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Asura (2DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Kwak Do Won (Actor) | Ju Ji Hoon (Actor)
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In Indian mythology, Asuras are evil demigods who fight each other ceaselessly. Musa the Warrior helmer Kim Sung Su uses the mythological beings as an allegory for the corrupt protagonists of crime thriller Asura. In his fifth collaboration with the director, Jung Woo Sung, who won Best Actor at the 17th Busan Film Critics Awards, portrays a crooked detective who is entangled in a dilemma between betraying his corrupt boss played by Hwang Jung Min (The Wailing) or being charged by Kwak Do Won's (The Wailing) ruthless prosecutor. Ju Ji Hoon (The Treacherous) co-stars as a rookie cop and the protagonist's sidekick. The gangster film made its world premiere at the 41st Toronto Film Festival and screened at various other film festivals including the 2016 Fantastic Fest and London Korean Film Festival.

Detective Han Do Kyung (Jung Woo Sung) works for mayor Park Sung Bae (Hwang Jung Min) in order to pay his wife's medical bills. Money-grubbing Park wants the profits from city redevelopment and requires Han to do all the dirty work for him. However, prosecutor Kim Cha In (Kwak Do Won), who possesses evidence of Han's misdeeds, blackmails him into turning against Park. To escape from the difficult situation, Han persuades partner Moon Seon Mo (Ju Ji Hoon) to take over his job and serve as the mayor's enforcer. But things turn out to be far more complicated than he can imagine.

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Product Title: Asura (2DVD) (Korea Version) 阿修羅 (DVD) (雙碟裝) (韓國版) 阿修罗 (DVD) (双碟装) (韩国版) 阿修羅 (2DVD) (韓国版) 아수라 (2DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Kwak Do Won (Actor) | Ju Ji Hoon (Actor) | Jung Man Shik (Actor) 鄭雨盛 (Actor) | 黃 政民 (Actor) | 郭道遠 (Actor) | 朱智勛 (Actor) | Jung Man Shik (Actor) 郑雨盛 (Actor) | 黄政民 (Actor) | 郭道远 (Actor) | 朱智勋 (Actor) | Jung Man Shik (Actor) チョン・ウソン (Actor) | ファン・ジョンミン (Actor) | クァク・ドウォン (Actor) | チュ・ジフン (Actor) | チョン・マンシク (Actor) 정 우성 (Actor) | 황 정민 (Actor) | 곽 도원 (Actor) | 주지훈 (Actor) | 정 만식 (Actor)
Director: Kim Sung Su 金成洙 金成洙 キム・ソンス 김성수
Release Date: 2017-10-16
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: CJ E&M
Other Information: 2-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1062067314

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아수라 (2DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1.85:1 아나몰픽 와이드스크린
*Sound Mix: 한국어 돌비디지털 5.1
*Extras:
- Commentary by 감독 김성수, 정우성, 황정민, 주지훈, 곽도원, 정만식
- Commentary by 감독 김성수, 촬영 이모개, 조명 이성환, 조감독 김성한, 프로듀서 김종민
- Commentary by 감독 김성수, 영화감독 오승욱, 기자 주성철
- 물고 물리는 악인들 (메이킹)
- 악인들의 충돌 (액션 메이킹)
- 카체이씽 설계 (카체이씽 메이킹)
- To. 아수리언
- 숨겨진 지옥 (삭제장면)
- 안남메트로 폴리스 PPT 영상 Full Ver.
- 제작기 영상
- 두얼굴의 악당들
- 예고편

*Director:김성수

지옥 같은 세상, 살아남기 위해 싸우는 악인들의 전쟁 <아수라>

강력계 형사 한도경(정우성)은 이권과 성공을 위해 각종 범죄를 저지르는
악덕시장 박성배(황정민)의 뒷일을 처리해주는 대가로 돈을 받는다. 악에 계속 노출되는 사이,
말기 암 환자인 아내의 병원비를 핑계로 돈 되는 건 뭐든 하는 악인의 길로 들어서게 된 한도경.
그의 약점을 쥔 독종 검사 김차인(곽도원)과 검찰수사관 도창학(정만식)은
그를 협박하고 이용해 박성배의 비리와 범죄 혐의를 캐려 한다.
각자의 이익과 목적을 위해 한도경의 목을 짓누르는 검찰과 박성배.
그 사이 태풍의 눈처럼 되어 버린 한도경은, 자신을 친형처럼 따르는 후배 형사 문선모(주지훈)를
박성배의 수하로 들여보내고, 살아남기 위해 혈안이 된 나쁜 놈들 사이에서 서로 물지 않으면 물리는 지옥도가 펼쳐진다.
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Professional Review of "Asura (2DVD) (Korea Version)"

August 28, 2017

This professional review refers to Asura (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Korean director Kim Sung-soo has had a very varied career, from romantic comedies like Please Teach me English and the demon hunting fantasy The Restless through to his recent blockbuster disaster movie The Flu. His latest offering Asura: The City of Madness sees him trying his hand at hardboiled gangster action, reuniting him with regular star Jung Woo-sung, who previously worked with him on Beat, City of the Rising Sun and Musa the Warrior. Its name drawn from Indian mythology, the film is a violent, brutal affair, which premiered at Toronto before going on to win acclaim at a number of other international festivals, picking up a series of awards at home and abroad.

Jung Woo-sung plays Han Do-kyung, a detective forced to take bribes in order to pay for his wife's exorbitant medical bills, his debts placing him at the behest of the city mayor Park Sun-bae (Hwang Jung-min, The Wailing). Park is a corrupt, power-hungry man involved in a shady urban redevelopment scheme, which brings him to the attention of prosecutor Kim Chain (Kwak Do-won, who co-starred with Hwang in The Wailing), who resorts to underhanded tactics himself to bring down his quarry, blackmailing Han and forcing him to turn against his boss. Desperate to find a way out, Han persuades his rookie partner Moon Seon-mo (Ju Ji-hoon, The Treacherous) to take over his position as Park's top goon, though needless to say, things don’t work out even remotely as planned.

Asura: The City of Madness is a film whose entire cast of characters seem to be in a permanent state of enraged enmity, all constantly at each others' throats, plotting, scheming and trying to bring their rivals down – the film isn't dog eat dog, so much as dog rip dog apart and spit out the pieces. It's a dark, nihilistic film as a result, filled with characters who have no redeeming features, only Han being vaguely sympathetic. Thankfully though, Kim Sung-soo gives the film an over the top, almost satirical air, and the feel of a nasty comedy of errors, its characters trapped in their cycle of violence and even the most well-meaning move (of which there are few) bringing only more troubles. Tightly plotted and tense, the film shows the same distrust for authority as Kim's The Flu, and though the scale is smaller, Asura is if anything more contemptuous towards the ruling class and the so-called greater good, depicting Korea as a corrupt, hopeless society where the chances of surviving and retaining any sense of innocence or goodness are pretty close to zero. While there’s technically nothing new about the narrative, it's this extra dose of nastiness and coffin-black bleakness that really makes the difference, and, against the odds, the film does carve out an identity of its own.

The film benefits from a near-perfect cast, the male leads really giving their all, and seeming to take no small amount of glee from playing such vicious characters, clearly having a great time chewing the scenery. It's very much an ensemble piece, driven by the various shifting relationships between the four men, something which unsurprisingly results in a lot of macho shouting and cruel laughter, and Kim does a great job of keeping their dynamic engaging and dramatic. Jung Woo-sung in particular impresses as Han, making the unfortunate man likeable and human despite his many poor choices, giving the film what passes for its emotional core and winning himself Best Actor at the 17th Busan Film Critics' Awards. Oddly, it's arguably Kwak Do-won and Ju Ji-hoon who come across as the villains of the piece, though this is mainly down to the fact that Hwang Jung-min's performance is one of his most enjoyable and unhinged of recent years, making Park an evil pantomime figure who it's genuinely difficult not to root for.

Asura is also a great-looking film, in a suitably modern noir fashion, whether in the shadowy alleyways and rooftops, or the ominous-looking board rooms and police stations, and the film has an air of threat and danger throughout, nicely reflecting the paranoia and edginess of the characters. Regular Kim Jee-woon cinematographer Lee Mo-gae does very impressive work, winning himself Best Cinematography at both the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Busan Film Critics' Awards. It's all very well-staged and choreographed, and Kim keeps the action and pain coming thick and fast throughout. The film is definitely one of the most brutal and bloody of its type, with torture, stabbings, beatings and more, Kim notching things up as it builds towards a markedly carnage-filled climax.

While Korean churns out more than its fair share of films about cops, gangsters and corruption, Asura: The City of Madness is easily one of the best of the last few years, not to mention one of the most savage. Boasting great performances, a cutting script and some thrillingly-staged violence, the film is a triumph for Kim Sung-soo, and a must-see for all genre fans, even those who think they've had their fill of the form.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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