Like A Virgin (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.5.  

Original title:  Cheonhajangsa Madonna

South Korea, 2006.  Sidus.  Screenplay by Hae-jun Lee, Hae-yeong Lee.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Film Editing by .  

Adorable coming-of-age tale that plays like a Korean Billy Elliot, with plucky young Dong-Gu longing to achieve his dream of someday becoming a woman thanks to his obsession with Madonna. He finds the opportunity to raise some cash for his goal when he is told by a coach that he has a natural aptitude for Ssireum wrestling, which he pursues to the tune of sequences alternatively hilarious, frightening and touching. Holding him back is the destructive nature of his bitter, alcoholic father, trouble with kids at school and the sorrow he feels for being estranged from his mother. It’s light and breezy, subtly humorous but genuinely moving every time it means to be, and even features a Madonna-ex-machina that you just can’t help but love.

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