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Dasepo Sonyo (also called Dasepo Naughty Girls) is a 2006 South Korean sex comedy about a high school filled with (mostly off-screen) sexual hijinks and the few virginal outcasts who are trying to fit in.

This film contains examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Vice-President Girl. She sabotages Poor Girl's chances of getting the lead in a school play in a humiliating fashion just to get the part for herself, then drops out after becoming a "born-again".
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: The first time we see Big Razor Sister, they are dressed as a schoolgirl, but Poor Girl initially calls them "Mister". Later, Poor Girl refers to them with feminine pronouns. However, much later in the movie, we see Big Razor Sister dressed as a man. Big Razor Sister's exact gender is never truly specified (contrast this to Double Eyes, who is explicitly a trans girl).
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  • Anthropomorphic Personification: For most of the movie, Poverty literally clings to Poor Girl like a stuffed animal backpack.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Double Eyes is cute as hell.
  • Bathos: A frequent element to the comedy in this film. For instance, the first scene after the opening credits has Poor Girl trying to talk herself into having sex with a stranger for money, but the scene ends with him asking her to play videogames with him instead. Later, she sees Anthony and goes into a long "I Want" Song about how beautiful he is... and then trips and tumbles down a staircase.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Poverty detaches itself from Poor Girl, and she goes on to work at a bank. But then it attaches itself to Anthony, as his parents are implicated in a financial scandal and he is forced to return to Switzerland, where he becomes a farmer. He's actually happy about this, though, because he was never terribly comfortable being so wealthy. And meanwhile, Poor Girl's mother is finally reunited with her long-lost son, but he turns out to be a penniless punk.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Poor Girl and Anthony both do this on occasion.
  • Creepy Cross Dresser: Big Razor Sis is far too old to be dressing up like a high school girl. On the other hand, she is much kinder to Poor Girl than anyone else.
  • The Cutie: Poor Girl, Double Eyes, and Bellflower.
  • Cyclops: There is a one-eyed character called "Cyclops".
  • Driven to Suicide: As the film opens, Poor Girl is so depressed over her situation that she's contemplating suicide.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The local loan shark's goons threaten to burn down Poor Girl's house - with her family in it - unless her mother's debts are paid off. When Poor Girl offers to have sex with them in exchange for more time, one of them slaps her and they stomp off in disgust at her proposition. When Poor Girl later meets their boss, he concedes that he seldom actually has his goons hurt people.
  • The Fake Cutie: Big Razor Sis.
  • The Grotesque: Cyclops is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Anthony, a student from Switzerland.
  • Horrible Housing: Poor Girl lives with her mother and little brother in a tiny one-room apartment. There's no bathroom indoors, so when her mother gets bedridden, she resorts to relieving herself in a bottle.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Poor Girl's mother has one, but she never actually dies from it.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Poor Girl has elements of this. Early in the film, she tries to become a call girl to feed her family, but her first customer has a rather unusual kink (he wants her to play a sexy fighting video game against him, because his wife refuses to.)
  • Innocently Insensitive: Anthony is so used to girls just throwing themselves at him that he has no idea how to actually woo a girl, and thus, when he tries to visit Poor Girl at her home, he makes an ass of himself and humiliates her.
  • "I Want" Song:
    • Both Poor Girl and Anthony have one each. Korean-speaking audiences are invited to sing along!
    • There's also W. B. Yeats' "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven", which is employed to give us an idea of what Anthony really wants.
  • Lap Pillow: Big Razor Sis lets Poor Girl rest her head in her lap after she's had a long cry.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Poor Girl has an older brother she's never met. Her mother put him up for adoption before she was born, and he was adopted by a Swiss couple. Her mother hopes that Anthony is the long-lost brother, but the real brother turns out to be a punkish vagrant named Hans.
  • Love Hurts: And how. Poor Girl loves Anthony, but he's way above her (and later, beneath her.) Anthony loves Double Eyes, but she hates him. And poor Cyclops thinks that the lovely Bellflower has a crush on him because of the scribblings in her textbook, but she actually borrowed the textbook... from Football Captain.
  • Magical Queer: Big Razor Sis helps Poor Girl to become more confident.
  • No Romantic Resolution: Poor Girl and Anthony never end up together.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Only a few of the characters have proper names. Most are just referred to by their title ("class monitor", "class president", etc.) The lead is just referred to as Poor Girl (though strangely enough, both of her siblings have given names.)
  • Platonic Prostitution: Poor Girl's few clients all seem to want something other than sex.
  • Ponzi: Poor Girl's dimwitted mother gets caught up in a literal pyramid scheme - she's tricked into buying dozens of worthless pyramids with the promise that she'd be able to sell them for lots of money.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: At one point, the theatre club has auditions for a play, where the young actresses are asked to imagine that they're opening a pot to discover that they're out of rice. Most of the actresses completely blow it.
  • Those Two Guys: Pompadour and Spiked Hair.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Anthony is greatly unsettled after realizing that Double Eyes isn't exactly ladylike.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: During the credits, drawings of the major characters appear, accompanied by text explaining their fates.