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Dream (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Maverick director Kim Ki Duk continues to explore his idiosyncratic arthouse formula in his stunning new film Dream (a.k.a Bi-Mong). After collaborating with Taiwan star Chang Chen in his previous Breath, Kim again plucks his leading man from Asia's finest, casting acclaimed Japanese actor Odagiri Joe (Tokyo Tower - Mom & I, and Sometimes Dad) opposite popular Korean actress Lee Na Young (Maundy Thursday). Known for quirky arthouse antics himself, Odagiri is right at home in Dream, playing a lovelorn man whose dreams are hauntingly played out in real life by a sleepwalking woman. In his dreams, Jin restlessly seeks out his former love, the woman he cannot forget; but they become nightmares for Ran, as she uncontrollably goes back to the man she hates in her sleepwalking state. As events oscillate profusely between the two states of consciousness, Jin and Ran somehow find a way to connect to each other's heartbeats, but the closer they get, the more devastating the consequences.

Also co-starring Park Ji Ah (Breath) and Kim Tae Hyun, Dream takes place in the ambiguous realm where dreams and reality collide, following two strangers who become inexorably bound to each other through their intertwined dreams. Quietly winding through dimly lit cloistered streets lined with handsome traditional buildings, the film creates a surreal environment with its beautiful cinematography, austere location shots, and elegant set design. In Breath, Kim Ki Duk solved the language problem by making Chang Chen's character mute. In Dream, he gets around language all together by simply having Odagiri Joe speak in Japanese for the film's entirety, without ever indicating there is a language difference. This reciprocal understanding of dual languages adds another brilliant layer of disorient to the film's dream-like atmosphere.

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Product Title: Dream (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 悲夢 (DVD) (香港版) 悲梦 (DVD) (香港版) 悲夢 (香港版) Dream (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Bi-Mong Bi-Mong Bi-Mong Bi-Mong Bi-Mong
Artist Name(s): Lee Na Young (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor) | Park Ji Ah | Kim Tae Hyun 李娜英 (Actor) | 小田切讓 (Actor) | 朴 智娥 | 金泰賢 李娜英 (Actor) | 小田切让 (Actor) | 朴 智娥 | 金泰贤 イ・ナヨン (Actor) | オダギリジョー (Actor) | パク・チア | キム・テヒョン 이 나영 (Actor) | 오다기리 죠 (Actor) | 박지아 | 김태현
Director: Kim Ki Duk 金 基德 金 基德 キム・ギドク 김기덕
Release Date: 2009-01-23
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014078553

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Director : Kim Ki-duk

Jin wakes up from a nightmare of a bad traffic accident on the way to his ex-girlfriend's home. That vivid dream drives him to the very spot where his dream accident took place in the middle of the night and witnesses an accident, exactly the same way as he dreamt. The police track down the assailant via CCTV and head to arrest the suspect. Jin follows the police to the suspect's home, not wholly understanding the phenomenon that he's part of but curious enough to see it through. When confronted by the police in the early hours of the night, Ran denies hit-and-run accusation since she was asleep the entire night. Jing steps in and tells the party that he should be the one being arrested since he was the driver of the accident in his dream, which happened exactly the same way as the real-life counterpart. The police dismisses Jin as a nut and arrests Ran. Sorting through unexplainable paradox, Jin and Ran discover a strange connection between the two; when Jin dreams, Ran unconsciously acts out his dream while sleepwalking - essentially, the two become one.
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Professional Review of "Dream (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 23, 2008

This professional review refers to Dream (AKA: Bi-Mong) (DVD) (Korea Version)
With his last film Breath, Kim Ki-Duk went Pan-Asian, pairing Taiwanese actor Chang Chen with South Korean actress Zia. The latter returns in Kim's latest film Dream, but she's relegated to a supporting role behind another Pan-Asian pairing: Japan's Joe Odagiri and South Korea's Lee Na-Young. In Breath, the language barrier was handled by making Chang Chen's character mute, but in Dream; both Odagiri and Lee's characters are in full command of their vocal cords. Instead of resorting to ADR dubbing or some other form of manufactured language concession, Kim has both speak their natural language and lets the audience pick up the pieces. Suspension of disbelief seems unlikely. However, any issues with chicken-and-duck talk don't seem to matter. The characters trade languages without skipping a beat, and the incongruity is surprisingly acceptable. This is partly due to the actors; Joe Odagiri is one of Japan's most versatile and able performers, and Lee Na-Young has acting chops that belie her exceptional looks. The film's situation is offbeat and fantastic anyway, so the multiple languages only add to the surreal atmosphere. Dream is an unusual love story that takes its time and does its own thing. Not all audiences will enjoy the ride, but the one that Dream offers proves to be unique and worthwhile.

Wood craftsman Jin (Joe Odagiri) is nursing a broken heart, and works long hours alone, frequently nodding off at his workbench. One night he dreams of a car accident, but the details are too real to be just fantasy. The police discover that the accident really happened, but the offending driver was not Jin. Instead it was Ran (Lee Na-Young), a seamstress who claims to have no recall of ever being in the accident. It turns out she was sleepwalking while driving the car, her body enacting the scenario dreamt up by Jin's unconscious mind. That incident is only the beginning; the two are now linked, their reality and dreams crossing over. Soon, Jin's dreams start to become increasingly elaborate, with Ran carrying out each one nightly.

Jin dreams of visiting a strange man (Kim Tae-Hyeon), who turns out to be Ran's ex-lover, whom she despises. At first, Jin only dreams of visiting his home, but before long the situations become intimate and possibly dangerous. Ran wants a solution before her sleepwalking self does something she cannot undo, but keeping awake isn't always possible. A dream specialist suggests that their romantic issues - Jin's heartbreak and Ran's stubborn lack of forgiveness - have somehow connected their hearts. An "obvious" solution is proposed to cure their problem - why don't the two fall in love with each other? That's not what either had in mind, but the time they spend struggling to stay awake brings them closer together, the dream specialist's solution slowly becoming something they may desire.

Dream naturally possesses some black comic laughs, as Jin and Ran's situation is categorically ridiculous. However, Kim Ki-Duk gives this fantastic plot device an observed and almost mundane focus, revealing their predicament in matter-of-fact, immersive fashion. Each night, Jin nods off and Ran rises from her sleep, stiffly acting out his dreams with uncertain, funny, suspenseful and even tragic consequences. The whole thing is played straight and not for comedy, and it ultimately becomes natural to become involved with the characters and their unique problem. The situation creates a simple but compelling tension, where the audience wants the two to find a solution to their little sleeping problem before things go too far. However, the solutions are sometimes disturbing (Kim Ki-Duk's preoccupation with character self-mutilation makes a return) and mutual love may not be enough to prevent a terrible outcome.

Still, by the time everything's resolved, the characters have earned sympathy and identification such that their fate is something the audience can understand and even find comfort in. Dream can be enjoyed on multiple levels; as a narrative, the film is unusual but complete in its development, and reaches an appropriate, affecting conclusion. More can be gleamed if a viewer chooses to look beyond the narrative. Kim taps into very common and acute themes - love, heartbreak, powerlessness, self-loathing - mining them for images and connections that find emotional resonance. The experience isn't for everyone (seeing Joe Odagiri stab his skull with needles to stay awake is likely not everyone's cup of tea) and some details are needlessly metaphorical, but the emotions elicited are strong ones. Like most Kim Ki-Duk films, Dream is an acquired taste, but those willing to accept his unusual ideas and sometimes twisted emotions should find it satisfying and even rewarding.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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

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February 16, 2009

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Dream Connection Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
It’s difficult to express a Kim Ki Duk film on a superficial level. As I watched “Dream” my brain kept telling me there were many elements beneath the top onion layer of it’s premise. It certainly can relate and interconnect to Ki Duk’s other films like “Breath” and “Time” and expands upon his major theme of neurosis and madness, in a fascinatingly dark poetic story of dreams.

“Dream” immediately grabs your attention. A man in a hit and run car accident panics and drives away to almost hit a drunk walk in front of his car. But the shock suddenly awakens him – it’s a bad dream. But the dream is true and the man then goes to the accident spot where the police have located the driver. The man follows the police to a house where a woman is swiftly arrested and is questioned about the injured victim. The man blames himself due to his dream and the woman frantically denies causing the accident, even though police show her a camera photo of her driving the car. This introduces the premise. The man and woman are strangers unusually cohered by a strong emotional dream, due to both having emotionally distressing past relationships. Though the woman hates her ex-lover, the man hopes he can reunite with the woman he loves. If both simultaneously sleep the woman sleepwalks and initiates negative emotions relating to her past relationship, with the man dreaming of the woman’s dangerous actions. To stop the woman’s distress getting worse than a car accident, they both agree that one must remain awake or something even more terrible could happen.

“Dream” is an unusual viewing experience. It’s fluid and attention grabbing and though laced with symbolism and intellectual parallelisms, it’s easy to follow. The characters are ciphers (enigmas or symbolic proxies) and can be viewed in various ways. They’re two people, a Japanese wood block artist and sleepwalker Ran. But “Dream” suggests the ex-lovers could be the dreamers themselves with added elements of association and resemblance. A part / apart. I did wonder though if KKD met two people who dreamt this way. Interesting how the language barrier of Korean and Japanese doesn’t exist here, although I’ve had dreams where someone spoke in another language and…I didn’t have a clue what they were saying.

Recommend film. Top quality acting from Na Young Lee and Odagiri Joe, too, with lots of food for thought here. If you watch with friends you’ll certainly discuss into the early hours like Bohemians afterward, I’m sure.
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