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A Tale of Legendary Libido begins with a wooden nose, broken off a statue, that looks just like a penis. It’s been somehow activated by a widow’s prayer for a man to ‘reliever her loneliness’. When someone picks up the nose, a couple dozen young men in loincloths suddenly appear and have sex with everyone (and everything) in sight. Since this can disrupt a village’s daily routine, the magic wang is buried, hopefully never to be seen again. But of course it is, or there wouldn’t be a movie.

Later, the village has become a place where traditional gender roles are switched: women are sexually aggressive, and the men are too passive to even challenge a group of thugs from a neighboring village. All except Byun. Byun can run off the bad guys, but after an unfortunate experience where his crotch was set on fire, he can’t satisfy any woman in bed. The women of the village relentlessly make fun of him for his lack of skill and equipment. It’s even worse because his brother, Kang-mok, is the manliest of the manly men, coveted by all the women.

Byun forms a crush on beautiful newcomer Darling, who earns the enmity of the other women when their men play Peeping Tom while she’s bathing.

Meanwhile, an old man who was around during the original magic wang incident drops back in with his grandson. He takes pity on Byun and tells him where to find the buried nose, and that by sipping the wine it was buried in, he cane become a real man. But can’t have more than a sip of the wine, or the consequences could be dangerous.

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Predictably, Byun decides to chug the entire bottle instead. Trying not to bang is almost impossible, so he puts his sexual frustration into chopping piles of wood, drinking an entire stream and putting out a forest fire with his piss. The women are delighted to discover his newfound manhood, but they quickly realize that maybe having a man who can’t stop doing the nasty (and who has incredible powers of impregnation) might not be a good thing.

Despite the subject matter, the movie is shy about showing any nudity; you get a couple nipples, but any make nudity is censored with white circles. And don’t look for anything other than straight sex here- when a man makes overtures to Byun, he flips his shit. There’s a slightly uncomfortable rape reference when Byun refuses to stop banging a woman who’s had enough, but in the context of the film it’s merely slightly icky and not dismaying. In the end, after a series of increasingly bizarre antics, Byun’s sexual prowess is called upon to save the village.

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There’s loads of penis imagery here: the nose itself, random sticks, mushrooms. It’s funny, but over the course of two hours all the fake dicks get a little tiresome. Three-quarters of the jokes are funny, especially the fire-hose scene, but more than a few are overdone and fall flat. Each character has a single defining trait (Byun us downtrodden, Kang-mok is manly, Darling is ethereal) but none has a rounded personality.

Ultimately, this movie is as cheesy and silly as you’d expect. There’s an attempt to inject the story with some genuine feels near the end, but it’s not particularly successful- it would have been better to simply play the story as a straight (ha) sex farce. At almost two hours The Tale of Legendary Libido is far too long for what it is- a raunchy comedy with laughs but no real substance.