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The story seems familiar. The average salaryman loses money and resorts to borrowing from loan sharks; then the crazy interest and threats to his life lead him to crime, in this case kidnapping. Pushed to the edge, Dong Cheol (Kim Su Ro, Vampire Cop Ricky) reluctantly teams up with the equally desperate and debt-ridden Min Ho (Lee Seon Gyun, The Customer is Always Right). The bumbling pair's first attempt fails when the victim's parents don't pick up the phone. After 108 unanswered calls, they have little choice but to give up. For their second try, they ambitiously decide to kidnap Tae Hee (Ko Eun Ah of Ssunday Seoul), the daughter of a rich family. Just when it seems they have pulled off the kidnapping, Dong Cheol receives a phone call - from his daughter's kidnapper.

If the two million tickets sold by his debut as leading actor in Vampire Cop Ricky weren't enough, Kim Su Ro's performance in A Cruel Attendance, a.k.a. Educating Kidnappers, once again proves how much he has grown both in acting skills and popularity. He has certainly come a long way since his (literally) five seconds of fame for his first role in Two Cops. Mixing quirky humor with the unique theme of double kidnapping, Kim Tae Yoon's debut film, A Cruel Attendance, could very well be the icing on the cake of Kim Su Ro's long-overdue rise to stardom.

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Product Title: A Cruel Attendance A Cruel Attendance (韓國版) A Cruel Attendance (韩国版) 残酷な出勤 (韓国版) 잔혹한 출근
Artist Name(s): Kim Su Ro | Lee Sun Kyun 金秀路 | 李善均 金秀路 | 李善均 キム・スロ | イ・ソンギュン 김 수로 | 이선균
Director: Kim Tae Yoon Kim Tae Yoon Kim Tae Yoon キム・テユン 김태윤
Release Date: 2007-01-19
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: Daekyung DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004623646

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기상천외한 상상, 파워풀한 파격적 소재 ‘ 이중유괴’

영화 <잔혹한 출근>은 ‘유괴범의 아이가 유괴되었다’는 독특한 ‘이중유괴’ 소재만으로도 충무로에서 주목 받고 있는 2006년 최고의 기대작이다. ‘유괴’란 반사회적인 민감한 소재임에도 불구하고, 충무로에서 이토록 높은 반응을 보이는 것은 ‘유괴’를 할 수밖에 없는 너무도 평범한 샐러리맨의 이야기와 그가 유괴에 성공한 날 그의 딸이 유괴되었다는 황당하고, 기막힌 설정 자체가 충무로 관계자들의 마음을 뒤흔들어버린 까닭이다.

얼떨결에 유괴범이 된 평범한 샐러리맨의 이야기, 그리고 그의 어설픈 유괴가 성공한 날, 또 다른 유괴범에 의해 자신의 아이가 유괴되는 황당한 상황은 단박에 “재미있는 영화”일 것 같다는 강한 임팩트와 기상천외한 상상력을 부추긴다. 또한 꼬일 대로 꼬인 당황스런 상황이 주는 코믹함과 과연 주인공이 어떻게 이 상황을 해결할 것인가를 궁금하게 하는 긴장감이 돋보이는 소재로 충분히 매력적이다.

그간 한국영화에서 전혀 볼 수 없었던 매우 독특하고 색다른 소재 ‘이중유괴’! 스크린 상에서 이 소재가 얼마나 독특하고 신선한 영화로 전개될 지, 충무로는 온통 <잔혹한 출근>이 개봉하는 2006년 가을을 기대하고 있다.

2006년 충무로 최고의 상종가 “김수로의 업그레이드 코믹 휴머니즘” 연기 !!
“코미디에 감정을 싣다 !!”

‘김수로’만이 뽑아낼 수 있는 입담, 웃음으로, 대한민국 흥행 배우로서 자리매김한 김수로가 코믹 서스펜스 <잔혹한 출근>으로 돌아왔다. 2006년 최고의 상종가를 올리고 있는 김수로이기 때문에 그가, 차기작으로 <잔혹한 출근>을 선택한 것만으로도 큰 화제가 되었을 정도. 그런 김수로가 이번 작품을 통해 “정말 웃기는 배우”에서 나아가 “연기도 잘하는 배우”로 한층 업그레이드 될 것이라는 충무로 관계자들의 전망이다.

<잔혹한 출근> 시나리오를 받고, 몇 장을 채 넘기기도 전에 “바로, 이 작품이다!”라고 단박에 결정했다는 김수로는 이 영화의 “‘이중유괴’란 독특한 소재가 대한민국 영화 사상 가장 독특한 영화가 될 것”이라며 확신했다, 거기에 유괴범임에도 불구하고 너무도 인간적이어서, 인질에게 오히려 무시 당하거나, 유괴된 자신의 딸을 되찾기 위해 유괴에 성공하려고 고군분투하는 ‘동철’ 캐릭터가 ‘배우’라면 꼭 한번 도전해 보고싶을 만큼 다양한 색깔을 지닌 매력적인 캐릭터임과 동시에 한국영화에서 한번도 보지 못했던 독특한 캐릭터였기 때문이라는 게 그의 선택 이유.

이번 <잔혹한 출근>에서 김수로는 기존의 영화에서 보여주었던 김수로표 코믹 연기의 스펙트럼을 한단계 더 넓혀 ‘코믹 휴머니스트’로 확장된 연기를 선보일 계획이다. “생계형 아마추어 유괴범’이란 매력적인 ‘동철’ 캐릭터 연기에 한 껏 몰입한 그는 웃음 속에 페이소스를 담은 <트루먼 쇼>의 ‘짐 캐리’를 연상케 할 만큼 훌륭한 연기를 보여주고 있어, 현장 스탭진과 제작진에서는 “그의 연기 인생에 또 하나의 분기점이 될 영화가 될 것”이라며 기대를 하고 있다.

코믹 + 스릴 + 감동= 200% 만족 웰메이드 무비
한국영화사상 전혀 색다른 장르의 탄생

김수로라는 걸출한 배우를 내세워 제작되는 <잔혹한 출근>은 신선함과 독특한 소재, 거침없고 탄탄한 시나리오와 배우들의 농익은 연기가 진가를 발휘하여, 2006년 확실한 루키 라인업으로 자리잡게 될 것이다.

코믹+감동이라는 한국영화의 일반적인 법칙, 기본틀을 깨부수고, 새로운 시도와 도전으로 가득찬 영화 <잔혹한 출근>은 한국영화의 새로운 영화 탄생을 예고한다. 아마추어 유괴범의 어리버리하고 어설픈 유괴행각과 점점 꼬이는 아이러니한 상황. 여기에서 비롯된 웃음과 긴장감은 유괴범이 자신의 딸을 구하기 위해 유괴에 성공해야 하는 한 아버지의 감동 드라마로 귀결된다. 쉴 새 없이 터져 나오는 웃음과 손에 땀을 쥐게 할 스릴 만점의 이야기 구조, 그리고 누구나 공감할 수 있는 진한 감동. 영화<잔혹한 출근>은 캐릭터와 상황 그리고 탄탄한 드라마의 구조가 환상적인 하모니를 이루어 코믹과 스릴, 진정한 감동 모두를 관객에게 선사하는 2006년 가장 신선하고 독특한 웰메이드 무비로 기억될 것이다.

생계형 아마추어 유괴범, 부잣집 여고생을 유괴하던 날 자신의 딸을 유괴당하다!

착실하고 자상한 가장이자, 평범한 샐러리맨 동철, 한순간 주식 투자 실패로 일생 최대의 위기에 봉착하다! 사채 이자 갚는 것도 한계점에 다다른 동철, 같은 처지에 놓여있던 만호와 우여곡절 끝에 유괴를 저지른다. 잠깐 아이를 빌린다는 절박한 심정으로 출발한 그들의 유괴행각은 자꾸만 꼬이게 되고, 프로페셔널 범죄세계에선 너무나 도덕적이고, 인간적인 동철은 인질에게도 쩔쩔매기만 한다. 이 때 걸려온 한통의 전화…
“니 딸을 유괴했다! 유괴범의 딸을 유괴한거지~ 딸을 찾고 싶다면, 니가 한 유괴에 성공해라!”
생계형 아마추어 유괴범이 어리버리 시작한 유괴, 과연 성공할 수 있을까?
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Professional Review of "A Cruel Attendance "

January 23, 2007

This professional review refers to A Cruel Attendance (AKA: Educating Kidnappers)
A Cruel Attendance is the latest outing for actor Kim Su Ro, who last split viewers' sides in the hilarious Vampire Cop Ricky, here turning his hand to the slightly more serious subject of kidnapping. Thankfully, debut director Kim Tae Yun (who previously worked on the 2003 romantic comedy Spring Breeze still makes the most of the star's wacky talents, with face-pulling and gags a-plenty before the film takes its inevitable final reel dive into emotional angst and life-lessons.

The plot offers a twist on the usual kidnap caper, following Dong Cheol (Kim Su Ro), a bankrupt man desperately trying to keep up with loan repayments, who accidentally becomes involved with the equally down on his luck Min Ho (Lee Seon Gyun, recently in The Customer is Always Right) when the latter impulsively grabs a young girl off the street and attempts to hold her to ransom. After no less than 108 calls to her parents fail to yield any results and she starts to run a fever, they give up and dump her at the hospital. However, driven by increasing financial pressure, they are forced to try again, this time snatching a seemingly suitable hostage in the shape of Tae Hee (Ko Eun Ah, Ssunday Seoul), the daughter of a rich businessman. Unfortunately, she turns out to be a less than ideal captive, and matters take a turn for the worse when Dong Cheol receives a phone call informing him that his own young daughter has been kidnapped by someone who seems to know far more about the crime game than he and his hapless partner.

Although primarily a farce, A Cruel Attendance also works in drama, mystery and thriller elements and with the pressure on wretched protagonist Dong Cheol constantly mounting throughout, it actually makes for fairly tense viewing. Of course, with Kim Su Ro in the lead role, the emphasis is still on humour, though the jokes are less of the slapstick variety than might have been expected, and indeed the tone of the film is quite bleak, being a comedy of errors with an underlying theme of social injustice. This does give things a certain edge, and although the proceedings are frequently very funny, director Kim manages to prevent the buffoonery from undermining the driving narrative too much, and keeps the film focused rather than letting it degenerate into nonsense. As such, although no one could ever mistake A Cruel Attendance for serious social commentary, it is a little more ambitious than first meets the eye, and does at least make an effort to provide more than simple laughs.

The film to a large extent relies upon the chemistry between Kim and Lee, and the two combine quite well as a likeable pair of incompetents. For a film of this sort, their characters are well enough fleshed out, with just enough depth to add a touch of sympathy for their plight and to make the viewer hope that somehow their schemes will turn out well, or at least not too badly as seems increasingly likely.

The film does take a somewhat moralistic turn towards during the latter stages, which never really rings true due to the fact that whilst it is one thing to feel sorry for Dong Cheol and to laugh at his antics, it is quite another to actually think that turning to kidnapping was the right thing to do in his situation. Unfortunately, director Kim seems to have a sudden attack of guilt at having spent most of the running time making light of the subject and uses the last couple of scenes to hammer home the painfully obvious message that kidnapping is not a victimless act, and that, surprise, surprise, crime does not pay.

Thankfully, he recovers his senses in time to finish things in a satisfying manner rather than going for a cop out happy ending, and as such this sudden flash of sentiment is only a minor slip in what proves to be a very entertaining film, and one which again confirms Kim Su Ro as one of the funniest men working in Korean cinema today.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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