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Hope (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Uhm Ji Won (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor)
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Winner of Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards, Lee Joon Ik's heartwrenching drama Hope (a.k.a. Wish) portrays how a family copes after the young daughter is sexually assaulted. The powerful, emotionally draining story sensitively follows the victim, the parents and the community's grief, struggle and healing in the aftermath of shocking tragedy, shining light and humanity on a family's darkest hours. Sol Kyung Gu and Uhm Ji Won play the devastated parents who must face their worst nightmare and piece their family back together, while child actress Lee Re breaks hearts as the precocious Hope.

On her way to school in a quiet rural town, eight-year-old Hope (Lee Re) gets abducted, then raped and beaten. The physical damage to her body is so severe that she will never be able to fully recover. Shocked and devastated, Hope's parents Dong Hoon (Sol Kyung Gu) and Mi Hee (Uhm Ji Won) try their best to help their daughter recover physically and psychologically and to seek justice against the perpetrator. But to do so, Hope must recount her abuse again and again. Day by day, this family of three must cope and heal, and somehow find a way back to health, hope and normalcy.

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Product Title: Hope (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 希望:為愛重生 (2013) (DVD) (台灣版) 希望:为爱重生 (2013) (DVD) (台湾版) 願い (2013) (DVD) (台湾版) 소원
Artist Name(s): Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Uhm Ji Won (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor) | Kim Sang Ho (Actor) | Lee Re 薛景求 (Actor) | 嚴智媛 (Actor) | 羅美蘭 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 金相浩 (Actor) | 李蕊 薛景求 (Actor) | 严智媛 (Actor) | 罗美兰 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 金相浩 (Actor) | 李蕊 ソル・ギョング (Actor) | オム・ジウォン (Actor) | ラ・ミラン (Actor) | キム・ヘスク (Actor) | キム・サンホ (Actor) | Lee Re 설 경구 (Actor) | 엄지원 (Actor) | 라미란 (Actor) | 김해숙 (Actor) | 김상호 (Actor) | 이레
Director: Lee Joon Ik 李浚益 李浚益 イ・ジュンイク 이준익
Release Date: 2014-05-23
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 123 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035745680

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Professional Review of "Hope (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

May 29, 2014

This professional review refers to Hope (2013) (DVD) (Korea Version)
Having had a massive critical and commercial success early in his career with The King and the Clownback in 2005 (which still ranks as one of the highest grossing Korean films of all time), Lee Joon Ik has always been regarded as a director of talent and quality, and so it came as both a surprise and a real shame when he apparently decided to retire from the industry after the relative under-performance of his 2011 outing Battlefield Heroes. Thankfully, he soon changed his mind, and returns with Hope (also known as Wish), a painful drama following a couple whose lives are torn apart after their young daughter is sexually assaulted. The film marked a highly successful comeback for Lee, garnering a slew of wins and nominations at all the major Korean award ceremonies, including Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Based on a real life case from 2008, the film stars Sol Kyung Gu (Cold Eyes) and Uhm Ji Won (Foxy Festival) as parents Dong Hoon and Mi Hee, who live a quiet and happy life in a small rural town. One day, their eight year old daughter So Won (Lee Re) is snatched by a drunken stranger on her way to school, who kidnaps, rapes and nearly kills her, leaving her for dead with horrific injuries. Her psychological scars are equally severe, and Dong Hoon and Mi Hee struggle to help her recover while pursuing justice, trying to make sense of their own anger and grief.

Surprisingly, Hope isn't the film that might have been expected. Whereas there has of late been an increasingly number of Korean films dealing with child kidnapping and abuse, Lee Joon Ik's approach here is to focus not on the thriller or more shocking exploitation elements of the case, but instead on the characters and the human cost of its devastating tragedy. Here too the film takes a different route, and though it covers some extremely tough and sensitive material, it deals mainly with healing and the long and arduous road back to happiness. Though the criminal case and the parents' rage and desire for revenge does take up part of the narrative, Lee primarily follows the ways in which Dong Hoon in particular tries to bring the withdrawn So Won back to the world, and in which the community rallies round to help the parents. Even though the criminal is a monster, he never becomes a distasteful pantomime villain, and the film is all the more affecting and engaging for being grounded and humanistic, with an intelligent script that for the most part avoids emotional cheap shots or manipulation.

The film is also anchored by some superb lead performances, Sol Kyung Gu and Uhm Ji Won putting in great work and adding real depth to their roles as the tortured parents. Lee has proved many times that he's a real craftsman when it comes to his characters, and both Dong Hoon and Mi Hee are well-written and substantial figures, neither of whom are typical tear-magnets, making a number of mistakes and unfortunate decisions as the try to cope with the unimaginable. This all makes the film very tough viewing at times, far more so than other recent dramas with similar themes, though it's involving and challenging rather than simply bleak.

Despite the depressing source material, Hope really is quite an uplifting film, and Lee Joon Ik has done a great job of depicting the ways in which people can find the means to keep living and to find happiness in even the most dreadful of circumstances. A strong character rather than issue or crime based drama, though challenging and frequently grim, it's a moving testament to the human spirit that shows Lee returning to top form.

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Customer Review of "Hope (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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

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November 3, 2014

This customer review refers to Hope (2013) (DVD) (Korea Version)
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Hope - Harrowing...but uplifting movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
By synopsis I imagined ‘Hope’ to be a distressing story of a little girl violently and sexually abused, but no way anticipated the level of distress. Re Lee as the little girl Hope performs the most harrowing and realistic portrayal of child sexual abuse I’ve seen in a movie and Re Lee’s intelligently performed hospital scenes will just burn her sad and horrific imagery into your mind. You don’t see the awful brutality, but how Hope is found blooded and abandoned and then Hope’s parents tearfully seeing their daughter again, not a vision of health, but callously injured and scarred in the hospital are distressing beyond belief. Anger, maddening frustration...why? But the true reason for this movie ‘Hope’ is the uplift. Mainly how Hope is slowly brought back to life and happiness again by the help of her trauma injury and child psychologist Jeong-sook (Hae-sook Kim) her parents Dong Hoon (Kyung Gu Sol) and Mi Hee (Ji Won Uhm), their work friends, hospital staff and Hope’s favourite cartoon character.

Although seeming sentimental by the way Dong Hoon wears a cartoon character outfit to slowly and humbly help heal Hope’s cruelly injured mind and heart, it all fits logically. Dong Hoon had more reason to do this after he desperately carried his daughter in the hospital away from reporters but broke her healing bandages (I won’t go into detail of Hope’s injuries) and Dong Hoon’s tearful desperation in trying to put Hope’s bandages back in place seemed to Hope as if she was reliving her bad man nightmare. Dong Hoon felt he’d let his daughter down terribly. As Hope’s child psychologist Jeong-sook tells her parents though the only good way to begin helping their child’s mind from such brutal abuse is to return Hope to happiness. And that’s exactly what Dong Hoon does by wearing a character suit of Hope’s favourite toon character, after Mi Hee and her friend and a female police officer had also done. Re Lee and Kyung Gu/Ji Won as the parents perform brilliantly and I can only imagine how intense and hard this must have been to make. Actress Mi-ran Ra, too, as Mi Hee’s close friend. Excellent acting!

‘Hope’ shines a light in a very dark film where a family’s life has been shattered to pieces. Director Joon Ik Lee’s movie reflects a hard reality of what certain families endure, some never seeing their children again. Hope – remembering the eternal flame of love, where death is no longer mystery, pain or separation - towards happiness and redemption.
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