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Cheonhajangsa Madonna

Like a Virgin

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LIKE A VIRGIN

"If there's any message in my songs, it is to believe in your dreams." Oh Dong-gu has completely internalised pop singer Madonna's message. Possessed of a body like Hercules and a mind that is pure Madonna, sixthform student Oh Dong-gu doesn't just want to have a sex change - he wants to look like Madonna. Oh Dong-gu longs to be able to appear before his Japanese teacher - the love of his life - as a real woman. But the surgery for a sex change costs five million won - a sum he simply doesn't have. Re fusing to let this daunt him, Oh Dong-gu pursues his aim with dogged persistence. One day, his big break arrives in the shape of the Inechon High School Wrestling Competition, the victor of which gets to take home a cash prize of five million won - exactly the amount Oh Dong-gu needs for his sex change operation. The thought of having to wrestle with men to get the money doesn't appeal to Oh Dong-gu one little bit. But, if he is to become Madonna, he will have to become a wrestling champ first. Floored during the competition, his defeat separates him from his big dream of becoming a woman. Before him lies a long and stony path. The directors: "We saw a television report one day about a high school girls' wrestling team. Afterwards, one of us started talking about wrestling, the other about Madonna. That was how LIKE A VIRGIN was born."

Republic of Korea (South Korea) 2006, 116 min

by

Lee Hae-young, Lee Hae-jun

with

Ryu Deok-hwan
Baek Yoon-sik
Kim Yoon-seok
Lee Sang-ah

World Sales

CJ Entertainment