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Bad Guy (2001) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

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Bad Guy (2001) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Acclaimed Korean director Kim Ki Duk is a controversial and celebrated filmmaker with a signature style that can only be described as bizarre. Kim's films, like The Isle and Address Unknown, often mix violence and brutality with vulgarity and disturbing themes, capturing an aspect of human nature in way that few filmmakers dare to do, let alone so compellingly. Bad Guy is Kim's most commercially successful film in Korea, but it does not squirm from the controversial elements that set his films apart.

Han Ki (Cho Jae Hyun), the leader of a third-rate gang in a red-light district, sees Son Hwa (Seo Won), a pretty, vivacious college student, on the street, and draws near as if fascinated. When she throws him a glance filled with contempt and disgust, he violently forces a kiss on her. After being beaten up and spit on, Han Ki, filled with seething rage and a bloodthirsty craving for vengeance, spins a diabolical plan to turn the girl into a prostitute. His scheme succeeds, and Han Ki watches Son Hwa rapidly descend into physical and mental degradation through a mirror/window in a secret room next to hers.

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Product Title: Bad Guy (2001) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 爛泥情人 (2001) (DVD) (香港版) 烂泥情人 (2001) (DVD) (香港版) 悪い男 [ 爛泥情人 ] ( 海外版 ) (DVD) Bad Guy (2001) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Cho Jae Hyun | Seo Won 曹在顯 | Seo Won 曹在显 | Seo Won チョ・ジェヒョン | ソ・ウォン 조 재현 | 서원
Director: Kim Ki Duk 金 基德 金 基德 キム・ギドク 김기덕
Release Date: 2004-08-13
Language: Cantonese, Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
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
Duration: 100 (mins)
Publisher: Winson Entertainment Distribution Ltd.(HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003789189

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* Screen Format : 16:9/1.85:1 Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type : DVD-5
* Special Feature:
- Making Of 製作特輯
- Photo Gallery 相片庫

  古惑仔韓其(曹在顯飾)一天在街上巧遇一個樣子清純的女大學生仙華(SEO WON飾),深深被她吸引著,當仙華的男朋友抵達後,韓其突然衝向仙華擁吻著她,仙華反抗並對他百般奚落,令他非常難堪。

  Han-gi, a thug in a brothel, falls for a college girl Sun-hwa whom he came across in the street. As she totally ignores him, Han-gi kisses her in a fit of anger. What he gets from her is only an insult. Soon, Sun-hwa falls a victim to Han-gi’s plot and she becomes a prostitute in his area to repay the money she owes. Han-gi ruins her life to his level and he keeps watching her in a secret place hidden at the other side of a mirror in her room. She gets used to the life as a prostitute. She finds out it was Han-gi who ruined her life but she also knows it is too late to get out of the situation. While she gradually falls into the desperate ordinary life. Han-gi is torn apart between an obsession for her and a sense of guilt. In the middle of love, hatred, compassion and despair, they become one and face their destinies…

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Professional Review of "Bad Guy (2001) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 16, 2006

Bad Guy is a very freaky film. If you have seen “The Isle’ which is directed by Kim Gi-Duk, the director of this film, you should be able to expect how unconventional this film could look. Among all the Korean films I have seen recently, this film did absolutely provide the most unforgettable viewing experience.

The story of this film is grotesque and illogical. One day, a third class gangster Han-Gi (Cho Jae-Hyun) comes across a pretty college girl Sun-Hwa (Seo Won) on the street. He wants to approach her but is refused by her. Then he sets up a trap for her to step into, and ruins her life by turning her into a prostitute. Although Sun-Hwa realizes that it is Han-Gi who set her up, she gradually develops a bizarre romantic relationship with him... Weird enough, huh? Apart from the story itself, Kim Gi-Duk's directorial approach is also very exotic and peculiar.

The first three minutes of this film is spectacular. Without the use of any meaningful dialogues, Kim Gi-Duk draws our entire attention through a series of events that is visually stunning. This startling beginning gives us a precaution, it warns us that this story is not going to unfold as it usually happens in a conventional narrative film. Therefore, we should keep an open mind when we watch it.

It seems that Kim Gi-Duk never ran out of innovative ideas, there is the protagonist who has one single line of dialogue in the film, the freaky beach picture, the room with a non-reflex mirror that is connected to a dark room, and many more. The setup of every element is worth to explore and analyze. For instance, what Han-Gi does in the dark room demonstrates the film theory of "visual pleasure " as proposed by Western film theorist Laura Mulvey. In Mulvey's famous article on the relationship of cinema and visual pleasure, she writes that one of the biggest attractions of movie watching is the pleasure of voyeurism. The object of this voyeurism is always the beautiful woman. In this film, Sun-Hwa, the beautiful college girl turned prostitute, is the object of the male gaze that is represented by Han-Gi. In some senses, it seems that the director is trying to test this theory with his characters, thus, elevate it to another dimension to a certain extent.

Lead actor Cho Jae-Hyun's performance is excellent. For those who are familiar with Korean cinema, you should notice that he also has a supporting role in “Interview” in 2000. In this film, which I think is his best role so far, Cho has successfully transformed himself into this spooky gangster who almost never speaks at all. He relies totally on his facial expressions and body gestures to act. It is a great challenge for an actor and Cho proved to us that he is one of the top-notch actors in the industry. Lead actress Seo Won is also impressive. She plays out the complicated inner struggle of her role convincingly.

The only problem I found with this film is the loose narrative, that is, some of the scenes are confusing, it is hard to understand what the director wants to convey. In conclusion, Bad Guy is not a film for everyone, however, if you are a serious film lover, you can't go wrong with this one. It is also highly recommended for those who are interested in Avant Garde films like “Memento Mori”. Having classfied it as Avant Garde, don't get the wrong impression by thinking it must be a boring film. It is wrong. Just like any other mainstream commercial flicks, “Bad Guy” is as entertaining as you can expect.

Work Cited: Mulvey, Laura. "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema". Narrative, Apparatus, Ideology. Columbia University Press, 1986.

Cool guy(s) - Cho Jae-Hyun, Seo Won

Reviewed by: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (1)


August 10, 2002

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Decent Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Decent for an afternoon. It was engaging, interesting. There are a couple of rape scenes. It reminded me another movie called "Chaang", meaning prostitute in Korean, starring Shin Eun-Kyung ("My Wife Is A Gangster", "Myster Of Cube"). Not your average Hollywood movie.
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