200 Pounds Beauty

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200 Pounds Beauty

Kang Han Na (Kim Ah Jung) is an overweight phone sex employee and a secret vocalist for Ammy, a famous Korean pop singer who actually lip syncs as she cannot sing. Instead of being famous for her own amazing vocal talent, Han Na hides behind Ammy's performance stage and sings during Ammy's concerts, and records all of Ammy's songs. One day, Ammy ungratefully humiliates her in front of the music company's director Sang Jun (Ju Jin Mo) during his birthday party, knowing full well that Han Na has a crush on him. While crying in the bathroom, Han Na overhears Sang Jun telling Ammy that even though they are just using Han Na for her voice, they must be kind to her so she will not walk out on them. Heartbroken, Han Na contemplates suicide but is interrupted by a phone call from one of her phone sex regulars who happens to be a top cosmetic surgeon. She decides to get a head-to-toe makeover instead. The surgeon at first refuses to operate on Han Na, but Han-na blackmails that she will tell the surgeon's wife about his calls. Then, Han Na makes a moving speech that she does not want to undergo surgery merely to be beautiful, but for the sake of love and as a boost in confidence, and the surgeon is deeply moved. Han Na puts herself in seclusion for a year as she recovers from the changes.

When she comes back from the hospital, Han-na is incredibly beautiful and slender. No one, not even her best friend, recognizes her. With the help of her best friend, she creates a new identity for herself; she is now Korean-American from California named Jenny. After auditioning to be Ammy's secret vocalist again, she earns her own recording contract instead from Sang Jun, claiming that she is "all-natural". In the meantime, Ammy, oblivious just like everyone else of Han Na's new identity, desperately tries to find Han Na so that she can record her own postponed album (since she cannot sing the songs herself) by spending time with Han Na's father who is in a hospital with some mental problems, possibly Alzheimer's. Through spending time with Han Na's father, she eventually realizes that this new Jenny is actually Han Na in disguise. So on the day of a party, Ammy brings "Jenny's" father, who tries to return Han Na's Barbie doll to her, which has always been Han Na's favourite childhood gift from him. Startled by the sudden appearance of her father, Han Na knocks him down, and Han Na's friend helps him back up.

Romance then begins to blossom between "Jenny" and Sang Jun. However, after a date one night, when Han Na is asleep, Sang Jun wakes up and happens to look at a glass panel on which Han Na has drawn a Hakuna Matata sign. He remembers that when Han Na still existed and he had not met "Jenny" yet, Han Na had drawn the exact same signs on a sheet of music. Then he adds all of the signs up and realizes as well that Han Na is actually Jenny, and he seems to be unable to forgive her for lying to him, though Han Na still tells him that she will continue working and will succeed as an artist.

The day of "Jenny's" first concert, Ammy reveals to the public that Jenny is a "fake," and that she is not "all-natural", as she had claimed, but is "plastic". However, nobody seems to believe her. During the concert, Han Na breaks down and tells the large crowd her story: that she has abandoned everything and her best friend and father to get to where she is, and that she is not naturally beautiful. The screens behind her on stage then show a clip of the old, obese Han Na, singing angelically. The crowd responds by chanting "It's all right," and Han Na rekindles her relationships with her father and best friend. She drops the stage name "Jenny" and re-releases a CD with her own name, Han Na, and becomes a highly successful music artist, gaining many anti-fans as well as loyal fans along the way. Sang Jun realizes the very thing about Han Na that had always drawn her to him - Han Na's innocence.

Director: Kim Yong Hwa
Writer(s): Not Available
Cast: Kim Ah Jung, Ju Jin Mo, Kim Yong Geon, Song Dong Il, Lim Hyeon Shik, Lee Han Wi, Kim Hyeon Sook, Park No Shik

Release Date: December 14, 2006
Country: South Korea
Distributor: KM Culture Co.
Official Site: Not Available
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rating: Not Available
Length: 120 mins


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