My Paparotti

My Paparotti (2013)

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Sang Jin, a formerly promising vocalist, now works as a high school music teacher after suffering from a vocal cord tumor. His ordinary life becomes full of drama when Jang Ho, a local teenage gangster, is transferred to Sang Jin's school. Jang Ho is a thorn in Sang Jin's side, but upon hearing Jang Ho sing, he is deeply impressed with his natural talent and decides to commit to his training. As read morethe two develop their special bond, an unexpected conflict arises between the two gangs in town which forces Jang Ho into a critical situation. ~~ Based on the real-life story of Kim Ho Joong.

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  • Also Known as:

    나의 파파로티; Naui Paparoti; I Am Paparoti; Paparoti; My Pavarotti;

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  • Lee Je Hoon
    Jang Ho (high school student with singing talent)
    Main Role
  • Han Seok Kyu
    Sang Jin (High school teacher)
    Main Role
  • Kang So Ra
    Sook Hee (Jang Ho's girlfriend)
    Supporting Role
  • Oh Dal Soo
    Deok Saeng [High school principal]
    Supporting Role
  • Jin Kyung
    Sang Jin's Wife
    Supporting Role
  • Jo Jin Woong
    Chang Soo
    Supporting Role

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Feb 14, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
When I find out a work is based on a true story, I get all those complicated feelings and the work becomes personal. Same happened here..

To fight all this s***** life and actually work towards your dream is not an easy thing to do. What's harder is finding such a teacher. I was fortunate to meet such professors back in college and I'm trying to be that kind of teacher to read more my students -i'm far behind though- but not every one is as lucky as I was.

The student-teacher relationship in this film is so touching. It's the kind of special relationship I would love to have with my students but too scared to. To get involved into somebody else's life is terrifying.

The chemistry between the two actors in insane. No wonder they were dashing in Secret Door.

Kang So Ra was so cute. I loved her role.

No matter who was singing, the songs and music just went straight to my heart.

The story is so touching; I kept crying throughout.

There are many funny scenes which lighten the mood.

Perfect! Will definitely watch it again -though I never rewatch anything-
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9 people found this review helpful
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Jun 9, 2017
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
Touching and down-to-earth story just like its countryside settings.

Paparotti's story is pretty typical in every way – teacher-student relationship, birth of a great musician, gang member turn something great, and a few more. But, the movie is still so alive and sweet thanks to our two leads.

I love Lee Jehoon's character and his acting the most. His gestures, his dialect and the countless emotions he portrays are so real and read more most of the time so heart-wrenching even when he smiles. Casting him in here was the best decision of this entire production so far.

On the other hand, his character's backstory as a gang member doesn't speak to me much even though I love his bond with his boss Jo Jinwoong's character. This gang story felt repetitive and not a single twist was added for flavor, and it was a bit far-fetched for a countryside high school setting. I know it's based on a true story, but in real life, he wasn't a gang member but merely a school delinquent who beat up his friends. The movie could've been fine that way too.

I also wish it explores more into Han Seokkyu's background as a vocalist. So basically, the story focuses a lot on the bond between teacher and student without touching deep into any specific topic. In that light, it's a good story to watch on a lazy afternoon (with a box of tissue). Their teacher-student relationship was really sweet and gave me a lot of Gokusen vibe, and I always fall for stories of this kind.

The music lived up to its name for being a music movie. The comedy was okay. Overall it was a down-to-earth story that grew on me over 2 hours of its runtime instead of being so fancy and in-your-face from the start. I cried a lot and I'm still listening to "You're the Person Who Gave Me Happiness".
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My Paparotti is Korean. Seasons Change is Thai. While My Paparotti focuses on the bond between teacher and student, Seasons Change focuses more on the bond between a romantic couple with a love triangle. Both have a down-to-earth tone.
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About another gifted singer who makes it big b/c of one person who helped him along ~ both are inspirational and will leave you in awe of their voices <3

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    marwagennish Jun 14, 2017 - edited

    where can i find engish sub!

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    Lily May 21, 2017 - edited

    Loved the cast - it was like a hybrid of Signal and A Tree with Deep Roots, but I didn't find the movie to be that memorable. Some moments were funny, others were touching, but in the end, it didn't really speak to me that much.

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      ClaudiaKdramaFan 3 days ago

      It is based on a real story, it was only covering the point where he came out of the gangs and into music, if you want to know about his life you can google it. :)

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    Kliorin Mar 24, 2017
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    XingBack Feb 12, 2017 - edited

    The most beautiful amazing touching funny intense heartwarming inspiring movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This movie is exactly what I was looking for...
    granted, I have a soft for Opera, another for Lee Je Hoon, and yet another for Kang So Ra...
    but the whole journey of this movie was perfect... it had a great balance of every genre...
    I couldn't help but smile at anything Je Hoonie does, he was so cute, adorable and so heartbreaking... his acting through the opera songs was AMAZING, it gave me chills...

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    KmjSsk Nov 17, 2016 - edited
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    WhiteCloud Oct 2, 2016 - edited

    This movie made me laugh and cry a lot. It is a great movie.

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    bmore Sep 25, 2016 - edited

    Lovely movie. Sweet and heartfelt with lovely music. It would have been nice if I could find ANYWHERE that the person who actually did Lee Je Hoon's singing was given credit. All the reviews and articles I found only said the songs were dubbed, but no credit given in any of them. The closest I could find was one review that said numerous auditions were held with professional opera singers until they could find one whose voice range closely mimicked Le Je Hoon's (he does actually sing, just not opera!). Not a new or innovative story, but one beautifully acted and well worth the time spent watching. 8.5/10

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      Wednes Jun 9, 2017

      I'm sure it was Kang Yoseb (Joseph) :)

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      bmore Jun 9, 2017

      I remember reading about him when I was digging around trying to find out who it was. Whoever it was they surely should have gotten credit. Lovely voice.

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    Mica Aug 6, 2016 - edited
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    jin May 25, 2016

    Despite obvious story-line, it was well-done by both the actor and the director. I highly recommend it, you will want to watch it more than once and fall in love with it!

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    Faa May 11, 2016

    if you are deciding whether to watch it or not.. give it a go.. It is worth it ♥

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    Loved every little thing about this movie!!! It's so heartwarming <3 The friendship the developed between the leads was so nice to see ^^ It felt as if they were real father & son <3 and Lee Je Hoon - I had hearts in my eyes ^_^ He's so handsome and he NAILED this role!!! :D and my gosh that one scene in the bathroom had me rolling with laughter b/c my mom ended up coming into my room at that very moment! hahaha - made it so much funnier than it probably was :P I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes :P

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    sound Mar 25, 2016

    thanks guys for the links !

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    displacedmoon Jan 18, 2016 - edited

    Words cannot describe how touching and beautiful this movie was. Han Seok Kyu was fantastic as always. I had never really seen Lee Je Hoon in anything else before -- but wow...he's a really good actor. I think i'll go have to 'stalk' his other movies/dramas.


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Mar 14, 2013
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 7 min.


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    8.5 (scored by 667 users)
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