Starring: Lee Mi-Sook, Kim Min-Hee, Ahn So-Hee
Director: Kwon Chil-In
Studio: Art Service (Korea)
Rating: 15 +
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About This DVD
Ah-mi has been a freelance screenwriter for 2 years, but things donít seem to work out for her. She lives with her bigger sister, Young-mi, because she canít afford to live on her own. Ah-mi dreams of success and independence, but these seem far-off. She has a boyfriend named Won-suk, a member of an unsuccessful rock band, who is mostly broke. Then one day, she goes out on a blind date and a new guy, Seung-won, enters her life. A guy different from her boyfriend, Won-suk. While this is going on, Young-mi, the collected and sexy interior designer, meets an actor named Kyoung-soo. She gets a good feeling for the guy, but even her confident self gets jumbled up about love when she learns she has menopause.
Puberty, angst-ridden youth and menopause, first kisses, marriage and a Demi Moore-Ashton Kutcher-type romance. Director Kwon Chil-in dishes out an endearingly off-key romantic comedy "Hellcats" as he traces the lives and loves of three ladies at different stages of womanhood. While the particular age of these ladies is their defining trait, the movie is no Klimt painting mapping out the "Three Ages of Woman". It's a classic commercial flick that boasts mass appeal with its tactful casting, trend-spotting ploys and elements of fantasy. But there are nevertheless pleasant surprises that fill in for the holes of the loosely structured script, making it rather believable and even slightly touching.
First off, the movie unfolds, out of all places, in a crumby, third-rate motel room. In her less-than-fortunate "office", 27-year Ah-mi (Kim Min-hee) spends her birthday typing away the 17th draft of a hellish movie script she's been working on for the past two years, while the pitiful director is napping away in the corner. But chances of the work going into production are slim. At home, she's a parasitic existence, with her older sister and niece constantly nagging her to move out. Meanwhile, her longtime boyfriend, a penniless aspiring musician, has no plans to settle down, and to top it off he gets caught in bed with another woman. But then a Mr. Perfect comes along, and Ah-mi must come to terms with herself as she half-heartedly tries to give up her deadweight of a job and boyfriend.
Meanwhile, Ah-mi's older sister Yeong-mi (Lee Mi-sook) is a 41-year-old single mom with a well-established career as an interior designer. She has a fling with an actor 12 years her junior, but when she tries to end it coolly as a one-night stand, menopause hits. While she casually dismisses it as "a liberation from menstrual cramps", she is hurting inside, and accepts her young lover's advances in a desperate attempt to defend her womanhood.
Yeong-mi's teenage daughter Gang-ae (Ahn So-hee) has her own dilemmas. Her boyfriend of three years still hasn't kissed her yet, and she grows increasingly frustrated. Her best friend Mi-ran, a Brazilian-born girl with an "exotic" flair, coaches Gang-ae in The Art of Seduction. But she becomes even more confused as the two become a little too intimate.
The most successful part of the film is the casting. Popular model/actress Kim comes back on the big screen after a six-year hiatus, and "Hellcats" showcases her hidden talents. She gives a compelling performance as a young woman agonizing over her insecure career and shaky romance, and you become truly concerned with her drunken rambling. Lee, who showed her foxy side as a seductive temptress in "Untold Scandal" (2005), is perfect for the role of a sexy older woman.
There is also Young-miís daughter, Kang-ae. She is a hard-headed high school student, whose current task in life is to figure out a way to get a kiss from her boyfriend, Ho-jae. Kang-aeís best friend, Mi-ran, a self-proclaimed dating expert, coaches Kang-ae about love. Mi-ran helps Kang-ae plan a strategy for her first kiss, but their scheme goes haywire, and Kang-aeís first kiss ends up being with Mi-ran. Although different in age, attitude about life, and dating preferences, the three women each learn to find their own unique way to happiness.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1 Surround|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)|
- Commentary with Director Kwon Chil In, Producer Kim Eun Young, Actress Kim
Min Hee, Reporter Oh Dong Jin
- 10, 20, 40
- "Too Hot..."
- Poster Shooting
- Production Announcement
- Music Video of Wonder Girls' Eee Babo ("This Fool")
- Theatrical Trailer
- "Easter Egg": Ahn So Hee's Audition Footage
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