Name: How to Use Guys with Secret Tips
Country: South Korea
Director: Wonsuk Lee
Writer(s): Wonsuk Lee, Hye-yeong No, Ha Soo-jin
Actor(s): Jeong Se Oh (Lee Seung-jae)
Yong-Joon Ahn (Seing-jae)
Seong-woo Bae (Representative Jin)
I’m going to move away from horror and Takashi Miike films to bring your attention to this adorable little gem of a film I found called ‘How to Use Guys With Secret Tips’. The cover of the film looked adorable and cute so I had to buy and witness if it what just as cute!!
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips is a story of a young woman who is having endless amount of bad luck. Considered ‘not so attractive’ and eventually loses her chance at a promotion in work she hits an all time low. Somehow, she accidentally buys an old video tape set titled ‘How to Use Guys With Secret Tips’. She starts watching the video out of curiosity. By following the videos instructions she gets what she wants at work and even manages to get top star Lee falling for her but can she keep him?
I haven’t watched many Asian Romance Films. I tend to stick to horror or the downright odd so this was very refreshing for me. Nobody dies, which makes a change. It also stood out for me when I compare it to and romantic film I’ve seen, it’s up there in my books with Bridget Jones’ Diary, which we all know is a hoot of a romance film. Just like Bridget Jones it is downright funny from start to finish, with that tiny sad moment at the end. The comedy timing is absolutely perfect throughout the whole film and the multiple of gags are genuinely funny without the film sinking into the ‘trying to hard’ category. The film itself is pretty predictable, but there is enough plot and twists for you to go through until you ultimately reach the predictable ending.
The look over the film is cute and fresh while it has a keen sense of style. It’s aesthetically pleasing which reflects the vibrancy of the film. The films greatest strength is it’s soundtrack. Personally it’s very important to me that a film has a great soundtrack. Whenever Quentin Tarantino makes a new film I’m always excited to hear the soundtrack!! And ‘How to use guys…’ has a GREAT soundtrack that has variety. It uses music under the genres of hip hop, pop and club beats as well as Ravel which is used perfectly in the film!!
The characters are all great and the acting is absolutely on point for such a fun film. Our main protagonists shines throughout the whole film!! She’s just delightful and possess a nice comedic timing, especially physical comedy. Our main male protagonist is such a good sport!! He places in a myriad of embarrassing situations but Oh Jung-se just rolls with it as if nothing fazes him. My favourite scene of his is when he’s naked in the car and about to be searched by the police. The music, the slow motion timing, the emotion exudes is all executed perfectly to bring you one hilarious, nearly- peeing-your pants funny scene. Our two main stars have great chemistry together which can be seen in their night before scene.
Koreanfilm.org describes the film the best way possible by stating it’s ‘fresh and new, but also simply a well executed film. In a genre that looks easy, but is actually quite challenging, this is a significant accomplishment’. I’m not lying when I say it does stand out in the category of films.
Cute, clever and absolutely funny. It’s one of those films that has you laughing hysterically one minute and ‘awwh’ing the next. This is a charismatic film, that succeeds to outshine it’s peers.