Directed by Lee Suk-Hoon
Note: the Cinepolis screening of DANCING QUEEN is 21+ only and alcohol is available for purchase.
Behind every great man, is an even more fabulous dancing hot mama, wasting away in leg warmers until she lands that big break. And for all of us wannabe great men and dancing hot mamas, there is the lively K-pop charmer DANCING QUEEN which, like a good hit of Nescafe coffee mix, has all the ingredients for a perky sweet time, not least of which includes superstars Hwang Jeong-min and real-life former “Queen of Pop” Uhm Jung-hwa.
Continuing the Sunny (Spring Showcase ’12) trend of Korean coming-of-age films for the middle-aged, DANCING QUEEN begins with a bang, taking us from school-age crush to domestic doldrums in the rush of a few music-packed, sight-gag-filled minutes. Hwang and Uhm make the perfect bumbling couple, entertaining us with their stubborn affection. Uhm plays a former 80s dance-floor-queen-turned-aerobics-instructor who secretly auditions for an American Idol-style show, braving the ridicule that ensues. Her husband (Hwang), a struggling country lawyer with a knack for being an accidental hero, gets tapped to run for mayor of Seoul as a disingenuous ploy by the ruling political party.
In their middle age, both get one last best chance to chase their dreams: he as populist champion, she for girl-group celebrity. But in a world of tongue-wagging and age-policing, there’s room for only one sequin-shimmering, live broadcast dream to shine. What results is a hilarious tale of screwball love, hidden identities, and a rousing ending that will have the tears flowing as fast as you can dust off your personal karaoke mic. DANCING QUEEN delivers the K-pop package at 100%: full of laughs, tears, music, and socio-political heart. –Christina Ree
Cast: Uhm Jung-hwa, Hwang Jung-min, Lee Han-wi, Ra Mi-ran