The review of Beauty Water, an animated film based on a webtoon, which wonders what if to improve ourselves, we can only do it artificially?
Human beings are constantly looking for beauty or so it seems… Let’s start like this the review of Beauty Water. They strive not only for outward beauty, but also for the beauty that creates the perfect human being, to be smarter, more athletic and even kinder. When we can alter our bodies so easily with medical procedures, technological implants and digital enhancements, we have perhaps become part of thewas of the posthuman and this is the premise of the last South Korean horror animated film of the webtoon creator Oh Seong-daeBeauty Water.
Only an author like him could come up with a concept of a miraculous water that literally helps you get rid of your imperfections to become beautiful, even if only on the surface. This animated film is based on a story of theanthology thriller in Oh, Tales of the Unusual, but there are some differences. Yaeji’s character (Moon Nam-sook) receives a deeper backstory and new characters are introduced such as celebrity Miri (Kim Bo-young) and talent manager (Choi Seung-hoon). The roles of some characters have also changed, such as the art student who helped sculpt Yaeji’s face, replaced by the official Beauty Water surgeon (Jo Hyeon-jeong).
Beauty Water is also an animated horror-thriller that caused a sensation in the international animated festival scene.
Adapted from the hugely popular Webtoon Naver “Tales of the Unusual” by Oh Sung-dae, Beauty Water is a dark and disturbing social critique of the modern state of beauty standards almost unattainable and the destructive role it takes on those involved in an endless quest to perfect their appearance.
Beauty Water manages to explore this dark side of society in a way that is not only sometimes very entertaining through its great use of classic horror elements, but its unique animation style helps create a creepy yet visually stimulating descent into hell that pushes us to unexpected boundaries.
An obese makeup artist named Yae-ji is mercilessly teased online after she appears as a guest on a segment of a shopping channel that sells diet pills and decides to respond to an ad she received on her phone offering him. a new life. You have to be careful with this type of message as Squid Game teaches us …
He learns of an incredible product called beauty water, which once applied will allow the body to be easily cut and shaped to shape a completely new face or even a perfect body. After putting up the huge sum of money, she shapes her body to conform to the ideal beauty standard: a cute little face, big round eyes, slender body and big breasts.
Taking the new name of Seol-hae, her jaw-dropping beauty instantly opens up new opportunities for her in the form of the men she is capable of meeting and career advancement possibilities that were previously unattainable. But her acceleration towards her beauty comes at a high cost that begins to put the safety of her and her family into unimaginable risks, and the new world she entered threatens to be far worse than the one she left. Below is the trailer published on YouTube:
“Do you feel loved now?”
We continue the review of Beauty Water noting the fact that the film is very good at conveying his broad social critique of image-obsessed culture South Korea (but not only …) by sharply focusing the lens on its tragic main character. With a duration of only 85 minutesthe story never feels boring and moves at a great pace.
Like a big webtoon that lets you scroll through the frames, Beauty Water is a slow one imbued with moments of high intensity and nightmare images that perfectly complement his retro-style horror story.
Beauty Water portrays the world opening up to Seol-hae after she has become an attractive bombshell and the realistic encounters she has built on a bed of superficiality. Having previously been nearly discarded by society as the obese designer she was, Seol-hae is now the object of every man’s desires. But the relationships Sol-hae pursues never match her expectations, and the film does a great job of showing just how simply relying on changing appearances as cure-all is madness because it rarely addresses the deepest problems within the individual.
It also effectively presents the addictive nature of plastic surgery in this way as a kind of drug that provides a quick but short-term level of satisfaction. And in its latest shot, Beauty Water shows us that the world lived in the shoes of someone who is considered beautiful it’s not necessarily an easier world. Rather, it is filled with its own set of grotesque monsters and super monsters.
Beauty Water’s attractive animation style features a unique blend of 2D and 3D animation for objects and environments that houses its animated characters that appear in 3D. Although there are occasional lighted outdoor settings, the film takes place indoors mostly menacing and dark with richly saturated colors that make the blood red glow and pop as the orange undertones of the sun’s rays radiate to illuminate the subjects.
This style of animation also created some very interesting lighting opportunities, you will particularly love the night views of Seoul.
It is worth noting that even though Beauty Water is an animated film, it remains an unflappable adult film full of violence, mature themes, horrific scenes of body modification and nudity.
We know that you already have curiosity to see this film but it will not be easy to find it, unfortunately it is not present on any of the known platforms but if you commit yourself you will find it. So we have come to the conclusion of Beauty Water and we want to point out the last aspects. The superb voice acting of his talented team, and the fact that the characters move stiffly at times and the dialogues in many cases they are not fully synchronized with the movement of the lips and mouth and appears to be a technical limitation rather than a stylistic choice, but it is something that could be annoying for those sensitive to the matter.
Beauty Water being animated leaves plenty of opportunities for local dubbing as well, so this problem is predictable and has most likely been predicted. The music, however, is very strong and the soundtrack includes great moments of suspense and surprise.
South Korea is a country with a roaring entertainment industry fueled by the hits of K-Pop, film and celebrity culture both nationally and internationally. This, in tandem with the emergence of online social media, has allowed for a certain level of intense release and expression that is not typically tolerated in daily face-to-face interaction.
The result has only exacerbated a pre-existing condition of a society that places enormous emphasis on outward appearances and the effects have been astounding.
New forms of bullying through ridicule or shame, idolatry and confrontation of oneself with others are all strong factors that lead many to deep depression.
Globally, South Korea is the lowest in self-esteem and has one of the highest rates of both plastic surgery and suicide. The correlation is obviously not a causality, but the link between the statistics seems clear enough. So while a film like Beauty Water maintains a high entertainment value when it comes to the thrills it offers, it also remains a poignant reminder of the gigantic social and mental health problems fueled by the country’s addiction to beauty.
As webtoons continue to grow in popularity both in South Korea and overseas, we will most likely see more and more film and television productions adapted from them in a way that could come close to that of Japanese productions. There seems to be a treasure trove of unique voices and stories waiting to be developed, with a mature tone ideal for launching Korean cinema into a new era of unique cinematic experiences.
Review by Laura Della Corte
We conclude the review of Beauty Water by saying that we are faced with a real laceration of the flesh around the characters and social structures that require perfection. The film attempts to raise the question of how, as the number of beauty pursuers proliferate in our society, we are forced to rethink what defines beauty and what it really entails to be a perfect human being.
I LIKE IT
- Beauty Water tackles gigantic social and mental health problems in a really simple story.
- The mixed animation style is very interesting even if it can be refined.
- The characters are much more in-depth than those of the webtoon.
- In some places the synchronization between animation and dubbing is not perfect and this can be a nuisance.