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My Boyfriend Is Type B DVD Review (Region 3)

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  1. Seth Gecko

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/MyBoyfriendIsTypeB/MyBoyfriendIsTypeBR3.jpg' ALT='MY BOYFRIEND IS TYPE B DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>MY BOYFRIEND IS TYPE B</FONT><br>Reviewed August 2005 by <A HREF='search.php?do=process&query=Chris McEneany&showposts=1&forumchoice[]=107&forumchoice[]=197' target='_top'>Chris McEneany</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 7</B></P><P> “I’ll bet she will die a virgin. Don’t you think?”</p><P>Despite some daft slapstick near the start, writer/director Choi Seok-Won’s debut is a very appealing, made-to-measure rom-com that is able to lift itself from the strained formula with a sheer zest and glitzy vibrance that puts many a Western equivalent in the shade. It is the time-honoured, and in many cases dishonoured, fable of boy-meets-girl, boy-then-loses-girl and boy-battles-to-regain-girl that used to be the preserve of big Hollywood gesture, but is now the domain of early-teen travesty. We’ve seen it all before and yet, in spite of this, Choi Seok-Won’s My Boyfriend Is Type B manages to be delightfully fresh and zany, whilst keeping the schmaltzy, high production values that the market demands and offering nothing entirely new in the timeless battle-of-the-sexes love match. It is to his credit then that he populates this well-trodden path with such genuinely engaging actors like popular Korean heartthrob Lee Dong-Geon as selfish rogue Young-Bin and the adorable Han Ji-Hye as the gullible, love-struck Han-Mi. That the pair had already starred together in the drama Sweet 18, and are apparently dating in real life only adds to the spice, their easy-on-the-eye onscreen chemistry somehow elevating their characters from the shallow, one-note stereotypes that plague this genre.</p><P> “It doesn’t make sense to judge people by their blood types.”</p><P>When meek university student Han-Mi literally bumps into Young-Bin after accidentally text-messaging him, she finds it easy to believe that destiny has thrown the two of them together. Young-Bin, having just dumped his previous girlfriend after she complained about his making her wait in his car to avoid getting a parking ticket whilst he played basketball, is taken by Han-Mi’s sincerity and eagerness to believe in karma. But, given that we know what a self-centred scoundrel he can be, <i>we</i> find it easier to believe that he is more taken by her willingness to pick up the bill after a getting-to-know-you meal. Han-Mi’s cousin and flatmate Chae-Young, a repressed professional dating consultant and strong adherer to the theory that blood types denote the personality, has very firm reservations about this new boyfriend. Upon discovering that he is Type B, as opposed to Han-Mi’s Type A – a coupling to which she is violently against - she sets about a campaign to keep the two apart. So, it soon becomes apparent that Young-Bin is going to have to work very hard to convince as good boyfriend material, and that Han-Mi had better shape up and learn to stand on her own two feet if she wants this relationship to work and not get walked all over. Despite the burgeoning romance, it is clear that things are not going to run smoothly and that the couple’s radically different personalities are sure to cause many problems. </p><P> “Your hairdo … it makes your head look huge.”</p><P>The character of macho egotist Young-Bin is actually quite a refreshing variation from the norm. He says what he feels and he does what he wants, yet, he is definitely taken with his new catch. Lee Dong-Geon is very effective at juggling the selfish and obnoxious side of the role with the genuinely touching and romantic alter-ego. He is literally a Yin/Yang persona. Although he truly wants to make Han-Mi happy – a glass elevator Superman trip, an impromptu serenade, flowers and a real thirst for fun that is authentically infectious – he would hardly go to any trouble if the end result wasn’t, in fact, going to make himself happier. His heart is in the right place, it’s just that his own interests fill most of it. This is a difficult dual-stranded character to make empathetic, particularly when his unpredictability can transform him from sweetly sensitive to irascible, hardnosed jerk with some terribly glib put-downs. Check out the ease with which he stings Han-Mi’s friends – “He stole our money in the name of magic!” – or his monumental arrogance at a cinema date, that he swiftly manages to return to touching romance before ruining it all again with a stinky one-liner. All the while, you expect to discover some Hollywood-style reason for this behaviour, and for his walls to come tumbling down when true love finds a way. But this is Korea, folks, and they have a different feel for the subject matter. His undying self-gratification is never sad or cheap, condonable or blameable. He is simply who he is. “Am I likeable, or what?” He doesn’t even wait for the answer.</p><P>Poles apart from her new boyfriend, Han-Mi is coy and smitten for most of the film and the performance that Han Ji-Hye delivers is, by turns, annoyingly pathetic and then occasionally strong-willed and assertive. That we applaud her when she finally turns the tables is the obvious trick to pull but, once again, there’s room for thought. What about when Young-Bin steps in and exacts some payback on the teacher that has bullied Han-Mi? The feeling that these two really are fated to be together shines through here, and it would be hard not to be touched by her reactions to this unorthodox act of chivalry. But, for my money, the best performance in the film is that of Shin Hee as the blood-obsessed cousin. Her barely controlled inner-rage is a joy to watch and her delicious verdict on Type B blokes – “All bad things begin with a B” - is priceless. She possesses a terrific steely-eyed conviction and a devious detective nature that makes her the one to watch.</p><P> “You sick Type B jerk! You said you were different.”</p><P>Choi Seok-Won keeps the proceedings light and effervescent, but with daftness too-often replacing good comedy, the film fails to raise more than an amused smirk or two. The mobile phone malarkey eventually becomes a tad irritating, with text icons appearing up onscreen and the symbolic bus rides that bookend proceedings seem slightly heavy-handed. The score, too, is a little distracting with far too much in the way of frothy, light-heartedness in a breezy sixties, lounge-style – although I did detect a slight hint of early Depeche Mode on one cue. There are some quite bizarre lines of dialogue that crop up occasionally but these may be attributed to some form of subtitling japery. Overall though, My Boyfriend Is Type B is still an entertaining little romp. And, given the choice, I would far rather watch this than the next big star vehicle fluff-fest that floats out of the cliché-capital of the world.</p><P><B>Picture : 8</B></P><P>The anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer is a ravishing effort, indeed. The first thing that will hit you is the amazing colour fidelity that the disc churns out – quite the most vibrant comedy that I’ve seen. From the retina-popping clothes of the characters to the bright urban setting, from the cosy, colourful apartments to the neon-lit Christmas finale – the spectrum is fully utilised and captivating to behold. It often appears to mimic the primary colour obsession of Disney with such lushly composed imagery radiating from the screen, scene after scene. Everything is clean and sparkling, bright and full of life. Separation is handled excellently, as well. Just look at the moment when Han-mi is bathed in a red neon glow and Young-Bin is suffused in blue in the same shot. And, you’ll be pleased to know that there is no evidence of smearing, bleeding or over-saturation to any of this buffed-up gloss. Happily, this striving for deep, full-bodied colour doesn’t come at the expense of warmth, either, with skin-tones, eyes and the overall invitation to us from the image authentic and appealing.</p><P>Detail, on the whole, is very good with the foreground benefiting mainly. The background can occasionally appear a little less well-defined but I’m really scraping the barrel for complaints here, folks. The black levels, though hardly tested in what is steadfastly a bright and highly-illuminated movie, are satisfyingly deep, and offer a beneficial degree of depth to the movie’s composition.</p><P>Whilst not completely grain-free, indeed some small shots exhibit a temporary-but-high level of the stuff, the image is mostly clean and unmarred by damage, or print flaws. With no artefacting or glaring compression traces, it is only the edge-enhancement that lets the side down visually. But, whilst this is certainly apparent, it is rarely distractingly so.</p><P>In all, this is a visually splendid treat that is primary colour heaven.</p> <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/MyBoyfriendIsTypeB/MyBoyfriendIsTypeBR3_1.jpg' ALT='MY BOYFRIEND IS TYPE B'></P><P><B>Sound : 5</B></P><P>The movie has been given only a Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 that is, sadly, underwhelming. The 5.1 is not what I’d call surround sound at all. Playing just like a slightly louder version of a 2.0 mix, it may be clear and pleasant to listen to, but its upfront soundstage and determination to keep the activity reigned-in do not do it any favours. Admittedly, there probably isn’t much the rears could realistically be called upon to reproduce and they <i>do</i> manage to supply some ambience throughout, but the feeling of one-directional sound is, nevertheless, a bit deflating. There may be some slight steerage across the front speakers – cars’ speeding past, voices calling from left to right – but this is an underachiever, however you look at it. The track is always clean and sharp, however, but just lacks the immersive quality that we know and love. And, needless to say, the sub sits this one out.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/MyBoyfriendIsTypeB/MyBoyfriendIsTypeBR3_2.jpg' ALT='MY BOYFRIEND IS TYPE B'></P><P><B>Extras : 7</B></P><P>This is a bit sad, really. As well as the Commentary Track on the movie (though I can’t tell who is actually delivering it) there appears to be a whole slew of stuff on Disc 2 – from a Making Of and Deleted Scenes to Preview Parties but, unless you can speak Korean, you’ll be as left in the dark as I was. You can enjoy the music video and the photo gallery though and, with this particular Limited Edition, you also get the snazzy photo booklet and some glossy postcards. From a totally biased point-of-view I found little to complain about with the copious imagery of the lovely Han Ji-Hye that adorns the gatefold pack, too. Overall, this definitely does look like a good package to accompany the film, though.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/MyBoyfriendIsTypeB/MyBoyfriendIsTypeBR3_3.jpg' ALT='MY BOYFRIEND IS TYPE B'></P><P><B>Verdict : 7</B></P><P>Never laugh-out loud funny, nor particularly incisive, My Boyfriend Is Type B is still a very entertaining slice of contemporary Korean comedy that, by virtue of off-kilter characters, a bold and vibrant set of performances and a fresh approach to the standard rom-com formula, effortlessly leaves its innumerable Hollywood counterparts in the dust. The cast are always appealing and the wildly colourful shenanigans make for lush eye-candy throughout. Han Ji-Hye may push the cuteness factor through the roof – <i>she is simply irresistible</i> - but her love-match with the obnoxious, yet-likeable, Young-Bin puts her into that comfortably vulnerable zone that has you caring for her, whilst all-the-while cursing her for being so damn gullible. Definitely a Friday-night curl up and feel good offering that simply throbs with vitality.</p><P>The DVD package is a bit special, too. The lovely gatefold pack is adorned with cutesy images and the postcards and photo-booklet add to the already decent smattering of extras. A glossy, high-sheen product that knocks charisma-fests like Hitch off the map. Too bad the extras aren’t subtitled, though.</p> <div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/assocred.asp?W7QIPXOV+/en/prdTransfer.aspx/pid-1003983570" target=”_blank”><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/YesAsia.jpg" Align="absmiddle"></a><br>Please support us by using our review sponsors.</div><TABLE border='0' CELLPADDING='0' CELLSPACING='2' WIDTH='100%'><TR><TD COLSPAN='2'><B>MY BOYFRIEND IS TYPE B (2005)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genre</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=COMEDY' target='_blank'>COMEDY</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=SEOK-WON CHOI' target='_blank'>SEOK-WON CHOI</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JI-HYE HAN' target='_blank'>JI-HYE HAN</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=DONG-GEON LEE' target='_blank'>DONG-GEON LEE</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=IL-SEOB BAEK .' target='_blank'>IL-SEOB BAEK .</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HYEON-WOO LEE' target='_blank'>HYEON-WOO LEE</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>3</B> <FONT>(KOREA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>KD Media. Released Wednesday 20th April 2005</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>$30.99</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>2</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Format</TD><TD><FONT>DVD9</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Time</TD><TD><FONT>96 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>20</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Picture</TD><TD>Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Korean Dolby Digital 5.1</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>Korean, English</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Case</TD><TD>Digipack with Sleeve</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Extras</TD><TD>Commentary Track<BR>Making Of<BR>Deleted Scenes<BR>A Singing Performance from Lee Dong-gun<BR>Trailers<BR>Photo Gallery<BR>Preview Party Featurette<BR>Music Video<BR>Characters by Blood Type Analysis<BR>Limited Edition Photo Booklet<BR>3 Character Postcards</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>
     
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    hi, does anyone know the ending theme for this movie? I bought the soundtrack for the movie but it's still not in there. Thanks:(
     

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