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Kim Yoon Jin (Actor) | Eric Mun Jung Hyuk (Shinhwa) (Actor) | Shin Eun Kyung (Actor) | Lim Kyung Soo (Director)
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Diary of June (DVD) (Korea Version)

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What is man's responsibility to his fellow human beings? That's a question explored in Diary of June, an investigation thriller from Can't Live Without Robbery director Im Kyung Soo with a deeper message. Also known by the alternate title Bystanders, the film tells the story of Detectives Chu Ja Young (Shin Eun Kyung, from My Wife is a Gangster 1 and 2) and Kim Dong Wook (Eric Mun Jeong Hyuk, from A Bittersweet Life), who must solve a puzzling murder case involving a string of deaths at a local high school. Their investigation eventually leads them directly to a middle school student who has long suffered abuse at the hands of school bullies. In fact, each murder occurs just as it is described in the student's diary. On that evidence alone, one might think the detectives have an open and shut case. However, there's one problem. The student is already dead!

Who is the culprit behind all the killings? And will the detectives be able to bring the murderer to justice? Uncover the secret in Diary of June, a film that suggests that sometimes indifference to human suffering can be worse than hatred itself! Kim Yoon Jin, breakout star of the ABC megahit Lost returns to Korean film to appear in Bystanders, playing the part of Se Yun Hee, a mother who must come to grips with the startling suicide of her bullied son. The film also stars Yun Ju Sang (The King and The Clown, Duelist), Lee Yo Seob (The Crescent Moon), Jeon Hansen (Save The Green Planet), Maeng Se Chang, Kim Jin Ho, and Kim Seong Ah.

Special Features:

Disc 1

  • Audio commentary with the director and cinematographer

    Disc 2

  • Making of + star interview material
  • Interview with the director
  • Deleted scenes
  • MV material
  • Trailer

    ...plus more

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    Product Title: Diary of June (DVD) (Korea Version) Bystanders aka: Diary of June (DTS版) (韓國版) Bystanders aka: Diary of June (DTS版) (韩国版) 6月の日記 (韓国版) 6월의 일기 DTS
    Also known as: Bystanders Bystanders Bystanders Bystanders Bystanders
    Artist Name(s): Kim Yoon Jin (Actor) | Eric Mun Jung Hyuk (Shinhwa) (Actor) | Shin Eun Kyung (Actor) 金允珍 (Actor) | 文晸赫 (Actor) | 申恩慶 (Actor) 金允珍 (Actor) | 文晸赫 (Actor) | 申恩庆 (Actor) キム・ユンジン (Actor) | エリック (シンファ) (Actor) | シン・ウンギョン (Actor) 김 윤진 (Actor) | 에릭 문정혁 (Actor) | 신 은경 (Actor)
    Director: Lim Kyung Soo 林景洙 林景洙 イム・ギョンス 임경수
    Release Date: 2006-02-10
    Language: Korean
    Subtitles: English, Korean
    Country of Origin: South Korea
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
    Duration: 107 (mins)
    Publisher: Fantom Korea
    Other Information: 2 DVDs
    Package Weight: 270 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004104224

    Product Information

    * Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
    * Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 / dts
    * DVD Type : N/A
    * Extras :
    - 영화 속으로
    1. 수사 현장 (메이킹 및 배우 인터뷰)
    2. 증언 (감독 인터뷰)
    3. 미결 (삭제씬)
    4. 뮤직비디오
    5. 예고편

    - 영화 밖으로
    6. 관심 (한선교 의원 주최의 국회 시사회에 대한 인터뷰)
    7. 무관심 (학원폭력 문제에 대한 청소년폭력예방재단의 자문)
    8. 재현 (미술, 특수분장 관련 프로덕션 디자인)
    9. 컬러 공간 (DI 작업)

    * Director : 임경수

    2년만의 스크린에 복귀한 500만 흥행신화의 신은경과 명실상부한 월드스타 김윤진, 그리고 2005년 대한민국 최고의 슈퍼 루키로 확고하게 자리매김한 문정혁. 각자의 아우라만으로도 큰 폭발력을 지닌 이들이 <6월의 일기>를 통해 한 스크린에 모였다.

    흥행신화이후 2년간의 휴식, 성공적인 미국 진출, 가수에서 연기자로의 성공적 변신,
    각자의 자리에서 최선을 다하고 있다는 사실 외에는 누구도 그들을 한데 모으는 특별한 기획을 만들어 낼 수 없었다. 개별로서도 커다란 존재감을 가지는 그들이기에 그들을 한 스크린에서 만난다는 것은 관객들에게 그리고 한국 영화계에 특별한 사건이 아닐 수 없을 터. 하지만 언뜻 보기에 생소한 이번 캐스팅은 기존의 전형적인 캐릭터와 캐스팅 방식을 포기한 신선한 시도였으며, 이러한 과감한 시도는 정상의 배우들을 감동시킨 완성도 높은 시나리오만이 가능하게 할 수 있는 것. ‘미리 쓰여진 일기’가 예고하는 살인 사건이라는 독특하고 지능적인 사건을 해결해 가는 두 형사, 그리고 사건의 중요한 단서를 제공하는 한 여인. 세 캐릭터의 유기적인 관계는 이전에 한번도 관객들이 본 적 없는 그들의 만남을 가능하게 하였으며, 이것만으로도 영화 <6월의 일기>에 대한 관객들의 기대와 관심을 증폭될 수밖에 없다.

    예고된 살인, 그리고 단 하나의 단서 <6월의 일기>
    _ 퍼즐을 맞추듯 서서히 그 실체를 드러내는 2005년 가장 슬프고, 충격적인 이야기.

    <6월의 일기>는 미리 쓰여진 일기가 예고하는 살인사건을 추적하는 형사들의 이야기다. ‘미리 쓰여진 일기를 통해 예고된 살인’이라는 독특한 소재와 사건의 구성은 각각의 캐릭터를 하나의 사건으로 정교하게 묶어간다. 한 조각 한 조각 드러나는 사건은 마치 거대한 퍼즐처럼 하나의 진실을 향해 서서히 그 실체를 드러내며 충격적인 메시지를 전달하고 있는 것이다.

    ‘미리 쓰여진 일기가 예고하는 살인사건’이라는 사건의 구성과 힘 있는 캐릭터는 내러티브에 더욱 깊이감을 더하며, 적극적으로 관객을 영화 속에 개입시킨다. 한 순간 머릿속을 멍하게 후려치는 듯한 영화의 마지막 반전은 <6월의 일기>를 2005년 가장 슬프고, 충격적인 이야기로 만들 것이다.

    대한민국 강력계 新 투캅스 탄생!!

    애인도 없고 딱히 취미도 없는 본능적으로 타고난 형사기질로 오로지 범인검거에 청춘을 바친 강력계 베테랑 형사 추자영, 단순히 폴리스 라인을 멋있게 넘고, 공무원이라 안정된 직장이기에 강력반을 지원했다는 폼생폼사 김동욱. 이 둘은 강력반에서 알아주는 천적관계! 서로 못 잡아먹어 안 달인 두 형사에게 2인 1조 한 팀으로 사건수사를 하라는 명을 받게 되면서 그들의 티격태격 신경전은 더해만 간다.

    예고된 살인의 시작, 단 하나의 단서... ‘6월의 일기’

    어느 날 자살로 추정되는 사건이 발생하고, 자영은 본능적으로 살인 사건의 냄새를 맡게 된다. 연이어 비슷한 또래의 아이들이 시체가 발견되면서 사건은 점차 미궁으로 빠져들게 된다. 수사 도중 자영과 동욱은 부검을 통해 의문의 일기쪽지 캡슐을 발견하고 충격에 휩싸이게 된다. 바로 그 일기의 날짜가 사건이 발생하기 전에 쓰여진 것이기 때문. 그렇다면 미리 쓰여진 일기에 따라 살인이 예고되고 있다는 것?

    순서가 있는 죽음, 다음 차례는?

    죽은 사체가 같은 학교 학생들이라는 단서에 의해 두 형사는 학교를 찾게 되고 유력한 용의자인 의문의 여인을 찾던 중 자영은 고등학교 시절 단짝 친구 윤희를 만나게 된다. 세 번째 예고된 살인사건이 발생하면서 더욱 사건의 치밀함은 더해가고 자영은 조카인 준하가 납치되면서 계속되는 사건이 자신과도 무관하지 않음을 직감하게 되는데...
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    Professional Review of "Diary of June (DVD) (Korea Version)"

    April 11, 2007

    Im Kyung Soo's Diary of June enters a Korean market already well trodden by films about formerly docile women on the road to bloody, and sometimes shocking, vengeance. Counted among this suddenly popular sub-genre is Park Chan Wook's much-hyped Sympathy For Lady Vengeance and the not-so-hyped Princess Aurora with Eom Jeong Hwa. Sharing more in common with Aurora (in fact, the two films share a lot in common), Im's Diary of June (which also goes by the spoilerific title Bystanders) is about a vengeful mother (played by Lost's Kim Yoon Jin) seeking to wreak death upon the school bullies who made her son's life a living hell, eventually leading to the boy's suicide.

    The film begins with young Detective Dong Wook (Eric Mun) and his senior, tomboy partner Ja Young (Shin Eun Kyung) investigating the suicide of a student. Ja Young isn't convinced the boy's death is a suicide, and when a red capsule shows up in the boy's stomach, with a torn piece of someone's diary stuffed inside, her suspicion is proved right. Linking this new victim to an earlier victim who went to the same middle school, the detectives stumble across serial killer Yun Hee (Kim Yoon Jin). Uncovering her identity proves to be easier than locating her even though, as it turns out, the killer and Ja Young were once best friends back in middle school before a traffic incident separated them.

    It bears repeating that Diary of June's central serial killer plot is almost identical to that of Bang Eun Jin's Princess Aurora, sharing not only a grieving mother as serial killer gimmick, but also giving the killer a past relationship with the lead cop that makes the investigation emotionally difficult. Of the two films, Princess Aurora is easily the more violent and visceral, not to mention being much more daring in content. But whereas Aurora makes a couple of half-hearted stabs at social commentary, Diary of June is clearly a movie with something to say (or believes it is), focusing much of its passion on the terrifying subject of school bullying and the adult indifference that permits it.

    To this end, Diary of June works as an indictment on society, as well as a personal drama about a single cop struggling to raise her sister's son. Star Shin Eun Kyung (My Wife Is A Gangster) mugs perhaps just a bit too much as a carefree cop who does what she wants when she wants, which includes making fun of her boss and dressing like a 25-year old hip-hop chick. Her slacker partner is played by Eric Mun, who I would say doesn't have the cop look down, but then again, neither does anyone else in the film. The film's most heartfelt moments all involve Ja Young's ineffectual relationship with her young nephew, who as coincidence would have it, also goes to the same school as Yun Hee's late son.

    Unfortunately, Diary of June suffers from a script that takes great liberties with logic and rational plotting when it comes to its thriller elements. The cops stumble across major revelations by strokes of fabulous luck rather than skill. Yun-hee's string of murders are more like the work of a seasoned ninja, judging by her ability to appear, kill, and disappear at will. The film's major plot points take place with such random abandon that one has to wonder if writer/director Im Kyung Soo just made them up as he went along, or if he simply can't grasp that A leads to B which results in C. There's also a lengthy epilogue that keeps going for an additional 10 minutes, long after even the dullest audience member will have guessed the big "twist".

    Fortunately Diary of June does other things well to compensate for its lack of sophistication with thriller plotting. Ja Young's constantly clashing relationship with her nephew is a strong aspect of the film, as well as the topic of school bullying. The film takes a hard look at the subject, showing it in sometimes gruesome detail. In order to drive home the idea that Yun Hee's son could be anyone's son, Im hides the boy's face for almost the entire length of the film, showing it only once in a still shot at the very end. It works, and parents everywhere should be running home from Diary of June to grill their sons and daughters about their school.

    It's hard to put a finger on what holds Diary of June back from being a highly recommended film. The familiar storyline may have something to do with it, as Korea seems female serial killer crazy at the moment. Perhaps it's the film's cop elements, which are poorly put together, with a number of major plot contrivances designed simply to draw out the film to the conclusion Im envisioned. (The inept car chase and subsequent church confrontation by the two female leads is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back.) Fortunately I still have a soft spot for Shin Eun Kyung, and one can't fault the film for actually saying something when so many movies say nothing at all. It's just too bad more care wasn't taken with the plotting of the thriller elements…

    Movie Grade: 3/5

    Review by Nix - BeyondHollywood.com

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    Customer Review of "Diary of June (DVD) (Korea Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (4)

    Rhoda
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    June 20, 2006

    1 people found this review helpful

    GOOD THRILLER Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    THE STORY HAS A DIFFERENT TWIST...A LITTLE VIOLENT COZ THE KILLER IS RUNNING AFTER FRESHMEN KIDS. A REAL THRILLER... A MOVIE YOU SHOULDN'T MISS. ERIC MOON IS REAL GOOD IN HIS ACTING.
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    June 2, 2006

    1 people found this review helpful

    2nd half = real good Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    I like the message that the movie tells the audience. It shows issues that we all have faces once or more before, abuse from classmates and/or parents. The beginning of the movie isn't as effective and exciting as the last half, something about the beginning half is lacking. IMO i feel that the movie would be much better if it had a grimmier tone to it and didn't break it with some light humor, but i must say most of the jokes did deliver at the right moment. Kinda didn't like how it took kim yoon jin to get of the car and run...or should i say walk slowly to the body of her son and i guess the idea didn't click on to get the LP number :P Other than that it was a pretty good movie
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    Kai
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    February 16, 2006

    1 people found this review helpful

    Excellent movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    This is a thriller movie with a theme that most of us would have experienced at one time or another, whether as students, teachers or parents. Evil is allowed to flourish when the good men do nothing. Bystanders are just as guilty as the perpetrators. The whole cast puts on an excellent performance.
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    January 31, 2006

    1 people found this review helpful

    It's really good! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Eric Mun, Kim Yoon Jin and Shin Eun Kyoung really shine in this movie. As a new film actor, Eric delivered an impressive performance as a rookie cop who cares about victims and solving crimes. The movie is not just for Shinhwa fans, but for all movie lovers who love a good mystery.
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