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Two Guys

A Korean buddy comedy that relies less on goofball antics than character chemistry and well-constructed set pieces, "Two Guys" pairs young dim-bulb actor Cha Tae-hyeon and more experienced older thesp Park Jung-hun to surprisingly engaging effect. Yarn is a natural audience-pleaser for Asian-friendly events.

A Korean buddy comedy that relies less on goofball antics than character chemistry and well-constructed set pieces, “Two Guys” pairs young dim-bulb actor Cha Tae-hyeon (“My Sassy Girl”) and more experienced older thesp Park Jung-hun (“Two Cops,” “Nowhere to Hide”) to surprisingly engaging effect. Yarn about two opposites who end up turning the tables on their various pursuers is a natural audience-pleaser for Asian-friendly events.

Less-than-professional debt collector Park Jung-tae (Park) is sent to put the squeeze on penniless valet parker Hun (Cha) and ends up with him in a car owned by a gay Western spy with a stolen high-tech prize. Chased by various heavies, plus the South Korean secret service, the duo finally team with a beautiful crook (Han Eun-jeong) to outwit all parties in a clever handover in Seoul’s subway. Action sequences (within an apartment, atop a building, in a bath house) are skillfully choreographed for both character and laughs, and Park’s fake-cool demeanor provides welcome relief from Cha’s trademark mugging. Tech credits are proficient, but with no special style or look.

Two Guys

South Korea

  • Production: A Show East release and presentation of a Boram Entertainment production. (International sales: Cineclick Asia, Seoul.) Produced by Jo Weon-jang. Executive producer, Kim Dong-ju. Directed, written by Park Heon-su.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Park Jae-hyeong; editor, Ham Seong-weon; music, Oh Bong-jun; art director, Kim Min-ho. Reviewed at CGV 7, Bucheon, South Korea, July 19, 2004. Running time: 110 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Park Jung-hun, Cha Tae-hyeon, Han Eun-jeong, Son Hyeon-ju, Choi Jun-yong, Lee Hyeok-jae, Park In-hwan, Park Yun-bae, Kim Ae-gyeong, Kim Hyeong-jung, Jeong Heung-chae, Kim Gu-taek, Shin Seung-hwan.