A fat and disgusting cop becomes the only option for police infiltration of a crime syndicate via the fashion runway. Cue the radical makeover!
Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다: ★★.5
Only 만: ★★
Only 만: So, we ended up watching this movie to solve the problem of indecision on Hulu. I feel some regret in retrospect.
Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다: I think we knew what we were getting ourselves into. It was clearly the Korean version of Miss Congeniality except with Kang Ji Hwan playing the Sandra Bullock role. Plus, we wanted to see Lee Soo Hyuk, regardless of what kind of crap he had associated himself with.
Only: Yes, Lee Soo Hyuk was a big draw, as was Kang Ji Hwan, who let us down a little bit by spending much of the movie looking either disgustingly dirty or ridiculous. But, let’s start with what we liked about it. I enjoyed the beginning because it was so ridiculous. Also, it was fun playing spot the model-turned-actor in the background, including a cameo by Kim Woo Bin (with eyeliner, no less), and Choi Tae Hwan from “Secret Love Affair”.
Junggugeo Kaenada: I definitely enjoyed watching Kang Ji Hwan enthusiastically make a fool of himself. For such a good looking guy, I find that he really enjoys making himself as unattractive as possible in his roles. But, as skinny as Kang Ji Hwan made himself, nothing beats the real thing. Watching the professionals like Lee Soo Hyuk and Kim Young Kwang walk the runway was sigh inducing.
Only: In his defense, he was given the most ridiculous outfits to wear, and possibly the worst hair. And yes, I would agree with your assessment that he enjoys playing against his looks, which is a luxury you can enjoy if you’re super attractive.
That said, I was thinking we should talk about the story or something, but I don’t know that we need to. It’s basically an excuse for Kang Ji Hwan to act ridiculous, while surrounded by male models.
Junggugeo Kaenada: The terrible thing is that it never occurred to me to even try keeping up with the weak plot. All I knew was that Kang Ji Hwan was fat and gross, and he was going to rapidly lose weight and get a makeover. Topless scene – check. Redemption on the runway – check. Lee Soo Hyuk is actually a good guy so we can just lust after him without feeling guilty – check.
Only: Let us not forget Kim Young Kwang’s shirtless scene. And also, the requisite jokes about models being hungry. Actually, I laughed out loud at that one, where Kim Young Kwang is at his other job as a waiter and starts eating the food on the table, because he’s so hungry.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Do we even bother mentioning how offensive the movie was in its depiction of fashion people, including the requisite gay character?
Only: It was pretty offensive in its depiction of humanity in general. But, I couldn’t take it that seriously.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Haha. True. Though, I think our eyes were watering from some of the offensive outfits that the supposed fashion designer was sporting.
Only: Yes. At one point, Sung Yu Ri showed up in an outfit that looked suspiciously like a prom dress from “Beverly Hills, 90210”. I was forced to assume she was being avant garde in a way I didn’t understand, like Ryohei in “Soulmate”.
Junggugeo Kaenada: I don’t think there is much more to say about Runway Cop, because it was mediocre and superficial.
Only: Well, it was entertaining up to a point, and then it dragged, surprisingly. To sum up, it’s a good movie to watch if you don’t want to tax your brain cells, and you don’t intend to pay close attention.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Except when someone pretty shows up.