Review: ‘Wet Dreams’

Known as South Korea's first "American Pie"-like comedy, "Wet Dreams" is low on gross-out visuals and higher on innocent romance. Directed by Jeong Cho-shin, the story of a hormonal teen who decides he'll lose his virginity only to a woman he loves has done robust biz and would make an amusing curio in Asian-themed events.

Known locally as South Korea’s first “American Pie”-like comedy, “Wet Dreams” is relatively low on gross-out visuals and rather higher on innocent romance. Produced by “Shiri” helmer Jacky Kang’s KangJeGyu Films and directed by NYU grad Jeong Cho-shin (who made clever crime comedy “Jakarta”), the well-packaged story of a hormonal teen who decides he’ll lose his virginity only to a woman he loves has done robust biz since bowing early November and would make an amusing curio in Asian-themed events.

Set in 1988, pic opens with Dong-hyeon (Noh Hyeong-uk) and his pals tormented by the usual sexual urges, which they enterprisingly relieve with noodles and melons. Enter pretty new teacher Kim Yu-ri (Kim Seon-ah), with whom Dong-hyeon truly believes he’s fallen in love, and he tries to communicate his feelings. The only problem is she has the hots for dopey fellow teacher Gong Byeong-cheol (Lee Beom-su), so Dong-hyeon tries to help out. Early sex jokes soon give way to a well-plotted romantic comedy with a finale at a sports meet. With its wealth of scatological puns, dialogue will prove a challenge to any English subtitler. Technical credits are fine.

Wet Dreams

South Korea

Production

An A-Line release of a KangJeGyu Films production in association with Sidus HQ. (International sales: KangJeGyu Films, Seoul.) Produced by Meng Bo-reum. Executive producer, Goh Hyeong-gil. Directed by Jeong Cho-shin. Screenplay, Park Je-woon.

Crew

Camera (color), Seo Jeong-min; editor, Nam Na-yeong; music, Lee Yeong-ho, Lee Seo-yun; art director, Seo Myeong-hye; costumes, Lee Ja-yeong, Kim Yun-heui, Kim Su-hyeon. Reviewed at CGV 1, Pusan, South Korea, Nov. 16, 2002.Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Lee Beom-su, Kim Seon-ah, Noh Hyeong-uk, Jeon Jae-hyeong, Ahn Jae-hong, Jeong Dae-hun, Lee Hung-ryeol, Park Seong-mi, Gong Hyeong-jin.
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