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Rikidozan (DVD) (Director's Cut) (Korea Version)
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Director Song Hae Sung (Failan) helms the gripping bio-pic Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinare starring Sol Kyung Gu and Nakatani Miki! Considered to be the "Father of Puresu" and a legend in Japan, Rikidozan (Silmido's Sol Kyung Gu, who gained weight and learned Japanese to play the role) would have a major impact on the world of professional wrestling, turning it into the number one sporting attraction in Japan. But even with all his success, Rikidozan's rise to the top wouldn't be easy!

In the aftermath of World War II, the Japanese were looking for heroes to cheer for, and Rikidozan fulfilled that need, becoming a beloved national icon and the idol of millions. But little did the Japanese public know that he was actually an ethnic Korean. Having already experienced anti-Korean prejudice as a youth, Rikidozan struggled to keep his true origins hidden from an adoring Japanese fanbase. While dealing with this personal turmoil, he would go on to amass a vast empire of business holdings. But what happens when those interests attract the attention of the Yakuza? Find out in this no-holds-barred look at a national hero.

This special edition DVD comes with top bonus features including:

  • Making of
  • Deleted scenes
  • Promo material
  • Teasers and trailers
  • Behind the scenes material
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    Technical Information

    Product Title: Rikidozan (DVD) (Director's Cut) (Korea Version) 力道山 (導演剪輯版) 力道山 力道山 Director's Cut (韓国版) 역도산 (DVD) (Korea Version)
    Artist Name(s): Nakatani Miki | Sol Kyung Gu | Fuji Tatsuya 中谷美紀 | 薛景求 | 藤龍也 中谷美纪 | 薛景求 | 藤龙也 中谷美紀 | ソル・ギョング | 藤竜也 Nakatani Miki | 설 경구 | Fuji Tatsuya
    Director: Song Hae Sung 宋 海星 宋 海星 ソン・ヘソン  송해성
    Release Date: 2017-04-28
    Language: Korean
    Subtitles: English, Korean
    Country 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?
    Duration: 139 (mins)
    Publisher: CJ Entertainment
    Other Information: 2 DVDs
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003964325

    Product Information

    * Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
    * Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1
    * DVD Type : N/A
    * Extras :
    - <역도산> 제작과정
    - 시각효과 (C.G & D.I)
    - 일본 로케이션과 프로덕션 디자인
    - <역도산> 제작후기
    - 삭제장면 모음(감독의 음성해설 on/off)
    - PR자료모음
    - 티져예고편
    - 본예고편
    - Behind the Scenes(촬영장 스케치)

    * Director : 송해성

    1963년 12월 8일 자정 일본 동경의 거리. 거센 빗길을 다급하게 달리는 차 안에는 일본 최고의 프로레슬러 역도산이 거친 숨을 내쉬고 있다.
    시뻘건 피로 점점 물들어가는 하얀 와이셔츠, 배를 움켜쥔 역도산의 손위로 피가 새어 나온다. 10분전,클럽에서 술을 마시던 역도산은 누군가의 칼을 맞았다.

    세상을 다 가졌지만, 웃지 못했던 사나이 역도산

    1950년 9월. 역도산은 순수 일본인이 아니면 최고의 자리에 오를 수 없는 현실에 스모를 포기한다. 술과 싸움으로 나날을 보내던 역도산은
    운명처럼 ‘레슬링’을 만나 미련 없이 태평양을 건넌다. 2년 후 프로레슬러가 되어 돌아온 역도산은 역사적인 첫 경기가 열리던 날, 가라데 촙으로 미국 레슬러를 때려 눕히며 패전으로 상실감에 빠져 있던 일본인의 국민적 영웅으로 떠오른다. 그러나 세상을 다 가졌다고 생각한 순간, 역도산의 삶은 점차 어긋나기 시작하는데…
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    This film has won 2 award(s). All Award-Winning Asian Films

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    Professional Review of "Rikidozan (DVD) (Director's Cut) (Korea Version)"

    May 24, 2005

    Professional wrestling, it has been said, is soap opera designed for men. Rather than be classified as an actual sport, wrestling is what's euphemistically referred to as "sports entertainment" since the outcomes are, as most now know, predetermined. Yet what laymen usually don't realize when they call wrestling "fake" is that it usually involves an intense behind-the-scenes power struggle. Who wins and who loses a match is of prime importance not only to the overarching storyline presented to the wrestling audience, but to the wrestlers themselves. And despite its lowbrow associations, professional wrestling often reflects or, in some rare instances, even influences the dominant culture to a great degree. Both the out-of-the ring political jockeying and the intense cultural influence of wrestling are covered in Rikidozan, Song Hae Seong's compelling, if flawed 2004 biopic of the legendary "Father of Puresu."

    Silmido's Sul Kyung Ku plays the role of Rikidozan, a Korean immigrant who originally went by the name Kim Shin Rak. The film begins in 1950s era Japan and charts Kim's rise to fame from humble beginnings. Having immigrated to Japan to learn sumo wrestling, Kim finds himself a victim of prejudice due to his Korean heritage. Even after cleverly finding a way to ascend his way up the ranks, racism prevents him from achieving his dream of competing for the celebrated title of Yokozuna. Feeling that he's wasted ten years of his life, Kim cuts his top-knot, quits sumo wrestling, and slinks off into a world of utter despair.

    Although everything in his life seems be going straight to hell, Kim gets a lucky break. Thanks to a chance encounter, Kim gets introduced to the world of professional wrestling. With the backing of his mentor/benefactor Kenno Takeo (Fuji Tatsuya), Kim goes to the United States to learn the ropes and returns to Japan as Rikidozan, an iconic figure who would transform professional wrestling from an unknown commodity in Japan into the country's most popular sporting attraction.

    With the Japanese people finding themselves on the losing end of World War II, their morale was at an all-time low. Rikidozan theorized that they were looking for heroes to root for, and that pro wrestling (and by extension, Rikidozan) helped fulfill that need in spades. As it turns out, he was right. In a scene that would seem unbelievable if it didn't actually happen, a crowd of thousands gather around a small television in a public square to watch as Rikidozan and his tag partner face off against the intimidating Sharpe Brothers, an imposing duo of Americans (in actuality, they were Canadians). In a stunning bit of athletic theatre, Rikidozan turns the tables on the American “bullies,” and in the process, wins over the hearts and minds of the Japanese in a sequence that is at once thrilling and moving.

    Of course, with Rikidozan's Korean origins, it's ironic that he would become a national icon, a fact touched upon by the filmmakers later in the narrative. But as it turns out, having his background revealed is the least of his worries: a crumbling marriage, a horrible temper, and backbiting galore from his pro wrestling comrades seem to put Rikidozan on a collision course with disaster. But somehow he perseveres.

    But as much as the film sounds like an example of hero worship, Rikidozan is far from a fluff piece. Hard-headed and prone to violence, Rikidozan is a flawed man indeed. Nakatani Miki portrays Rikidozan's long-suffering wife Aya, and it's her presence in the narrative that reminds viewers just how much of a selfish cad he can be.< p>Although this director's cut feels a bit overlong, the film does hold great historical value in telling its story. Whatever Rikidozan's faults as a film, director Seong Hae-Seong crafts a well-made biography of an unconventional, yet very real Japanese hero.

    By Calvin McMillin - LoveHKFilm.com

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    Customer Review of "Rikidozan (DVD) (Director's Cut) (Korea Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (2)

    Anonymous

    April 9, 2005

    1 people found this review helpful

    Excellent! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    If you're a straight-up movie fan, you may or may not like this movie.

    As a movie fan, I think it's a good movie.

    As a fan of Pro-Wrestling as well and more accurately, Puroresu; this movie is nothing short of amazing!

    I smiled through most of the movie, laughed at times, and even cried at the end. It's been a long time since I cried watching a movie too!

    If you're a fan of Wrestling, you must know Rikidozan. If you don't then you need this DVD. If you do know him, then you must own this DVD!

    Either way, this DVD is a must have!
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    Anonymous

    March 31, 2005

    1 people found this review helpful

    Fantastic Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
    This is one of the best films this year, even though it did not do well at the box office, it is a great film from the director of "Failan".
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