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March 30, 2005

Please Teach Me English

Most westerners in Japan will have heard that request in one form or another. Meanwhile, the English-learning boom that hit Japan in the 1990s is now at full tilt in South Korea. "Please Teach Me English" is the title of well-received romantic comedy movie based in a beginners class at one of the country's growing number of English schools. It tells of young local government employee Na Young Ju (Lee Na Young), who hates English but is "recommended" to study after a speechless encounter with an expat at the city office, and Park Moon Su (Jang Hyeok), a shoe-store clerk and playboy who wants to use English for picking up girls and speaking to his sister in America. Na falls for Park on day one, but he only has eyes for the beautiful teacher, Cathy (Australian actress Angela Kelly). The lightweight comedy is directed by Kim Seong Su, better known for action flicks, who says he made the film as his revenge on English. Despite putting a lot of time and money into studying the language, he failed to master it. The film will be shown here with Japanese subtitles from April 16.

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