Saekjeuk shigong (Sex Is Zero) (2002)
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This may be one of the most hilarious foreign comedies I've ever seen. It's wild tonal shifts will be off-putting to some, but it's way too ridiculous to take seriously. There are several scenes where I couldn't help but laugh uncontrollably - like the strawberry hair gel or the birthday cake slap.
Korea's answer to American Pie and the like sees clutzy university freshman Eun-shik Jang falling for dream girl Eun-hyo Lee. Sex Is Zero starts off in hilarious fashion, with Eun-shik Jang and his similarly sex-obsessed friends trying to score with as many college girls as is humanly possible. Throw in a couple of jokes about manhoods and cosmetic implants and we're talking comedy heaven. Unfortunately, the director, Je-gyun Yun, chooses to veer off into other, more serious, genres in the final reel and this really puts the dampeners on the humour. There's one particularly shocking revelation around the hour mark which is so serious for a comedy that the movie barely recovers. Put it this way, you know in a Hollywood production of this like that the good natured guy is always going to get his girl at the end. Korean productions are far more unpredictable! Acting is excellent from all the main cast and the director brings a funky, lively and very energetic approach to his duties resulting in a highly entertaining mix of comedy, drama and weepie rolled into one. Comedy fans should be satisfied with the opening hour, people looking for a little more substance will lap up the finale.
This looks a lot like American Pie and Bring It On but I have to say it's on the naughtier side. The skin exposure and sex scenes was too much for me to handle. haha. Typical Korean-style, the movie starts off with oddball hilarity then ends on the sad, bittersweet side.
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