Please Teach Me English
|Please Teach Me English|
|Revised Romanization||Yeongeo Wanjeon Jeongbok|
|McCune–Reischauer||Yŏngŏ Wanjŏn Chŏngpok|
|Directed by||Kim Sung-su|
|Written by||Kim Ji-yeong
|Music by||Jo Seong-wu|
|Editing by||Nam Na-yeong|
|Distributed by||Cinema Service|
|Running time||118 minutes|
Please Teach Me English (Hangul: 영어완전정복; RR: Yeongeo Wanjeon Jeongbok; lit. "The Complete Mastering of English") is a 2003 South Korean comedy about a young woman who begins English lessons after she is unable to help a foreigner at her government office.
Mun-su (Jang Hyuk) and Na Young-ju (Lee Na-young) are classmates in a private English class. Mun-su frequently chases women while working in his shoe shop. However, Young-ju has an unreciprocated interest in him. They eventually became friends, and frequently sit together in class.
One day, Young-ju boasts about a pig in her grandparents' farm who can recognize the English alphabet. The class decide to visit the pig, only to discover it had been eaten the same day (Young-ju had invented it). Young-ju tries to train a piglet to recognize the alphabet; when her efforts are discovered by Mun-su, he helps. However, the pig escapes, and has to be recaptured. The class and Young-ju's family have a party that night.
Returning on the bus, Young-ju catches Mun-su showing a photo of a woman whom she mistakenly believes is his girlfriend. A depressed Young-ju skips classes. Her teacher, an Australian woman, tries to convince her to come back. Young-ju attends a farewell party for the class, but Mun-su is absent. Afterwards she meets Mun-su's mother, who is looking for him. She discovers that his mother is about to meet the girl in the photo.
The girl, known as Victoria or Mun-young, speaks no Korean and needs Young-ju to translate. As Mun-su's mother, wearing a hanbok, talks, Young Ju, who thinks Victoria is her rival, purposefully translates incorrectly and says, "You looked more beautiful in the photo." Victoria is astonished. Young-ju tells Victoria that everybody hates her because she is not Korean. Victoria asks her to tell Mun-su's mother that she came with good intentions and leaves.
Mun-su arrives to find his mother weeping. Young-ju hides. Victoria has checked out of the hotel, but Young-ju stops her car, and admits that she lied.
Victoria hugs Mun-su and his mother. Young-ju boards a train, but Mun-su leaves his family to follow her. She tries to hide from him, but he loudly confesses that Victoria is not his girlfriend, but his long-lost sister from New York. Mun-su finds Young-ju, and they kiss, and the entire train cheers. They marry and have a baby.
Production and release
The film begins with an animated sequence.
The film was first released in South Korea. Then it was released in China, with the title 『英語完全征服』, and a dub and sub in Cantonese. Next, it was released in Japan with the title 『英語完全克服』. In the United States, it has been released both with the original Korean audio track, the Yue Chinese dub, and subtitles in English and Cantonese.