How to Use Guys with Secret Tips

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South Korea 2013 Rated PG 116:00 Korean with English subtitles Toronto Premiere

Bona (Lee Si-yeong, doing her best pouty Bae Doona impersonation) is an overworked and underpaid second assistant to a famous commercial director. She has been in this industry for over five years now, but is always given the grunt tasks, while her peers (mostly male) are given preferential treatment.

After a particularly disastrous shoot, where she is blamed for inciting a spoiled actor’s outburst, she finds herself alone on a beach where she meets Dr. Swalski (Park Yeong-gyoo) and is talked into buying a set of self-help videos (on VHS, no less) entitled How to Use Guys with Secret Tips. At first she wonders why she wasted so much money on these videos, but as she transforms from a mopey, hoodie-wearing wet blanket who sulks in the corner of the office to confident director in her own right, she soon takes over her male- dominated company.

A battle of the sexes comedy that doesn’t sink with clichés, How to Use Guys with Secret Tips is a fun ride, with visual flair and an awesome soundtrack.

- AL