200 Pounds Beauty

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200 Pounds Beauty
200 Pounds Beauty movie poster
Hangul미녀 괴로워
Hanja美女는 괴로워
Revised RomanizationMinyeoneun Goerowo
McCune–ReischauerMinyŏ-nŭn kwerowŏ
Directed byKim Yong-hwa
Produced byPark Mu-seung
Won Dong-yeon
Bang Chu-sung
Written byKim Yong-hwa
Based onKanna-san, Daiseikou Desu!
by Yumiko Suzuki
StarringKim Ah-joong
Joo Jin-mo
Music byLee Jae-hak
CinematographyPark Hyun-cheol
Edited byPark Gok-ji
Jeong Jin-hee
REALies Pictures
KM Culture
Distributed byShowbox
Release date
  • December 14, 2006 (2006-12-14)
Running time
120 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$4 million
Box officeUS$42 million[1]

200 Pounds Beauty (Korean미녀는 괴로워; RRMinyeoneun Goerowo; “Beauty is pain”) is a 2006 South Korean musical romantic comedy film written and directed by Kim Yong-hwa.[2] It is based on the Japanese manga Kanna's Big Success! (カンナさん大成功です!, Kanna-san Daiseikou Desu!) by Yumiko Suzuki about an overweight ghost singer who undergoes intensive plastic surgery to become a pop sensation.[3]

The film was a critical and commercial success.[4] It was the third best-selling domestic film of 2006 with 6,619,498 admissions nationwide, grossing US$42,013,016.[5][6] 200 Pounds Beauty also received several awards and nominations, including Best Actress for Kim Ah-joong at the 2007 Grand Bell Awards.[7]


Hanna Kang is an overweight phone sex part-timer and a ghost singer for Ammy, a famous pop singer who actually lip syncs instead of being famous for her own vocal talent. Other than that, Hanna has a huge crush for Sang-jun who's a director and whose arrogant father owns the entertainment company. One day, Ammy purposely insults Hanna's weight in front of Sang-jun during his birthday party, knowing well that Hanna likes him. While crying in the restroom, Hanna overhears Sang-jun telling Ammy that even though they are just using Hanna for her voice, they must be kind to her so she will not walk out on them. Heartbroken, Hanna attempts suicide but is interrupted by a phone call from one of her phone sex regulars who is a top plastic surgeon. She persuades him to perform a head-to-toe plastic surgery operation on her. Hanna puts herself in seclusion for a year as she recovers from the changes from the surgery and weight loss.

When she comes back from the hospital, Hanna is incredibly beautiful and slender, that even her best friend Jung-min cannot recognize her at first. With Jung-min's help, Hanna creates a new identity for herself; she is now a Korean-American from California named Jenny. After auditioning to be Ammy's secret vocalist again, she earns her own recording contract instead from Sang-jun, claiming that she is "all-natural". In the meantime, Ammy desperately tries to find Hanna by spending time with Hanna's father who is in a hospital due to mental problems, possibly Alzheimer's. She hopes that he would help her find Hanna because she needs her voice to sing for her 2nd album. Without it, Ammy fears that her own secret in being unable to sing will be exposed to everyone. In the hospital's bathroom, Sang-jun calls Ammy and orders to give up her search for Hanna. He wants her give Jenny a chance to help him finish her album and also reminds her of her role in a TV show he got her. Sang-jun also warns Ammy that he will have her contract terminated if she doesn't stop and memorize her lines for the TV show. She refuses out of fear for possible competition in album sales with Jenny. Ammy tells Sang-Jun that she is determined to find Hanna because she will come back to her like always. After many encounters with Jenny, they both realize that Jenny is actually Hanna.

Jenny's debut single "Maria" becomes a hit and in the party to celebrate it, Ammy brings Hanna's father in an attempt to blow her cover. Desperate to keep her true identity a secret, Hanna ignores her father. Jung-min gets furious about her indifferent behavior. After the party, Sang-jun reveals to Jenny that he knows her true identity but is now cold and distant. He seems unable to forgive her for lying to him but says that he will conduct her concert scheduled the next day. Hanna also confesses her love for him that made her to do such a thing. She tells Sang-jun off how difficult it was for her in the last year because he insulted her at the bathroom on the night of his birthday party about him using her voice to promote Ammy. Hanna also mentions she put herself into seclusion at the hospital to heal from both the weight loss and plastic surgery in order to make him love her back. After realizing how worthless she was to Sang-jun even as Jenny, Hanna tearfully refuses to have anything to do with him and leaves. When she tells the plastic surgeon about it the next day, he wisely makes Hanna realize that she's better off without Sang-jun.

Before the concert, Ammy threatens Sang-jun that she will reveal Jenny's deception if the concert was not cancelled. Even his father agrees and confronts Sang-jun for the deception after being sent photos by Ammy. He orders the release of Hanna's X-Rated CD covers and the discontinuation of the concert, not wanting to lose money. Sang-jun stands up against her threat and his father's orders by refusing to cancel it. Sang-jun encourages a distraught Hanna to do this concert, not for the sake of the fans or the company but for herself. Before performing, Hanna apologizes to Jung-min for her earlier behavior. She coldly rejects her apology, telling Hanna that they can't be friends anymore after how she's treated her own father. In turn, Hanna tells her off that she wasn't a supportive friend at all and that her salesman ex-boyfriend was right about her being jealous from the beginning. She leaves Jung-min to her thoughts in the bathroom to perform at her concert. At the concert, Hanna proceeds tearfully to tell the large crowd her story: that she was a ghost singer to an ungrateful Ammy while she was overweight, how she went into a year of seclusion to heal from the changes from the surgery and that she has abandoned everything that is dear to her, including her former best friend and father, to get to where she is. Sang-jun plays a tape of the old, obese Hanna, singing. The crowd, moved by her sincere confession, responds by chanting "It's okay". Hanna rekindles her relationships with her father and best friend. She drops the stage-name Jenny and re-releases a CD with her own name, Hanna, and becomes a highly successful music artist. Despite her having moved on from her crush on him, Sang-jun realizes the very thing about Hanna that had always drawn him to her was Hanna's innocence, and continues to promote her. It's implied that Ammy has faced controversy of her own when the fans were angered in how she was treating Hanna while overweight and was only using her for her singing voice to cover up that she is a horrible singer. In the end, she has faded into obscurity.

During the post credits, Jung-min also asks to get a head-to-toe plastic surgery from the surgeon.


Awards and nominations[edit]

2007 Chunsa Film Art Awards
  • Best Actress - Kim Ah-joong
  • Best Cinematography - Park Hyun-cheol
  • Best Editing - Park Gok-ji
  • Technical Award - Lee Seung-chul (Sound)
2007 Grand Bell Awards
  • Best Actress - Kim Ah-joong
  • Best Cinematography - Park Hyun-cheol
  • Best Music - Lee Jae-hak
  • Nomination - Best Film
  • Nomination - Best Director - Kim Yong-hwa
  • Nomination - Best Editing - Park Gok-ji
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction - Jang Geun-young
  • Nomination - Best Costume Design - Jo Sang-gyeong
  • Nomination - Best Visual Effects - Jeong Seong-jin
  • Nomination - Best Sound - Jeon Sang-jun, Lee Seung-chul
2007 Korea Movie Star Awards
2007 Blue Dragon Film Awards
  • Nomination - Best Film
  • Nomination - Best Director - Kim Yong-hwa
  • Nomination - Best Actress - Kim Ah-joong
  • Nomination - Best Screenplay - Kim Yong-hwa
  • Nomination - Best Music - Lee Jae-hak
2007 Korean Film Awards
  • Nomination - Best Actress - Kim Ah-joong
  • Nomination - Best Supporting Actress - Kim Hyun-sook
  • Nomination - Best Editing - Park Gok-ji
  • Nomination - Best Music - Lee Jae-hak
  • Nomination - Best Visual Effects - Jeong Seong-jin


The soundtrack album was released by KM Culture and SBS Contents Hub on December 13, 2006.

The title track is a cover of the Blondie song "Maria," sung in Korean by the film's star, Kim Ah-joong.[4]

Director Kim Yong-hwa has been friends with music director Lee Jae-hak since their college days.[2] Lee is a member of the modern rock band Loveholic, which is also featured in the soundtrack.

1."Beautiful Girl"Kim Ah-joong1:49
2."별" (Star)Youme5:02
3."Maria"Kim Ah-joong3:07
4."Dance with My Daddy"Alex Chu3:00
5."You Don't Know I Love You"U4:08
6."슈퍼스타" (Superstar)Loveholic3:19
7."튜울립" (Tulip)Venny (Sangsang Band) feat. Jong-hwi3:19
8."Miss You Much"Youme3:26
9."Beautiful Girl (teaser edit)"Kim Ah-joong feat. Alex Chu1:29
10."바보처럼" (Like a Fool)Kim Hyung-joong4:01
11."별 (original dialog ver.)" (Star (original dialog ver.))Kim Ah-joong2:04


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  2. ^ a b Yang, Seong-hee (25 January 2007). "On the big screen, being thin still rules". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ Park, Soo-mee (25 April 2007). "DVD Review: The heavy price of feminine beauty". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b D'Sa, Nigel (6 February 2007). "200 Pounds Beauty Weighs in at the Box Office". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Commercial Releases in 2006: Box-Office Admission Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  6. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "200 Pounds Beauty". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  7. ^ "200 Pounds Beauty - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 21 May 2015.

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