What a Man Wants (2018 Korean movie) review


Movie: “What a Man Wants”
Studio: Hive Mediacorp/Next Entertainment World
Year: 2018
Country of Origin: South Korea


I opted to watch this movie because it’s a recent movie when I was looking for a romantic comedy with an actor or in this case actress that I was familiar with. I’m a Song Jihyo fan since I’m familiar with her role in the Korean variety show, Running Man. I’ve never seen any of her acting projects, so I thought I’d give this movie a go.


Bongsoo is a chef who has a stale relationship with his wife, Miyoung. Together, they own a restaurant in Jeju Island, South Korea. They live with Miyoung’s older brother, Seokgeun and his wife. Seokgeun is a womanizer and cheats on his wife often. Not only does he cheat often, but is proud of it and tries to get the loyal Bongsoo to do it. Eventually, things get complicated as each character must prevent themselves from getting the truth exposed. Over the course of the film, they learn about why cheating on a spouse may not the best idea.


I liked that it actually takes place outside of Seoul where pretty much most dramas and movies take place. All characters were pretty charming in their own right. All the characters pretty much have their weaknesses and do some wrongs, but in the end, each of them are vindicated.

It’s an entertaining movie that’s definitely for adults only despite no nudity. They did a great job depicting sex without showing too much skin.


The pacing felt slow at some point. The build up in some scenes felt like it took a long time. It was listed as a comedy, but it wasn’t as funny as I was hoping it to be. There were chuckles here and there, but not enough “laugh out loud”.


It’s an entertaining movie. I’d suggest giving it a chance as the actress that really did a fantastic job was Lee El who portrays the vice that attracts both Bongsoo and Seokgeun on different occasion but eventually people see that her intent wasn’t to be used as womanizing bait.

Overall rating: 3.5/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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