Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 6th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: South Korea, 2006
Writer: E.J-Yong, Choi Jin-Sung
Cast: Ok-bin Kim, Jin-woo Park, Kyeon Lee, Eun-Seong, Ji-Yeong Hong, Im Hye Jin, Byeol Kim, Eun-seong Lee, Min-hyeok Lee, Won-jong Lee, Oh-jeong Nam, Hye-won Park, Geon Yu
DVD released: June 8th, 2009
Approximate running time: 104 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Korean
DVD Release: Third Window Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £14.99
Dasepo Naughty Girls was co-written and directed by E.J-Yong (Untold Scandal). The plot for this film is based on the web based series Dasepo. From the opening frames of the Dasepo Naughty Girls the thing that immediately draws you in is its spectacular sense of style. The cinematographer on Dasepo Naughty Girls was Chung-hoon Chung who other notable credits as a cinematographer includes Oldboy, Three… Extremes, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK and Thirst.
The main storyline in this film revolves around a young woman known to her classmates as the poor girl. She is an outcast who eventually finds acceptance when she accidentally creates a bizarre dance that becomes all the rage. Along the way she befriends a cross dressing long shark who likes to be called Big Razor Sis. Poor Girl is not the only misfit at No Use High School, there is also a young man named Cy (because he was born with only one eye). He has a sister who exudes beauty of the surface while she is hiding her own deformity. The bulk of the students who are featured prominently in the film come from wealthy families. Besides examining the difficulties of being a teenager, the film also delves a little with the hypocrisy of the class system. Even though there is some ground work laid to lead the characters on their journeys. The plot is kind of a melting pot of ideas that at times feel loosely connected.
While trying to pin point a specific genre in which this film would fit is nearly impossible. The one genre that this film is most Kin with is comedy. Also to say that this film has many bizarre moments is an understatement. Some of the film’s stand out moments include a teacher who has his students whip him because he feels he failed them as a teacher, a father and son who are both pretending to be girls while talking on the internet (only to discover that they were talking to each other) and a scene where Poor Girl and her mentor Big Razor Sis are abducted by a sexual themed cult who want them to dance provocatively. The comedy in the film holds up well as the subjects being explored are universally funny in any language. The film’s also features a few inventive musical numbers for good measure. Performance wise everyone in the cast is exceptional in their respective roles, with the film’s standout performance coming from Ok-bin Kim in the role of Poor Girl. Ultimately Dasepo Naughty Girls is a whimsical film that is filled with great style, superb performances and an abundance of absurdity.
Third Window Films presents Dasepo Naughty Girls in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors look lively throughout, flesh tones look accurate, black levels are solid and details look razor sharp throughout. This transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Korean and removable English subtitles have been included. The audio is crystal clear, evenly balanced and at times dynamic.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 50 seconds – in Korean with English subtitles) and an extensive photo gallery with ninety two images. The main extra included with this release is a twenty nine minute making of documentary that includes comments from director E.J-Yong, cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, actress Ok-bin Kim, actors Jin-woo Park and Kyeon Lee and editor Jae-geun Choi. This documentary comes with plenty of behind the scenes footage and all the participants speak in their native Korean and English subtitles have been included. Also included with this release are trailers for titles currently or soon to be released on DVD from Third Window Films. Overall Dasepo Naughty Girls gets a well rounded DVD from Third Window Films, recommended.