Mun Geun-yeong, the elfin-faced star of "My Little Bride" and psycho-horror "A Tale of Two Sisters," keeps "Innocent Steps" light on its feet. Romantic comedy about a washed-up ballroom champ and a teenage imposter won't replicate its local success (north of 2 million admissions this spring) far offshore, but is worth a peek by Asiaphiles for Mun's performance.
Mun Geun-yeong, the elfin-faced star of “My Little Bride” and psycho-horror “A Tale of Two Sisters,” keeps “Innocent Steps” light on its feet. Romantic comedy about a washed-up ballroom champ and a teenage imposter won’t replicate its local success (north of 2 million admissions this spring) far offshore, but is worth a peek by Asiaphiles for Mun’s performance. Pic is also superior to last year’s ballroom meller, “Dance With the Wind.”
Hoping to make a comeback, Na Yeong-sae (Park Geon-hyeong) arranges to marry an ethnically Korean champion dancer from China. Only after they’ve registered does he find his bride is actually his intended’s younger sister, Jang Chae-rin (Mun), with almost zero terp experience. Between avoiding Eros’ darts, Yeong-sae tries to train Chae-rin to competition standards in three months. Plot doesn’t hold water for a second, but Chae-rin’s gradual transformation from hick teen to sexy dance partner is cleverly handled by Mun (and pic’s makeup and costume departments), and thesp is a nifty mover on the dance floor alongside musical performer Park. Helmer Park Yeong-hun (“Addicted,” 2002) delivers a good-looking package that only runs out of steam in the final reel.