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On November 20, 1994, a mysterious explosion destroys the Balam Bridge outside Seoul. Hot-blooded journalist Bang Woo (Hwang Jung Min) is on the story, and receives some classified documents from old friend Yoon Hyuk (Jin Goo), who hints that the explosion is actually the work of the government. Bang Woo and fellow reporters Hyo Kwan (Kim Min Hee) and Jin Ki (Kim Sang Ho) dig deeper into the strange case, only to uncover a huge conspiracy that is bigger than they could have ever imagined.
This edition comes with making-of, character featurettes, premiere, poster shoot, trailer, and other special features.
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|Also known as:||白鯨 白鲸|
|Artist Name(s):||Kim Min Hee (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Jin Gu (Actor) | Kim Sang Ho 金敏姬 (Actor) | 黃政民 (Actor) | 晉久 (Actor) | 金相浩 金敏姬 (Actor) | 黄政民 (Actor) | 晋久 (Actor) | 金相浩 キム・ミニ (Actor) | ファン・ジョンミン (Actor) | チン・グ (Actor) | キム・サンホ 김 민희 (Actor) | 황 정민 (Actor) | 진구 (Actor) | 김상호|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
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|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1024879321|
*Screen Format: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Wide Screen
*Sound Mix: 5.1 Dolby Digital
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테러, 민간인 사찰 그리고 음모론...
‘정부 위에 또 다른 조직’과 진실을 파헤치는 기자
1994년 11월 20일 서울 근교 발암교에서 일어난 의문의 폭발 사건. 사건을 추적하던 명인일보 사회부 기자 이방우 앞에 오랫동안 연락이 끊겼던 고향 후배 윤혁이 나타난다.
그는 이방우에게 일련의 자료들을 건네며 발암교 사건이 보여지는 것과 달리, 조작된 사건임을 암시한다.
발암교 폭발 사건의 진실을 파헤치기 위해 이방우는 동료기자 성효관, 손진기와 특별취재팀을 꾸리고 이 사건이 단순한 테러 사건이 아닌 민간인 사찰과 관련이 있는 정치적인 사건임을 알게 된다. 그리고 그 순간부터 취재를 방해하는 의문의 일당들로 인해 그들은 위험에 처하게 된다.
음모의 배후에 있는 정부 위의 정부, 검은 그림자 조직이 드러날수록 열혈 기자들의 진실을 향한 사투는 점점 미궁 속으로 빠져드는데…
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Professional Review of "Moby Dick (2011) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"
Although Moby Dick isn't an adaptation of the Herman Melville classic, but a Korean conspiracy thriller, the film does share a few themes with the whale chasing novel, primarily the all consuming pursuit of an obsession, in this case the hunting down of a mysterious all-powerful group who seem to be manipulating the country and government. Marking the debut of director Park In Je, the film follows the time honoured genre narrative by having as its protagonists a trio of investigative journalists, headed by popular star Hwang Jung Min (Private Eye), Kim Min Hee (The Actresses), and Kim Sang Ho (Moss).
The film is set back in 1984, and kicks off with a huge explosion that destroys the Balam Bridge just outside of Seoul. Although the official explanation suggests North Koreans or terrorists, reporter Bang Woo (Hwang Jung Min) has a hunch that there is something more to the story, a suspicion confirmed when his old friend and informant Yoon Hyuk (Jin Goo, Mother) turns up with some obscure documents that he claims are proof of a conspiracy. Teaming with colleagues Hyo Kwan (Kim Min Hee) and Jin Ki (Kim Sang Ho), Bang Woo sets about trying to find the truth behind the explosion, and soon realises that it's just the tip of the iceberg and that solving the enigma may cost him more than just his career.
Opening with a quote from the Melville novel and featuring several sequences of Bang Woo imagining himself in the depths of the ocean with a gargantuan whale, Moby Dick very appropriately focuses on the idea of power as a huge, murky beast that lurks in the shadows, controlling everything from behind the scenes. This fits very well with the plot, which was apparently based upon a real life story, and the setting, the film taking place during a crucial time in modern Korean history, not long after the country had become fully democratic. Director Park does a great and subtle job of using this to ground the film, and successfully brings the period to evocative life, with an authentic depiction of the newly unshackled media. This adds a definite depth to the proceedings, and although the conspiracy itself is fanciful, it's believable in the context of the film, and is well handled in terms of the timing of revelations, with an intelligent script that never spoon feeds the viewer easy answers. The film definitely benefits from Park's controlled handling, being complex and thoughtfully structured, without any sudden unmaskings or twists, building towards a conclusion which is not only rewarding, but more importantly sensible and in-keeping with its themes.
At the same time, the film is pretty action packed for a conspiracy mystery, and doesn't get dragged down by long stretches of dialogue or exposition. Park keeps the tension high throughout, with lots of car chases and sinister scenes of the shady villains trying to arrange fake accidents. Thankfully, although the film does have the feel of a Hollywood style blockbuster in places, it generally avoids gratuitous or explosive set pieces, and the action sequences are all well judged and effective. A few light touches along the way also help to keep things moving at a good pace, as does the chemistry and banter between the leads, with Hwang Jung Min in particular turning in an impressive performance as the dogged Bang Woo. Also in its favour is the fact that the film eschews the kind of needless subplots that might have been expected, with no romance between Bang Woo and Hyo Kwan, and very little of the usual Korean last act melodrama. The film looks good too, with a professional feel and some slick direction from Park, giving a gritty feel though still working in some very cinematic visuals and showing a deft use of pale colours.
All of this combines to make Moby Dick a very accomplished and involving film, and proof that Korea is every bit as capable as Hollywood when it comes to conspiracy thrillers. Gripping and requiring a fair bit of concentration from the viewer, it's a well written and well made film that should more than satisfy fans of the form.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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December 2, 2011
As someone unfamiliar with contemporary South Korean history, I wonder why the fictional story of Moby Dick takes place all the way back in 1994. Does the conspiracy in the film reflect a current event so closely that the times needed to be change to protect the innocent, or is it simply twisting a similar event that happened around that time? This is especially important in attempting to understand the context of the story, especially since it is surprisingly relevant in the post-9/11 world.
Like any conspiracy thriller, Moby Dick has its share of shadowy figures and deaths under unusual circumstances. However, the most important thing about such a procedural is having a group of investigators worth following. Here, that team is made up of three hardworking investigative journalists - the scoop-hungry Bang Woo (Hwang Jun Min), new middle-aged recruit Jin Gi (a very likable Kim Sang Ho), and rookie journalist Hyo Gwan (Kim Min Hee). The three risk their lives and their jobs to uncover the truth behind what appears to be a terrorist attack on a bridge with the help of Bang Woo's mysterious childhood friend Yoon Hyoek (Jin Goo), who may have had something to do with the bombing.
While the investigation process itself is not particularly compelling (one part literally involves spending days typing in passwords on a computer), co-writer/director Park In Je does effectively raise the stakes of the investigation by putting his characters in jeopardy through the form of a team of brutal secret police. While the elements are not particularly original, Park compensates for that by making us care about the fate of the characters even more than whether they find the truth or not.
On the other hand, Park does lay out a long path to a payoff - involving a sinister plan that reaches the highest levels of the South Korean government - that is powerful and possibly even shocking. However, setting the story in 1994 means that there's nearly a two-decade gap between the audience and the conspiracy. As a result, the revelation feels like something from a different era, and ultimately, its impact is lessened.
Nonetheless, Moby Dick remains effective because it doesn't only question the lengths the government will go to protect its own interest; it's also timely in questioning the nature of investigative journalism and how far it should go. "The job of a journalist is to tell the truth," Bang Woo's editor tells the truth-seeking reporter at one point in the film, "not solve the case." Even though the film then depicts the journalists saving the day with their investigative work, Park at least takes the effort to question how far journalists should go in the name of the truth, especially in the age of paparazzi on motorcycles and phone hacking.
Despite its flaws, Moby Dick is an engrossing thriller that's more than about delivering visceral thrills. It never reaches the height of great conspiracy thrillers like All the President's Men, but Park deserves to be lauded for taking on a genre rarely emulated in South Korean cinema and making it as successful as his film is. Knowing that a film like this will never be made in certain countries helps plenty, too.
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May 4, 2012
Enter The Deciders (and a Big Whale)
Its funny how ‘secret’ in “Moby Dic~k” is the considered focus, about ‘dark suits’ behind closed doors plotting secret power deals, whereas coincidence and in plain sight are everyday ironies to secrets. For instance why is the World Wide Web called that, when a web is a spider silk for trapping insects for food? Why not World Wide Wonder? Or Great Information Network (GIN)? And if I play a survival horror video game and later read a book on the same day with both mysteriously referring to Saturnalia, is it coincidence or nothing at all? Why do I ask questions? Well how do I know if invisible spies use ‘coincidental technology’ beams into my brain waves? Technology can be good and bad and it’s now surmised (in the UK) that dogs might be micro chipped from birth. Great to identify where your lost dog is, but say if the chip makes the dog mad? Well we all get coincidences and maybe there’s more to the ‘secret’ of life than we can possibly imagine. “Moby Dic~k” though also relates to the whale fable that here could signify a ‘force’ that Bang-woo, the little chap working as a news investigator, is a type of David to the Global Goliath. (I wonder if the whale was micro chipped?)
Anyway, “Moby D~ick” is a movie within established media structures about secret people. Who? Well, I don’t know, but people who seemingly manipulate politicians, events in the world and ultimately everyone on the planet and reside (apparently in this movie) in large rooms with glossy tables and metallic chairs and wear dark suits measured out by similar secret dress fitters. With conspiracy themes, too, its not only where/why secret organizations are strategically ‘planning events’ above political leadership and the like, but that something else must be above the secret organizations, making the very word ‘up’ more focusable. In any case, after a tragic bombing explosion of Balam bridge near Seoul in 1994 and blamed on North Korea, a secret organization piques the interest of journalist Bang-woo (Jung-min Hwang) after he receives classified documents (ooh CDs!) from his childhood friend Yoon-hyuk (Jin Goo) and that the Balam bridge bombing is not a supposed terrorist plot by North Korea, but a sinister clandestine plot by an organization acting ‘agent provocateur’ with a network of secret police, to manipulate blame upon North Korea. The incident causes a media backlash and public unrest in the South about the North’s interests (see below for other bit).
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May 4, 2012
Is Power really only a cure for boredom?
But Bang-woo pointed into conspiracy directions, reinforced by another journalist Jin-ki (Sang-ho Kim) who with his own collection of documents about secret government networks, all try to uncover the truth about the Balam bridge bombing. On his truth quest Bang-woo and his journalist team of operatives, including hacker lass Hyo-Kwan (Min-hee Kim) who does her own bit of Neo hacking with computer passwords, cause brutal secret police to exercise all their favorite face grimaces and start chasing, hunting and beating up Bang-woo and his expose team. Mostly “Moby D~ick” is a tense drama about journalists getting on in a bit of Mission Impossible action and clashing with local government agencies on their tail. And, yes conspiracy stuff. But it’s a good movie with at least suggesting a passion that not all things read in a newspaper or seen on news broadcasts are 100% factual.
What I found mostly interesting though, is how the movie characterizes Bang-woo and his journalist team as savvy and human journalist types, as news investigators are generally considered ‘soulless free loaders’ and getting very little favor. Its not exactly true of course as everyone as to scupper a wage to pay for a home mortgage three times over (stress), and I guess all trades have their good cop/bad cop lot. Journalists, too, have to integrate into this matrix called modern living and contribute with offspring, taxes, keeping camera sales high and getting the piddle taken out of them. Journalists, too, have their ‘script’ and can only achieve what the head of their company allows. Bang-woo though does seem to give a lot of passion to what is being hidden from people in the world and his hard endeavourer shows a man with genuine empathy with people as a whole, going against his editor to achieve it. Trouble is what can Bang-woo do with his exposure knowledge when he gets it all? What does the quest for power do when there’s nothing left to gain? I guess its a bit like how women see men, that whatever men desire they go to the ends of the earth to get it (money, land, women, planets), but after acquiring the object of desire become not really bothered with it any more. For me the biggest conspiracy is ‘fear’, constantly repetitive worry factors about health, terrorism, and economic crisis to keep people scared. This movie’s ‘Balam Bridge Terrorist Bombing’ shows another aspect of this.