Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2013 Film Review: Whatcha Wearin’? (나의 P.S. 파트너) (MA15+) (South Korea, 2012)

Whatcha Wearin’? is a movie that was shown as part of KOFFIA 2013. This movie dealt with more mature themes, which made it really stand out to couples and very close best friends.

The opening to the movie was interesting, fun and engaging. The organizers of KOFFIA set the night as “pajama night’ where the idea was to dress up in the most comfortable pajamas one could find, most that “dressed up” came in interesting onesies. Out of those that were dressed comfortably, most took part in the game that was prepared.

A quick overview of the game is that the people were split in half, while half were asked to stand on one leg, with their other leg behind their knee, and the other team were given small pillows in order to try and get the other team to move their foot away from their knee. After a few minutes, the teams swapped.

A K-pop CD was given to each of the member of the team that won. As there was a CD left over, they (the organizers) then decided to award the most comfortably dressed with that CD. The winner was a Winnie-the-Pooh onesies with teddy bears stuffed inside, so that they were showing at the top.

It was a really fun event, and the audience cheered for which team they wanted to win as well as the individual person to win the prize.

Now for the actual movie. Whatcha Wearin’? is briefly about a girl whom expected to be proposed to one night, which never ended up happening. As the girl was sad about her partner not proposing to her, she tries to become more sexy and seductive by calling him and having phone sex with him. Unaware that she dialled the wrong number until she had finished, she realised that she may have started to enjoy it, and so did the recipient. The main guy role’s story was that his previous lover had moved town (after they broke up months ago). He then received a very interesting phone call, can you guess whose it was?

After many calls between them about each other’s love life, the two slowly formed a friendship, and after they meet for the first time, they started to form a physical relationship.

Of course things wouldn’t turn out that smoothly that they could just form a new relationship between the two. The girls “former” partner realizes that he is slowly loosing her, and in an attempt to bring her back, he proposes to her, in which she accepts. She only accepts because she saw the main guy back with his last girlfriend, whom has returned back home.

The ending to the movie wasn’t very unique. It was almost too predictable, however; that sort of ending can never get too old.

The characters were very well played. They used very famous actors for both the main roles and the side rolls. Its is worth checking out some of their other works as well.

The actors were not the only stars of this movie. The director did a fantastic job using special effects. An example would be, when the two are on the phone to each other about their relationship problems, the main guy would be walking throughout his house, and every time he changed rooms, he would be in his house or the girls’ house. Things like this were used throughout the movie, but the great thing about this movie was, that is was not overly done. They used the right amount of everything.

The different genres of the movie were also delicately balanced. When some laughter was needed to break the tension, the director would incorporate humor, but when there was beginning to be too much drama, there would be a scene with romance.

Review Score: FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

Running Time: 114 minutes (w/English Subtitles)

Whatcha Wearin’? will screen as part of KOFFIA Melbourne, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Friday 6th of September at 6.15pm.

Please visit www.koffia.com.au for more details.