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Paradise Murdered (Blu-ray) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Park Hae Il (Actor) | Park Sol Mi (Actor) | Sung Ji Ru (Actor) | Ahn Nae Sang (Actor)
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Geukrakdo, a small island off the southern coast of South Korea, is home to 17 villagers, scratching out a motley, but tight-knit existence. One morning the villagers wake up to find a neighbor has been murdered, and in very bloody fashion. With communication and transportation from the island cut off, a group of villagers led by doctor Woo Seong (Park Hae Il) spearhead the search for the most likely culprit, an odd island resident who has conveniently disappeared. As the investigation continues, more victims are claimed and fingers begin to point as the increasingly desperate villagers turn against each other, letting loose inner and outer demons.

The debut feature from Kim Han Min, Paradise Murdered initially invites comparison to Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder as both films are set in the 1980s, center around a serial murder mystery, and feature actor Park Hae Il (The Host). Paradise Murdered, however, is not based on a real-life incident and posits a completely different environment and scenario. Though the film starts in retrospect, the mystery very much plays out as it happens, throwing the viewer into a tight, tense, and threatening narrative. Unpredictable and uncontrolled, Paradise Murdered gauges the way an isolated group of people react and interact when they realize there is a murderer within their ranks, and the film gradually brings out the characters' most resilient and most reprehensible qualities. As an ensemble effort, the film gathers a fine cast of experienced character actors like Park Won Sang, Sung Ji Ru, Choi Joo Bong, Ahn Nae Sang, and Kim In Moon, and leads Park Hae Il and Park Sol Mi (Dance with the Wind) deliver poignantly restrained performances. The film topped the Korean box office for three consecutive weeks.

This edition includes the following special features:

  • Commentary Track 1 (Director, Park Hae Il, Sung Ji Ru, Park Sol Mi)
  • Commentary Track 2 (Director, Representative)
  • After Commentary
  • Making Of
  • Art Direction Featurette
  • Evidence - Makeup, Wardrobe
  • Suspects - Character Profiles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Press Conference
  • Witness - Preview
  • Photo Gallery
  • Ghost Story - Paradise Murdered Initial Model
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    Product Title: Paradise Murdered (Blu-ray) (Korea Version) 極樂島殺人事件 (Blu-ray) (韓國版) 极乐岛杀人事件 (Blu-ray) (韩国版) 極楽島殺人事件 (Blu-ray) (韓国版) 극락도살인사건 (블루레이) (한국판)
    Artist Name(s): Park Hae Il (Actor) | Park Sol Mi (Actor) | Sung Ji Ru (Actor) | Ahn Nae Sang (Actor) | Park Won Sang | David Lee 朴 海日 (Actor) | 朴率美 (Actor) | Sung Ji Ru (Actor) | 安內相 (Actor) | 朴翁尚 | David Lee 朴 海日 (Actor) | 朴率美 (Actor) | Sung Ji Ru (Actor) | 安内相 (Actor) | 朴翁尚 | David Lee パク・ヘイル (Actor) | パク・ソルミ (Actor) | ソン・ジル (Actor) | アン・ネサン (Actor) | パク・ウォンサン | イ・デビッド 박 해일 (Actor) | 박솔미 (Actor) | 성지루 (Actor) | 안내상 (Actor) | 박원상 | 이다윗
    Director: Kim Han Min Kim Han Min Kim Han Min キム・ハンミ 김한민
    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: 2012-08-13
    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.: 1031298288

    Product Information

    극락도살인사건 (블루레이) (한국판)

    *Screen Format: 2.35:1
    *Sound Mix: DTS-HD 5.1
    *Extras:
    - Commentary by 김한민 감독, 박해일, 성지루, 박솔미
    - Commentaty by 김한민 감독, 최두영 대표
    - after commentary
    - 사건 브리핑
    - 사건 현장
    - 증거물
    - 용의자
    - 들여놓지 말아야 할 것
    - 2007 극락도
    - 목격자
    - 신상 명세서
    - 갈치 괴담

    *Director: 김한민

    1986년, 아시안게임으로 세상이 떠들썩하던 9월. 목포앞바다에서 토막 난 사람 머리통이 발견된다. 사체 부검 결과, 토막 난 머리통의 주인이 인근에 위치한 섬, 극락도 주민이라는 사실이 밝혀지고 특별조사반은 본격적인 수사를 위해 사건 현장 탐문에 나선다. 형사들은 송전 기사의 합숙소와 보건소로 추정되는 곳에서 살인사건의 흔적으로 보이는 핏자국과 부서진 무전기 등을 발견하지만, 끝내 한 구의 시체도 찾아내지 못한다.

    바깥 세상 돌아가는 일엔 도통 관심이 없는 듯 순박하기만 한 섬주민 17명이 사는 작은 섬, 극락도. 천국 같은 이 곳에서 끔찍한 살인사건이 발생한다. 김노인의 팔순 잔치가 벌어진 다음날 아침, 두 명의 송전기사의 사체가 발견된 것. 함께 화투판에 있었던 덕수(권명환 분)가 유력한 용의자로 떠오르지만 그의 행방마저 묘연한 채 사건은 미궁으로 빠져든다.

    섬 주민 전원이 용의자일수도, 피해자 일수도 있는 혼란스러운 상황, 난생 처음 살인사건을 맞닥뜨린 마을 사람들은 보건 소장 제우성(박해일 분)을 필두로 화투판 살인사건 범인을 추리하는데 열을 올리지만, 이웃들의 주검만 늘어간다. 한편, 우연한 기회에 이번 살인사건과 관련된 듯한 모종의 쪽지를 발견한 학교 소사 춘배(성지루 분)는 쪽지의 의미를 알아내기 위해 혈안이 되는데..


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    YumCha! Asian Entertainment Reviews and Features

    Professional Review of "Paradise Murdered (Blu-ray) (Korea Version)"

    September 4, 2007

    This professional review refers to Paradise Murdered (DVD) (Korea Version)
    First-time director Kim Han-Min made a few waves back in April with his thriller Paradise Murdered, grabbing the number 1 position at the Korean box office but not breaking any records. As usual in Korea, it's just a few months later and the DVD is already in the stores. Also usual in Korea, the movie itself has good English subtitles attached to it but unfortunately all of the extras don't.

    The Plot
    South-Korea,1986: in one of the mainland harbors a severed head is found in the water. It is assumed the head originates from Geukrakdo, a small nearby island whose name means "Paradise Island" (although pronouncing it with the accent on a different syllable makes it "Evil Island"). The police take a look but find a creepy setting. All 17 men, women and children known to live on Geukrakdo have disappeared and there is plenty evidence of violence. What happened in this place, voted "Best Remote Island To Live On" two years in a row?

    Flashbacks show that a few days earlier, after a party, a gambling disagreement leads to a brutal murder. As the assumed killer has disappeared and the island's only radio has been sabotaged, all inhabitants of Geukrakdo become (rightfully) more stressful. Before you know it the people start talking about the "Curse of the Chaste Woman", a widow starved to death a century earlier, whose ghost is supposedly still roaming the island searching for food. Even more inexplicable are the bags of money that keep appearing and disappearing. Then the next body is found…

    Now everybody just needs to sit tight and wait for 48 hours till the police arrives. What could possibly go wrong in the meantime...

    The Movie
    If the plot description seemed somewhat vague, that's entirely on purpose. This movie can quite easily be spoiled by explaining "what happened", something I hopefully avoided. Unfortunately it makes reviewing this film, and me mentioning what I liked or not liked, a lot harder. So I can't say a lot more except that writer-director Kim Han-Min has created a nifty conceit in the story, which allows for explaining away all inconsistencies. It's not so radical and outlandish as say The Matrix or Sixth Sense, but any complaints about bad acting, sudden strange behavior, or even hallucinations can be easily dismissed with a "that's because of...".

    As conceits go, it's a good one; I didn't feel cheated or annoyed by any obvious impossibilities. And no, even though you have the "Best Remote Island To Live On Two Years in a Row" bit, it's not the Korean version of Hot Fuzz either. It's quite a clever one, so "Well done!" I say. But…

    The problem I have with the conceit is how it's finally revealed to the audience. As the movie is now, the police bookends the story on the island. You see them at work without a clue at the start, and somewhat more knowledgeable at the end. The deleted scenes however show that a lot of footage had been shot of the police figuring out for themselves what happened, independent from the story told in flashback on the island. I get the impression that this approach gave the game away too soon though and made the puzzle far too easy to unravel. But with these scenes gone, the remaining clues are so vague and seemingly insignificant that the reveal now has become almost impossible to predict and comes a bit out of left field. It's not an easy one either: you get hit by tons of necessary exposition all of a sudden.

    So you get the impression that this movie was hurt by the severe changes made afterwards. Nevertheless it's a fun ride. Sometimes even a bit too funny: (c)rude comedy is inserted on numerous occasions in the first half - for example all murder theories are shown with the victims still alive and the murderer being a clumsy ninja, but it leaves the movie after a while. This can be explained because the movie becomes too gritty for it (the children on the island are not automatically exempt from the violence) but it makes the inclusion earlier on rather baffling. Still, Paradise Murdered manages to portray successfully the weird combination of freedom and claustrophobia you get when living in such a small community, and seeing it all fall apart is interesting to say the least.

    The movie looks very good, making nice use of the location of the island, which is basically a steep rock with some fields and houses peppered on it. Acting varies between good and cartoonish, which for some characters is explainable, for others less so. Park Hae-Il, known as the revolutionary uncle who is good at everything except throwing Molotov-cocktails in The Host, plays the role closest to what can be called a lead, the island's doctor who tries to keep everyone from panicking. It's a very restrained role and that makes it hard to sympathize with him, because he's enigmatic enough to be suspect. Park keeps it from getting too obviously creepy or too obviously a red herring, which can't have been easy. Praise also goes to Park Sol-Mi who portrays the island's Resident Drunk, and Sung Ji-Ru as the teacher who obviously sports a crush for the doctor.

    Conclusion
    All in all, Paradise Murdered is a flawed but nice thriller. It may not hit all the goals it wanted to achieve, but at the same time it's not pretentious either, and as pure entertainment it's difficult to find faults with this. Recommended.

    by Aardvark - Twitchfilm.net

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