"Unlike the usual softcore crap on late night cable, "Yellow Hair" is interesting and fun to watch."
- Mighty Peking Man
Yellow Hair (1999)
AKA: The Blonde
Director: Kim Yu-Min
Producer: Lee Kwang-Min, Yoo Hi-Sook, Kim Byoung-Se
Writer: Son Jung-Seup (Kim Yoo-Min)
Cast: Lee Jae-Eun, Kim Ki-Yeon, Kim Hyoung-Cheol, Kim Hi-Ok, Min Kyeong-Jin, Kim Jong-Hoon, Park Kyoung-Hwan, Kang Tae-Joon, Son Jung-Seop
Running Time: 82 min.
Plot: A troubled businessman decides to "live" with two mysterious women who sport bright blonde hair. As time passes, the women's sexual obsession for this man becomes fatal when he begins to fall in love with another woman.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: Yuna (Lee Jae-eun of "Jakarta") and Sang (Kim Ki-Yeon) are two mysterious, sexy babes who like to go to clubs and party all night. It's not mentioned, but well-implied through hinty flashbacks that they share a troubled past that includes sharing the same boyfriends and breaking the law. They both dye their hair blonde to look more "older" according to Sang's character, hence the title. Go figure.
Young (Kim Hyoung-Cheol) is a troubled business man who appears to have lost everything and is now a drunk "Leaving Las Vegas" style. One night, Young heads to a Brazilian-style nightclub where he meets Yuna and Sang. For whatever reason, he instantly bonds with the two girls. That same night, the girls take Young to their place where they come to the conclusion that Young will be living with them for awhile.
No time is wasted. Yuna falls for Young and what follows is sex, sex and more sex. Sang becomes a little irritated that Yuna is giving Young a lot more attention and is afraid that their friendship may be on the rocks. But before anything happens between them, Yuna shares her man with Sang. Both women take turns sleeping with Young. When not taking turns, they're doing some serious threesome action. This is where I realized that Young is my idol.
One day, Yuna and Sang go out to run some errands without Young. When they come back, Young is gone. Yuna goes ballistic and the audience discovers that she is a sex-crazed, obsessive, psychotic bitch. Sang , being the good friend she is, backs her on this 100%.
To make a long story short, Young falls in love with Eun-Mee (judging from my opinion, she is either a long lost friend or ex-lover). Eun-Mee is totally opposite of Yuna and Sang. Where those girls are wild, out of control and psychotic, Eun-Mee is an angel in human form. Instead of overdosing him with a wild nightlife and non-stop sex, she takes care of him as if he were her only child - trying to relieve him of his troubled life.
Hearing about Young's new found love through the grapevine, Yuna and Sang are now on the hunt. What follows are some bizarre, brutal and bloody scenes where this film makes a sudden transition from a Zalman King film (Wild Orchid) to an Abel Ferrara film (Bad Lieutenant).
I admit it. After seeing the beautiful and talented Lee Jae-eun in "Jakarta" I had to see more of her. With "Yellow Hair" I got more than what I bargained for. Lee Jae-eun is constantly naked and getting it on in bed. Not to say that the best thing about this film is the nudity and sex, the film does have some redeeming factors. Unlike the usual softcore crap on late night cable, "Yellow Hair" is interesting and fun to watch. Some of the locations, like that Brazilian nightclub, were pretty cool.
"Yellow Hair" is also well-directed and acted. I can't say the same for Kim Hyoung-Cheol, who played Young. It's not hat he was a bad actor, he just didn't seem to fit the role. I'm not sure if this is the right thing to say about him, but he seemed pretty gay (literally) most of the time and comes off more as an extra than a leading man.
I viewed this film on a DVD that featured no english subtitles. However, using resources on the internet, I was able to obtain a transcript of them. The funny thing is, I must of been 97% accurate on guessing the plot without english subtitles. Considering that the entire film's dialogue was able to be printed out on roughly 3-pieces of paper, this film can be easily understood with or without subtitles.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 7/10