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A Frozen Flower (DVD) (Japan Version)
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Product Title: A Frozen Flower (DVD) (Japan Version) 霜花店 (DVD) (日本版) 霜花店 (DVD) (日本版) 霜花店 運命、その愛 〜運命、その愛〜 A Frozen Flower (DVD) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Ju Jin Mo | Jo In Sung | Song Ji Hyo | Shim Ji Ho | Im Ju Hwan | No Min Woo | Song Joong Ki | Hyun Woo 朱鎮模 | 趙寅成 | 宋 智孝 | 沈智豪 | 林 朱煥 | 盧 民宇 | 宋仲基 | Hyun Woo 朱镇模 | 赵寅成 | 宋 智孝 | 沈智豪 | 任朱焕,林周焕,任柱焕 林 | 卢 民宇 | 宋仲基 | Hyun Woo チュ・ジンモ | チョ・インソン | ソン・ジヒョ | シム・ジホ | イム・ジュファン | ノ・ミヌ | ソン・ジュンギ | ヒョヌ 주 진모 | 조 인성 | 송지효 | 심지호 | 임주환 | 노민우 | 송중기 | 현우
Director: Yoo Ha 柳河 柳河 ユ・ハ 유하
Release Date: 2010-07-02
Publisher Product Code: OPSD-S948
Language: Japanese, Korean
Subtitles: Japanese, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: SPO
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022524169

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タイトル:霜花店 運命、その愛





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Professional Review of "A Frozen Flower (DVD) (Japan Version)"

June 8, 2009

This professional review refers to A Frozen Flower (DVD) (2-Disc) (Uncut Director's Edition) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Although perhaps not as widely recognised as his contemporaries, former poet Yoo Ha is unquestionably one of the most talented directors working in Korea today. Known for never taking the easy or genre approved route, he has yet to make a bad film, and his track record speaks for itself, including the likes of Once Upon a Time in High School, Marriage is a Crazy Thing and A Dirty Carnival His latest work, the historical drama Frozen Flower was highly controversial on its release thanks to its graphic sex scenes and for tackling the taboo subject of homosexuality in an even more frank manner than The King and The Clown. This did not prevent it for setting a box office record for adult rated films, or Ju Jin Mo from winning Best Actor at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards for his powerful performance.

The film is set during the last days of the Goryeo Dynasty, with the king (Ju Jin Mo, also in 200 Pounds Beauty) under pressure to produce an heir. This seems unlikely, since he is in love with his chief bodyguard Hong Lim (Jo In Sung, in his last role before going for military service), leaving the queen (Song Ji Hyo, recently in Sex is Zero 2) untouched and frustrated. The king comes up with a solution, telling Hong to sleep with the queen in order to produce a son. However, the two fall for each other, setting up a dangerous triangle of love and lust that threatens to consume them all.

Frozen Flower is a masterful piece of storytelling, with Yoo sowing the seeds of betrayal gradually and allowing them to grow subtly into jealousy, obsession and rage. The three lead characters are fascinating, all struggling with identity, sexuality and duty, and although a villain of sorts does emerge, the film is deeply humanistic and sympathetic. Yoo balances emotional intrigue with court machinations, working in plenty of conspiracies and plotting involving enemies both inside and outside the palace, and the narrative is rewardingly complex. Although there is a certain inevitability to the conclusion, the film is tense and gripping throughout, with a number of twists along the way. As a result the film works on many levels, and since the viewer actually cares for the characters it has a genuine sense of danger, not least since Yoo makes it clear early on that he intends to pull no punches. Indeed, things get very grim during the final act, and the film is all the more moving for its harshness.

As publicised, the film features a number of graphic sex scenes, both heterosexual and homosexual, and a great deal of nudity. As such it is a very adult film in every sense of the word, and is really only for open minded viewers, though these scenes are never gratuitous, playing a vital role in the story. Yoo uses the act of physical love as a means for the characters to connect with each other, and to an extent as a battleground, exploring themes of love as ownership and how affection can be twisted. The sex scenes are beautifully shot and artistic, with the three leads all giving committed and brave performances, especially Jo In Sung, who is excellent as the increasingly tormented Hong in a very difficult role.

Yoo's direction is elegant throughout, and he shows a keen eye for period detail. The production values are excellent, and the film is gorgeously ornate, with sumptuous sets and costumes. He works in a lot of music, song and dance, which lends the proceedings an almost lyrical feel. Although the film is long, coming in at nearly two and a half hours, it is well paced and could easily have been longer. The film is also a bloody, visceral affair, with scenes of battles, violent swordplay and shocking torture, which further adds to the tension and helps to keep things entertaining.

However, it is the characters and their emotional journeys that really drive the film and make Frozen Flower so memorable. Deserving to be known for more than just its sexual content, it sees Yoo Ha continuing his impeccable run of form and delivering one the most challenging and engaging films of recent years.

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Customer Review of "A Frozen Flower (DVD) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.5 out of 10 (4)

Kevin Kennedy
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February 21, 2011

This customer review refers to A Frozen Flower (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
2 people found this review helpful

Engrossing historical drama Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
What drew the most attention to "Frozen Flower" proves to be the film's only real weakness. The kingdom of Goreo is a vassal state of the Yuan empire, a relationship sealed with the Goryeo king's marriage to a daughter of the Yuan royal family. However, it is a marriage in name only, as the king (Ju Jin Mo) not only is impotent, but he is attracted only to men. Unable to produce an heir, the king now faces the prospect of having the Yuan empire depose him and replace him with the king's Yuan brother-in-law. In order to avoid this fate, the king asks Hong Lim (Jo In Sung), his confidant, bodyguard, and his lover, to father a child with the queen (Song Ji Hyo). Unfortunately, the physical intimacy between the queen and the bodyguard soon leads to emotional intimacy ... and Hong Lim's loyalties soon become torn between his loyalty to the queen and his love for the queen.

"Frozen Flower" skillfully interweaves the political and personal dimensions of its tale, making the film's long 142-minute running length fly by. Indeed, the only scenes which stall the film's momentum are its controversial sex scenes, which are too frequent, too long, and much too explicit. Notwithstanding those scenes, there is no disputing the exceptional performances from the three leads and gripping nature of its fascinating story. The film also looks spectacular, with gorgeous costuming and lavish set decoration. Highly recommended, but only for a mature audience.
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August 5, 2010

This customer review refers to Frozen Flower (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
2 people found this review helpful

Too intense for me Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I bought this movie back in 08-12-09 because I really like Jo In Sung and I knew it was a famous film.
But, I just could not make myself watch this film for about one year. Finally, I made myself watch it 2 days ago. I finished it in
one afternoon because I want to know how the story went.

It was way too intense for me and I found it disturbing. For some parts, it felt like a Shakespearn masterpeice
but at the same time, I found it hard to beleive the intense love between the captain and the queen after knowing each other
for such a short time.

I also have the movie, The King and the clown. It is also not something that I want to see over again and again, either .

However, when I compared the two movies, I would say I like the :King and the Clown" better because it is a bit move
believable. I like the subtle love between the two main charcters and it also had some fun moments. Lee was excellent
as a man who looked like a woman and could act like a woman.

If I had to use two words to describe the two movies, I would say "sad' for the King and the Clown and "disturbing"
for "frozen flower". That is why I could not watch these two movies again and again.
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September 28, 2009

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definitely a must Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
As captivating and most enjoyable as 'the king and the crown' but more serious and not at all suitable for children. All the three main casts did remarkably well. A film that captures your attention from start to finish without a moment of wondering off. Even the subtitles are big and easy to read. Well done.
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April 26, 2009

This customer review refers to A Frozen Flower (DVD) (2-Disc) (Uncut Director's Edition) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
6 people found this review helpful

Love knows no gender Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Most of my indelible memories of Korean movies came from "Wang-ui Namja". Since then there have been many movies hoping to ride on the issue of homosexuality but many are mere hype and no punch.

I have been putting Sseonghwajeom for a while because I did not want to be disappointed but to my delight, just like Yoo Ha's Dirty Carnival from 2006, this movie delivered everything it promises and more.

Without giving too much away, it is important for to clarify that while this movie DOES explore the issue of homosexuality and bisexuality, I think Yoo Ha's ultimate goal is to show that true love KNOWS no GENDER. Worst still is how fast the heart can change when love hits.

One definitely needs an open mind for this piece but the wonderful jobs done by all the three main actors are simply superb. It was difficult and painful to watch but so gripping that I could not look away.

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