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Master Kims (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Shin Hyun Jun (Actor) | Kwon Oh Joong (Actor) | Choi Sung Kook (Actor)
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In the kung fu films of yore, the world was only big enough for one martial arts master who must defeat everyone else to claim his title. But times have changed, and in a small village in Chungcheong province, we have not one but two masters. And they have the same name! Master Kim (Choi Sung Kook, Crazy Assassins) is a kendo (fencing) expert who spends his time playing arcade games and arguing with little kids. Master Kim #2 (Shin Hyun Jun, Guns & Talks), is a Taekkyeon expert who whines all day and can't even take care of himself properly. They finally get a decent reason to live when they start fighting for the belle (Oh Seung Hyeon) of the village, the daughter of the local Chinese restaurant owner (No Ju Hyeon, Seven Princesses). But then all their efforts go in vain, when yet another Master Kim (Kwon Oh Joong, Damo) joins the fray. He looks great, fights like a star, and can even sing a mean sonata. What can you do? If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

Master Kims makes no secret about what its major goal is: laughs, laughs, and more laughs. And comic masters Shin Hyun Jun, Kwon Oh Joong, and Choi Sung Kook are the perfect recipe. Choi has become famous as one of the best Korean actors when it comes to making a fool out of himself, while the ad-lib prowess of Shin Hyun Jun keeps getting better. Other than sitcom regular Kwon, the film also features hilarious cameos from comedy mainstays like Lee Han Wi, Park Cheol Min, and even comedians Kim Byung Man and Jung Joon Ha. Director Park Sung Gyun has had an interesting career, having worked as assistant director for Jung Ji Young's Naked Being and for the drama Besame Mucho and written the script of horror A Nightmare. His debut film, Master Kims, opens a new chapter in the director's varied career.

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Product Title: Master Kims (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) PK金武門 (Blu-ray) (台灣版) PK金武门 (Blu-ray) (台湾版) キム館長vsキム館長vsキム館長 (Blu-ray) (台湾版) Master Kims (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: Master Kim VS Master Kim VS Master Kim Master Kim VS Master Kim VS Master Kim Master Kim VS Master Kim VS Master Kim Master Kim VS Master Kim VS Master Kim Master Kim VS Master Kim VS Master Kim
Artist Name(s): Shin Hyun Jun (Actor) | Kwon Oh Joong (Actor) | Choi Sung Kook (Actor) 申鉉濬 (Actor) | 權伍中 (Actor) | 崔成國 (Actor) 申铉濬 (Actor) | 权伍中 (Actor) | 崔成国 (Actor) シン・ヒョンジュン (Actor) | クォン・オジュン (Actor) | チェ・ソングク (Actor) 신 현준 (Actor) | 권오중 (Actor) | 최성국 (Actor)
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: 2010-06-10
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, LPCM
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Duration: 97 (mins)
Publisher: 位佳多媒體股份有限公司 (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022791505

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他們花招百出,為了爭取學徒的青睞,使出渾身解數,想獲武林閣千金的芳心

忠清道的一座小村莊裡,有個以中國餐館為中心的“武林閣”。傳統武術的太極金館長(申鉉濬 飾)和劍道金館長(崔成國 飾),為了把村子裡的孩子統統收到自己門下,當然最主要的是為了爭奪朴老闆的女兒-蓮淑小姐的歡心而水火不容,逐漸形成太極和劍道兩道場對峙的局面。然而世事難料,武林閣居然又開了一家功夫道場,而館主居然又是一位金館長(權伍中 飾)。
功夫金館長的武藝精湛、親切的外貌和出色的鋼琴表演,把村子裡的孩子迷住,更把蓮淑小姐的好感也一起吸走。於是,三個金館長為了爭奪武林閣霸主的地位,一場大決鬥即將展開……三位金館長們為爭奪徒弟不則手段,怪招齊出,昨天明明是還是敵人,今天就變成了一起奮鬥的同志;昨天還是自己的兒子轉眼就變成了敵人的弟子……忙於收徒和爭奪蓮實小姐的三位金館長疲於奔命,卻忽視了村子外正在逼近的烏雲…
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May 29, 2007

This professional review refers to Master Kims (DVD) (Korea Version)
Master Kims marks the debut proper of Park Sung Gyun with a film which attempts to put a comic twist on the time honoured martial arts genre. Given the usual predilection for first time Korean directors to add to the endless number of painfully earnest gangster thrillers, this brave choice alone surely earns him bonus points, though Park goes one further in assembling a top notch cast of talented comic actors in an all-out bid for laughs.

The plot is instantly familiar in the great martial arts tradition, being set in a small town which is home to two rival masters, one who practices Taekkyun (Shin Hyun Jun, also in the likes of Shadowless Sword and the Marrying the Mafia films) and the other Kendo (Choi Sung Kook, also in Crazy Assassins), both of who just happen to be called Kim. As well as competing for students, the two are locked in deadly combat for the hand of the local beauty, who seems to be pretty much the only woman in town. Into their conflict comes yet another master Kim, this time a kung fu expert (Kwon Oh Joong, Damo) who puts them both to shame with his dizzying skills and suave charm. Eventually, real danger arrives in the form of some unscrupulous land developers, forcing the three to join forces for the greater good.

Master Kims works mainly due to the fact that director Park aims squarely for the funny bone throughout, playing almost every aspect of the film for laughs. Although there are a handful of scenes parodying recent high-profile martial arts hits, as opposed to an out-and-out spoof, the film as a whole sticks to poking gentle fun at the conventions of the genre. This proves to be a wise move, since it allows for a proper plot of sorts to develop rather than the kind of loosely strung together series of gags which might have been expected. Most of the jokes hit home and come in the form of face pulling and broad physical slapstick, largely stemming from the fact that the Kims are a pretty wretched bunch, obsessed with one-upmanship and given to acts of petty vandalism. Despite this, the humour is of the wacky rather than mean-spirited variety, and though there are plenty of laughs at the expense of the frequently daft behaviour of the characters, the film has an undeniably warm-hearted and upbeat feel which serves it well.

The film is an ensemble piece, with the amiable and likeable characters each developing their own distinct personalities that, whilst not exactly in depth, do at least show a bit more fleshing out than is usual in such comedies. As a result, the viewer actually comes to care for the three fools, and the inevitable friendship which grows from their rivalries is surprisingly genuine and oddly touching. Much of this is the result of the excellent performances from the three leads, with Shin Hyun Jun on great form as the manic, constantly whining Taekkyun master, and with both Kwon Oh Joong and Choi Sung Kook providing slightly straighter, though no less amusing foils. There is a real chemistry between the three, and this lifts the film from being a mere rib tickler to something with a little more substance.

There is plenty of martial arts action throughout, especially towards the end when things turn semi-serious and concerns of heroism and righteousness take over, and it is to Park's credit that he manages to keep a balance between the pratfalls and proper fight scenes. Although it is fair to say that the film is unlikely to satisfy viewers looking for hard-hitting kung fu, the battles are frequent and well-choreographed and make for plenty of thrills and spills. As an added benefit, Park manages to slip in a few philosophical comments on martial arts traditions and what drives people to learn how to fight, and does so without ever slowing things down or drifting into melodrama. His direction is appropriately bright and breezy, with plenty of visual flourishes, and some amusing nods to comic books and video games, something which gives the film a definite contemporary feel despite the age-old scenario. Sensibly, he keeps the film moving at a brisk pace, helped by the colourful look and energetic soundtrack, which lend the proceedings a definite inspirational air.

Through this, Master Kims taps into the quality which has made other recent martial arts comedies such as Kung Fu Hustle great, offering plenty of wild gags, whilst at the same time showing genuine knowledge of and respect for the conventions of the genre. The result is a film which is entertaining throughout, in no small part due to the great work by the three leads, and which should be enjoyed by viewers of all persuasions.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.5 out of 10 (2)

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May 24, 2007

This customer review refers to Master Kims (DVD) (Korea Version)
hmm Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
just finished watching this movie, its good that i so recommend it, better if you like martial arts with some comedy. it was interesting how they have different sorts of martial arts-korean, japanese and chinese. kind of showing the unity of asian martial arts. i love the ending. you'll see what i mean.
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May 6, 2007

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Funny Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Thi is a fun movie. I Have seen several Shin Hyun Jun's latest movies which are all comedy. I would say that he is really doing a good job. How i wish he can work on another series.
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