Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Shi-young’s quirky new rom-com
by | January 12, 2013 | 48 Comments

Lee Shi-young really does have a great niche carved out as a quirky rom-com heroine. She’s got a new movie due out next month called, hilariously, Men: An Operating Manual. (It’s the best way to translate it without calling the thing How to Use Men, which sounds like a whole other thing entirely.) Her leading man is Oh Jung-sae, who’s playing one of the better characters in the current MBC drama I Miss You — Yoochun’s partner, the funny cop. I’d much rather watch the drama where those two get their happily ever after. Get to it, fanfic!

It’s the first project from newbie director Lee Won-suk, and there’s a 2008 sitcom with the same title that I think is loosely a similar premise, but not the exact same thing. Park Young-kyu plays a quack dating guru, Dr. Swaltsky, who advertises that he knows the world’s best-kept secret: how to operate a man. He advertises to lonely single women that with his secrets, they can get Jang Dong-gun, Jung Woo-sung, or Hyun Bin. That doesn’t sound like a scam at all!

Lee Shi-young plays Choi Bo-na, a woman who can’t even remember the last real relationship she had. But one day she gets her hands on this manual, and she follows it to the letter, and suddenly men are falling all over themselves to get her attention. And then, just like Dr. Swaltsky says, she catches the attention of a top star (played by Oh Jung-sae). But, uh, Jang Dong-gun he is not, which is kinda the point — he’s the diva without the creds, and I think he’s going to be hilarious.

It seems like the self-help video itself will be a big part of the movie, peppered throughout to cheestastic effect. It’s also a dating manual, so it’ll figure into how she goes about the relationship, which can only end in tears for her but will probably mean laughs for us. Cute.

Men: An Operating Manual hits theaters in February.

Via Xports News


48 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Arhazivory

    Well, this sounds fun. lol at that headlining poster.

    • 1.1 a_diva

      it does sound fun, doesn’t it!? when i read the first paragraph i thought it was silly and stupid but as i read on, it started sounding quite interesting. i can’t wait to watch!

  2. JoAnne

    I adore the pony-tailed detective so this is great news!

  3. shiku

    The premise sounds a little like Think like a Man. Sounds interesting so I wouldn’t mind watching it.

  4. Ace

    I thought this is gonna be a new rom-com drama, but I’d take what I can get as I enjoy Lee Shi-young in her film roles. Her dramas are kinda hit or miss, sometimes it’s both like Wild Romance, hehe.

    “…he’s the diva without the creds, and I think he’s going to be hilarious.”

    If she didn’t already co-star with Siwon in the forgettable and boring Poseidon, I think it would be great again for him to play this role. It would be typecasting but I can’t get enough of him being a diva top star. πŸ˜‰

    • 4.1 Biscuit

      LDH and Jang Hyuk sillbe starring as leads of the same drama for their third time.

  5. Katie

    I’m excited I love her! She’s so cute and the premise sounds really interesting. Too bad I can’t watch it in theaters and have to wait for it to come out on DVD with subs… (cough cough My PS Partner as well cough).

  6. Tammie

    I so love Lee Shi-young and so does hubby. The faces she makes are priceless. I’ll have to rope hubby into watching with me!

  7. Quiet Thought

    Good for her. Lee Shi-Young deserves better material than she’s been getting.

  8. dewaanifordrama

    This looks like hilarious hijinks for sure!

  9. trotwood

    This looks fun. I really like her. I even like her when she is in something I do not like. Will be waiting to see this when it comes out with subs (like Katie, waiting patiently for time to pass, so I, too can see My PS Partner!).

  10. 10 risa

    *can’t comment ’cause I’m too busy googling Dr. Swaltsky’s phone #*

    • 10.1 UJ

      Lmao pass it to me too when you find it :p

  11. 11 Biscuit

    LSH is so adorable and it looks like her rl personality is so cool… but as much as I love her… please change your hairstyle soon.

    • 11.1 kfangurl

      LOL! Well said! XD

      I think she’s cool too, and a very watchable actress, but I don’t dig the hair, and she’s had this one once before already in WR. Time for something more flattering, I agree!

  12. 12 Orion

    Lee Si Young is exactly the type of actress I like. Adorable and feminine, but not afraid to be absolutely nuts and make an idiot of herself for laughs. It shows confidence and I like that.

    Her being the lead in a quirky rom-com? I’m all over this like like a bunny on veggies.

  13. 13 Mai

    I still can’t believe this cute little girl can punch the hell out of someone! Never judge a book by its cover πŸ™‚

    • 13.1 Collibosher

      Pretty much the first and second things that run through my own mind at every mention or glance at her too! “Cute as a button and can pretty much beat the crap out of every other girl in the room…” πŸ˜‰

  14. 14 malta

    This looks so cute!

  15. 15 Whatsthescenario

    Ohh, looks fun!

  16. 16 canxi

    I heard about this!

    I love it and I love her!!! I really think Lee Si Young is truly hilarious and awesome & I feel like she has great chemistry with everyone. Can’t wait for this one. (: And the stills are so adorable, too!

  17. 17 ran

    I watched the teaser and it looks hilarious. The stills are adorable and cute in ones, funny in others xD no doubt LSY knows what she does best, her expressions always do it to me, naturally. so I can’t wait!

  18. 18 Cynthia

    LOL – she and her two leading men look like adverts for chronic Bed Head.

    This looks light and funny.

  19. 19 asdjfkl

    Omo she’s gonna have another movie too but its horror. She’s acting with Eom Ki Joon πŸ˜€
    Woahh she’s so busy these days!

  20. 20 Eunice

    Am I the only one a little put off by the poster? I know everything is coverered up but she still has her legs wide open…

  21. 21 Eunice

    Am I the only one a little put off by the poster? I know everything is covered up but she still has her legs wide open…

    Other than that, the movie does sound promising. I’m also just a sucker for rom -coms ^^

    • 21.1 Farpavilions

      I’m with you on the pose.. it’s a tad OBGYN and oh look at where they put the male lead…

    • 21.2 Gom

      I swear I didn’t mean to, but her legs’ position were the first thing I noticed. That must’ve been quite straining.

    • 21.3 Laeah

      I think it fits the theme of the title. xD

    • 21.4 sweetcloud

      Same here, the legs’ position remind me of a spider’s. Brrrrrr

  22. 22 Nallali

    oh! i want the pony tail, it suits him so well! and I love love LSY,any pretty girl thats not afraid to get down and dirty gets plenty of points from me! i always have this thing in my head that production companies would never mess with her pay or any of that crap other actors go through cuz she’ll literally kick their butts he he!

  23. 23 1aco

    LOL I was looking at the poster and I started thinking something naughty. ahha WTF were they thinking..

  24. 24 Sunshine

    romance with comedy and lee shi young…this is a have to see! i love the girl ever since wild romance!

  25. 25 Mara

    I love these two actors. They define comedy.

  26. 26 Mara

    I love these two actors. They define comedy. Putting this on my must watch list.

  27. 27 bd

    LSY has a “chameleon” face that is very expressive.

    In a couple of the pics, she looks like the actress who played the not very talented shaman in “Arang.”

  28. 28 jann

    It’s been a year and LSY is still finding it hard to grow her hair…damn that cut from wild romance! Anyway, this movie sounds great,,,I love that guy and they’ll be so cute together!! I think he used to stalk her in the movie ‘couples’…

  29. 29 Ivy

    Wow, this movie looks really cute πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to watch it!

  30. 30 Bu Young

    Lee Si Young is adorable!
    I’d love to watch this!

  31. 31 amber

    The wife’s comedy. Count me in.

  32. 32 altair

    This is going to be GOOD! Love both leads!

  33. 33 cath

    creepy poster

  34. 34 joyybrn

    Time for my Khultong to shine again! I love LSY since she took up the leading role of Wild Romance, I pray that she will get more exposure this year……like a new rom-com drama series……
    Kdrama gods please hear my prayers……
    I think her hair in this movie is still fresh in Wild Romance because I heard they shoot this after Wild Romance before she trained for her competition….

    Good Luck!

    • 34.1 Jambo42

      Is that what he nicknamed her in Wild Romance? Khultong? Thanks! I’ve been trying to replay it over and over, research what gull head is in Korean and I couldn’t find it.

      Anyway, w/the exception of the creepy ahjumma, i liked Wild Romance and thought it brought out the comedienne in LSY.

  35. 35 Zeffir

    how about naming this year ” the year of impending doom of the hair”? I can hardly name a recent drama without one of the leads showing up with the ugle perm..

  36. 36 Carinne

    WOW! I love the photo concepts a lot. The color contrasts are fabulous.

  37. 37 Ciara

    This sounds like it will be a cute movie! Can’t wait to watch it!

  38. 38 Toya

    Found and watched it online. Awesome movie!

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