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Chun Jung Myung (Actor) | Eun Won Jae (Actor) | Shim Eun Kyung (Actor) | Jin Ji Hee (Actor)
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A children's beloved fairy tale takes a bizarre and frightening twist in Hansel and Gretel, a blood-spatting fantasy horror from award-winning director Yim Pil Sung (Antarctic Journal). In the classic Grimm Brothers' folk tale of the same name, the two young protagonists happily find their way back home after pushing the evil witch into the burning furnace. But beneath its happy telling lies the disturbing truth that traces roots back to one of history's darkest times when poverty forced many parents to abandon their kids. Drawing from such historical tragedy, the film stretches the audience's imagination by asking, "what would have happened if Hansel and Gretel were forever trapped in the dark woods?" Breaking all the rules typical of a fairy tale fantasy, director Im deftly weaves the elements of horror into a psychological tale surrounding the misfortunes of abandoned kids who often end up spending the rest of their lives searching for the love that they never had. The film has recently garnered international acclaim and competed at several international film festivals such as the 41st Sitges International Fantasy Film Festival and the 27th Vancouver International Film Festival.

In his last film before heading out to military service, Chun Jeong Myung (The Aggressives) stars as Eun Soo, who was abandoned by his mother at an early age. While on his way to reunite with his long-lost mother, Eun Soo runs into an accident and loses consciousness. Waking up in the middle of a dark forest, he meets a red-cloaked girl who guides him to her eerie-looking house where he meets her strange family. Though it's quite obvious that there are no contacts with the outside world, the house is somehow always filled with toys, sweets, and other unimaginable goodies. Eun Soo soon learns there is no way out of the forest and a few days later, he notices that the children are bringing in more grown-ups from the woods.

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Product Title: Hansel And Gretel (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 邪童凶屋 (DVD) (香港版) 邪童凶屋 (DVD) (香港版) ヘンゼルとグレーテル (DVD) (香港版) Hansel And Gretel (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Hansel & Gretel Hansel & Gretel Hansel & Gretel Hansel & Gretel Hansel & Gretel
Artist Name(s): Chun Jung Myung (Actor) | Eun Won Jae (Actor) | Shim Eun Kyung (Actor) | Jin Ji Hee (Actor) 千正明 (Actor) | 殷元宰 (Actor) | 沈恩京 (Actor) | 陳 智熙 (Actor) 千正明 (Actor) | 殷元宰 (Actor) | 沈恩京 (Actor) | 陈 智熙 (Actor) チョン・ジョンミョン (Actor) | Eun Won Jae (Actor) | シム・ウンギョン (Actor) | チン・ジヒ (Actor) 천정명 (Actor) | 은원재 (Actor) | 심은경 (Actor) | 진지희 (Actor)
Director: Yim Pil Sung 林 弼成 林 弼成 イム・ピルソン 임필성
Release Date: 2009-11-19
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021620000

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Director: Yim Phil Sung

A reckless youngster Eun-soo drives to his mother's, and has a accident. When Eun-soo wakes up, he meets a mysterious girl and is led to her fairytale-like house in the middle fo the forest. There, Eun-soo is trapped with the girl and her siblings who never age. Soon he learns all the adults who visited or stayed in the house have met mysterious yet terrible ends. More shockingly, their cruel dealths are drawn in details and made into a fairytale book by the children. Scared Eun-soo tries to find the way out, but the house is secluded in the forest with no way out. And then, Eun-soodscovers a book which tells a brutal end of none other than himself!
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Professional Review of "Hansel And Gretel (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 21, 2009

Hansel and Gretel is Korean director Im Pil Seong's follow up to his debut Antarctic Journal, a slow moving slice of ambiguous horror which although visually impressive managed to confound as much as it did chill. For his sophomore outing he has taken a similarly offbeat approach, drawing upon the traditional fairytale for a meditation on cruelty and lost innocence. The result is a film that defies expectation and which thankfully avoids pretty much all of the cliche of the modern Korean horror genre to offer something far more disturbing and interesting.

The film starts as a young man called Eun Soo (actor Chun Jeong Myung, recently in The Aggressives) crashes his car in the middle of a thick forest while arguing on the phone with his pregnant girlfriend about having abandoned her to rush to the aid of his sick mother. He wakes up in darkness, deep in the trees, with a twelve-year-old girl called Yeong Hee (young television actress Eun Kyeong Shim) standing watch over him. She leads him to the picture perfect fairytale house that she shares with her older brother Man Bok (Won Jae Eun, Maundy Thursday), younger sister Jeong Sun (Ji Hui Jin, also in A Man who was Superman and Hello) and their parents. Although Eun Soo is grateful for their help, it's quite obvious that something is very wrong with the seemingly loving family. Unfortunately, his efforts to leave the following morning are thwarted after he gets lost in the forest, only to find his way back to the house. Returning after failing again the next day, he finds that the parents have disappeared, leaving a note behind asking him to take care of the children. Having little choice in the matter, the increasingly desperate Eun Soo tries to get to the bottom of the strange goings on, until matters are further complicated by the arrival of the sinister Deacon Byeon (Hie Sun Park, recently in Seven Days and who also worked with the director on Antarctic Journal) and his unpleasant wife.

Although marketed as such and despite the obvious comparisons with Kim Ji Won's A Tale of Two Sisters, Hansel and Gretel is not really a horror film, much in the same way that Pan's Labyrinth from director Guillermo del Toro is not. Rather, it is a slice of darkly imaginative fantasy that plays out cleverly from the perspective not only of the childlike Eun Soo, but also from that of the three youngsters. This is not to say that the film is devoid of scares, as Im throws in a good number of frights to help keep the viewer on the edge of the seat, particularly during the early stages. Indeed, the film is a tense affair, disorienting and mysterious, with the plot developing in pleasingly complex and nicely paced fashion. However, Im wisely chooses to keep things restrained, and although grotesque in places the film is suggestive rather than overtly gruesome. This works very well, as it allows the proceedings to retain a kind of childlike innocence despite the subject matter and some of the more disturbing scenes. Furthering this are several moments of genuine wonder and magic, which really help to give it a unique and creative feel, and lift it well above other less ambitious genre films.

The psychological aspects of the film are similarly effective, as Im allows the story to gradually unveil the dark secrets behind the children and the house in a manner which implies and hints rather than simply patronising the viewer with trite answers. Aside from some rather clumsy exposition towards the end, this approach lends the proceedings a certain ambiguity, though thankfully without the frustrating obscurity of Antarctic Journal. This having been said, the film does require a certain suspension of disbelief during the latter stages, when the narrative takes a few odd and surreal turns, though for those willing to go along for the ride it serves up an interesting and gripping conclusion.

Visually, the film is gorgeous, with a truly distinctive look. Im shows an incredible eye for detail, with the house itself being an immaculate creation, filled with decorations, old-fashioned toys, odd furniture and candy. His use of colour is quite astounding, and the film is both bright and harmonious, yet unsettling at the same time, allowing for an underlying theme of menace that is constantly lurking. The surrounding forest plays a similar role to that of the ice and snow in his debut film, almost acting as a character itself, luscious and primal, keeping the characters trapped both physically and symbolically.

This unique look is the icing on the cake, and Hansel and Gretel stands as one of the most interesting and unsettling Korean films of the year, and is a work of considerable imagination. Difficult to categorise, whilst it may disappoint genre fans expecting blood or overt scares, it frightens far more effectively through its depiction of innocence abused and of the worst of human nature. At the same time, Im somehow manages to work in a certain pureness of heart and hope that transforms it into a surprisingly emotional viewing experience, making it all the more rewarding.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Hansel And Gretel (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

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

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September 15, 2008

This customer review refers to Hansel and Gretel (DVD) (DTS) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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HaG - A Dark Fairy Tale Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
When I first read moderate reviews about this film I expected an overall so-so ghost horror. But after seeing this I’ve found it to be quite the opposite in expectation. Pil Seong Lim’s “Hansel and Gretel” is a very effective and worthy film with fascinatingly spooky moments, terrific surreal art style and cinematography (with art director Seong Hee Ryoo who contributed to “The Host”, “Old boy” and “I’m a Cyborg”), and tackles the blend of childhood dark fantasy with modern forms of Korean horror with aplomb. Warning though this film is a very dark tale about child abuse, lurking under the veneer of innocent fantasy.

With references to Grimm’s fairy tale this also relates to rabbit hole shenanigans of altered realities, symbols and dark dream states, familiar to the Alice in Wonderland books lending itself to other modern films such as Korea's own excellent horror gem “A Tale of Two Sisters”. Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” and Daniel Handler’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Snickets” could also relate in materials. In fact for anyone who watched “A Tale of Two Sisters” this is the closest film to that movie I've seen and certainly worth seeing if you loved Ji Woon Kim’s uniquely made film. It’s similarly based on a traditional fairy tale and located again in a reality removed from the actual. In Hansel and Gretel you're not quite in Eun Soo’s familiar reality after his car crash, as he tries intently to leave the idyllic but sinister setting of the children's ‘happy house’ within the creepy woods. Actress Eun Kyeong Sim who plays the part of the elder sister will also remain indelibly with you after watching this, like So Jung Im and Geun Young Moon did in “ATOTS”. Such a fascinating role she plays here. Won Jea Eun as the boy in the ‘family’ is also performed with intense mindfulness, as is little Ji Hee Jin. The kids here are fully lit to the script in this! In fact its hard to forget this film afterward because of them.

Like myself I’m sure many fans of new Korean horror films have already ‘added to cart’ this DVD on release and certainly its a worthy film to purchase. But if in doubt, get this before it sells out. One thing to add here also is a dearth of K-horror films this year. Only “Death Bell” as been released in Korea this summer and “H&G” was a December 2007 release. But worry ye not. 2009 comes with “Woetoli” and “Thirst” the latter’s Park Chan Wok’s vampire movie to shiver our timbers hence.
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