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Season of Good Rain (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor) | Ma Shao Hua (Actor) | Kim Sang Ho (Actor)
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Originally a part of the China-Korea omnibus co-production Chengdu, I Love You, Season of Good Rain (a.k.a. A Good Rain Knows) turned into a full-length feature about a second chance for love in Chengdu, China. Acclaimed director Hur Jin Ho (Happiness) brings together Korean actor Jung Woo Sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) and Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan (City of Life and Death) for a gentle cross-cultural romance that goes easy on the eyes and the heart. Drawing on the region's picturesque locales, poetic atmosphere, and tragic history, Season of Good Rain unfolds as more than a love story, but an emotional journey of remembrance and forgetting. Navigating around Chinese, Korean, and English dialogue, Gao Yuanyuan and Jung Woo Sung forge a beguiling chemistry that matches the film's beautiful backdrop.

Korean architect Dong Ha (Jung Woo Sung) and Chinese tour guide May (Gao Yuanyuan) first met each other as students in America. They developed a close bond but parted ways without ever confessing their feelings to each other. Years later, Dong Ha and May cross paths again in Chengdu, and begin to rekindle the romance they once let pass by.

This edition comes with audio commentary, making of, Du Fu story, poster shoot, and other extras.

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Product Title: Season of Good Rain (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 好雨時節 (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韓國版) 好雨时节 (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韩国版) きみに微笑む雨 (Blu-ray) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 호우시절 (블루레이) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: A Good Rain Knows 成都,我愛你之好雨時節 成都,我爱你之好雨时节 A Good Rain Knows A Good Rain Knows
Artist Name(s): Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor) | Ma Shao Hua (Actor) | Kim Sang Ho (Actor) 鄭雨盛 (Actor) | 高圓圓 (Actor) | 馬少華 (Actor) | 金相浩 (Actor) 郑雨盛 (Actor) | 高圆圆 (Actor) | 马少华 (Actor) | 金相浩 (Actor) チョン・ウソン (Actor) | 高圓圓 (カオ・ユアンユアン) (Actor) | Ma Shao Hua (Actor) | キム・サンホ (Actor) 정 우성 (Actor) | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor) | Ma Shao Hua (Actor) | 김상호 (Actor)
Director: Hur Jin Ho 許 秦豪 許 秦豪 ホ・ジノ 허진호
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-04-26
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: KD MEDIA
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030777663

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호우시절 (블루레이) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1080P High Definition 2.00:1
*Sound Mix: 한국어 5.1 DTS-HD MA
*Extras:
DISC 1 / 본편: 102분 / 스페셜 피쳐: 89분

Commentary By허진호 감독, 김병서 촬영 감독, 이한얼 조감독After Commentary
● 스페셜 피쳐 SPECIAL FEATURES
- 춘야희우 (49:38)
- 호우지시절 (9:21)
- 두보 이야기 (4:48)
- 포스터 촬영 현장 (5:53)
- 당춘내발생 (9:37)
- 스틸갤러리 (1:59)
- 예고편 (1:49)
- 영상일지 (6:04)

건설 중장비회사 팀장 박동하, 중국 출장 첫날, 우연히 관광 가이드를 하고 있는 미국 유학 시절 친구 메이와 기적처럼 재회한다.

낯설음도 잠시, 둘은 금세 그 시절로 돌아간다. 키스도 했었고, 자전거를 가르쳐 주었다는 동하와 키스는커녕, 자전거는 탈 줄도 모른다는 메이. 같은 시간에 대한 다른 기억을 떠 올리는 사이 둘은 점점 가까워 지고 이별 직전, 동하는 귀국을 하루 늦춘다.

너무나 소중한 하루. 첫 데이트, 첫 키스, 함께 있는 것 만으로도 너무 좋은, 첫사랑의 느낌. 이 사랑은 때를 알고 내리는 좋은 비처럼 시절을 알고 온 걸까? 이번엔 잡을 수 있을까?
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Professional Review of "Season of Good Rain (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

March 19, 2010

This professional review refers to Season of Good Rain (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)
Season of Good Rain (aka A Good Rain Knows) is a Chinese Korean production that was originally to have been part of the omnibus Chengdu, I Love You but which was expanded into a full length feature in its own right with director Hur Jin Ho at the reins. The film is set in China's picturesque Chengdu, and is unsurprisingly a cross cultural affair which revolves around two characters gently trying to rekindle their past love. As with his other works, such as Happiness and One Fine Spring Day, Hur takes this simple premise, and plays it not so much as straight romance, but as a searching exploration of the bonds which form between men and women, and how life and loss can often get in the way of love.

Jung Woo Sung (recently in Kim Ji Woon's The Good, The Bad, The Weird) stars as architect Dong Ha, who travels to Chengdu to oversee a Sichuan earthquake rebuilding project. While visiting one of the city's parks dedicated to the poet Du Fu, he runs into Chinese tour guide May (Gao Yuanyuan, excellent in City of Life and Death), a beautiful young woman who he knew from their college days. With their relationship and feelings never having been resolved, the two are drawn to each other once again as they explore their shared pasts and memories.

Season of Good Rain is an absolutely gorgeous film, that makes the very most of the lovely Chengdu scenery. Director Hur works in plenty of local colour, food, scenery, parks, bamboo and even pandas, though in an unobtrusive manner that never makes the film feel tool much like cinematic tourism. Indeed, its visuals are frequent poetic, finding numerous moments of quiet beauty which neatly accentuate its Du Fu theme and inclusion of quotes from his works. This gives the film a real sense of place, and since largely seen from the perspective of Dong Ha as a visitor, it also has a winning air of wonder and romantic longing. Of course, rain plays a large part, though again in a subtle manner which helps to underline its themes rather than drowning them.

The plot itself and the relationship between Dong Ha and May plays out in disarming and realistic fashion, and the film basically consists of a series of conversations between the two involving differing memories, things forgotten and hints at stirring emotions and past secrets. The film is initially ambiguous, particularly with regards to May, not making it obvious who is remembering things correctly, and indeed whether or not the two were a couple or merely friends. Their meetings are unforced and naturalistic, and do lead them into some frank and painful dialogues, which makes their bond and budding romance wholly convincing as it emerges. While Hur does drop in a twist later on in the proceedings, which most viewers will probably have seen coming for some time, the film sticks to wistful realism rather than melodrama, right the way through to its satisfying conclusion. Both Jung Woo Sung and Gao Yuanyuan turn in superb performances that perfectly capture their characters obvious attraction to each other, as well as their internal turmoil, and there is an instant chemistry which makes their courtship delightfully engaging.

The film's approach to languages is similarly naturalistic, switching constantly between Korean, Chinese and English, something which the cast all handle very well. Most of the dialogue between the leads is in English, resulting in some rather awkward conversations, though the halting nature of their communication reflects their relationship, and again makes it all the more believable. Whilst the film does have a light touch in places and a few instances of culture clash humour, it is for the most part played straight, and is well structured for tension to develop as their relationship progresses, without too much of an idea whether they are fated to end up together. Given its use of Du Fu's poetry and the tragedy of the Sichuan earthquake hovering in the background, the film is often sad and melancholy, though Hur never wallows in grief, choosing to focus instead on healing and moving through the pain of the past to a more hopeful future.

Season of Good Rain is easily one of the best romantic films to come out of either China or Korea for some time, and makes for deeply moving and humanistic viewing. Hur's direction is grounded and gorgeous, and thanks to the affecting turns of the two leads, the film should be enjoyed even by those who normally avoid such fare.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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