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Hanbando (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Cha In Pyo (Actor) | Ahn Sung Ki (Actor) | Kang Su Yeon (Actor) | Cho Jae Hyun (Actor)
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South and North Korea are on the verge of reunification, and the best way to celebrate this momentous occasion is the re-opening of the Gyunghuiseon Line. But Japan, claiming ownership of the line, interrupts the festivities with a contract signed by the last Joseon Emperor, Gojong, a move which drives both Koreas into a crisis.

No man has influenced Korean commercial cinema in the last decade like Director Kang Woo Suk. When he formed a small film company in 1993, nobody expected Cinema Service to become one of the most important names in Chungmuro. But Kang is not simply a mega-producer, he's also a talented director with a knack for finding the right theme at the right time. With Two Cops in 1993 he brought commercial filmmaking back from the abyss of the early 90s, and then in 2003, a little film called Silmido became the first ever Korean production to sell more than 10 million tickets.

Kang's new film Hanbando follows the same path as his previous films: it's very controversial and it's a big spectacle. The huge cast is highlighted with experienced actors, including Ahn Sung Ki (Musa, Duelist) as the Korean President, Moon Sung Keun (Princess Aurora) as the skeptical Prime Minister, and finally Cha In Pyo (Hong Kong Express) and Cho Jae Hyun (Bad Guy, Piano) as the agents trying to get to the truth. The 10 billion won blockbuster Hanbando polarized viewers because of its strong political themes, and drew close to 4 million people to the theaters. Now is your chance to see what caused all that fuss.

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Product Title: Hanbando (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 韓半島風雲 (DVD) (台灣版) 韩半岛风云 (DVD) (台湾版) 韓半島 (DVD) (台湾版) 한반도
Artist Name(s): Cha In Pyo (Actor) | Ahn Sung Ki (Actor) | Kang Su Yeon (Actor) | Cho Jae Hyun (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) 車仁表 (Actor) | 安聖基 (Actor) | 姜受延 (Actor) | 曹在顯 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) 车仁表 (Actor) | 安圣基 (Actor) | 姜受延 (Actor) | 曹在显 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) チャ・インピョ (Actor) | アン・ソンギ (Actor) | カン・スヨン (Actor) | チョ・ジェヒョン (Actor) | ムン・ソングン (Actor) 차 인표 (Actor) | 안 성기 (Actor) | 강 수연 (Actor) | 조 재현 (Actor) | 문 성근 (Actor)
Director: Kang Woo Suk 康祐碩 康佑硕 佑硕 カン・ウソク 강우석
Release Date: 2012-01-20
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 147 (mins)
Publisher: Catchplay
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1028074757

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  南北韓統一前夕,兩地希望重開京義線鐵路,但日本卻憑朝鮮時代簽下的條約,表示日方擁有鐵路經營權,令兩地三國政治角力加劇,日韓之戰一觸即發。此時,韓國史學家崔民在(曹在顯 飾),認為條約上的國印為偽造,並主張找出真國印以推翻日本論點。南韓總統(安聖基 飾)支持這個論斷,並籌建委員會找尋國印,但總理(文盛瑾 飾)卻認為國印無法改變局勢,現應注重國家安全和日韓友好關係,他命令國家情報局書記宫李尚鉉(車仁表 飾)進行一項秘密行動,而埋藏日韓之間的龐大謎團將緩緩解開…。

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September 18, 2006

This professional review refers to Hanbando (DVD) (Korea Version)
Hanbando proved to be one of the biggest box office draws of the summer in Korea, pulling in more than 4 million viewers, no mean feat considering the film's controversial subject matter and overtly political content, dealing with the country's reunification in the face of an attempted present day Japanese economic takeover. Of course, director Kang Woo Suk is no stranger to such acerbic material, having dealt with police corruption in his classic Public Enemy films and government betrayal in the smash hit Silmido. Here, he really nails his colours to the mast with a heartfelt nationalistic statement of a film, which combines big budget spectacle and an all-star cast with a bitter history lesson, blended cleverly with a host of present day issues, making for thoughtful and gripping entertainment.

The film begins with North and South Korea on the verge of reunification, symbolised by the re-opening of the Gyunghuiseon railway line which links the two. However, Japan interrupts the proceedings by claiming historical ownership of the line and opposing the reunification, using official documents produced by the last Korean Emperor to support their position. After the South Korean president (played by Ahn Sung Ki, recently in Duelist challenges the Japanese, they threaten first with the withdrawal of an impending financial loan, and later with military force. With the fate of the country resting in their hands, a handful of loyal citizens led by a nationalistic teacher called Choi Min Jae (Cho Jae Hyun, who starred in Kim Ki Duk's Bad Guy, desperately search for the long lost real imperial seal which will prove that the Japanese documents are fake. They are opposed not only by the schemes of politicians from Japan but also from within the South Korean government itself, in particular the traitorous Prime Minister (Moon Sung Keun, Princess Aurora and a pro-Japanese agent called Lee Sang Hyun (Cha In Pyo, Hong Kong Express) whose conscience gradually forces him to re-evaluate his loyalties.

Hanbando is a real rarity in that it is an unashamedly political film, with director Kang attacking his targets without compromise, graphically depicting Japanese aggression both past and present and touching on subjects such as the altering of historical facts and the often sinister economic methods employed to control and undermine other countries. Whilst some may feel that this gives the film an anti-Japanese stance, the fact is that it generally deals with real life incidents, most of which remain unresolved to the present day and many of which may come as a shock to those Western viewers without knowledge of Asian history. What balances the film, and thankfully prevents it from descending into propaganda is the fact that Kang is equally scathing of the Korean government and indeed the population as a whole, whom he generally portrays as unaware of their history or national identity and in many cases willing to trade dignity for money. Of course, the film is if anything even more contentious given recent developments in North Korea, though its convincing historical backdrop, played out through a number of flashback scenes which are used to mirror current events makes for fascinating and horribly plausible viewing.

Interestingly, Kang makes an obvious attempt to show the events from the perspective of the Korean people, rather than simply sticking to political intrigue, something which he explores through a number of scenes involving workers helping with the search for the seal. This again helps to ground the film, though it does bring a few unfortunate lapses into broad comedy which are somewhat at odds with the generally serious tone.

Beyond Kang's political and social aims, the film works well as a solid conspiracy thriller, with plenty of betrayals and plot twists. Although it is perhaps a little long at nearly two and a half hours, there is plenty of drama and the proceedings move along at a good pace that keeps the viewer hooked. Wisely, Kang keeps the action to short sharp bursts, rather than lapsing into the kind of Hollywood-style excess which would have certainly detracted from the believability of the film, though things do frequently get quite bloody, especially during the flashback scenes.

As such, Hanbando works well on many levels as an admirably intelligent piece of blockbuster entertainment, whatever the viewer's political beliefs might be, and again serves to confirm Kang as one of the most exciting and vital directors working in Korea today. The film is one of the few with the courage to tackle such sensitive issues head on and without apology, a trait for which it certainly deserves praise, especially in times like these when cinema is generally dominated by bland, button-pushing efforts which actively avoid controversy and risk.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.5 out of 10 (2)

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March 30, 2007

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Good movie......... Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This movie was very enjoyable. I like how they took some recent news about Japan and used it towards the introduction of the plot and the history presented in the movie is also another factor grabbed my attention. Although it reminded me a little of the American movie "National Treasure" I still enjoyed it very much.
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January 12, 2007

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Very nice Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Ahn Sung ki fits really well playing a president. He also looks good in the romantic president...only now this is a story of a president who is trying his best make sure that the history before will not happen during his time as a president. A movie with a heart, worth watching.
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