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JSA (Joint Security Area) (Hong Kong Version)
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From award-winning filmmaker Park Chan Wook, the director that brought us Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Old Boy, comes his earlier box office success, Joint Security Area (JSA)! Somewhere in the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been murdered outside their guard posts, and all signs point to a South Korean soldier as the prime suspect. However, when adding up the eleven bullets pulled from the corpses and the five bullets remaining in the suspect's clip, a glaring discrepancy is uncovered: the clip in question can only hold fifteen bullets, not sixteen. But unraveling the mystery of the double homicide proves difficult for Major Sophie Jean (Lee Young Ae, from Sympathy for Lady Vengeance), the leader of a neutral United Nations-type investigative team assigned to the case.

Stonewalled by authorities on both sides of the DMZ, Jean must sort out the differing accounts of the incident provided by the South Korean suspect, Sergeant Lee Soo Hyuk (Lee Byung Hun, from A Bittersweet Life) and the eyewitness testimony given by North Korean Sergeant Oh Kyung Pil (Song Kang Ho, from The Foul King). With the storm clouds of war looming on the horizon of this sensitive political situation, can Major Jean discover the truth before these age-old tensions give way to an all-out nuclear confrontation? And is there a vast conspiracy at work or something far simpler? Thanks to marvelous performances from its cast, Joint Security Area amounts to a gripping military thriller, one that went on to win multiple awards including Best Film honors at South Korea's Grand Bell Awards!

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Product Title: JSA (Joint Security Area) (Hong Kong Version) 安全地帶 (香港版) 安全地带 (香港版) JSA (VCD) (香港版) JSA (Joint Security Area) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Lee Byung Hun | Song Kang Ho | Lee Young Ae | Kim Tae Woo 李秉憲 | 宋 康昊 | 李英愛 | 金 泰佑 李秉宪 | 宋 康昊 | 李英爱 | 金 泰佑 イ・ビョンホン | ソン・ガンホ | イ・ヨンエ | キム・テウ 이 병헌 | 송 강호 | 이 영애 | 김태우
Director: Park Chan Wook 朴 贊郁 朴赞郁 パク・チャヌク 박찬욱
Release Date: 2002-03-22
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Modern Audio
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001829195

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主演:宋康昊╱李秉憲╱李英愛
Cast: Song Kang Ho/ Lee Byung Hun/ Lee Young Ae
導演:朴贊旭
Director: Park Chan Wook

﹡韓國電影史上最大投資的電影,總製作費達三千萬港元!
﹡囊括2001年多個國際性獎項:入圍競逐柏林電影節《金熊獎》、
 法國度維爾國際電影節《最佳電影》韓國大鐘獎《最佳影片》、
 《最佳男主角》、《最佳音響》及《最佳美術》!
﹡榮獲有「日本奧斯卡」之稱「第四十四屆藍絲帶電影頒獎禮」
 頒發《外語片獎》,更被日本權威電影雜誌「Kinejun」選為
 《2001年全年十大最佳外語片獎》

  氣勢澎湃震驚日、韓!打破「生死諜變」最高票房紀錄!


  11發槍聲;2具屍體!會否引爆一場兩國大戰?

  由《記憶中的風琴》李秉憲《春逝》李英愛《茅躉王》宋康昊當今最紅3大韓星破天荒合作演出!!

  《JSA安全地帶》是部極具政治敏感的電影。某夜2名北韓哨兵被發現中鎗致死,伏屍地點是南北韓共同警備區。這件事挑起南北韓之間的仇恨。北韓指責南韓企圖作出恐怖偷襲,而南韓則指控說是綁架。兩岸決定委任由瑞士及瑞典組成之「中立國監督委員會」介入調查此件兇殺案。

  調查初期遇到重重困難,因為南北韓兩方面都拒絕合作,不願意引渡証人進行調查。幾經辛苦後發現可疑的南韓士兵,立即展開調查。就在此時,關鍵證人自殺身亡……

  Joint Security Area - JSA is sensitive film related to political issue. One night, two North Korea soldiers were dead by gunshot, the bodies lie within the area of JSA. This incident triggers the enmity between the North and the south. Both sides decide to resort to the help of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) (comprised of Swiss and Swedish delegates) to carry out the investigation. One of a suspect South Korean soldier was found and can start the investigation. At this moment, the witness to commits suicide......
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Professional Review of "JSA (Joint Security Area) (Hong Kong Version)"

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April 24, 2005


Joint Security Area is the highest invested film in Korean film history, it is also one of the highest grossed films in Korea ever. It was released in Korea in 2000 and received immediate success due to its controversial subject and the director's decisive critique on the issue.

This film is about a mysterious murder case involving several soldiers who are camping at the border of South and North Korea, an area known as Joint Security Area. One night, two North Korean soldiers were shot to death. A South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-Heon) is the prime suspect. The investigation is carried out by a neutral party headed by Sophie (Lee Young-Ae). Sophie soon discovers that it is not merely a brutal murder, the case is more complicated than she expected as there is a clandestine relationship among several South and North Korean soldiers.

What makes this film interesting is that the director is able to break the political taboo and deal with the issue in an honest yet peaceful manner. Tension is turned to humors and then to suspense, the director is good at controlling the atmosphere of the story and revolving the reaction of the audience, hence, the film succeeds in raising certain discourse regarding the current situation in Korea and elicits positive responses from the Korean people. For instance, the ending snapshot is a very important motif of the film. It symbolizes the theme successfully. What the director wants to convey is that although South Korea and North Korea are separated, there is nothing that can stop the people of the two countries from getting together. Korea is one nation after all. Fate will put them together no matter what. From the depiction of the intimate friendship among the soldiers, Park Chan-Wook tells us how anxious the Koreans long for reunion of the nation.

Song Kang-Ho is always a supporting character in other films. In JSA, he is finally able to take the lead role, and he gives excellent performance to substantiate his capability. His role as the North Korean officer beats Lee Byung Heon in terms of every aspect. The bodily gestures, emotions and dialogues are all carried out persuasively. It is no wonder why he could capture various best actor awards with this film. Lee Young-Ae speaks fluent English in the film and succeeds in building up a convincing image of the NNSC officer.

This film is shot in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The resulted image is so beautiful and serene that you will almost forget you are watching a narrative film. The filmmaker has created a tangible world for the film and heightens the artistic value brilliantly.

No matter you are Korean or not, there are always something you can gain from watching this film.

DVD (HK version) - The picture quality is not bad, I am not sure if it is in the original 2.35:1 format or not, but it looks like widescreen to me. Nevertheless, I don't have a 16x9 TV and I heard that this DVD is not real 16:9. For the sound, its ok, but I am not certain if it is my audio system or what, I have to turn up the volume quite a bit to get the desired quality. Overall speaking, with the region free coding, all the special features and bonus materials(postcards and booklet), this DVD is definitely worth to buy!

Cool guy(s) - Song Kang-Ho

Reviewed by: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

May 14, 2001

This professional review refers to Joint Security Area-VCD

Joint Security Area is the highest invested film in Korean film history, it is also one of the highest grossed films in Korea ever. It was released in Korea in 2000 and received immediate success due to its controversial subject and the director's decisive critique on the issue.

This film is about a mysterious murder case involving several soldiers who are camping at the border of South and North Korea, an area known as Joint Security Area. One night, two North Korean soldiers were shot to death. A South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-Heon) is the prime suspect. The investigation is carried out by a neutral party headed by Sophie (Lee Young-Ae). Sophie soon discovers that it is not merely a brutal murder, the case is more complicated than she expected as there is a clandestine relationship among several South and North Korean soldiers.

What makes this film interesting is that the director is able to break the political taboo and deal with the issue in an honest yet peaceful manner. Tension is turned to humors and then to suspense, the director is good at controlling the atmosphere of the story and revolving the reaction of the audience, hence, the film succeeds in raising certain discourse regarding the current situation in Korea and elicits positive responses from the Korean people. For instance, the ending snapshot is a very important motif of the film. It symbolizes the theme successfully. What the director wants to convey is that although South Korea and North Korea are separated, there is nothing that can stop the people of the two countries from getting together. Korea is one nation after all. Fate will put them together no matter what. From the depiction of the intimate friendship among the soldiers, Park Chan-Wook tells us how anxious the Koreans long for reunion of the nation.

Song Kang-Ho is always a supporting character in other films. In JSA, he is finally able to take the lead role, and he gives excellent performance to substantiate his capability. His role as the North Korean officer beats Lee Byung Heon in terms of every aspect. The bodily gestures, emotions and dialogues are all carried out persuasively. It is no wonder why he could capture various best actor awards with this film. Lee Young-Ae speaks fluent English in the film and succeeds in building up a convincing image of the NNSC officer.

This film is shot in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The resulted image is so beautiful and serene that you will almost forget you are watching a narrative film. The filmmaker has created a tangible world for the film and heightens the artistic value brilliantly.

No matter you are Korean or not, there are always something you can gain from watching this film.

DVD (HK version) - The picture quality is not bad, I am not sure if it is in the original 2.35:1 format or not, but it looks like widescreen to me. Nevertheless, I don't have a 16x9 TV and I heard that this DVD is not real 16:9. For the sound, its ok, but I am not certain if it is my audio system or what, I have to turn up the volume quite a bit to get the desired quality. Overall speaking, with the region free coding, all the special features and bonus materials(postcards and booklet), this DVD is definitely worth to buy!

Cool guy(s) - Song Kang-Ho

Reviewed by: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

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Customer Review of "JSA (Joint Security Area) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (51)

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August 7, 2011

This customer review refers to JSA (Joint Security Area) (DTS Version) (Give-Away Version)
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the day to come Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I can't believe I actually waited so long before I finally got this movie. This is one of the best free giveaway movies as well while its on the list. Ever wonder what it'll be like if even a few north and south Korean soldiers got together as friends? check this out and you won't be disappointed. from enemies to friends to a complicated and confusing situation. don't miss out!
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August 22, 2007

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Death at the DMZ Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"JSA" is an exciting, if uneven, film about an investigation into the deaths of two North Korean soldiers at Korea's DMZ. Although entirely different in subject matter, the structure of the movie is remarkably similar to Norman Jewison's superb film, "A Soldier's Story".

Lee Byung Hun commands the screen as an impulsive young South Korean sergeant who reaches out to befriend two North Korean border guards who had saved his life when he became lost during a patrol. Song Kang Ho brilliantly portrays his older, more stable North Korean counterpart. This heart-warming relationship ultimately explodes in a shocking culmination driven by military duty and political tensions.

Lee Young Ae, who later became Asia's darling for her star turn in the "Dae Jang Geum" TV series, plays the lead investigator, an underwritten role that primarily serves as a device to move the story forward. The attempt to give her character a background story about her father is a confusing, but blessedly brief, distraction.

I wholeheartedly recommend "JSA" as a taut thriller that offers enduring insights into our human nature.
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January 17, 2007

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Wondeful Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is one of the rariest movies you must not fail to watch. Wonderfully done, good actors and very nice story. The story is about soldiers of north and south korea who happened to be good friends. Dont's fail to watch this one. Worth every minute.
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Kevin
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February 19, 2006

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Very good movie! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This was the first Korean movie I saw and was thuroughly impressed by the quality of action, drama, and story line. It stars young Lee Young Ae who was later popularized by the TV series 'Dae Jang Geum'.

It's an excellent suspense movie. I highly recommend it.
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February 14, 2006

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Joint Security Area Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
As a fan of Lee Byung Hun, I watched this movie, never expecting it to end the way it did. I continue to be impressed by the range of emotions he can show in a movie. The male leads did an outstanding job and showed how even in war, friendships are formed.

Unfortunately, Lee Young Ae's performance was quite weak and did nothing to enhance this movie.

I recommend it highly but be prepared for a hard ending.
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