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Hero (2007) (DVD) (DTS) (Korea Version)
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Topping the Japanese box office for seven consecutive weeks, Hero is Japan's big blockbuster of 2007, and it comes with no special effects. Hero started out in 2001 as an immensely popular Fuji TV serial, one of the top ten rated Japanese dramas of all time. Ratings guarantee Kimura Takuya (Love and Honor) gave a memorable turn as a laidback public prosecutor with ripped jeans, unconventional working methods, and a weakness for television mail order junk. The drama was resurrected in 2006 for a TV special that proved every bit as popular, paving the way for this blockbuster big-screen adaptation.

Director Suzuki Masayuki, who helmed the original television series, takes Hero to the big screen, picking up the story right after the television special. The production was upgraded to include a trip to South Korea to see Korean star Lee Byung Hun (A Bittersweet Life), but for the most part, the film wisely sticks to the drama's winning formula, right down to Kimura Takuya's tan winter coat. The whole crew of bumbling, but competent prosecutors from the original series are present and accounted for including Abe Hiroshi (The Sword of Alexander), Otsuka Nene (Limit of Love: Umizaru), Yashima Norito, Katsumura Masanobu, Kohinata Fumiyo (Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai), and of course Matsu Takako (Tokyo Tower: Mom & Me, and Sometimes Dad). Styled as an atypical courtroom and investigative drama, Hero is certainly the year's most down-to-earth blockbuster, charming its way through the box office with quirky, feel-good humor and charismatic performances that appeal to both fans and newcomers to the franchise.

After six years away, D.A. Kuryu Kohei (Kimura Takuya) returns to his former Tokyo Johei office, just in time for a brewing storm. Kohei's first case starts out simple enough. The suspect, a blonde-haired security guard, had already confessed to manslaughter, but he suddenly retracts his confession and takes things to court with big-shot defense attorney Gamo (Matsumoto Koshiro). It turns out that the security guard is a key alibi witness in a high-profile political corruption case, and the results of his case will directly affect the next. With the media, politicians, and a special investigative team breathing down his back, Kohei must handle the case with care (and flair) to find out the truth.

This edition comes with the following extras:

  • Busan Making Of
  • Takuya Kimura Fan Meeting in Korea
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    Product Title: Hero (2007) (DVD) (DTS) (Korea Version) 律政英雄 (DVD) (韓國版) 律政英雄 (DVD) (韩国版) HERO (韓国版) 히어로 (DTS) (한국판)
    Artist Name(s): Otsuka Nene | Matsu Takako | Lee Byung Hun | Nakai Kiichi | Kimura Takuya | Abe Hiroshi | Yashima Norito | Kadono Takuzo | Kohinata Fumiyo | Katsumura Masanobu | Matsumoto Hakuo | Morita Kazuyoshi | Kodama Kiyoshi 大塚寧寧 | 松隆子 | 李秉憲 | 中井貴一 | 木村拓哉 | 阿部寬 | 八嶋智人 | 角野卓造 | 小日向文世 | 勝村政信 | 松本白鸚 | 森田一義 | 兒玉清 大冢宁宁 | 松隆子 | 李秉宪 | 中井贵一 | 木村拓哉 | 阿部宽 | 八嶋智人 | 角野卓造 | 小日向文世 | 胜村政信 | 松本白鹦 | Morita Kazuyoshi | 儿玉清 大塚寧々 | 松たか子 | イ・ビョンホン | 中井貴一 | 木村拓哉 | 阿部寛 | 八嶋智人 | 角野卓造 | 小日向文世 | 勝村政信 | 松本白鸚 | 森田一義 | 児玉清 Otsuka Nene | 마츠 타카코 | 이 병헌 | Nakai Kiichi | 기무라 타쿠야 | Abe Hiroshi | Yashima Norito | Kadono Takuzo | Kohinata Fumiyo | Katsumura Masanobu | Matsumoto Hakuo | Morita Kazuyoshi | Kodama Kiyoshi
    Director: Suzuki Masayuki Suzuki Masayuki Suzuki Masayuki 鈴木雅之 Suzuki Masayuki
    Release Date: 2008-06-26
    Language: Japanese
    Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean
    Place of Origin: Japan
    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?
    Other Information: 1 DVD
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1011086353

    Product Information

    * Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
    * Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 / dts
    * Extras :
    - 부산촬영 메이킹
    - '기무라타쿠야' 국내 팬미팅
    - 예고편

    * Director : 수주키 마사유키

    깨지지 않는 불멸의 신화 <히어로>가 온다!
    개봉 10일 간 흥행수익 340 억 원 돌파, 4주 연속 박스오피스 1위
    일본 드라마 최고 시청률에 빛나는 대 히트작의 영화화

    지난 9월 8일 일본에서 개봉한 영화 <히어로>는 폭발적인 흥행수익을 거두며 자국 내 흥행의 역사를 다시 쓰고 있다. 일본 영화 사상 최고의 스크린수 475개관에서 개봉해 개봉 첫 주 1위는 물론, 개봉 10일 간 흥행수익 340억 원 돌파, 4주 연속 박스오피스라는 놀라운 기록을 연이어서 낳고 있는 것. <히어로>의 이러한 흥행은 일본 실사영화에 있어 꿈의 숫자라고 할 수 있는 흥행수익 100억 엔 돌파뿐 아니라(일본 실사영화 중 100억 엔 고지를 넘은 영화는 <춤추는 대수사선> 시리즈 뿐) 2007년 일본 최고의 흥행기록을 낸 <캐리비안의 해적: 세상의 끝에서>(110억 엔)의 스코어 마저 뛰어넘을 것으로 점쳐지고 있다. 2001년 일본 후지TV에서 첫 방영된 드라마 ‘히어로’는 평균 시청률 34.3%를 기록하며 일본 드라마 사상 최고 시청률이라는 놀라운 기록을 낳았다. 방송 채널이 워낙 많은 일본에서 30%의 시청률은 한국의 시청률 60%와 비교될 만큼 압도적인 수치이다. 남녀노소 불문하고 모두에게 전폭적이고 애정 깊은 사랑은 받은 드라마 ‘히어로’는 기무라 타쿠야가 연기하는 매력적인 검사 ‘쿠리우’ 외에도 도쿄 검찰청을 둘러싸고 벌어지는 흥미진진한 스토리로 수많은 이들의 마음을 사로잡고 있다. 브라운관을 넘어 2007년 화려하게 스크린에 부활한 영화 <히어로>. 더욱 거대해진 사건과 더욱 강력해진 적의 등장으로 최고의 재미와 스릴을 선사하는 <히어로>는 2007년 11월, 한국 관객들에게 첫 선을 보이며 국내 극장가 무서운 흥행 돌풍을 예고하고 있다.

    쿠리우 검사, 일생일대 최대의 위기를 맞다!

    엉뚱하지만 천재적 사건 해결력을 자랑하는 행동파 검사 쿠리우(기무라 타쿠야). 도쿄 검찰청 동료 검사 시바야마(아베 히로시)가 자신의 이혼소송으로 바쁘자 어쩔 수 없이 그가 맡던 사건을 넘겨 받게 된다. 용의자가 모든 죄를 자백한 사건으로, 모두가 쉽게 판결이 날 거라고 믿는 재판이었다. 그러나 법원에서 돌연 용의자가 ‘검사의 진술은 모두 거짓’이라며 자백을 번복하는 사태가 발생하고 쿠리우는 검사로서 최대의 위기를 맞게 된다. 또한 상대편 변호인으로 일본 최고의 거물급 변호사 가모우가 등장하면서 사건은 또 다른 위기를 맞이하게 된다.

    서서히 밝혀지는 거대한 음모, 사건의 열쇠는 한국에…

    생각지도 못한 다양한 진술로 자신의 목을 조여오는 가모우 변호사의 공격에 궁지에 몰린 쿠리우 검사. 단순 상해치사 사건에 검찰 특수부까지 개입하며 쿠리우는 점차 사건의 배후에 거대 권력의 음모가 숨겨져 있음을 감지하게 된다. 자신이 맡은 사건의 승패에 일본 전역이 주목하고 있는 국회의원 하나오카 의원의 뇌물수수 사건의 열쇠가 달려있는 것. 결정적인 증거를 잡기 위해 한국검사 강민우(이병헌)에게 수사 협조를 요청, 사무관 아마미야와 함께 부산으로 향한다.
    과연 쿠리우 검사는 감춰진 음모를 밝혀내 이 사건을 승소로 이끌 수 있을까…

    이제 절대 권력에 맞선 통쾌한 한판 승부가 펼쳐진다!
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    Professional Review of "Hero (2007) (DVD) (DTS) (Korea Version)"

    January 8, 2008

    This professional review refers to Hero (2007) (DVD) (DTS) (Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    Didn't see the TV drama? That's okay, because even though you may not get everything that goes on in Takuya Kimura's small-to-big-screen drama Hero, there's still some enjoyment to be had. A sequel to the blockbuster 2001 Japanese TV drama and 2006 TV special, Hero is a slam dunk for rabid fans, though the uninitiated may not respond to all the quirky characters or oblique references to past events. However, the film's do-gooder protagonist and charming Capraesque values go a long way towards creating universal appeal. Hero marks the return of public prosecutor Kuryu Kohei (Kimura), a righteous, determined young D.A. who breaks all the rules for all the right reasons. Assigned to prosecute an open-and-shut manslaughter case, Kuryu goes into full-on righteous Hero mode when the defendant changes his plea from guilty to innocent, causing a minor uproar in Kuryu's offices.

    The defendant, a dyed-blond security guard, originally pleaded guilty in a sheepish manner, but he's now ready to go to court with the backing of a pricey defense lawyer named Gamo (Koshiro Matsumoto). It seems the defendant is being used as an alibi in a bribery case; a powerful, corrupt politician (Kazuyoshi Morita) has been accused of taking a payoff, and the defendant supposedly saw him in another place at another time. Of course, that's totally untrue. All the players are guilty as sin, but big people with big money don't want their corruption exposed, so they'll get the high-priced Gamo to defend a lowly nobody, the idea being that an unjust victory will keep their pockets full and the evil corruption machine greased.

    However, they didn't count on Kuryu, whose righteousness and determination know no equal, though at first glance you probably wouldn't expect that from him. Even though he's a public servant, Kuryu dresses in sloppy jeans and sweatshirts, has an over-coiffed mane of dyed orange-brown hair, is sometimes inattentive and spacey, and never wears ties in the courtroom. When it comes to work, however, he's all business - only more so than your standard lawyer types are used to. Other prosecutors would give up and call it a day after a cursory look at the evidence. But not Kuryu Kohei, who won't give up when trying to do the right thing, pursuing leads to the ends of the Earth (or, in this case, Korea), searching haystacks for needles, and generally going the extra step, kilometer and/or light year required to find that most elusive of things: the truth. Will he find the truth behind the crime and uncover the true culprit before they get off scot-free?

    Whoops, that sounds like a mystery, which Hero most definitely is not. There's no question here about who's bad or good, and the trail towards the truth is more about extreme legwork and connecting the dots than it is about deduction or true investigation. Hero is a "hard work pays off" movie where the issue is not how to solve the crime, but merely how to do things the right way. To wit, everyone knows who did what and the prosecutors just need evidence, even if it means combing the city inch by inch and sweating every last detail or lead, no matter how minor or infinitesimal the chance is that they'll find something. The lengths that Kuryu and his colleagues go to strains any realism because a normal person would definitely give up if they had to check every mobile phone in a neighborhood just on the off chance that someone took some incriminating photos. Hero supposes that these people will hike one hundred extra miles to secure the truth, and does it in such an earnest fashion that the audience can either applaud at the wholesome decency on display or gag at the saccharine silliness of it all. As an audience member with some personal taste, this is where you make your choice. Time to get on or off the bandwagon.

    Well, we're going to get on the bandwagon, because the righteous, good guy world of Hero is pretty damn charming. It's the very thing that made the TV series so likable, and indeed, audiences in Japan have apparently lapped up Hero to the tune of mucho box office. The appeal of the world is not hard to understand, as Takuya Kimura is one charismatic dude, and he makes Kuryu Kohei an immediately likable figure. As detailed in the TV series, Kuryu was previously a juvenile delinquent before becoming the most gee-whiz D.A. in Japan, and his earnest rebel-with-a-cause ways make him a refreshing screen hero. When challenged by Gamo's wily tactics, Kuryu responds by actually being grateful for the challenge, and pledges to handle things fair, square, and without any undue grandstanding. Kuryu is not after the splashy headlines or the juicy cases, but desires simply to honor whoever it is he's supposed to be serving, like a grieving widow or just some disenfranchised individual. It's like he's...a movie character!

    Which he obviously is - but he's a very winning one. Capraesque characters and working class heroes are always easy to root for, so director Masayuki Suzuki can get away with blatantly unrealistic situations and cheesy platitudes that would normally annoy cynical audiences. That's a good thing, because there's plenty here for the cynical to chew on, including too many characters who try to do the right thing, a defense lawyer who's so awed by his earnest prosecutor rival that he'll even screw his own client, and big rousing speeches that sound like they were pulled out of a can labeled "Inspirational Screenwriting 101". Hero slops on the cheese, but does it in agreeable, low-key style. The filmmakers don't use a hammer to force their issues; it's like they're getting down on one knee to offer their cheese on a polished, presentable platter that's not egregious or tacky. It's obvious but functional, and so is this movie.

    Otherwise, this is just enlarged small-screen fare, from the lack of urgency to the TV-style opening credits, confined sets, minor drama, and abundant attention to quirky characters and their silly ways. Uninitiated audiences may not be able to identify all the players, as they're presented in a way that will obviously tickle only fans, and most are given short shrift compared to Takuya Kimura and Takako Matsu (as the long-suffering love interest). The only real movie-like concession seems to be a trip to Korea to find a missing car, which means the filmmakers got on a plane with Kimura and Matsu and filmed them wandering all over Pusan. They also hired Korean superstar Lee Byung-Hun (A Bittersweet Life) to show up and act like Lee Byung-Hun. Lee plays Kuryu's Korean counterpart, and does nothing more than appear for two minutes and offer obvious platitudes that are canned and programmed for instant audience approval. Does it work? Not really, but it's hard to really nail the film for being commercial claptrap. This is crowd-pleasing cinema for the masses that would get laughed out of any serious film competition, but at least it's not offensive or pretentious, and again, that Takuya Kimura is one charismatic dude. This Hero is still more small screen than big screen, but that's not a bad thing at all. Besides, you'll probably see it on DVD. Then it'll still be on the small screen.

    by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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    Customer Review of "Hero (2007) (DVD) (DTS) (Korea Version)"

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

    Kevin Kennedy
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    April 13, 2008

    This customer review refers to Hero (2007) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
    1 people found this review helpful

    Comedic courtroom thriller Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    "Hero" is two films in one. The first half of the film is filled with visual and comedic energy as a prosecuting attorney (Kimura Takuya) and his assistant (Matsu Takako) range far and wide in their efforts to gather evidence for a manslaughter case. The second half of the film becomes very earnest as we enter the trial of the case. Both halves of the film make for very entertaining and engrossing viewing, but they are so strikingly different in tone that they fit together rather uneasily.

    The film features some sparkling cinematography and a host of terrific actors. I was particularly taken with Matsu Takako's wonderfully repressed performance as the assistant DA. If you seek a delightful comedy, a stirring courtroom drama, and a smidgeon of romance, you'll find them all in "Hero". I recommend it.
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    March 18, 2008

    This customer review refers to Hero (2007) (DVD) (DTS) (Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    Poorly mastered DVD Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
    The HERO movie brings most of the cast members of the 2001 TV series back for a much deserved encore. Fans of the TV show will be very pleased by this film.
    The DVD has Dolby and DTS 5.1 audio tracks, and excellent English subtitles. The video is presented in 2.20 cinematic widescreen letterboxed into 16:9 anamorphic format, which is the standard for high quality dvd presentation.
    The video track has some serious problems, however. The video is unsharp, and there are noticeable compression artifacts in the form of ringing or "mosquito noise". I have noticed similar problems with other recent Toho releases. If this were a $10 disc, it would not be worth commenting on, but when the disc costs $40, I expect it to be properly mastered.
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