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Uhm Jung-hwa hits it big with Dancing Queen

Here’s a look at the first big movie hit of the new year, the feel-good comedy Dancing Queen, starring Hwang Jung-min as a Seoul mayoral candidate and Uhm Jung-hwa as his wife who still hasn’t given up her dream to become a singer, well into her ajumma years. How cute. I love that they turned pop diva Uhm Jung-hwa into a homely-looking ajumma who dreams of being… well, Uhm Jung-hwa, the real-life version.

Hwang Jung-min plays a poor humanitarian lawyer who one day does a good deed and saves someone on the subway tracks. He gains some media attention and catches the eye of political backers, who decide that he’s the perfect guy to be their candidate for mayor. Suddenly there’s a media spin on everything in his life, like turning his bike-riding habit into a noble sacrifice for the environment. But the big kink in the campaign happens when they realize who his wife is…

Enter Uhm Jung-hwa, regular ajumma by day, popstar wannabe by night. She refuses to give up on her dream of becoming a singer, insisting on trying out for reality shows (featuring cameos by Lee Hyori and Leessang’s Gil as bewildered judges), despite everyone telling her that her time has passed. But she sticks with it, and actually starts to make something of her dream diva career (or adult-idol, as the movie calls it), just as her husband starts to be scrutinized as he runs for public office. Hijinks, they ensue.

It’s the perfect storm as far as casting goes, and I love the ajumma-gets-her-groove-back premise. Looks like a good time to be had by all. Dancing Queen hit number one at the box office opening weekend, and is playing in theaters now.

Via Hankook Ilbo

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wish I could speak Korean and not have to wait for subs. Another life...

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me too, ihave to wait for subs in spanish. two more lives heheh

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Keep watching dramas and your Korean will improve:)

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haha! that's exactly what i kept thinking... so i've stared learning korean now :P and if you watch more dramas, you'll be amazed you eventually pick up! what better excuse to watch than 'i need to watch to improve my listening and vocab'?

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*at how much

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So cool. I love those posters :)
And what a cute couple!

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I think Mama did pretty well too but that was an ensemble piece. I love her AND we're expecting a musical comeback since she had that tribute/performance at the KBS or SBS Gayo

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Ahh it looks adorable! But adult-idol seriously sounds... wrong xD Or I may be the only one with a pervy mind hahaha

I think that I must have caught on the "pun" trend on dramabeans, but may I add my on pun contribution to this blog? How about "adolt" (a mash up of adult + idol, inspired by A-dol from podcast #9) :D Ok that was lame sorry LOL

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BEG's Narsha was called an adult-idol on KBS's Invincible Youth because she made perverted, "adult" jokes on the show. xD

I wanna see this movie badly. It seems so cute and I looove Hwang Jung Min so much, even if he is an ahjusshi.

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i so wanna see that movie...right now!!!

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Lee Hyori and GIL!

Man, must be something in the Uhm parent's genes, because the Uhm Force is not to be reckoned with in either sibling. Ahjumma fighting!

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Hahaha. My favorite part in that trailer was the two-faced makeup with the fan. XD And then Lee Hyori with her crescent moon smile.

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Looks like a fun watch. Can't wait to see it

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The movie looks awesome :) AND it has Hwang Jung Min! I like Uhm Jung Hwa as well and love how they allowed her to use her diva side for the movie.

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This movie looks like a lot of fun. Hwang Jung-min is adorkable especially in the bike scene. BTW has Uhm Jung-hwa just got her lips done or have they been like this for a while?

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Ah, this is really interesting! Can't wait until it comes out online and subbed.

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Uh-oh, I think my expectations may be too high for this one. I totally adore both of the leads and they seem like they'd be great together, the premise is great, the trailer makes it look really cute-- I wonder if it'll be as awesome as it is in my head right now. (However, I seem to remember being not all that impressed by UJH's singing, but my memory of that is kinda fuzzy. Love her as an actress though, and could she be any more gorgeous?)

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This looks totally adorkable and adorable - what a great pairing of two really fine actors.

It's amusing picturing sweet Dog Feet as her brother - she SO must have been the boss of him when they were little.
:)

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Haha, I'm sure UTW has a giant noona complex.

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Absolutely adore Uhm Jung-hwa! :) Love her!

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UJH looks fab at her age... adore HJM :)
Me likes... Betcha UJH bullies her lil bro all the time :)

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I totally adore Hwang Jung-min! ;P Cannot wait for subs!

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Thanks so much for the article, looks like Dancing Queen is doing great at the box-office. Fighting!

Both HJM & UJH are so adorkable!!! ^^

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The time I saw the trailer, I promised to self I definitely have to watch this movie.. Love both the leads ( well little more for Uhm Junghwa ) and they're soooo great in romance comedy.
No wonder it makes big at the box office.

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AAHH CAN'T WAIT UNTIL I CAN WATCH THIS! It looks hilarious, plus I'm really excited to watch Uhm Jung Hwa in a comedic role!

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I love that this has an I Love Lucy feel to it. Definitely on my watch it.

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I love UJH and HJM! So watching this.

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Gotta say, Hwang Jung-min has picked some eclectic roles; a very versatile actor.

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Love Hwang Jung Min! I hope to watch this soon!

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I'm going to enjoy this! Both have comedic genius. :)

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i like her. she appears in good movies :) and i guess she'd rather keep a low profile on her sickness, but i really admire how she shows such passion while dealing with cancer

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Everything funny with Jung-Min in it is a win!

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I'll watch anything with HJM in it. He's old but i find him gorgeous. The ajusshi fetish in me speaking.

I wonder if they'll show the movie here.... I doubt it. Guess will have to wait for it to be posted online whilst praying that ACTA/SOPA will never be passed.

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Just saw the movie! It's already online with eng subs! Yay! Google it! It's sooo cute! And it's quite the social commentary. I totally LOVE UJH! She really showed that she's still got her groove on. HJM's acting was really good, too. It's a great feel-good movie. Can't wait to see what UJH comes up next!

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