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Lee Chang Dong (Director) | Yoon Jeong Hee (Actor) | Kim Hui Ra (Actor) | Ahn Nae Sang (Actor)
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Three years after Secret Sunshine, acclaimed director Lee Chang Dong made a splash at the Cannes Festival again in 2010 with his Poetry winning Best Screenplay. Lee wrote the bittersweet story with veteran actress Yoon Jeong Hee in mind for the gentle role of an inquisitive grandmother who seeks solace through writing. One of Korea's most famous and prolific actresses during the late sixties and seventies, Yoon Jeong Hee came out of retirement to star in Poetry, her first film in 15 years. Also co-starring Ahn Nae Sang (Fate), seventies action star Kim Hee Ra, and poet Kim Yong Taek, Poetry quietly writes the hope, tragedy, vulnerability, and tenacity of life on screen. Poetry won Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor at the 47th Daejong Film Awards.

Grandmother Mi Ja (Yoon Jeong Hee) works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson (David Lee, Paradise Murdered) by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry class, she endeavors to capture life in verse form, but her simple dream of completing a poem is stalled by the early signs of Alzheimer's disease and the heavy financial and emotional burden of her grandson's shocking wrongdoing.

The two-disc edition of Poetry includes audio commentary, making of, cast guide, trailer, and other special features.

Note: Even though this product is marked as Region 3 DVD on the box, it is actually an All-Region DVD.

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Product Title: Poetry (DVD) (2-Disc) (Special Edition) (Korea Version) 詩 (DVD) (雙碟裝) (初回限量版) (韓國版) 诗 (DVD) (双碟装) (初回限量版) (韩国版) 詩 (DVD2枚組) (スペシャルエディション) (韓国版) 시 (DVD) (2-Disc) (스페셜에디션) (한국판)
Also known as: ポエトリー
Artist Name(s): Yoon Jeong Hee (Actor) | Kim Hui Ra (Actor) | Ahn Nae Sang (Actor) 尹靜姬 (Actor) | 金熙羅 (Actor) | 安內相 (Actor) 尹静姬 (Actor) | 金熙罗 (Actor) | 安内相 (Actor) ユン・ジョンヒ (Actor) | キム・ヒラ (Actor) | アン・ネサン (Actor) 윤정희 (Actor) | 김희라 (Actor) | 안내상 (Actor)
Director: Lee Chang Dong 李滄東 李沧东 イ・チャンドン 이창동
Release Date: 2010-10-23
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: UEK
Other Information: 2-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023571466

Product Information

시 (DVD) (2-Disc) (스페셜에디션) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1.85:1 Wide screen
*Sound Mix:
DISC 1 : 한국어 5.1, 한국어 2.0
DISC 2 : 한국어 2.0

*Extras:
DISC 1 : 메이킹 (8분27초)
여배우의 전설 영상 (2분 36초)
배우 안내상이 바라보는 '시' (2분 28초)
예고편 (90초), 예고편 (30초)

DISC 2 : 오디오 코멘터리(이창동-감독, 김영진-영화평론가)
현장스케치와 배우들 26분

한강을 끼고 있는 경기도의 어느 작은 도시, 낡은 서민 아파트에서 중학교에 다니는 손자와 함께 살아가는 미자. 그녀는 꽃 장식 모자부터 화사한 의상까지 치장하는 것을 좋아하고 호기심도 많은 엉뚱한 캐릭터다
미자는 어느 날 동네 문화원에서 우연히 '시' 강좌를 수강하게 되며 난생 처음으로 시를 쓰게 된다. 시상을 찾기 위해 그 동안 무심히 지나쳤던 일상을 주시하며 아름다움을 찾으려 하는 미자. 지금까지 봐왔던 모든 것들이 마치 처음 보는 것 같아 소녀처럼 설레 인다. 그러나, 그녀에게 예기치 못한 사건이 찾아오면서 세상이 자신의 생각처럼 아름답지만은 않다는 것을 알게 되는데…

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Professional Review of "Poetry (DVD) (2-Disc) (Special Edition) (Korea Version)"

December 9, 2010

This professional review refers to Poetry (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
After a three year hiatus following his multiple award winning Secret Sunshine master Korean film maker Lee Chang Dong returns with Poetry. Unsurprisingly, the film made a similar splash on the festival circuit, having been another Cannes triumph for the writer director, netting him the Best Screenplay award. Pretty much anything from Lee is cause for excitement, though adding to this is the fact that for the film he managed to lure famed 1960s and 70s actress Yoon Jeong Hee out of retirement to take on her first role for 15 years, playing a grandmother facing up to Alzheimer's disease and a series of difficult moral choices. Although the film is very much her show, it also features a solid supporting cast including Ahn Nae Sang (Fate), veteran action star Kim Hee Ra, and real life poet Kim Yong Taek.

Yoon plays the elderly Mi Ja, who lives in a small rural town, working part time as a maid and carer for a stroke victim (Kim Hee Ra), while trying to raise her wayward teenage grandson Jong Wook (David Lee, also in Paradise Murdered). Trying to find a new way of looking at life, she enrols in a local poetry class, though her efforts to compose verse are hampered when she is diagnosed with the early stage of Alzheimer's disease. Her life becomes even more difficult when she learns that Jong Wook is one of a group of six boys involved with the bullying and rape of a female classmate, which drove the poor girl to suicide. After the fathers of the other boys decide to try and pay off the girl's mother in order to cover up the crime, she struggles both to come up with the money needed for her share and with the horrifying truth of her grandson's actions.

Although the film may sound somewhat similar to Bong Joon Ho's Mother at least insofar as it features an elderly woman investigating a crime in a small rural town, Poetry is a very different beast indeed, being a deeply humanistic character study in Lee's usual subtle, bittersweet style. Like Secret Sunshine it sees Lee tackling themes of grief and how people deal with the unthinkable, as although the dead girl is not related to Mi Ja, she quickly comes to take on the heavy emotional burden of her suicide. To a large extent this is due to the harrowing fact that none of the other characters care in the least, with the boys going about their daily fun as usual, and Jong Wook himself showing little more than the odd flicker of discomfort when his grandmother finally attempts to confront him. A large part of the film revolves around the group of fathers and their efforts to compensate the girl's mother, as well as keeping the press and police out of the affair, and their complete lack of compassion and the practical way they go about this gives the film a definite cynical edge.

As such, Mi Ja is the film's only sympathetic character, and though her quest is essentially a personal one, she makes for a powerful and engaging outsider figure. Yoon Jeong Hee turns in an excellent central performance, with Lee having apparently written the role specifically for her, making Mi Ja by turns innocent and almost ethereal, yet still very much a strong, flawed yet responsible adult in her own right. As the film progresses, the possibility of the disease affecting her mind becomes more pressing, this does make for some compelling scenes, such as when she travels to the farm of the dead girl's mother to apologise, only to become distracted by fallen fruit on the ground, which stirs her poetic inspirations. Although standing apart from the reflection of Korean society at the film's dark heart, Mi Ja and her conscience give it a few rays of hope, or at least the possibility of still being able to find some beauty in life. A few moments of humour scattered throughout also help to keep things from getting too depressing, and the film is surprisingly funny, in a quirky though believable fashion.

Lee's script is superb, and well deserving of its Cannes accolade. With the film being directed in naturalistic, though frequently visually arresting style, he again shows himself to be an expert storyteller, and one of the few writers or directors capable of combining narrative, character and theme into a coherent, engaging whole. Certainly, the film never neglects its central plot, and although it doesn't play out in generic or expected fashion, there is considerable dramatic tension as to how the questions of money and responsibility will be resolved. As usual, Lee eschews typical melodrama or tugs at the heartstrings, though still manages to bring the film to a heartbreaking, if abstract conclusion.

With Poetry Lee Chang Dong continues to show why he is considered by many to be one of the most accomplished film makers working in Korean cinema in modern times. Another masterpiece of humanistic character development and understated drama, laced with a bitter expose of the uncaring ills of society, the film is a rich, multilayered affair that impresses throughout.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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