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This isn't the first time this has happened to me, where a film's sequel(s) is offered, but not the original. I watched Attack The Bus Station 2, one of the Marrying The Mafia movies and, of course, this one without ever having seen the original. Though, at least, in this case, the movie has no relation to the movies that came prior, so I didn't have to find those two to get a deeper understanding of this movie. And, if I did, then I would have just been doing something wrong with my life, considering the general lightness of most South Korean comedies. Plus, I'm certain, they would have done a decent enough job at catching me up regardless. I don't know why I'm starting with this. Must be cause I have nothing to say. I think I've made it clear that I love the country of South Korea and, parts, of its culture. Most of the South Korean movies I watch, I watch simply because they're from that country. Even if I know they're probably not gonna be good or, eventually, give in to melodrama (which they're known for, trust me). There's no other country that I do that for, really, where I just watch them BECAUSE they're from that country. Essentially, that's why this movie was watched. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this in the slightest. I just know how most of these movies play out and it's not like the plot description really drew me in anyway. At the same time, I was genuinely surprised by this movie. It's not like this is a sleeper hit, where people completely overlooked a hidden gem in favor of bigger, more successful movies. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this was a good movie. I don't think it comes close to being a good movie. But for what it was, this was a surprisingly decent movie. Then again, maybe it's a bad movie and I was just in a good mood, therefore I was more forgiving, but I didn't have a problem with this in the slightest. South Korea, as many other cultures in the world, is male-dominated. From business, to music, to media, it's very male-oriented culture. Having said that, there's honestly very few movies that have dealt with the topic of women coming into a male-dominated world and thriving in that world seriously. While there's no actual depth to this and, in the long run, this probably ends up falling into the same trappings of every rom-com in existence, it's always interesting to see films like this. Perhaps it's not even interesting, but it's just worth noting rather. Because, again, very little is done to explore the dynamics of how Lim is perceived in this mob world, where her father runs one of the major gangs that is on the brink of war with another gang after the big boss is murdered. Lim is framed for this murder and is sent to South Korea in order to hide her from assassins who are out for revenge. There, she's charged to this bumbling gangster and his two idiot goons. She's put under this Gi-cheol's care because, apparently, he's able to speak to her in her native tongue. I guess this was a bunch of bullshit to get Lim under Gi-cheol's care, because this guy speaks no mandarin in the slightest. They eventually have to hire an interpreter and this leads to one of the running gags of the movie, where the interpreter exaggerates or straight up lies about what Lim is saying in order to make the men fall in line after, originally, they mistreated her. It's not great, but it is a running gag. One of the best bits in the movie is this clever visual gag, when Lim and Gi-cheol are escaping from the assassins. Lim tells Gi-cheol that they should switch seats but, of course, he couldn't understand due to the language barrier. Lim eventually gets on top of Gi-cheol and starts to drive the car herself. They come to these very steep stone steps that, naturally, they can drive their car down. They proceed to drive down the cars and, essentially, the whole scene is a euphemism for sex. You get to see them bumping around and Gi-cheol's crotch, again, bumping into Lim. South Korea is a very conservative country. It's to the point where I saw very slight cleavage censored on a TV drama. Seriously, it didn't expose the actress' breasts in the slightest. 99.99% of her breasts were covered, and it was still censored. Granted, there's more freedom in films, but, for the most part, they really shy away from sex and, in fact, a lot of the kisses I see in South Korea rom-coms lack any real passion. It's like two kids pushing their lips together, holding them there for a few seconds and that's it. There's no lip movement or anything. I know these are cultural differences, but I've certainly noticed. So, anyway, I'm certain that this went in with a conservative approach to sex and kissing as well. I feel that that's why the scene where they drive down the steps works because, again, it's not something you see from these movies and it's a clever way to make a sex joke without actually making a sex joke. It's all in the actors' facial expressions. Not that I think it was hilarious, but it was still a pretty funny bit all things considered. Having said that, the whole romance between Lim and Gi-cheol feels a little forced. I know that sometimes there's a physical attraction to someone whose language you might not even speak, but I don't feel like that is even the case here. It just feels like Lim and Gi-cheol fell in love because that is what is written on the script and not because of an organic attraction between the two materialized. And, at the same time, it plays into every stereotype and convention about women in South Korea, even though Lim is from Hong Kong, and that is that they need a man in their life. This isn't so much the case here, but I've seen plenty of movies where friends, parents, and other assorted people constantly bemoan the fate of a woman who, let's say she's 30, is still not married yet. I've seen this many times over and, quite frankly, it's not a good look in 2018. Again, I know it's cultural differences, but I still notice stuff like that. Anyway, I would have had no issue if there was more natural attraction between Lim and Gi-cheol, but it's just not there. Having said all of that, though, there's a certain charm about the movie that made it infinitely more watchable than I probably would have anticipated. There's not as much drama as I would have expected. Lim attempts to find her mom, whom her father abandoned, in South Korea and they draw some drama from that. Lim's father is blown up, he dies once Lim returns home, so Lim is then forced to avenge his death by murdering those responsible. It's not great, but it's decent enough and there was very little, if any, melodrama. The action itself is preposterous and not particularly good. They don't really make any effort in pretending that Shu Qi is doing her own stunts. I'm certain that she does SOME of her stunts, but I'm certain it was less than 10% of them. Not that there's that many to begin with, but they don't really even try to pretend. And the action, honestly, just isn't that effective anyway. It just lacks any real weight, it just feels like the actors are play-fighting and, essentially, that's what they are doing. But that's not something you should ever think. I don't know, plenty of faults to find in this movie, but I didn't hate this at all. It's kind of charming at times and the cast is decent enough. There's nothing you really need to see here, but I never felt that this was a waste of time. I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but if you love this franchise, then give this a shot I guess. I'm assuming it's not that different than what came before. For those who don't care, however, there's nothing that this movie excels at that you can't get from other, superior movies.
Ridiculously silly most of the time. I really liked it.
Pale in comparison to the original.
really fun movie, it made me laugh a lot. I like the interaction between the characters, it really made this film. Shu Qi was wonderful, I am a fan of hers. Beom did a great job as well, he fit the role he was casted for.
now with shu qi, its funny and sexy.
Filmnya kocak dan lucu. Gag nyangka klu tu wanita adalah seorang gengster dan jago silat. Lucu gitu, yang nglindungi malah si ceweknya. Si cewek pertamanya pura-pura jaim, tapi ternyata dia juga suka sama si cowok, dan akhirnya mereka berdua menikah. Seru dech, film nya bikin ngakak juga :D.
Lovely show. Just need to keep on reading the subtile since i don't understand Korean.
This one is even better than the first Two Parts Shu Qi is so sweet
It has taken me ages to find this gem of a comedy, but well worth the wait. The gorgeous Shu Qi replaces Eun-Kyung Shin for the third in the MWIAG trilogy in which our heroine is now Chinese and is sent to Korea for her own safety and has to pretend to be a normal woman being guarded by a gang of over macho but inept men. There are many comedic moments of true quality, my favourite would be the car chase, where she takes over the driving whilst sitting on her guards lap. Shu Qi is not as effective in the action department as the irrepressible Eun-Kyung Shin but makes up with it by her hilarious expressions when things go awry, which happens most of the time.
Sadly this film for whatever reason is now very rare and difficult to come by, and I do not condone downloading but sadly it may be the only way to see this wonderful comedy, as is by the way the first and second parts of the trilogy, all of which I guarantee you will want to watch many times, they are that good!
laugh from first to last! very funny! love it! ^^