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Sex Is Zero review

Posted : 5 years, 9 months ago on 20 January 2012 05:40 (A review of Sex Is Zero)

Sex is Zero is a 2002 South Korean film written and directed by Yoon Je-kyoon, starring Lim Chang-jung, Ha Ji-won andYoo Chae-yeong. In the style of American gross-out comedies like American Pie, it follows the exploits of a group of college students, which eventually takes a serious turn. Sex Is Zero sold over four million tickets in South Korea, making it the fifth most popular film of 2002.
Sex is Zero is an entertaining way to spend an evening, for those who can stomach the bodily fluids on display. The story focuses on Eun-shik (played by singer/actor Lim Chang-jung), who returns from his obligatory military service to enroll at the university. After joining the Power Man Club, he becomes acquainted with the women in the aerobics club who share the same gym. Though seldom on purpose, he finds himself entangled in numerous outrageous and embarrassing situations, all the while falling deeper in love with the most popular woman on the aerobics team (played by rising star Ha Ji-won).
Writer and director Yoon Je-gyun says that most of the incidents in this film are based on his own and his friends' experiences at the university. I'm not sure whether to believe that, but the content of this film is quite strong, in sexual terms as well as its propensity to induce nausea (the gasps and groans at the screening I attended were rather loud). More than the jokes themselves, though, the film's biggest strength is the energy it maintains, thanks to enthusiastic acting and capable directing. director Yoon shifts gear into a more serious mood towards the end of the film. Whether viewers find this twist daring or reactionary, it gives an added layer to the film which its posters and trailers don't hint at.
Societal attitudes towards sexuality is often one of the most noticeable differences between cultures, though also one of the most difficult to pinpoint. Much of this film's appeal likely rests in how its genre allowed the filmmakers to break the rules a bit with regard to how sex is presented in mainstream films. If American Pie flopped because of cultural differences, then perhaps Sex is Zero can give viewers some food for thought about how the rules are structured for Korean films.
It is a Korean Pizza in that we get some Emotions,Drama ,some spicy Gorgeous Girl & toppings of sexy comedy...
9/10


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