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5.0 out of 5 stars funny funny funny !
so far one of my favorite korean comedy movies. the DVD looks pretty good!
kinda sad that this didnt receive a bluray release but the DVD looks as good as its possible for a DVD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Super cute, subversive rom com
A cute, vibrant explosion of style and colour, this subversive Korean romantic comedy plays around with the genre and is every bit as offbeat and bizarre as the title would suggest. It is centred around the life of Choi Bo-na (Lee Si-young), a hard working 30-year-old assistant director stuck working on commercials. She is continually passed over and demeaned by the men...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny funny funny !, 2 Mar 2014
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so far one of my favorite korean comedy movies. the DVD looks pretty good!
kinda sad that this didnt receive a bluray release but the DVD looks as good as its possible for a DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Subversive, maybe too subversive, 29 Jan 2014
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I found it problematic that to get ahead Choi Bo-Na had to change who she was, sending off a bad message from the off. I honestly didn't think there was anything wrong with her before she finds the tape. She was good quirky, she just lacked self-confidence. Likewise, the resolution has that same level of awkward sexual politics. Nevertheless it gets by on being such a nice and joyous little rom-com. Constant fourth wall breaking, presentation like that of a fairy tale and a level of subversion pointed right at the world of TV adverts. There is so much value for money; "How to use guys" is a warm and funny Korean comedy in spite of the path it takes to get there.

On second thoughts given the level of subversion the director seeds at every level, the path of Bona may just be a satire of Korean masculinity, maybe?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Super cute, subversive rom com, 7 Dec 2013
This review is from: How To Use Guys With Secret Tips [DVD] (DVD)
A cute, vibrant explosion of style and colour, this subversive Korean romantic comedy plays around with the genre and is every bit as offbeat and bizarre as the title would suggest. It is centred around the life of Choi Bo-na (Lee Si-young), a hard working 30-year-old assistant director stuck working on commercials. She is continually passed over and demeaned by the men in the industry, with her commitment to work over her appearance winning her no admirers. After being left behind on a shoot the scruffy Bo-Na stumbles across a weird stall selling old VHS self help guides and, after some sharp sales patter, takes home "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips". Despite initial reservations about the cheesy presentation and daft tips, she decides to give the techniques a try at work and, lo and behold, she finds herself moving up in the world and even catching the eye of superstar actor Lee Seung-jae (Oh Jung-se).

Despite bucket-loads of bubbly fun, there is a clear problem with the plot which, perhaps due to a culture difference, doesn't sit quite right. Bo-na is a perfectly wonderful person before her transformation, and the suggestion that she needs to stick on a skirt, flatter her bosses and smile to get ahead at work just feels a little sad. Fair enough she may be `using' these guys, but as she begins to dress and act like every other pretty face she used to look down on, you feel she's selling herself a little short. This conflict prevents the film being a runaway success - but the very fact we even care about Bo-na at all goes to show what a well-drawn, engaging character she is. Thoroughly cute and loveable, we're completely invested in her mad journey from the off, and if the core of the film isn't examined too closely there is a refreshingly quirky and pleasantly saccharine experience to be had with `How to Use Guys with Secret Tips'.

Continually breaking the fourth wall and bursting with other stylistic devices, it's the kind of joyous little gem to lose yourself in. The laughs and quirks flow thick and fast to begin with. Unfortunately much of this poppy spark loses steam at the halfway stage and the film slips into rom-com conformity, but even this has a flash of Korean oddity about it so it never feels like a chore. It's the central performance of Lee Si-young - and her chemistry with Oh Jung-se - that really keep you interested though. The surface is all colour and noise but she provides some humanity and warmth to ground all the kookiness.

It's testament to how much fun is to be had with the vibrant design and adorable lead that the massive central failing fades into insignificance as the bonkers sweetness unfolds. The word `nice' tends to get a bad rap these days, but it's nice to be nice, and this is an unashamedly nice film - heartwarming, weird and just plain fun.
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