You'll be forgiven if you cringe a little when you first hear of director Jang Jin's upcoming Korean cop movie Man On High Heels
, expecting from the title and the transgender aspect of the story that what is coming is a broad and tasteless comedy. It's not. Instead, judging from the first poster art and trailer, what Jang has delivered here is a gritty and stylish thriller that treats the gender identification of its lead character very seriously and looks all the better for it.
Ji-wook is a
cold-blooded detective who would brutally assault and stop at nothing to
catch criminals. However, despite his perfectly masculine appearance,
Ji-wook struggles with a secret desire to be a woman. At last, Ji-wook
decides to get a sex-change. However, a gang Ji-wook had brutally
arrested by force plots revenge against him. While Ji-wook resigns and
secretly dreams of transforming into a real woman, people close to him
get caught up in a conspiracy... and killed. When the one person he must
protect, 'Jang-mi', also falls in danger, Ji-wook faces a crossroads in
making his choice.
Take a look at the trailer below.
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