Devil's Game (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version) DVD Region 3
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Though a penniless street artist with no straight visions in life, Hee Do (Shin Ha Kyun) is quite happy having his girlfriend Eun Ah at his side. One day, he receives an anonymous phone call followed by a visit from a wealthy middle aged woman Hye Rin (Lee Hye Young, No Blood No Tears). Soon, Hee Do is whisked into a big mansion where he meets an old financial tycoon Kang Noh Sik (Byun Hee Bong) who challenges him to a devious little game. The catch is if Hee Do loses the game, he must trade his youth to the old man in exchange for three billion won. Not only does Hee Do lose the bet in a flash, but also squanders everything he once had including his youthful body. Now, in a tight battle of wits, Hee Do must find a way to get his own life and body back before Noh Sik erases all traces of the past.
Approximately 1.5 million moviegoers flocked to the theatres over the 2008 Lunar New Year holiday season to see this high-octane thriller loosely based on a Japanese comic book Change. Though thick with tension, The Game exudes an undercurrent of playfulness, delivering more charm and wit than typically expected from a genre thriller. A complex, character-driven morality play, Devil's Game provides an insightful look at how life's tragedies can be fueled by simple greed and avarice.
|Product Title:||Devil's Game (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version) 驚險遊戲 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (馬來西亞版) 惊险游戏 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (马来西亚版) Devil's Game (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version) 더게임|
|Also known as:||The Game The Game The Game The Game The Game|
|Artist Name(s):||Shin Ha Kyun (Actor) | Lee Hye Young (Actor) | Son Hyun Ju (Actor) | Byeon Hee Bong (Actor) | Lee Eun Sung (Actor) 申河均 (Actor) | 李慧英 (Actor) | 孫 賢周 (Actor) | 邊 錫峰 (Actor) | 李 恩承 (Actor) 申河均 (Actor) | 李慧英 (Actor) | 孙 贤周 (Actor) | 边 锡峰 (Actor) | 李 恩承 (Actor) シン・ハギュン (Actor) | イ・ヘヨン (Actor) | ソン・ヒョンジュ (Actor) | Byeon Hee Bong (Actor) | Lee Eun Sung (Actor) 신 하균 (Actor) | 이혜영 (Actor) | 손현주 (Actor) | Byeon Hee Bong (Actor) | Lee Eun Sung (Actor)|
|Director:||Yun In Ho 尹仁浩 尹仁浩 ユン・イノ 윤인호|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Malay|
|Place of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||PMP Entertainment (M) SDN. BHD.|
|Package Weight:||110 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1024398028|
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Body swapping has always been a popular cinematic theme, with the idea of being someone else offering the chance for escapist wish fulfilment and fantastic thrills. While The Game from Korean director Yun In Ho (responsible for When I Turned Nine and Mayonnaise, and who also worked on Hollywood films such as Apollo 13 and French Kiss) uses this basic premise, like John Woo's Face Off, it takes things in a darker and more sinister direction. Based upon a Japanese manga called Change, the film certainly proved popular with domestic audiences, managing an impressive 1.5 million admissions during the 2008 Lunar New Year holiday.
The drama starts as street artist Hee Do (cult favourite actor Shin Ha Kyun, also in No Mercy For the Rude, Save the Green Planet, and Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance) receives a mysterious phonecall and a visit from a rich older woman called Hye Rin (Lee Hye Young, No Blood No Tears). Agreeing to her request to meet her ailing husband, he follows her to a fabulous mansion, where he is offered a bizarre bet with elderly billionaire Kang Noh Sik (Byun Hee Bong, also in The Host) - if he wins, he takes home a fortune, though if he loses, he gives up his body. Desperate to pay off his girlfriend's debts, he takes the wager, only to lose and to wake up to find that his brain has been transplanted into the old man's dying form. While Noh Sik eagerly grabs his second chance at youth, reclaiming control of his company, romancing Hee Do's unsuspecting woman and generally living it up, the poor young man tries to find a way to reclaim his body before time runs out.
Although The Game may sound like a high concept cat and mouse thriller, it is actually more of a character drama than might have been expected, with director Yun choosing to focus mainly on the human elements of the story. Indeed, he certainly takes his time, exploring in depth the moral and philosophical implications of the situation, though thankfully not in a heavy-handed manner. The film splits its time between the two men, following them as they face the various challenges and complications of their new bodies, and the different ways in which they react makes for interesting viewing. Yun's humanistic approach also gives the basically daft story not only a solid emotional core, but also a certain sense of believability, with the well-developed characters having sympathetic motivations and goals. Wisely, although Noh Sik is clearly labelled as the bad guy, he is never allowed to degenerate into an overt villain as such, and his journey is arguably every bit as interesting as that of Hee Do, with both of them learning plenty of life lessons along the way. Crucially, both of the lead actors deliver marvellous performances in their dual roles, making the film far more convincing than it might otherwise have been.
This is not to say that the film doesn't pack in its fair share of twists and turns, and although it is pretty clear from the start where it is going Yun manages to keep the viewer gripped with a number of reasonably clever plot developments and a nice line in playful humour. This serves well, not only to notch up the tension, but to help distract the viewer from the many gaping holes in the plot and from the fact that the film is rather over-stretched and drawn out. Certainly, the middle section could have done with some trimming, being mainly comprised of characters taking far too long to anything and with the scenes of Noh Sik trying to woo Hee Do's silly damsel in distress girlfriend lacking any real weight. The third act is by far the most exciting, when Hee Do finally decides to take action, and the film effectively shifts up a gear for a taut finale. Even then, Yun sticks to his guns, never allowing things to stray too far into thriller territory, and although he almost drops the ball with a pointless tacked on surprise revelation, the film's conclusion is satisfying from both a narrative and thematic point of view.
This caps the film off nicely, and The Game stands as a solid piece of crowd-pleasing entertainment. Although the character driven approach doesn't quite deliver the excitement promised by its wacky premise, it benefits from being surprisingly substantial, and the well-told story and interesting protagonists are more than enough to keep the viewer hooked through to the end.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com