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Possessed (DVD) (Malaysia Version) DVD Region 3

Nam Sang Mi (Actor) | Kim Bo Yeon (Actor) | Ryu Seung Ryong (Actor) | Shim Eun Kyung (Actor)
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Five years after starring in The Ghost, Nam Sang Mi returns to the horror genre in 2009 with Possessed (a.k.a. Living Death), her first film in four years. Written and directed by first-time director Lee Yong Joo who assisted on Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder, the low-key horror thriller sees Nam Sang Mi trying to save her missing possibly demon-possessed little sister, played by Shim Eun Kyung from Hansel and Gretel, who is connected to a mysterious string of neighborhood deaths. Possessed packs in its share of scares, but what sets the horror apart from other genre offerings is its fascinating depiction of the clash of faiths and the demons within. Possessed also co-stars Ryu Seung Ryong as a police officer and veteran actress Kim Bo Yeon as the mother.

College student Hee Jin (Nam Sang Mi) rushes home after finding out her younger sister So Jin (Shim Eun Kyung) has disappeared. Neither her praying mother (Kim Bo Yeon) nor the police have any clue where she's gone. Soon a neighbor commits suicide, leaving a will for So Jin. Rumors of So Jin being possessed begin to spread as more and more people fall victim.

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Product Title: Possessed (DVD) (Malaysia Version) 不信地獄 (DVD) (馬來西亞版) 不信地狱 (DVD) (马来西亚版) 不信地獄 (DVD) (マレーシア版) 불신지옥 (DVD) (Malaysia Version)
Artist Name(s): Nam Sang Mi (Actor) | Kim Bo Yeon (Actor) | Ryu Seung Ryong (Actor) | Shim Eun Kyung (Actor) 南相美 (Actor) | 金寶妍 (Actor) | 柳承龍 (Actor) | 沈恩京 (Actor) 南相美 (Actor) | 金宝妍 (Actor) | 柳承龙 (Actor) | 沈恩京 (Actor) ナム・サンミ (Actor) | キム・ボヨン (Actor) | リュ・スンリョン (Actor) | シム・ウンギョン (Actor) 남상미 (Actor) | 김보연 (Actor) | 류 승룡 (Actor) | 심은경 (Actor)
Release Date: 2010-05-24
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Malay
Place of Origin: South Korea
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?
Publisher: PMP Entertainment (M) SDN. BHD.
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022749971

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A 13-year old girl disappears at an old apartment building in the countryside. Hee-jin’s younger sister, So-jin, and her mother who is a Christian fanatic lives together in the countryside. One day, Hee-jin receives a call while she’s in Seoul going through college. Her mother tells her that So-jin has suddenly disappeared. Once she arrives, her mother tells her that only prayer can help So-jin return and she frequents the church all day. But Hee-jin calls the police instead and the detective in charge, Tae-hwan, conducts a routine operation and tells Hee-jin that So-jin simply can ran away from home. As Hee-jin keeps searching for So-jin, she falls deeper into a dark mystery that no one can understand.
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January 20, 2010

This professional review refers to Possessed (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Korea has been churning out notably fewer horror films over the last year or so, perhaps as a result of film makers having finally exhausted their stock of stories about vengeful long haired female ghosts. Certainly, with Possessed first time director Lee Yong Joo (who previously worked as an assistant on Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder offers something quite different and far more interesting, delving into themes of religion and cultural clashes in a way which recalls The Exorcist and perhaps a little more surprisingly, Lee Chang Dong's Secret Sunshine. Of note for Korean genre fans is the fact that the film also sees the return to horror of actress Nam Sang Mi, five years after her popular turn in The Ghost and four years after her last screen role.

The film begins with hassled college student Hee Jin (Nam Sang Mi) receiving a mysterious late night call from her younger sister So Jin (child actress Shim Eun Kyung, recently in Hansel and Gretel), only to be told the next day that she has gone missing. After her newly religious mother (Kim Bo Yeon) proves unable or perhaps unwilling to help, she turns to the police for help, in particular to an embittered detective (television actor Ryu Seung Ryong) whose own daughter is dying from cancer. Hee Jin's investigation uncovers the bizarre suggestion that So Jin may have been demonically possessed, something which begins to seem increasingly possible as a number of neighbours connected to the missing girl commit suicide under strange circumstances.

Possessed follows the path of some of the very best horror films by comprising equal parts scares, character drama and grander themes. Director Lee does a great job of neatly side stepping the usual genre cliche throughout, aiming for ambiguity and eeriness rather than cheap frights, and as result the film plays on the mind rather than the nerves. The demonic possession conceit is introduced gradually, and since the viewer largely experiences the film from the perspective of protagonist Hee Jin, it seems all the more believable. Indeed, one of the film's greatest strengths is its grounded feel, with most of its horrors growing not from the supernatural, so much as sadness and emotional torment. Inevitably, there are a number of surprise revelations along the way, and although the ending itself is fairly well signposted from early on, it still works very well in a suitably downbeat and grim fashion.

The main theme being explored is that of the clashes between different religions and cultures, and how their beliefs and faith can be twisted into something dangerous and harmful. Where Lee scores highly is in his even handed portrayal of both imported Christianity and native Shamanistic religion, with neither coming off as better, or indeed less based around manipulation and superstition than the other. Indeed, although the film certainly revolves around a general belief in other worldly forces, its demons are undoubtedly more effective for being non-denominational, or perhaps even imagined. The film asks questions rather than spoon feeding answers, and lingers in the mind after the credits have rolled.

To a large extent, the film's success also lies in its excellent performances, with Nam Sang Mi in particular being convincing and compelling as the increasingly confused and tortured Hee Jin. At once driven and emotionally vulnerable, she provides the film with both its dramatic core and its heart, and its hard not to feel for her as she slowly comes to realise the frightening and depressing truths about her family and neighbours. Lee makes the very most of this, and the film has a tense, almost paranoid air in places as it edges slowly but surely into a world where demonic possession, religious fervour and madness are interchangeable. Certainly, things do get quite disturbing at times, as he injects some bizarre and startling imagery, which benefits from being subtle rather than graphic. Similarly, the film is arguably more unsettling for its general lack of showy special effects, and raises more chills through its plain and stark depictions of paranormal intrusions into everyday life than any recent CGI based nonsense in recent memory.

It's this approach which marks Possessed as not only one of the most interesting, but indeed one of the best Korean horrors for some time. Lee Yong Joo shows an impressively assured hand for a first time director, eschewing most of the tired old shocks and overly familiar foolishness which have come to plague the genre, and as a result delivering something far more chilling, not only on a visceral, but more importantly on a psychological level.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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