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Written and produced by Kim Ki Duk, the gritty human drama Poongsan takes audiences deep into the nowhere land separating North and South Korea. Popular actor Yoon Kye Sang (Lovers of Six Years, The Greatest Love) delivers a career-making performance as the eponymous hero, a mysterious cross-border courier who carries the hopes and dreams of separated loved ones. He does his job silently and efficiently each time but his latest delivery is different. Kim Gyu Ri (Portrait of a Beauty) co-stars as a North Korean woman making the dangerous journey south in this powerful, critically acclaimed feature from Beautiful director Jeon Jae Hong. Japanese star Odagiri Joe, who starred in Kim Ki Duk's Dream, makes a cameo appearance in Poongsan.

Poongsan (Yoon Kye Sang) risks his life as a courier between separated families in North and South Korea. He finds clients himself based on memorial banners left along the DMZ. A former North Korean official (Kim Jong Soo) who has defected south asks the National Intelligence Service to bring his lover In Ok (Kim Gyu Ri) over in exchange for intel. The NIS secretly hire Poongsan for the job. Poongsan crosses the border to retrieve In Ok, and the two develop a strong, unvoiced bond in the perilous hours as obstacles emerge to threaten their lives. When they manage to complete the dangerous trek, what awaits them is more violence and disillusion.

This edition includes commentary, making-of, trailer, and other extras.

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Product Title: Poongsan (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Poongsan (DVD) (雙碟裝) (首批限量版) (韓國版) Poongsan (DVD) (双碟装) (首批限量版) (韩国版) プンサンケ (DVD) (2枚組) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 풍산개 (DVD) (2디스크) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: 豐山犬 丰山犬
Artist Name(s): Kim Gyu Ri (Kim Min Sun) (Actor) | Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Odagiri Joe 金玟善 (Actor) | 尹繼尚 (GOD) (Actor) | 小田切讓 金玟善 (Actor) | 尹继尚 (GOD) (Actor) | 小田切让 キム・ミンソン (Actor) | ユン・ゲサン (GOD) (Actor) | オダギリジョー 김 규리 (Actor) | 윤계상 (Actor) | 오다기리 죠
Director: Jeon Jae Hong 全宰洪 全宰洪 チョン・ジェホン 전재홍
Producer: Kim Ki Duk 金 基德 金 基德 キム・ギドク 김기덕
Release Date: 2011-09-22
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: KD Media
Other Information: 2-Disc
Package Weight: 180 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024904651

Product Information

풍산개 (DVD) (2디스크) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Wide Screen
*Sound Mix: 5.1 Dolby Digital
*Extras:
● 감독, 배우 코멘터리 (전재홍 감독, 윤계상, 김규리)
● 휴전선을 넘다
● 풍산개 데모
● 예고편

*Director: 전재홍


■ 줄거리

서울에서 평양까지 3시간, 그 분의 여자를 배달하라!
남북 관계 보다 어려운 또 다른 삼각관계의 결말은...

아직도 남과 북이 대치 상황인 대한민국. 비무장 지대인 휴전선을 넘나들며 서울에서 평양까지 무엇이든 3시간 만에 배달하는 정체불명의 사나이. 그의 정체를 의심스러워하는 대한민국 국정원 직원들은 어느 날, 그에게 물건이 아닌 사람을 빼오라는 사상 초유의 제안을 하게 된다.

남한으로 망명한 북한 고위층 간부의 애인인 인옥을 평양에서 서울까지 3시간 만에 구출해 오는 사나이. 그러나 두 사람은 철조망을 넘다 죽음의 고비를 넘나들며 미묘한 감정을 느끼게 되고, 이를 눈치 챈 ‘남한 요원들’은 이들에게 위험한 제안을 해온다.

한편, 망명한 북한 고위층 간부를 처단하기 위해 서울에 머물고 있던 ‘북한 간첩단’은 인옥을 납치하는 계획까지 세우며 이념 전쟁을 선포한다.

그리고 그런 이데올로기와 상관없이 순수한 마음으로 인옥을 사랑하게 된 사나이는 단지 인옥을 위해 남과 북 양쪽의 제안들을 모두 수행하며 위험한 상황에 놓이게 되는데...


■ <풍산개> 감독과 두 주연 배우가 함께한 풍성한 촬영 뒷이야기

영원히 풀리지 않는 남북 관계의 또 다른 시선, 영화 <풍산개>는 21세기 마지막 분단국가인 대한민국 남과 북의 관계를 스릴 넘치는 액션 드라마로 전개한 김기덕 감독 사단의 상업 영화다. 특히 진정한 배우로 거듭나고 있는 윤계상과 ‘댄싱 위드 스타’의 김규리가 영화 배우 본업으로서의 충실한 연기를 보여준다. 특히 <풍산개> DVD를 통해 전재홍 감독과 두 주연 배우의 음성 해설은 무겁고 거친 영화 주제와 달리 시종일관 유쾌하고 재미있게 진행된다.

부가 영상인 ‘휴전선을 넘다’는 영화에 대한 총 메이킹 필름을 수록하여 저예산 영화가 수작으로 탄생하는 생생한 과정을 직접 확인할 수 있다. 아울러 풍산개 데모 영상에서는 영화 속에서 화제가 된 액션 장면들에 대한 리허설을 수록하고 있어 오랜만에 나온 거친 느낌의 한국 영화의 탄생을 직접 확인해 볼 수 있다.
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Professional Review of "Poongsan (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

October 20, 2011

Although directed by Jeon Jae Hong, helmer of the superb and criminally under seen Beautiful, whether fairly or not, Poongsan will probably be pushed as and seen by many as a Kim Ki Duk film. Having written the script and acting as producer, Kim certainly has his fingerprints all over his protege's film, bringing to the table his usual brand of grim drama, cynicism and poetic pain. Offering another take on the effects of the North-South Korean divide, the film stars upcoming actor Yoon Kye Sang (Lovers of Six Years, The Greatest Love) as a cross-border smuggler, with Kim Gyu Ri (Portrait of a Beauty) as his latest package. The film also features Kim Jong Soo (recently in Sins of Fathers) amongst its cast, with Japanese star Odagirie Joe following up his role in Kim's Dream with a brief appearance as a North Korean soldier.

Yoon Kye Sang plays the titular Poongsan, a silent man nicknamed after the brand of North Korean cigarettes that he smokes, who acts as a courier for people separated by the North-South divide, contactable only through memorial messages left on the fence marking the DMZ between the two countries. After his skills bring him to the attention of the South Korean National Intelligence Service, he is given the dangerous task of bringing across Ok (Kim Gyu Ri), the lover of a high profile North Korean defector (Kim Jong Soo). En route, she starts to develop feelings for Poongsan, and when her arrival in the South doesn't result in the planned happy reunion, tension and violence soon ensue.

As with Jeon Jae Hong's debut Beautiful and Jang Hoon's Rough Cut, the shadow of Kim Ki Duk certainly looms large over Poongsan. This isn't a bad thing by any means, and Kim has of late shown that he works very well in the writer producer role, using the talents of his protege to turn out films which are true to his themes, but far more commercial and accessible affairs. That's definitely the case here, as whilst Poongsan shows Kim's trademark distrust of authority, search for identity and emotional violence, it's markedly less abstract than his own recent outings, coming across almost like a politically charged version of Kim Jee Woon's A Bittersweet Life sharing the same silent, ambiguous protagonist and the same kind of tragically inclined melodrama. The film's plot is a mixture of different elements, throwing together drama, romance, action and symbolic intrigue into an interesting and engaging whole that thankfully sees Kim's script largely holding back on ever getting too heavy and meaningful. Although things do get a little exhausting with all its bouncing back and forwards across the border, there are some very effective twists and betrayals along the way, and the packs a great deal into its running time.

The whole concept of having Poongsan as a speechless, stoic type fits well with the overall themes, with Yoon Kye Sang putting in a powerful and expressive performance, managing to convey a real sense of confusion and tormented humanity, as well as an all important good heart. His relationship with Ok is reasonably affecting and moving, and Kim Gyu Ri is solid in what could have been the kind of thankless female role often seen in Kim Ki Duk films, despite a few awkward scenes of rather jarringly pseudo-poetic dialogue. The rest of the characters are all more interesting and fleshed out than usual, and though the security forces on both sides are mainly faceless brutal villains and lapdogs, Kim Jong Soo is great as the tortured defector, a lost, impotent and pitiable man without a country and consumed by a growing sense of anger.

Visually, Jeon Jae Hong is very much his own director, and the film enjoys an impressive modern noir look, with some beautiful use of light and shadow that perfectly brings to life the half-world in which Poongsan exists. At the same time, there is a definite gritty feel to the proceedings, and Jeon shows a willingness to really drag his characters through the mud and dirt. This edge is furthered by a respectable amount of violence sprinkled throughout, including some fairly rough torture scenes and bloody beatings, and this helps to keep things moving, as do a handful of chase scenes and set pieces.

It's these, along with the emotional core which really set Poongsan apart from most of Kim Ki Duk's own outings, and which allow Jeon Jae Hong to carve his film out an identity of its own. The film is certainly one of the best and most searching to take on the weighty issue of the North-South divide of late, and is both gripping and thoughtful, with a human side and a few glimpses of hope that balances well with some of its more pessimistic aspects.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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