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Broken (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Jung Jae Young (Actor) | Lee Sung Min (Actor) | Lee Joo Seung | Seo Jun Young (Actor)
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Best Seller director Lee Jeong Ho transplants Japanese suspense novelist Higashino Keigo's The Hovering Blade to Korean cinemas in the taut revenge drama Broken. Previously adapted for the silver screen in Japan, the story probes how far a father will go to avenge his daughter's death. Award-winning actor Jung Jae Young takes the leading role of widowed factory worker Lee Sang Hun, whose life falls apart when his teenage daughter is raped and murdered. With the police unable to crack the case, the perpetrators have seemingly walked free. Then one day Sang Hun receives a text message identifying the two killers, and he decides to take them down himself. Lee Sung Min (The Attorney) co-stars as the detective trying to stop Sang Hun's revenge plan.

This edition includes commentary, making of, character video, deleted scenes, audition video and trailer.

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Product Title: Broken (DVD) (Korea Version) Broken (DVD) (韓國版) Broken (DVD) (韩国版) さまよう刃 (DVD) (韓国版) 방황하는 칼날 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: The Hovering Blade 彷徨之刃 彷徨之刃 The Hovering Blade The Hovering Blade
Artist Name(s): Jung Jae Young (Actor) | Lee Sung Min (Actor) | Lee Joo Seung | Seo Jun Young (Actor) 鄭在詠 (Actor) | 李聖旻 (Actor) | 李柱勝 | 徐俊英 (Actor) 郑在咏 (Actor) | 李圣旻 (Actor) | 李柱胜 | 徐俊英 (Actor) チョン・ジェヨン (Actor) | イ・ソンミン (Actor) | イ・ジュスン | ソ・ジュンヨン (Actor) 정재영 (Actor) | 이성민 (Actor) | 이주승 | 서준영 (Actor)
Director: Lee Jeong Ho 李正昊 李正昊 Lee Jeong Ho 이정호
Release Date: 2015-10-29
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: Stone Music Entertainment (CJ E&M)
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1036253158

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방황하는 칼날 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
-Commentary by 이정호 감독, 정재영, 이성민, 이승효 대표, 백경숙 피디
-제작기 영상
-캐릭터 영상
-오디션 영상

*Director: 이정호

-2014년, 대한민국의 심장을 베어버릴 문제작!
-외면하고 싶지만 피할 수 없는 우리 사회 문제에 대한 뜨거운 화두 제시!
-천의 얼굴 정재영, 연기파 배우 이성민의 압도적 조합!
-미스터리의 거장 ‘히가시노 게이고’ 원작!
-살인자가 된 아버지, 그를 잡아야만 하는 형사의 숨막히는 추격!
-두 남자가 만들어 내는 팽팽한 긴장감!


한 아이의 아버지는 하나뿐인 딸을 잃은 피해자가 되고,
이제는 살인자가 되었습니다.

버려진 동네 목욕탕에서 싸늘한 시체로 발견된 여중생 수진. 아버지 상현(정재영)은 하나뿐인 딸의 죽음 앞에 무력할 뿐이다. 그러던 어느 날 상현에게 범인의 정보를 담은 익명의 문자 한 통이 도착한다. 그리고 문자 속 주소대로 찾아간 그곳에서, 소년들에게 성폭행을 당하며 죽어가는 딸의 동영상을 보고 낄낄거리고 있는 철용을 발견한다. 순간, 이성을 잃고 우발적으로 철용을 죽인 상현은 또 다른 공범의 존재를 알게 된 후, 무작정 그를 찾아 나선다. 한편, 수진이 살인사건의 담당 형사 억관(이성민)은 철용의 살해현장을 본 후, 상현이 범인임을 알아차리고 그를 추격하기 시작하는데…

4월, 대한민국의 심장을 베어버릴 문제작이 온다!
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Professional Review of "Broken (DVD) (Korea Version)"

October 20, 2014

The works of Japanese novelist Higashino Keigo have proved almost as popular in Korea as they have at home, with recent films White Night and Perfect Number both having been adapted from his works. Broken follows in this trend, based upon his book The Hovering Blade which already made it to Japanese screens back in 2009, a dark psychological revenge drama directed by Lee Jeong Ho, his first outing since his 2010 debut Best Seller.

Award-winning actor Jung Jae Young (The Fatal Encounter) stars as factory worker Lee Sang Hun, a widowed father whose wife died of cancer and who lives for his 15 year old daughter Soo Jin (Lee Soo Bin). One day his world falls apart when she is snatched from the street by unknown assailants and raped and murdered, her body dumped in a filthy abandoned bathhouse. With the police failing to solve the case or even find any clues, Lee spends his days waiting at the station hoping for news, until he receives a mysterious text message tipping him to the identity and address of one of the perpetrators. Without telling the police, Lee heads to the apartment, and though the suspect turns out to be a teenage boy, he clumsily kills him anyway, before setting off to track down the rest of the gang. As news of his revenge campaign starts to spread, the detective on the case (Lee Sung Min, The Attorney) tries to intercept him before he can claim another victim, despite feeling sympathy for his plight.

Dour Korean revenge thrillers have been ten a penny on screens for over a decade now, and so it's perhaps a little hard to get excited about Broken based on its familiar sounding premise. Thankfully, as with anything from the mind of Higashino Keigo, the film is different enough to most of its genre kinfolk to make it worthwhile, focusing more the moral dilemma that Lee's vengeance suggests, and by steadfastly refusing to provide the kind of escapist thrills that tend to make the form popular. Certainly, Lee Jeong Ho doesn't try to add any kind of obvious catharsis to the source material, and never tries to make his protagonist sympathetic, not shying away from the fact that he is in fact killing juveniles. Though it's made clear that the justice system is unlikely to give him any sense of satisfaction, it's equally plain that his actions are bringing him nothing but misery, and as such the film is far more about punishment, both of the guilty and himself, rather than revenge in the traditional sense.

Through this, it's a film which covers some challenging and uncomfortable moral ground - though it's common enough for revenge thrillers to put the audience in the shoes of the protagonist, Broken is one of the few films to really try and make viewers actually feel bad about it. Unsurprisingly, Lee does keep a certain distance from his characters, much like Higashino in his novels, and it's a cold affair which engages through its themes and narrative rather than emotion or melodrama. This might well make it a frustrating watch for those looking for something more straightforward and viscerally rewarding, though Jung Jae Young's excellent and painfully believable performance does ensure at least a certain level of involvement.

Lee's stripped down and economic approach to the material is fitting and effective, and the film is all the better for employing a direct narrative rather than the kind of fractured or chronologically skewed storytelling that other directors have used to try and distract from the dark simplicity of the essential revenge tale. Slow moving and deliberately paced, the film does require patience, with its violent, claustrophobically staged kill scenes being tense and tough to watch, and never used merely to inject a little pace or excitement. This is matched with some visually impressive use of bleak, snowbound languages, which Lee mines for maximum atmosphere, in particular during the final act, and the fact that film looks like it must have been a demanding endurance test of a shoot adds a welcome touch of gritty realism.

Though perhaps too grim to recommend as actual entertainment, Broken is an accomplished and gripping drama, and both another solid Higashino Keigo and a fine sophomore outing for Lee Jeong Ho. Anchored by Jung Jae Young and earning points for bravely asking searching questions of the viewer, though it does unavoidably feel familiar, it at least has a depth rarely seen in the revenge genre.

by James Mudge -

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