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Mon, Feb 12


“If there’s any message in my songs, it is to believe in your dreams.” Oh Dong-gu has completely internalised pop singer Madonna’s message. Possessed of a body like Hercules and a mind that is pure Madonna, sixthform student Oh Dong-gu doesn’t just want to have a sex change – he wants to look like Madonna. Oh Dong-gu longs to be able to appear before his Japanese teacher – the love of his life – as a real woman. But the surgeryfor a sex change costs five million won – a sum he simply doesn’t have. Refusing to let this daunt him, Oh Dong-gu pursues his aim with dogged persistence.

Cheonhajangsa Madonna

One day, his big break arrives in the shape of the Inechon High School Wrestling Competition, the victor of which gets to take home a cash prize of five million won – exactly the amount Oh Dong-gu needs for his sex change operation. The thought of having to wrestle with men to get the money doesn’t appeal to Oh Dong-gu one little bit. But, if he is to become Madonna, he will have to become a wrestling champ first.

Cheonhajangsa Madonna

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Floored during the competition, his defeat separates him from his big dream of becoming a woman. Before him lies a long and stony path. The directors: “We saw a television report one day about a high school girls’ wrestling team. Afterwards, one of us started talking about wrestling, the other about Madonna. That was how LIKE A VIRGIN was born.”

Screenings at the festival
Mon, Feb 12, 17:00 Zoo Palast 4 (E)
Wed, Feb 14, 18:00 Colosseum 1 (E)
Sat, Feb 17, 14:30 Zoo Palast 4 (E)