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Uhm Jung Hwa (Actor) | Park Yong Woo (Actor) | Kwon Hyung Jin (Director)
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For Horowitz (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (2)
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Uhm Jung Hwa, the versatile star of such films as Princess Aurora and Singles, takes on the role of Ji Su, a thirty-something single woman who once had dreams of becoming a famous pianist. Ji Su idolized Horowitz and was determined to taste similar success herself, but her dream was shattered one day, altering her destiny. She now teaches young children how to play and one day she discovers Gyung Min, a young boy with exceptional talent.

Ji Su throws all of her focus into improving Gyung Min's raw skills, projecting her own desires for fame and fortune onto him. But when Ji Su enters the young lad into his first competition, all does not go as planned. It is then revealed that Gyung Min carries with him a secret - one that will change Ji Su's life forever.

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Product Title: For Horowitz (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 奏出我未來 (DVD) (香港版) 奏出我未来 (DVD) (香港版) 私のちいさなピアニスト (ホロヴィッツのために) (香港版) For Horowitz (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Uhm Jung Hwa (Actor) | Park Yong Woo (Actor) 嚴正花 (Actor) | 朴埇佑 (Actor) 严正花 (Actor) | 朴埇佑 (Actor) オム・ジョンファ (Actor) | パク・ヨンウ (Actor) 엄정화 (Actor) | 박용우 (Actor)
Director: Kwon Hyung Jin 權泂辰 权泂辰 クォン・ヒョンジン 권형진
Release Date: 2007-03-20
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I
Duration: 108 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004600325

Product Information

* Screen Format : 16:9
* Sound Mix : DTS ES, Dolby Digital Surround EX
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Special Features:
- Theatrical Trailer 電影預告
- Photo Gallery 相片集
- Cast and Crew Filmographies 演員及導演介紹

導演︰權泂辰
Director: Kwon Hyung Jin

金智秀對一直未能出國深造音樂耿耿於懷,無奈生活迫人,唯有在住宅區開設鋼琴教室維生。一天,她遇上百厭星尹京文,京文的行為令智秀哭笑不得,但原來京文有極高的音樂天份!聽過一次的樂曲,京文輕易就能彈出來,還能自己創作樂曲。智秀將未完成的音樂夢寄託在京文身上,京文亦從智秀身上重得缺乏的母愛,過程雖然充滿障礙,兩人卻得以重新認識自己。但京文能否應付智秀對他的地獄式訓練?智秀又如何在三餐不繼的情況下裁培這個音樂神童?

Kim Ji-soo is suffering from an inferiority complex rooted in an unfulfilled dream to become a famous pianist like Vladimir Horowitz. Starting her own piano studio in a small town, strange boy Yoon Gyung-min keep interfering her lessons. One day, she accidentally discovers that Gyung-min is a musical genius with an absolute pitch. She begins to burn with a new ambition to rise to fame as a teacher who has discovered a jewel. But Gyung-min is a boy with hidden scars in his heart. He doesn't readily fulfill the expectations of his eager instructor. Meanwhile, Ji-soo is worried about her ability to teach such a musical genius…
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Professional Review of "For Horowitz (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 11, 2006

This professional review refers to For Horowitz Director's Cut Limited Edition DTS
A "failed" musician gets more than she bargained for when she opens up a piano studio in For Horowitz, a masterful little melodrama from director Kwon Hyung-Jin. Uhm Jung-Hwa (Singles, My Lovely Week) takes on the lead role of Kim Ji-Su, a thirty-something single gal who once dreamt of becoming a world-renowned pianist just like her idol, Vladimir Horowitz. Unfortunately, this big dream simply wasn't meant to be. The thing is, Ji-Su's family had to scrape by just so she could take piano lessons to begin with, so going overseas to study just wasn't in the cards finance-wise. As a result, Ji-Su could do nothing but watch from the sidelines in vain as her classmates went abroad and benefited considerably from the experience.

For Horowitz opens with Ji-Su surveying her new base of operations, a small neighborhood piano studio located just above a pizza parlor. The owner (Park Yong-Woo) is a dorky but affable single guy who immediately takes an interest in the feisty Ji-Su. But she pays little attention to his well-intentioned bids at romance; she's got bigger things on her mind, namely a mute kid named Gyung-Min (Sin Ee-Jae), the neighborhood wild child who does nothing but cause trouble, especially for Ji-Su. By a twist of fate, Ji-Su discovers that Gyung-Min is actually a piano prodigy. Overjoyed that she's found this musical "diamond in the rough," she decides to take Gyung-Min under her wing and train him as a classical musician. This gesture of kindness eventually brings the boy out of his shell, and he even begins to talk a bit. Ji-Su believes he's good enough to enter a competition for young people, so she helps him train hard for the concert. As the training goes along, Gyung-Min's playing improves, and he begins to see Ji-Su as a mother figure.

Based on Ji-Su's actions, one would think we were meant to applaud her for helping Gyung-Min. Not so fast. It's made clear immediately that Ji-Su actually possesses an ulterior motive. If Gyung-min is recognized as the talent he is in a public setting, then Ji-Su can gain all the glory in the process as his piano teacher. Her prior dreams of fame and fortune have returned, and while on the road to potential celebrity, Ji-Su isn't above using the boy to make some money as a piano teacher. Her insistence that Gyung-Min play the piano in the middle of a department store isn't just to win kudos from impressed parents; it's also free advertising. Consequently, her class booms in enrollment (and tuition fees). Not surprisingly, she ends up neglecting Gyung-Min, and he can't help but lash out in return. What Ji-Su doesn't know is that her prized protégé has some serious mommy issues due to a life-altering tragedy he suffered some years back, and the very event that made him stop speaking in the first place. Thankfully, Ji-Su learns the error of her ways and discovers she has strong maternal feelings for Gyung-Min. But just as all the pieces of the puzzle are coming into place, our heroine is forced to make a difficult, life-altering decision. Be ready, dear viewer. The tears will flow. Get your hankies out.

Uhm Jung-Hwa delivers a splendid performance, making Ji-Su a more multi-dimensional character than one might expect. A key aspect of the film is how both Uhm and the filmmakers successfully avoid making Ji-Su look like a totally despicable person. From the get-go, we immediately understand why she would be motivated to use Gyung-Min for her own selfish reasons. Simply put, she lives in a society that values material wealth and marriage, and unfortunately for her, she has neither. Even worse, people aren't the least bit shy about reminding her of these facts. She's single and over thirty - a practical death sentence if this film and the popular TV drama My Lovely Sam-Soon are to be believed - and the familial, peer, and societal pressures are made apparent from the early going. In addition, the switch from crass opportunist to mother figure isn't as abrupt as it sometimes is in other films of this nature. All the while, For Horowitz teases the viewer with scenes where Ji-Su's warmer, more maternal side comes out, all of which occur long before her final epiphany comes to pass.

But Uhm Jung-Hwa isn't the only positive thing about For Horowitz; the film's two main male actors turn in impressive acting turns as well. Seven-year-old Sin Ee-Jae is immediately believable in his first acting role. Add to the fact that he's really a prize-winning musician in his own right, and the realistic feel of his performance only increases. Actor Park Yong-Woo, fresh from his delightful starring role in the surprise hit My Sweet, Yet Brutal Sweetheart, makes a welcome appearance here. He gives his character a persistent nervous laugh that would be annoying if it weren't so pathetically endearing. His sincere, often awkward character is responsible for much of the film's comic relief, and Park handles the role with refreshing aplomb.

In addition to the expected supplementary material, the three-disc special edition of For Horowitz contains both the theatrical cut and the longer director's cut. I've seen both, and the director's cut is the way to go. It fleshes out some of the relationships early on and adds a bit more to the film's ending. The original finale basically cuts directly from one character's monumental decision to its ultimate consequence, which actually occurs some time later. The transition is acceptable in the original cut of the film, but it still feels a bit too abrupt. Thankfully, the longer edit of the film adds a bit of comedy in-between and also allows us to see what became of Ji-Su professionally, before easing the viewer into a final revelation that came far too quickly in the shorter theatrical version.

Compliments must also extend to the director, as Kwon Hyung-Jin makes an impressive debut with his first feature-length theatrical film. The movie looks fantastic and sports an irresistible golden sheen throughout many of the piano playing scenes. The music, of course, is topnotch, and works well within the confines of the story, enhancing the action in just the right ways at just the right time. For Horowitz may not be particularly profound or innovative, but it is solid Korean entertainment, all the same. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and - best of all - nobody dies just to spice up the plot. Okay, maybe one person dies, but it's not done in a manipulative way. And in dispensing with some major clichés that plague the genre, For Horowitz gets my vote as a Korean melodrama done right. Ultimately, it's the kind of film that - dare I say it - hits all the right notes.

By Calvin McMillin

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Customer Review of "For Horowitz (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.8 out of 10 (5)

Kevin Kennedy
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August 18, 2007

Great music, wonderful film! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
In "For Horowitz", Uhm Jung Hwa plays a piano teacher who is filled with bitterness over her unfulfilled aspirations.

She dreams of becoming another Vladimir Horowitz, when this goal clearly is way beyond her grasp. She demands to teach only music majors, when she actually will be fortunate just to get the ordinary neighborhood kids to be her pupils. Her unfulfilled pretentions drive her to become her increasingly focussed on her failures and herself, thereby alienating family and friends.

The neighborhood's little troublemaker, who also proves to be a musical prodigy, is the catalyst that changes the piano teacher's life. Watching how this story plays out in a natural, unforced manner is a marvel.

Uhm Jung Hwa gives a brave and unsparing performance in this beautifully crafted drama. I recommend "For Horowitz" very highly for the whole family!
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anonymous
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July 23, 2007

GREAT movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
uhm jung hwa acts really well in this movie, even though its totally different from roles she usually plays. the story is really good and so touching, and its actually pretty realistic.
this movie can be enjoyed by people who dont really know much about classical music, and it can be enjoyed by people like me who are obsessed with classical music and practice music all day long.
the music in the movie is all really famous and maybe kind of cliche, but each thing they chose was perfect for how they used it in the movie. and the very last scene is so well done..
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adrian
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October 10, 2006

This customer review refers to For Horowitz Director's Cut Limited Edition DTS
Moving and Amazing... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I just bought it and watch this movie. this is the best movie of the year for me. If u r a piano player I RECOMMEND u to really watch this movie. they play all song sooo moving and its filled with emotion. To tell u the truth i cried 4 times watching this movie once. its just soo very moving.

especially the song called " Omma / Mother " ....its just.....no words to describe....and also the " Arabesque " of Debussy. played by the little guy...GOD!!! he is a piano prodigy...

i really realllly amazingly moved with this movie....its top knotch....!...

thank you..
-Adrian-Jun Hyuk-
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mawwk
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September 19, 2006

This customer review refers to For Horowitz Director's Cut Limited Edition DTS
Great movie~! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
If you ever played the piano in your life, of any musical instrument, YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS MOVIE. If you don't play any instrument, then you should STILL watch this movie.

I just recieved my dvd from yesasia couple of days ago and watched it with a friend. We laughed and we cried and at the end, we smiled. This is also a perfect "family movie" too. The music and the some of the scenery made the movie so "fantasy" like, like what you see in disney movies.. it just makes you feel warm inside. Uhm Jung Hwa acted really well in her role. She has got to be one of the best actress in Korea..

:)
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<3Mrs Jung Ji Hoon<3
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September 12, 2006

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1 people found this review helpful

Great movie!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I watched this movie without any real expectations and was pleasantly surprised. I absolutely LOVED the story and the acting was just awesome. I wouldn't recommend this movie to someone who likes romance movies, but if you like touching movies.. especially when it involves someone making someone else's life a little better.. I'd recommend this ^^
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