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Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Kim Myung Min (Actor) | Han Ji Min (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (Actor) | Kim Seok Yoon (Director)
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Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)
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See the best detective of Joseon Korea in action in the period suspense Detective K! Based on a novel by Kim Tak Hwan, the stylish fusion period piece follows the adventures of the eponymous 18th century detective portrayed by acclaimed actor Kim Myung Min (Closer to Heaven). Directed by Kim Seok Yoon (Old Miss Diary), Detective K keeps things quick and light with an entertaining mix of action, suspense, and hilarious comedic banter. Popular actress Han Ji Min (Cain and Abel) and the versatile Oh Dal Soo (Foxy Festival) co-star in this crowd-pleasing blockbuster.

Troubled by a series of mysterious murders, King Jeongjo orders Detective K (Kim Myung Min) onto the case. While secretly investigating the deaths, he befriends crafty sidekick Seo Pil (Oh Dal Soo), and barely escapes becoming a murder suspect himself. As Detective K and Seo Pil dig deeper into the seemingly unrelated murders, they cross paths with the powerful female merchant Kaek Ju (Han Ji Min), and uncover a great conspiracy that affects the fate of the entire country!

This edition includes audio commentary, making-of, special effects, deleted scenes, press conference, premiere, gallery, and other special features.

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Product Title: Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version) 探偵K (DVD) (雙碟裝) (初回版) (韓國版) 探侦K (DVD) (双碟装) (初回版) (韩国版) 朝鮮名探偵: トリカブトの秘密 (DVD2枚組) (初回版) (韓国版) 조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀 (DVD) (2디스크) (초회판) (한국판)
Also known as: 朝鮮名偵探:高山烏頭花的秘密 朝鲜名侦探:高山乌头花的秘密
Artist Name(s): Kim Myung Min (Actor) | Han Ji Min (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (Actor) 金明民 (Actor) | 韓智敏 (Actor) | 吳達庶 (Actor) 金明民 (Actor) | 韩智敏 (Actor) | 吴达庶 (Actor) キム・ミョンミン (Actor) | ハン・ジミン (Actor) | オ・ダルス (Actor) 김 명민 (Actor) | 한지민 (Actor) | 오달수 (Actor)
Director: Kim Seok Yoon Kim Seok Yoon Kim Seok Yoon キム・ソギュン 김석윤
Release Date: 2011-05-13
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place 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?
Publisher: KD Media
Other Information: 2-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024329066

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조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀 (DVD) (2디스크) (초회판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35:1 Wide Screen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
감독&배우 코멘터리 (김석윤 감독, 김명민, 오달수, 한지민)
○ DISC 2
● 각시투구꽃의 비밀
● 은밀한 매력 1
● 은밀한 매력 2
- 모두보기
- 명탐정 ‘김명민’
- 개장수 ‘오달수’
- 한객주 ‘한지민’
● 특수효과
● 홍보마케팅
- 제작발표회
- 오피스 어택
- 시사회 현장
- 포스터 촬영
● 예고편

정조 16년, 공납 비리를 숨기려는 관료들의 음모를 짐작한 정조는 조선 제일의 명탐정에게 사건의 배후를 찾으라는 밀명을 내린다.

수사 첫날부터 자객의 습격을 받은 명탐정은 개장수 서필의 도움으로 위기를 모면하게 되고, 서필과 함께 사건의 결정적 단서인 각시투구꽃을 찾아 적성으로 향하게 된다.

그 곳에서 그들은 조선의 상단을 주름잡으며 사건의 열쇠를 쥐고 있는 한객주를 만나게 되는데…
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Professional Review of "Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)"

July 29, 2011

This professional review refers to Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Detective K is a period set film with a different and distinctly modern feel, mixing action, mystery and humour to entertaining effect. Directed by Kim Seok Yoon (Old Miss Diary) and based on the popular novel by Kim Tak Hwan, the blockbuster film stars award winning actor Kim Myung Min in the title role, marking a change of pace after the more gruelling Man of Vendetta and terminal illness drama Closer to Heaven with support and romantic interest from actress Han Ji Min (from the television series Cain and Abel and comic relief from Oh Dal Su (Foxy Festival).

Kim plays the titular Detective K, the film opening with him being charged by King Jeonjo with solving a number of unexplained killings in the capital. Although K quickly closes in on the evidence, discovering that the murders were carried out with a long, thing needle of Chinese origin, he is mistaken for the culprit and thrown into jail. Joined by fellow prisoner Seo Pil (Oh Dal Soo), he is freed by the king and sent to Jeokseong to continue his investigations under the guise of carrying out an inquest into the apparent suicide of a virtuous widow. K soon picks up the trail, and finds himself embroiled in a nation threatening conspiracy that seems to revolve around the secretive female merchant Kaek Ju (Han Ji Min).

Although Detective K may sound like slight fare, it's actually a surprisingly complicated film, with a well thought out plot that works in variety of secret identities, deceptions and conspiracies, and it rapidly becomes he murder investigation is merely the tip of the iceberg. The film is tightly written, and it does seem that a good amount of thought went into the script, with an intriguing series of revelations that wisely aren't just thrown together during the last act. At the same time, it also deals with some fairly weighty themes in well meaning fashion, being an essentially pro-Christianity film and upholding ideals of social justice and the mistreatment of common people by the ruling class. Fortunately, all of this combines quite neatly thanks to director Kim's light touch, and the film never takes itself too seriously, with fun clearly having been top of the agenda. Things move along at a bouncy pace, and though the tone does tend to leap around between the film's various genres, it's held together by a lively sense of enthusiasm, even during the inevitable third act dive into seriousness.

A large part of the film's success is down to Kim Myung Min, who again shows himself to be an exceptionally charismatic and versatile performer. Portraying K as somewhat of a rogue, though needless to say one with a heart of gold, he makes for a likeable protagonist who never quite seems to take the easy route despite his impressive intelligence. Much of the film's humour comes from his bantering with Oh Dal Soo as his somewhat downtrodden though mouthy sidekick, and their dynamic is an engaging one that makes for plenty of laughs. Han Ji Min is also on good form, with her merchant being an ambiguous and alluring figure, who for the first two thirds of the film at least injects a considerable amount of sex appeal, with Kim packing in a heavy dose of cleavage shots. As a result, Detective K is a film which scores well pretty much across the board, and which is one of the better Korean blockbusters of late. Kim Myung Min as ever proves good value in the lead, obviously marking the film as a must-see for fans, and it's one of the more successful outings to marry a period setting with a more modern sensibility, making for highly enjoyable viewing all-round.

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Customer Review of "Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

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October 31, 2011

This customer review refers to Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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Over the top comedic mystery Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
"Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow" is a slickly made action-adventure filled with drama, mystery, political intrigue, and very cheeky comedy. It is a potent brew that yields great tension and big laughs, but ultimately falls victim to what I'll call "too much-ness". This is the kind of film in which no one is who they seem to be, impossible things can happen, and the hero manages a never-ending series of narrow escapes. Our hero is Detective K (Kim Myung Min), the Joseon era's greatest detective, who is dispatched by the king to uncover a plot that is draining away the country's tax revenues and leading to a number of mysterious deaths.

Detective K is accompanied in his investigations by a comical sidekick named Seo Pil (Oh Dal Soo), who appears to be a dog thief and whose canine resemblance is underlined by the long earflaps on the hats he wears. Detective K finds that the frightful murder weapon that caused one of the mysterious deaths must have been imported from China. This evidence leads him to the doorstep of Master Han (Han Ji Min), Korea's leading trader, and to a confrontation with the menacing Minister Lim (Lee Jae Yong). An interesting subplot that ultimately plays a major role in the film's resolution depicts the threat posed to the Joseon era's Confucian order by the egalitarian impulses fostered by the spread of Christianity.

During the film's second half, the plot twists become head-spinning and the filmmakers resort to preposterous devices such as super-sized attack dogs to juice the action. Small things contribute to the sense of unreality; for example, the interior lighting of Master Han's dwelling makes no sense in the candle-lit eighteenth centure. In addition, when we learn the true identities of some of the central characters, the behavior they display earlier in the movie makes little sense. Nonetheless, the winning performances by Kim Myung Min and Oh Dal Soo and the anything-goes headlong rush of events in "Detective K" make for an amusing evening's entertainment.
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