Like a Virgin (film)

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Like a Virgin
Like a Virgin film poster.jpg
Hangul
Hanja 마돈나
Revised Romanization Cheonhajangsa Madonna
McCune–Reischauer Ch'ŏnhachangsa Madonna
Directed by Lee Hae-jun
Lee Hae-young
Produced by Cha Seung-jae
Kim Mi-hee
Kim Moo-ryoung
Im Choong-ryul
Yun Sang-oh
Written by Lee Hae-jun
Lee Hae-young
Starring Ryu Deok-hwan
Baek Yoon-sik
Lee Eon
Lee Sang-ah
Kim Yoon-seok
Music by Kim Hong-jib
Cinematography Jo Yong-gyu
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • 31 August 2006 (2006-08-31)
Running time
116 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$2.5 million
Box office US$3,547,188[1]

Like a Virgin (Hangul천하장사 마돈나; RRCheonhajangsa Madonna; lit. "Strong Man Under Heaven Madonna") is a 2006 South Korean film, written and directed by Lee Hae-jun and Lee Hae-young.[2][3] Ryu Deok-hwan stars in the lead role as transgender teenager Oh Dong-ku, and won several domestic awards for his performance, as well as a nomination for the Asia Pacific Screen Award Best Performance by an Actor.[4] The film's English title is a reference to a Madonna song of the same name.

Plot[edit]

Chubby high school student and Madonna-devotee Oh Dong-ku is a trans woman living with her abusive, alcoholic father. Dong-ku works part-time to save money for the sex reassignment surgery she craves. Despite being told that she has the perfect physique for ssireum, Dong-ku has no interest in taking up sports — but when she finds out about an upcoming ssireum tournament with a large cash prize going to the winner, she changes her mind and signs up for the team.

Cast[edit]

  • Ryu Deok-hwan as Oh Dong-ku
  • Baek Yoon-sik as Coach
  • Lee Sang-ah as Dong-ku's mother
  • Lee Eon as Park Joon-woo
  • Moon Se-yun as Big guy 1
  • Kim Yong-hoon as Big guy 2
  • Yoon Won-seok as Big guy 3
  • Park Young-seo as Jong-man
  • Tsuyoshi Kusanagi as Japanese teacher
  • Kim Yoon-seok as Dong-ku's father
  • Kim Kyeong-ik as Jin-chul
  • Oh Yoon-hong as Company president's wife
  • Choi Jung-woo as Company president
  • Kwak Min-seok as Priest
  • Kim Do-yeon as Large female employee
  • Kim Won-sik as Oh Dong-chul
  • Kwon Oh-jin as Worker
  • Jang Nam-yeol as Homerooom teacher
  • Lee Jae-gu as Employee at labor office
  • Kim Tae-joon as Choir member at concert hall
  • Kwon Jae-won as Lawyer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2006 7th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Director Lee Hae-jun, Lee Hae-young Won
Best New Actor Ryu Deok-hwan Won
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards[5] Best New Director Lee Hae-jun, Lee Hae-young Won
Best New Actor Ryu Deok-hwan Won
Best Screenplay Lee Hae-jun, Lee Hae-young Won
5th Korean Film Awards Best Actor Ryu Deok-hwan Nominated
Best New Director Lee Hae-jun, Lee Hae-young Won
Best New Actor Moon Se-yun Nominated
Best Screenplay Lee Hae-jun, Lee Hae-young Nominated
9th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Ryu Deok-hwan Won
2007 4th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor Ryu Deok-hwan Won
20th Singapore International Film Festival[6] NETPAC Award Like a Virgin Won
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards[7] Best New Director Lee Hae-jun, Lee Hae-young Nominated
Best New Actor Ryu Deok-hwan Nominated
Best Screenplay Lee Hae-jun, Lee Hae-young Won
11th Fantasia International Film Festival[8] Best Actor Ryu Deok-hwan Won
44th Grand Bell Awards[9] Best New Actor Ryu Deok-hwan Won
Best Screenplay Lee Hae-jun, Lee Hae-young Nominated
1st Korea Movie Star Awards Best Young Star Ryu Deok-hwan Won
1st Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Actor Ryu Deok-hwan Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cheonhajangsa Madonna (Like a Virgin)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  2. ^ Lee Min-a, Sylvia Kim (21 August 2006). "Tender wrestler fights for a sex change in film". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  3. ^ Park, Soo-mee (2 January 2007). "Sad situation makes an uplifting tale". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Ryu: 'No answer to understanding how women think'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  5. ^ D'sa, Nigel (21 December 2006). "BONG's Host Takes Top Prize at Blue Dragon". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  6. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (9 May 2007). "HAN Hyo-ju and Like a Virgin Win at Singapore Fest". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  7. ^ "43rd Baeksang Arts Awards". Twitch Film. 27 April 2007. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Fantasia 2007 Prizes Announced". Fantasia International Film Festival. 25 July 2007. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  9. ^ "4th Grand Bell Awards: Family Ties Wins Best Film". Twitch Film. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 

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