Shadows In The Palace (DVD) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3
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A combination of mystery, murder, and suspense, Shadows In The Palace sees Park Jin Hee (Long Way, Underground Rendezvous) returning to the silver screen in a commanding role as a brave woman unmasking a murder case shrouded in a massive cloud of conspiracy. First-time director Kim Mi Jung was honored as the Best New Director at the 2007 Korean Film Awards for her ingenious sense of visuals which greatly heightened the appeal of the film. Offering plenty of cinematic thrills and chills, Shadows In The Palace challenges the audience to unlock a period psychological whodunit mystery through its mind-boggling serpentine plot and attention to details. Fans of the mystery genre will have their cryptic tastes sated by this cleverly crafted crime thriller.
During the Joseon era, a palace maid-in-waiting is found dead, hanging off the palace rafters. After conducting an autopsy, palace physician Chun Ryung (Park Jin Hee) discovers that the dead woman had previously borne a child, but no records of the child exist. Chun Ryung's superior orders her to close the case as suicide. Suspecting a cover up, Chun Ryung carries on the investigation on her own and discovers a love letter in the victim's possession. One by one, Chun Ryung interrogates potential suspects but all lips are sealed. With her superior plotting to find a scapegoat to end rising suspicions, Chun Ryung must crack the case before time runs out.
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|Product Title:||Shadows In The Palace (DVD) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 宮女 (DVD) (DTS) (限量版) (韓國版) 宫女 (DVD) (DTS) (限量版) (韩国版) 宮女 （限定版） （韓国版） 궁녀 DTS (한정판)|
|Also known as:||禁宮傳邪 禁宫传邪|
|Artist Name(s):||Im Jung Eun (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin | Park Jin Hee (Actor) | Seo Young Hee (Actor) | Yoon Se Ah | Kim Sung Ryung 林貞恩 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 | 樸真希 (Actor) | 徐 英姬 (Actor) | 尹世雅 | 金成玲 林贞恩 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 | 樸真希 (Actor) | 徐 英姬 (Actor) | 尹世雅 | 金成玲 イム・ジョンウン (Actor) | チョン・ヘジン | パク・チニ (Actor) | ソ・ヨンヒ (Actor) | ユン・セア | キム・ソンリョン 임정은 (Actor) | 전혜진 | 박진희 (Actor) | 서영희 (Actor) | 윤세아 | 김성령|
|Director:||Kim Mi Jung Kim Mi Jung Kim Mi Jung キム・ミジョン 김미정|
|Place of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Other Information:||2 DVDs|
|Shipment Unit:||2 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1005178748|
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 / dts
* Extras :
- Commentary with 김미정 감독, 정승혜 대표
- 궁 안의 여인들 (메이킹)
- 금남(禁男)의 공간 (미술)
- 사라진 의(衣) (의상)
- 색(色), 혼(魂) (DI, CG)
- 포스터 촬영현장
* Director : 김미정
- 본편 코멘터리 수록 : 김미정 감독 + 영화사아침의 정승혜 대표
- 박진희 친필싸인 랜덤 수록 : 초회 출시되는 DVD 수량 일부는 자켓 앞면에 박진희 배우 친필 싸인 수록
- 풍부한 서플먼트 : 메이킹, CG 장면 해설, 궁중 미술-의상 관련 해설 및 동영상 등 궁녀의 모든 것을 볼 수 있는 동영상 수록
- 초회 한정 패키지 : 초회 한정으로 아웃박스 제공, 추후 출시되는 수량에 한해서는 아웃박스 없이 출시될 예정
- 충무로 최고의 여배우 박진희 주연, [혈의누]를 잇는 시대 사극 스릴러
살고 싶으면... 입 다물라 아는 것을 말하지 말고, 들은 것을 기억하지 말라!
숨막힐 듯 엄격한 궁궐 안. 왕 외에는 마음대로 죽을 수도 없는 그곳에서 후궁 희빈을 보좌하는 궁녀 월령이 서까래에 목을 매 자살한 채 발견된다. 검험을 하던 천령은 월령이 아이를 낳았다는 사실을 알게 되지만 그 기록은 어디에도 남아있지 않고, 감찰상궁은 자살로 은폐할 것을 명령한다. 하지만 천령은 자살로 위장된 치정 살인이라는 의심을 지울 수 없어 독단적으로 사건을 파헤치기 시작한다. 죽은 월령의 연애편지를 발견하고 결정적인 증거라고 생각한 천령. 하지만 누군가 그녀를 습격하고 편지는 사라진다. 발견자 정렬을 시작으로 유력한 용의자들을 심문해 보지만 궁녀들은 약속이나 한 듯 아무런 얘기도 하지 않는다.
한편, 감찰상궁은 궁녀들의 기강을 바로 잡기 위해 행실이 바르지 못한 궁녀를 공개 처벌하는 연중행사 쥐부리글려의 희생양을 골라 월령을 죽인 죄를 뒤집어 씌워 처형시키고 사건을 무마시킬 계획을 세운다. 무고한 희생자가 생길 것을 우려한 천령은 진범을 찾기 위해 혈안이 되는데.
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April 24, 2008
Fascinating story of detection
"Shadows in the Palace" is a complex stew of murder mystery, palace intrigue, and supernatural horror. The film is at its best when it focusses on the efforts of one of the court nurses, acting as a coroner, to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of a court maid. This element of the film is a very intriguing detective story with a maze of plot twists and turns, as the powers-that-be seek to deter the coroner from pursuing her inquiry in order to avoid its inevitable consequences. Fans of the series "Dae Jang Geum" will enjoy this portion of the story, although "Shadows in the Palace" depicts the palace milieu as an extraordinarily cruel and sadistic place.
Less successful is the film's efforts to build in a supernatural element. These scenes, in which dark clouds envelop characters just before something evil happens, are never explained and seem merely superfluous to the greater narrative. Also on the negative side, I found the film's ending to be oddly beside the point. It doesn't really seem like a culmination of what came before, but just a convenient way to wrap things up and bring the story to a conclusion; it lacks any significant emotional impact.
Nonetheless, I recommend this film. It is richly atmospheric, well-acted, and beautifully staged. Its central story of the intrepid nurse uncovering events that the palace would prefer to keep secret is very involving. This film is not for everyone; its pervasive cruelty and grisly sadism can be hard to stomach. But, for a mature audience, it is well worth viewing.
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January 27, 2008
Well watch it just now. It's suspense movie, no doubt about it. It's just i did not really understand the later part of the movie.
The one killed is the sister of the king's concubine? or the one killed is the sister of the thief? I'm at a lost... actually. But find out for yourself.
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January 21, 2008
Joseon Shadow Sleuthing
When you get a story as good as this - it makes you wonder why there is a bit of a funding problem with Korean film making, and I only hope us goggled eyed movie watchers can still witness great films like this for many years to come, from South Korea (and maybe North Korea in the future...you never know). Any ways, this film is set in the Joseon Dynasty, within the vaulted and servitude environment of a women's royal court to the King, is beautifully directed and written by Mee Jeung Kim, and is the period drama K-movie you have been awaiting.
About the mysterious death of a court maid (apparently suicide) within the women's royal court, and of a royal medical doctor named Chun Ryung, who suspects some fishy business going on by the nature of the suicide attempt and the fact that the maid had a forbidden child, convinces Chun Ryung that a murder plot is at hand. Also, due to the fact that the dead maid was under the royal servitude of Hee Bin, a concubine of the King, and who recently had given birth to a male child (instead of the Queen) and one day for him to be the new heir to the throne, this suicide death of Hee Bin's maid would cause some big fireworks if reaching the Queen Mum's ears. This is due to the boy being pressed by the Queen Mum to be adopted quickly by the Queen, but Hee Bin stands firm and won't relent, thinking that she could get booted out of her royal position into obscurity, if she relinquishes the child she birthed. So this additional death of Hee Bin's maid under scandalous circumstances, would be dynamite in this tightly fused ready to blow house hold. And anyone involved in this murder scandal, wouldn't just merely receive a royal smack on the bottom and a bit of red embarrassment, but in Joseon period Korea, one had a good chance of losing their head (literally). Chun Ryung, being the 'ornery justice seeking at all costs type', and not one to let things lie, puts on her sleuth seeking mantle and prepares to find out the truth within, even if costing her life. Not is all as it seems, too, as you may imagine. Well, that's the beginning, and quite an involved plot, but this is one riveting and nail biting story here.
There are a lot of characters in this that keeps the mystery fueled, so due to this you have to keep a close eye on the plot, and also aware of the seamless flash backs here and there, to keep pace with it all. But that doesn't mar this top notch film or alter its credulity. As for the acting, Jin Hee Park as Chun Ryung, who I first saw in "Promenade" and "Byul" (and is it me, or does she look a bit like Hyo Jin Kim?), is an actress that is getting more and more recognition, due to her great acting and style. But this film isn't short of quality acting from pretty well all of this predominantly female cast. And when you get a cast as good as this, its like the equivalent of receiving a top quality box of special Swiss chocolates to enjoy! This is a Korean period drama at its best - its brilliantly and well scripted, with a pacing that comes together fluidly, and not getting over indulged in the making. It follows the essence of what this intriguing tale of mystery needs to be, and keeps on course straight until the end, when all the revelations to the 'suicide / murder' mystery are revealed. At no real point does it get 'dry' either, by over indulging into the Joseon Dynasty scheme of things (which, of course, would be great for a history lesson, but not if breaking the fluid motion of a good movie), and the plot line is kept tight to the intrigue and shenanigans within the women's house hold, and doesn't veer off at pointless tangents. And its not a one track ending either, featuring a quite complex set of plot twists at the finish.
The 'shadows' of the title relate to the more subtler supernatural elements to the story, that feature near the latter parts (a hint of this, though, is at the beginning with the cries of a baby down a deep dark well, bringing a wink-wink ringu motif with the well), and although the 'long haired ghost girl' motif of J-horror is displayed here, its not at all over done or impinging to the effect, that it imbalances the style and core nature of the plot. So don't expect an Asian horror movie in the main. Still, it does feature some creepy moments though. But the more unsettling areas of SITP relate to the torturous scenes of cruelty towards the women of the palace, thought of to be bringing ill repute to the royal court (i.e stealing some royal golden thread or having an intimate relationship with a man). And these women get subjected to having awful medieval practices impinged upon them; pulled out finger nails, needles stuck into finger tips and at one point,a woman related to the central intrigue and using the aforementioned golden thread, sows it into her blooded thigh, which is quite grisly to say the least. So, giving this movie a mature 18+ rating.
Still, all of this movie's quality and pedigree is with the great script and wonderful acting, along with the usually expected S Korean cinematography quality - all having affirmatively tricked boxes of excellence here! There are plot twists at the finish, but logical ones interwoven well into the core narrative of the main circumstances, and not blowing it out of proportion, by making the end some sort of mad ghost tale. It serves the purpose that this is about the restricted lives of court women and concubines of an historical period, and a terrible scandal, that finishes on the note of power change than an aggrieved woman in ghost revenge mode. There is the ghostly featured, though, and the ominous 'shadow' mist that appears to shroud itself amongst certain characters crossing the line of human conduct, makes the supernatural part more a justice giving element to those getting just deserts - than manic ghost girl revenge. Which is probably the same thing in two forms, maybe.
A great quality Korean film from director Mee Jeun Kim, who was also involved with "King and the Clown" and certainly a key movie for your S Korean collection and interest. Unmissable one this, most definitely! Buy it now, before you can't.