200 Pounds Beauty

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200 Pounds Beauty
200 Pounds Beauty movie poster
Hangul 미녀 괴로워
Hanja 美女는 괴로워
Revised Romanization Minyeoneun Goerowo
McCune–Reischauer Minyŏ-nŭn kwerowŏ
Directed by Kim Yong-hwa
Produced by Park Mu-seung
Won Dong-yeon
Bang Chu-sung
Written by Kim Yong-hwa
Based on Kanna-san, Daiseikou Desu!
by Yumiko Suzuki
Starring Kim Ah-joong
Joo Jin-mo
Music by Lee Jae-hak
Cinematography Park Hyun-cheol
Edited by Park Gok-ji
Jeong Jin-hee
REALies Pictures
KM Culture
Distributed by Showbox
Release date
  • December 14, 2006 (2006-12-14)
Running time
120 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$4 million
Box office US$42 million[1]

200 Pounds Beauty (Hangul미녀는 괴로워; RRMinyeoneun Goerowo; lit. "It's hard to be a beautiful woman") is a 2006 South Korean romantic comedy musical 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 Han-na by spending time with Han-na's father who is in a hospital due to mental problems, possibly Alzheimer's. Sang-jun orders Ammy to give up her search for Hanna and give Jenny a chance to help him finish her album. 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. Before the concert, Ammy threatens Sang-jun that she will reveal Jenny`s deception if the concert was not cancelled. Sang-jun stands up against her threat and encourages a distraught Hanna to do this concert, not for the sake of the fans or the company but for herself. 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 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. Sang-jun realizes the very thing about Hanna that had always drawn him to her was Hanna's innocence, and continues to promote her.

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.

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Beautiful Girl" Kim Ah-joong 1:49
2. "별" (Star) Youme 5:02
3. "Maria" Kim Ah-joong 3:07
4. "Dance with My Daddy" Alex Chu 3:00
5. "You Don't Know I Love You" U 4:08
6. "슈퍼스타" (Superstar) Loveholic 3:19
7. "튜울립" (Tulip) Venny (Sangsang Band) feat. Jong-hwi 3:19
8. "Miss You Much" Youme 3:26
9. "Beautiful Girl (teaser edit)" Kim Ah-joong feat. Alex Chu 1:29
10. "바보처럼" (Like a Fool) Kim Hyung-joong 4:01
11. "별 (original dialog ver.)" (Star (original dialog ver.)) Kim Ah-joong 2:04


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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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