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Azooma (2012) (DVD) (Special Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Ma Dong Seok (Actor) | Jang Young Nam (Actor) | Um Tae Goo | Hwang Tae Gwang (Actor)
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A woman goes over the edge to seek justice for her daughter in the grisly, heartwrenching revenge drama Azooma from writer-director Lee Ji Seung. Taking on her first leading role after many acclaimed supporting outings in films like The Werewolf Boy, The Neighbors and Hello Ghost, Jang Young Nam received the Directors' Guild of Korea's Best Actress Award for her tragic and terrifying performance as a mother confronting her worst nightmare.

Stuck in a meeting, a single mother (Jang Young Nam) is unable to go pick up her 10-year-old daughter (Lee Jae Hee) from school and her daughter gets raped on the way home. She reports to the police, but they're of no help, all too ready to ignore a desperate woman. Her ex-husband, meanwhile, cares only about his reputation. Faced with the police's shockingly inept and indifferent attitude to her daughter's case, she takes matters into her own hands to get revenge on not only the rapist, but all those who forsook her and her daughter in their hour of need.

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Product Title: Azooma (2012) (DVD) (Special Edition) (Korea Version) 公正社會 (2012) (DVD) (韓國版) 公正社会 (2012) (DVD) (韩国版) 公正社会 (DVD) (韓国版) 공정사회 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: 公義社會 公义社会
Artist Name(s): Ma Dong Seok (Actor) | Jang Young Nam (Actor) | Um Tae Goo | Hwang Tae Gwang (Actor) | Bae Sung Woo | Lee Jae Hee 馬東石 (Actor) | 張英南 (Actor) | 嚴 泰谷 | 黃 泰光 (Actor) | 裴成佑 | Lee Jae Hee 马东石 (Actor) | 张英南 (Actor) | 严 泰谷 | 黄 泰光 (Actor) | 裴成佑 | Lee Jae Hee マ・ドンソク (Actor) | チャン・ヨンナム (Actor) | Um Tae Goo | Hwang Tae Gwang (Actor) | ペ・ソンウ | イ・ジェヒ 마동석 (Actor) | 장영남 (Actor) | 엄태구 | 황태광 (Actor) | 배성우 | 이재희
Director: Lee Ji Seung 李 志勝 李 志胜 イ・ジスン 지승 이
Release Date: 2013-06-28
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Media Hub
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033448112

Product Information

공정사회 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 16 : 9 Anamorphic
*SOund Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1

*Director: 이지승

*extrs:
본편 코멘터리(감독_이지승/주연_장영남/제작_류성진)
감독&배우 인터뷰
VIP 응원영상
뮤직비디오
예고편 수록

'- 2011년 <도가니>, 2012년 <부러진 화살>을 잇는 또 한편의 화제작! 40일간의 추적실화!

- 연기파 배우 장영남, 충무로의 히든카드 마동석 주연!

- 복수를 완성한 그녀들! <친절한 금자씨> 이영애, <오로라 공주> 엄정화 그리고 … 2013년 복수의 여제 <공정사회> 장영남!

- 제17회 부산국제영화제 한국영화감독조합상-여자배우상 수상에 이어 코스타리카, 네바다, 벨로이트 등 전세계가 인정한 저력의 작품!

- 2012년 부산국제영화제 한국영화감독조합상-여자배우상 수상 / 2012년 코스타리카국제영화제 최우수장편영화작품상 수상
2012년 네바다국제영화제 플래티넘어워드 수상 / 2013년 벨로이트국제영화제 최우수작품상 수상
2013년 어바인국제영화제 여우주연상 수상


█ 줄거리

40일간의 추적실화!
공정하지 못한 세상, 여기서 지치면 엄마도, 아줌마도 아니다!

보험회사에 다니며 10살 딸아이를 홀로 키우는 그녀(장영남 분). 늦은 귀가로 딸의 하교를 챙기지 못한 그날, 딸은 돌아오지 않았다.
만신창이가 되어 돌아온 어린 딸을 안고 오열하는 그녀. 딸을 유린한 성폭행범을 잡기 위한 수사가 진행되지만 담당형사는 절차상 문제를 운운하며 육체적 상처보다 더 가혹한 정신적 고통만을 딸에게 안겨준다. 현재 별거 중인 유명 치과의사인 남편은 자신의 명예가 실추될까 오히려 사건을 은폐하려 전전긍긍 하는 데…
빌어먹을 세상. 이 사회는 더 이상 그녀가 바라는 공정사회가 아니다. 어린 아이 하나 제대로 지켜주지 못한 채 방치된 세상, 불의한 사회 속 무관심한 사람들 속에서 그녀는 그녀만의 방법으로 그들을 단죄할 준비를 시작한다.
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Professional Review of "Azooma (2012) (DVD) (Special Edition) (Korea Version)"

July 15, 2013

How far would you go to seek justice for your child? This is the question asked by Azooma, a hard hitting Korean revenge drama which marks the debut of writer director Lee Ji Seung, who previously worked as producer on a mix of commercial and indie films, from Sex is Zero to Bleak Night A grim and gritty, though artistically minded production, the film proved popular with critics and enjoyed a very successful run at a variety of international festivals, picking up awards and nominations at Athens, Beloit, Irvine, Costa Rica and Nevada amongst others.

In the lead role the film stars actress Jang Young Nam (taking centre stage after a series of supporting turns in the likes of Werewolf Boy and Hello Ghost) as single mother Yoon Young Nam, who one day after getting caught in a business meeting fails to pick up her 10 year old daughter (Lee Jae Hee) from school. The girl goes missing, only to be found on the streets some hours later, having been snatched and raped by a serial paedophile. The police, in particular Detective Ma (Ma Dong Seok, Midnight FM prove useless in tracking down the rapist, as does her ex-husband, the TV celebrity dentist Dr. Lee (Bae Sung Woo, The Client), all of whom simply want the crime to be forgotten. Forced to take matters into her own hands, the increasingly desperate woman sets out to catch him herself, with dangerous consequences.

The film's English title Azooma (the Korean title translates more literally to "A Fair Society") refers to a condescending form of address for an older woman in Korea, and it's this that Jang Young Nam's character is called by others throughout. This is a fitting reflection of the films themes, as it sees her being confronted by indifference and absolute incompetence by the police, the legal system and by society in general, receiving a distressing lack of support or sympathy. The way in which the case is caught up in bureaucracy is particularly shocking, the police placing the burden of proof almost entirely on Yoon and her daughter, tormenting the child with repeated questions that she doesn't understand, despite being in an obviously traumatised state. Dr. Lee's behaviour is in many ways the most despicable, caring little for his daughter and being far more concerned with his own public image.

Azooma is certainly a very angry film, though justifiably so, and it's all the more powerful for the fact that it's very well made. Clocking in at an incredibly lean 75 minutes, it fairly rattles through what it essentially a basic, though gripping story, and manages to pack in more character work and substance than other films do with an extra hour. Lee Ji Seung directs with grounded style and employs a fractured narrative, the film jumping around between flashbacks and the present day, breaking up Yoon's efforts to catch the rapist with her efforts to find help through societal channels, and this works very well to put the viewer in her shoes and to really hammer home the sense of frustration and hopelessness she experiences. Much of the credit goes also to Jang Young Nam, who deservedly won the Directors' Guild of Korea's Best Actress Award for her performance, a brave turn which sees her undergoing an only too believable character transformation and experiencing a wide range of painful emotions. As well as adding some real psychological depth, Jang really anchors the film, giving its message an all-important face and humanity, ensuring that it never becomes a mere rant.

As a result, Azooma is challenging and tough viewing throughout, especially since Lee never shies away from either the horror of child abuse or the gory business of revenge, and some very graphic scenes mean that it's a film that might well prove too much for some. However, it's arguably the issues it tackles and the struggles of its protagonist against a system supposedly designed to protect her and her child which horrify even more, and as a brutal piece of social commentary, the film's power is undeniable.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Azooma (2012) (DVD) (Special Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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August 22, 2013

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A black mirror of angry petrified fear Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
‘Azooma’ is another reminder to people of the common societal fear; the abduction/molestation of a child, the child’s stricken mother desperately seeking avenues of justice against an arrogant perpetrator; situations real and dreadful but relayed with an unhealthy perpetual intensity by media fear. Only solid proof of the child abductor’s actions can motion sluggish indifference and cynical apathy from a pressurized police authority. So a bitter and desperate mother (Young-nam Jang) chases her daughter’s abductor (Tae-kwang Hwang) down a street, getting brutally punched by the frantic man. This opening scene isn’t the beginning as past, present and future is spliced and remixed (amongst other things), reflecting the fractured emotions of a woman torn by her daughter’s sexual abuse. In unstable equilibrium, the mother consults detective Ma (Dong-seok Ma) to catch the offender after her missing daughter Yeon-joo (Jae-hee Lee) is found trussed up in a suitcase in a busy street, then taken to a hospital. Needing help from her ex-husband Dr Lee (Sung-woo Bae), a celebrity dental practitioner, his only offering is indifference to a wife and child that tarnishes Dr Lee’s TV image by negative media exposure, so berates his dental assistant ex-wife as incompetent in looking after Yeon-joo. Stressed and seeking help from detective Ma, the mother is informed of no essential evidence to pinpoint her ascertained assailant, but convinces the detective to at least interview Yeon-joo at the hospital. Yeon-joo is then distressed by hard questioning, leaving little room for evidence, so in further desperation the mother seeks methods of tracking down her daughter’s abuser, succeeding only in her own arrest for social harassment. Finally, insanity creeping in, the mother takes the law into her own hands by seeking revenge against the sexual abuser.

Although ‘Azooma’ has a strong performance from Young-nam Jang the final ruthless and frustrated retribution is a nasty black mirror, an angry mother confronting unconsciousness fate, but cruelly motivated to hurt another that seems justifiable but futile…wrong. Portrayed with hopeless exasperation and intense anger at the frustrated apathy and stress around her, a mother hits out at a form of male arrogant mutation from a servitude survival society. ‘Azooma’ as one harrowing conclusion that leaves only a bad after taste. Especially an end where linearity is no longer broken…as if fractured time is now resolved.
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