Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3
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YesAsia Editorial Description
Kim Seon Dal (Yoo Seung Ho) begins his con business by selling a rooster as a phoenix at a high price. Banding together with camouflage master Bo Won (Ko Chang Seok), fake shaman Yoon Bo Sal (Ra Mi Ran) and the fraud ring's youngest member Kyun Yi (Xiu Min), the greedy group then disguise themselves as monks and put an astronomical observatory on sale. Seon Dal also dresses up as the King to steal gold from the palace. However, the master fraudster's ultimate goal is to sell the Daedong River to Joseon's most powerful man Sung Dae Ryeon (Cho Jae Hyun).
This edition comes with special features including commentary, making-of and trailers.
|Product Title:||Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (DVD) (Korea Version) 千面扭計王 (DVD) (韓國版) 千面扭计王 (DVD) (韩国版) キム・ソンダル: 大河を売った詐欺師たち (DVD) (韓国版) 봉이 김선달 (DVD) (한국판)|
|Also known as:||鳳伊金先達 凤伊金先达|
|Artist Name(s):||Yoo Seung Ho (Actor) | Cho Jae Hyun (Actor) | Ko Chang Seok (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Xiu Min (EXO) (Actor) 俞承豪 (Actor) | 曹在顯 (Actor) | 高昌錫 (Actor) | 羅美蘭 (Actor) | Xiu Min (EXO) (Actor) 俞承豪 (Actor) | 曹在显 (Actor) | 高昌锡 (Actor) | 罗美兰 (Actor) | Xiu Min (EXO) (Actor) ユ・スンホ (Actor) | チョ・ジェヒョン (Actor) | コ・チャンソク (Actor) | ラ・ミラン (Actor) | シウミン (Actor) 유승호 (Actor) | 조 재현 (Actor) | 고창석 (Actor) | 라미란 (Actor) | 시우민 (Actor)|
|Director:||Park Dae Min Park Dae Min Park Dae Min Park Dae Min 박대민|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Stone Music Entertainment (CJ E&M)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1055789407|
*Screen Format: 2.39 :1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Commentary by 박대민 감독, 유승호, 조재현, 고창석
- 사기 한 판! (메이킹 필름)
- Commentary by 박대민 감독, 유승호, 조재현, 고창석
- ‘주인 없는 대동강’을 판 설화 속 희대의 사기꾼 김선달, 스크린에서 재탄생!
- 땅과 물에서 벌어지는 스피디한 추격전!
- 유승호, 고창석, 라미란, 시우민, 조재현까지, 세대를 아우르는 국민 호감 캐스팅 완성!
- 엑소 시우민, 첫 스크린 도전!
천재적 지략과 당대 최고의 뻔뻔함! 두둑한 배포에 수려한 외모까지 갖춘 희대의 천재사기꾼 김선달(유승호). 신출귀몰, 나타났다 하면 전설을 만들어 내는 김선달은 늘 인생 최고의 판을 기다린다.
그는 위장 전문 보원(고창석), 복채 강탈 전문 윤보살(라미란), 사기 꿈나무 견이(시우민)과 함께 온갖 기상천외한 사기 행각을 벌이며 조선 최고의 사기패로 조선 팔도에서 명성을 떨친다.
조선에서 가장 비싼 값에 거래된다는 담파고(담배) 탈취라는 새로운 판을 준비하던 그들은, 그 배후에 당대 최고의 권력가 성대련(조재현)이 있음을 알게 되고, 그를 속이기 위해 ‘주인 없는 대동강’을 미끼로 인생 최대의 판을 꾸미게 되는데…
조선 팔도를 뒤흔든 대동강 사기 한 판!
올 여름을 여는 초대형 사기극이 시작된다!
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Writer director Park Dae-min finally follows up his popular 2009 debut Private Eye with Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River, an adaptation of the famous Joseon folktale charting the exploits of the titular rascal and conman. Previously brought to the screen by Han Hong-yeol way back in 1957, this new incarnation of the story stars Yoo Seung-ho (The Magician) in the lead role, joined by a supporting cast that includes Ko Chang-seok (The Con Artists), Ra Mi-ran (The Himalayas) and Cho Jae-hyun (The Fatal Encounter), as well as popstar Xiu Min (EXO), making his big screen debut.
After introducing its characters as they feign death during a battle with the Chinese in the north, the film follows young confidence artist Kim Seon-dal (Yoo Seung-ho) as he begins his shady career, joining forces with veteran fraudsters Bo-won (Ko Chang-seok) and Yoon Bo-sal (Ra Mi-ran) and the young Kyun-yi (Xiu Min) to form a gang, posing as monks in an attempt to sell off an astronomical observatory. Things go well, and their schemes grow grander in scale and more daring, with Seon-dal even disguising himself as the King as part of a bold plot to steal gold from the royal palace. Things become more complicated when he comes up with a plan to try and sell the apparently unowned Daedong River to the powerful and ruthless Sung Dae-ryeon (Cho Jae-hyun), upping the stakes and leading to dangerous times for him and his friends.
The main struggle for a film like Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River is justifying its existence in an already over-crowded market, period set comedy capers of its type having been flooding Korean cinemas for a decade or so at least. Park Dae-min seems to have been blissfully unaware of this, or perhaps simply didn't care, as the main problem with Seondal is that it does very little indeed to try and stand out, being entirely content to stick to the usual formula, following its swindler protagonist around as he drifts from scam to scam before things rather abruptly take a turn for the serious, leading to one final outrageous con. Along with the comedy Park works in the expected and predictable romance, political shenanigans and some vague social commentary about greed and corruption, and the end result is that there's really nothing here which hasn't been seen several times before.
The same can be said of the visuals and production design, as though it's a handsome film, there's again very little here to distinguish it from others of the type. Despite the costumes and sets being suitably lavish and easy on the eye, there's an overabundance of glossiness, the cast all being fresh-faced throughout, and this does detract from any believability – a touch of grittiness would arguably have gone a long way. To be fair to Park, he does get the most out of his budget, and the film benefits from some decent action scenes and passable CGI effects during later set pieces, which helps to distract from the over-familiarity of it all, as well as ensuring it gallops along at a fair clip.
What keeps the film afloat and saves it from mediocrity is its overall jauntiness and likeability, a sense of fun making it far more enjoyable than it might have been. Wisely, Park doesn't seem to have been taking things seriously, and though a little more substance would have been welcome, the film's lack of pretentiousness serves it well – even when things take the inevitable dive into melodrama, the film still retains a bright and breezy feel. The film is also one of the rare examples of comedy combining well with its other elements, and Park's script is genuinely funny in places, for those viewers who enjoy slapstick at any rate, and while not exactly sophisticated, it's all quite amusing. The cast goes some way to helping the film achieve its modest success, Yoo Seung-ho doing well in the lead role, keeping Seon-dal just the right side of smug, and there's entertainment to be had in watching him don different disguises as he tries to trick pretty much everyone he comes across. The supporting players are all similarly on good form, and the film receives a definite boost from the fact that they all seem to have been having a fine old time.
Although this isn't quite enough to make Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River memorable in the least, there's enough here to mark it as a painless way to kill a couple of hours. Making up for its utter lack of originality through the charms of its humorous script and amiable cast, while it's hard not to be frustrated by a talented writer director like Park Dae-min showing a lack of ambition, the film is nevertheless a perfectly reasonable offering for viewers not already tired of its ilk.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com