Last week I watched Jeon Ji-hyeon’s latest movie A Man Who Was Superman (Superman ieotdeon sanai/If I Were Superman). I had pre-ordered the movie since I like Ji-hyeon so much, but I wasn’t expecting much from it.
The movie is about a producer (Ji-hyeon) who makes emotion pieces (is that the right word?) for a TV-show. She’s about to quit her job when she comes across this guy (Hwang Jeong-min) who thinks he is Superman, so she decides to make a piece about him.
On IMDb this movie is categorized as comedy and drama, and that’s exactly what it is. I watched it with a friend of mine and he asked if it was going to be like Windstruck. I didn’t know, of course, but the formula for this movie is somewhat similar where it starts out as a comedy and then becomes more of a drama as the story progresses. We laughed several times during the first half of the movie and I was also touched by the story.
The English subtitles are good. The version I watched is the “final cut” version. I’m not sure what difference there is with the theatre version. I was kind of surprised to see that the movie was in 1.85:1 (16:9) widescreen. That’s not so common these days. Usually it’s 2.35:1, but 1.85:1 is good too.
The movie was much better than I had expected and my buddy liked it too. The movie is 2 hours and 40 minutes long, but it didn’t feel that long at all.