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Okay! Madam

Opening Date
24 Sep 2020
101 mins
Korean with English & Chinese subtitles
Action, Comedy
Cheol-ha Lee
Stars: Sung-woong Park, Sang-yoon Lee, Uhm Junghwa
Mi-Young runs a shop at a traditional market, where she makes and sells twisted breadsticks. Her husband Seok-Hwan works as a computer repairman. One day, Seok-Hwan wins a free trip to Hawaii. Mi-Young and Seok-Hwan will go on their first international trip together. When Mi-Young and Seok-Hwan get on the aeroplane to Hawaii, things don't go as expected. Terrorists, including Cheol-Seung who chase after a secret agent, get on the same aeroplane. The passengers soon become hostages. Suddenly, Mi-Young and Seok-Hwan begin to rescue the passengers.
By Flora  24 Sep 2020
'Okay! Madam' is a feel-good and fun comedy that brings out the much-needed laughter during this period of time.
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Korean singer and actor Uhm Jung-hwa makes her return to the big screen after 5 years in this action comedy, ‘Okay! Madam’, directed by Lee Cheol-ha. 

Mi-Young (Uhm Jung-hwa) is a traditional market seller who sells her famous twisted bread sticks. Her husband Seok-hwan (Park Sung-Woong) works as a regular computer repairman who loves his family. One day, Seok-hwan learned that she has won a free trip to Hawaii. For the frugal family, this is their first international trip together and they excitement soon turned a little unexpected when a group of terrorists boarded the plane, ready to thwart their holiday plans. 

The bulk of the movie focuses on what happened on the plane as the North Korean terrorists move into action. It is a comedy film after all, so don’t expect it to move in an action ‘Air Force One’-like direction. Ahjumma (middle-aged woman) Mi-Young somehow landed herself in the toilet when the terrorists rounded all the passengers together, leaving her to reveal her identity as a highly-skilled former international spy. Her husband, on the other hand, had also hid his identity as a former computer whiz working fo the government. They work hand-in-hand to help take down the terrorists while being 30,000 feet in the air. 

Actor Bae Jung-nam plays Hyun-min, the old rookie air steward who aspires to be a spy. Despite not possessing any fighting skills nor wits, he actually becomes an assistant to Mi-Young, helping her to search for the documents, uniforms and equipment in the plane. It’s a pity that Bae’s character becomes the central reason for the comedy genre. Sure, his character is the idiot class clown that makes everyone laugh - whether for his action or delivery of lines. While it definitely made the film much funnier, it was a tad relying too much on the overdone slapstick trope. There were points in the film where it becomes stupid and ‘unfunny’ for the audience. 

The star of the film, in my opinion, goes to the child actress who plays the daughter of the thrifty couple. Perhaps it does feel more alright when a young child goes overboard with her exaggerated expressions because it makes her cute, and in moments, even used it to her benefit. Another aspect of the film that executed pretty well is the action scenes. It’s not easy to choreograph a fight scene with a small space, considering the only parts for combat are the aisles and cockpit, which were heavily used. The fast shots of Uhm flexing her fighting skills against men who were bigger and taller than her was a delight to watch. 

In all, 'Okay! Madam' is a feel-good and fun comedy that brings out the much-needed laughter during this period of time. It’s not a full-on action comedy neither is it one that tickles the brain, but if you are looking for a show to just wind down and give yourself a little pat on the shoulders, this is the one to look out for. 
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