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Mafia Wife

2006/12/28 Source

Those who have been exposed to numerous gangster movies might respond to the film "My Wife is a Gangster 3" to be released today in either of the following way. "Boy, a gangster movie again? I'm sick and tired of the g-word", or, "Now I'm feeling affinity to even gangsters I bump into on the streets".

"My Wife Is a Gangster" drew a slew of viewers nationwide in 2001. Over the next five years, it gave birth to two sequels. The following are the three features that separate the third film from the two previous ones.

No wife, just a voluptuous gangster-

In the two previous films, Cha Eun-jin (by Shin Eun-kyung), the main character, was a wife as well as a gangster. But Lim Aryeong (by Shu Qi), the main character of the third film, is neither a gangster nor a wife. She is just an only daughter of a Hong Kong crime boss. Facing threats from a conflict with a rival gang, Aryeong flees to Korea, her mother's homeland. She is protected in Korea by Gi-cheol (by Lee Beom-soo), the number three gangster of Dongbang-pa, and other members of the gang. For an ordinary only daughter, she has a spectacular skill of handling swords and fighting. May be she could be called a "semi-gangster".

Her biggest attraction is her sex appeal combined with her boyish charm. Unlike the all-tough Cha Eun-jin in the first two movies, she reveals her feminine attraction in her plump lips and voluptuous shape.

Force of a Korean-Chinese woman-

What makes the movie spicy is Yeonhwa, an unreliable interpreter played by Hyun Young. The actress, who has mainly appeared in TV variety shows, makes viewers laugh at the right time. She timidly interprets out of fear for Gi-cheol and other gangsters, but becomes commanding after Gi-cheol finds out who Aryeong is and grows obedient to her.

Awkward gangsters-

Unlike the first two movies, this film focuses on love between Aryeong and Gi-cheol. However, it feels a little abrupt that the two who would fight with each other everyday suddenly fall in love with each other. Furthermore, Kong-chi (by Oh Ji-ho), Gi-cheol's subordinate, speaks with a Jeolla-do accent, which sounds odd, and conversations among gangsters are full of misogynistic remarks. Actually, the movie, although titled "My Wife is a Gangster 3", has little in common with the previous two movies. It would have been better had this gangster movie been titled differently.

Source : www.donga.com...

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