustrating Cha's treatment jar against the stereotypical ultra violence. Though the fight scenes are well staged they distract from the drama which should be the focus of the film. The story loses its pace and way in the last quarter and the ending is horribly predictable. An admirable attempt and a good performance by Cha but overall the film is a disappointment.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

3 June 2014 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Dama z Seulu See more »

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2.35 : 1
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