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Oh! Brothers

Shades of "Rain Man" and "Dumb & Dumber" loom over "Oh! Brothers," a sibling character comedy that provides a good platform for two well-known thesps. But "Brothers" isn't funny enough as a pure movie to translate offshore. Locally, pic was a big fall hit.

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With: Lee Jeong-jae, Lee Beom-su, Lee Mun-shik, Kim Jun-heui, Ryu Seung-su, Park Yeong-gyu, Lee Weon-jeong, Kang Yang-hwa, Yun Seo-weon, Lee Hyeon-suk, Park Jun-ha, Gong Hyung-jin, Kim Hyung-ja.

Shades of “Rain Man” and “Dumb & Dumber” loom over “Oh! Brothers,” a sibling character comedy that provides a good platform for two well-known thesps. But “Brothers” isn’t funny enough as a pure movie to translate offshore. Locally, pic was a big fall hit, topping 3 million admissions, its theme of unlikely reunion carrying a special resonance for Korean auds.

When his father dies, amoral private dick Oh Sang-woo (Lee Jeong-jae from “An Affair”) needs to find his stepmother (Lee Hyeon-suk) to get his hands on dad’s loot and pay off a debt he owes a vicious cop (Lee Mun-shik). To this end, he invokes the help of his younger half-brother, Oh Bong-gu (Lee Beom-su from “Wet Dreams”). Bong-gu, who looks thirtysomethng, is actually a 12-year-old suffering from progeria, a premature aging disease, and Sang-woo uses his seemingly retarded nature to pry money from clients of a loan-shark (Park Yeong-gyu). First hour is leisurely with frequent jokes about Bong-gu’s sexual appetites. Two main thesps bond well, and proceedings get funnier in the second half, but with no special emotional undertow. Tech credits are OK.

Oh! Brothers

South Korea

Production: A KM Culture presentation and production, in association with Showbox. (International sales: KM Culture, Seoul.) Produced by Bang Chu-seong. Executive producer, Park Mu-seung. Directed, written by Kim Yong-hwa.

Crew: Camera (color), Park Hyeon-cheol; editor, Park Gok-ji; music, Kim Deok-yun; art director, Park Il-hyeon; costumes, Lee Da-yeon. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (industry screenings), Oct. 5, 2003. Running time: 108 MIN.

With: With: Lee Jeong-jae, Lee Beom-su, Lee Mun-shik, Kim Jun-heui, Ryu Seung-su, Park Yeong-gyu, Lee Weon-jeong, Kang Yang-hwa, Yun Seo-weon, Lee Hyeon-suk, Park Jun-ha, Gong Hyung-jin, Kim Hyung-ja.

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