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Convicted of murdering his own parents in a fit of insanity, Ryo Ishibashi (Shawn Yue) is thrown in a harrowing juvenile detention center, where he's physically and sexually assaulted, pushing him to the brink of suicide. But Ryo is rescued from the abyss by Kenji Kurokawa (Francis Ng), an eccentric karate teacher who instructs Ryo how to become a human weapon. The training gives Ryo the will to live, and once he leaves prison, he decides to test his skills in the extreme fighting tourney Lethal Fight, challenging reigning champ Naoto Sugawara (Masato) to a winner-take-all match. But Ryo is still searching for his missing younger sister, Natsumi (Pei Pei, Dog Bite Dog), who descended into prostitution after Ryo was jailed. During his search, Ryo chances upon another prostitute, Megumi (Annie Liu), who comforts him and gives him the strength to move forward, leave his past behind, and battle for his ultimate goal: defeating Sugawara in the Lethal Fight championship.
|Product Title:||Shamo (DVD) (Korea Version) 軍雞 (DVD) (韓國版) 军鸡 (DVD) (韩国版) Shamo (DVD) (Korea Version) 군계 (DVD) (한국판)|
|Artist Name(s):||Shawn Yue (Actor) | Francis Ng (Actor) | Annie Liu (Actor) | Pei Pei (Actor) | Bruce Liang (Actor) | Dylan Kuo (Actor) | Masato (Actor) | Takuya Suzuki (Actor) 余文樂 (Actor) | 吳鎮宇 (Actor) | 劉 心悠 (Actor) | 裴唯瑩 (Actor) | 梁小龍 (Actor) | 郭品超 (Actor) | 魔裟斗 (Actor) | 鈴木仁 (Actor) 余文乐 (Actor) | 吴镇宇 (Actor) | 刘 心悠 (Actor) | 裴唯莹 (Actor) | 梁小龙 (Actor) | 郭品超 (Actor) | Masato (Actor) | Takuya Suzuki (Actor) 余文樂（ショーン・ユー） (Actor) | 呉鎮宇 （フランシス・ン） (Actor) | 劉心悠 （アニー・リウ） (Actor) | ペイ・ペイ (Actor) | 梁小龍（ブルース・リャン） (Actor) | 郭品超（ディラン・クオ） (Actor) | 魔裟斗 (Actor) | 鈴木仁 (Actor) 여 문락 (Actor) | Francis Ng (Actor) | Annie Liu (Actor) | Pei Pei (Actor) | Bruce Liang (Actor) | Dylan Kuo (Actor) | Masato (Actor) | Takuya Suzuki (Actor)|
|Director:||Soi Cheang 鄭保瑞 郑保瑞 鄭保瑞 （ソイ・チェン） 소이 청|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1021566137|
* Screen format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound mix: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
* Director: 정보서
2009년 충무로 국제영화제 상영 화제작 !!!
제9회 도빌 아시아 영화제 액션 부문 대상 수상 !!!
세계적인 베스트셀러 애니메이션「군계」영화화
세상을 향한 증오의 주먹이 폭발한다 !!!
ABOUT MOVIE 1.
부모를 무참하게 살해한 죄로 소년원에서 복역하게 된 16살의 료는 자신을 괴롭히는
동료들 때문에 고통스런 수감생활을 하던 중, 일본 수상을 암살하려 한 죄로 복역중인 전문
킬러 켄지에게 가라테를 배우며, 분노의 주먹을 가다듬는다. 2년간의 수감생활 동안
분노의 눈빛 만으로 상대를 제압하는 살인 병기로 성장한 료는 출소 후, 자신의 하나뿐인
혈육인 여동생을 찾아 다니다 조직 범죄집단의 주목을 받게 되고 스스로를 단련하며
하루하루를 살아간다. 마침내 료는 세계 최고의 격투기 토너먼트의 프로 파이터로 변신한다.
세상에 대한 분노와 회한을 몸으로 발산하며 한 명, 한 명 상대를 제압해 나가는 료 앞에
너무나도 강한 적수가 놀라운 반전과 함께 등장하는데….
ABOUT MOVIE 2.
세계적인 베스트셀러 애니메이션 ‘군계’ 전격 영화화 !!!
세계적으로 저패니메이션의 상업력을 과시한 이조 하시모토 원작의 ‘군계’는 오랫동안 전 세계의 영화 제작자들이 영화화 하고 싶었던 작품으로 놀랍고 매력적인 스토리라인에 매료된 여러 국가의 베테랑 제작자들이 판권 계약의 확보에 치열한 경쟁을 벌였던 작품이다. 결국, 일본의 메이져 ART PORT, Pony Canyon이 주축이 돼, 일본, 홍콩, 대만의 다국적 합작으로 아시아 스타 ‘여문락’이 주연을 맡아 제작된 작품은 각 국의 박스 오피스를 강타하며 흥행에도 성공하여 원작의 힘을
다시 한 번 과시하였다.
ABOUT MOVIE 3.
8년의 제작기간을 거친 다국적 합작의 놀라운 작품 !!!
영화 판권의 확보까지 무려 5년의 시간이 걸린 ‘군계’는 다국적 합작이란 제작방식으로 인해 Pre-Production에도 무려 3년의 시간이 소요된 작품이다. 원작의 묘미를 살릴 수 있는 기획의도에 집중하여 태국의 치앙마이, 홍콩, 도쿄를 관통하는 다국적 로케이션 촬영과 함께 아시아 시장을 겨냥한 아시아의 스타 ‘여문락’의 캐스팅, 놀라운 연기력을 보여 주며 격투기의 리얼 액션을 선사한 K-1의 스타 ‘마사토’까지 다국적 캐스팅이 뿜어 내는 각 국의 스타들의 놀라운 연기력은 이 작품의
놀라운 완성도를 통해 확인할 수 있다. 실로 오랜 기간, 다국적 거대 자본이 투입된 ‘군계’ 는 해외영화업계에서도 놀라운 완성도와 함께 다국적 합작의 모범사례로 평가 받고 있다.
감독소개 : 정보서 (Baorui Zheng)
1972년생으로 마카오에서 출생한 정보서 감독은 현재 홍콩에서 가장 촉망 받는 감독으로 1992년 영화업계에 투신한 이래 유명 감독들의 조감독 및 프로듀서로 경력을 쌓아 오다 200년도에 자신의 감독 데뷔작인 Diamond Hill l을 발표하며 본격적인 연출자의 길로 들어 선다. 그의 두 번째 작품인 Horror Hot Line…Big Head Monster 이 Far East International Film Festival 과 2002 Fantasy Film Festival 에 초청 받고, Milan International Film Festival 에서 편집상을 수상 하며 능력을 인정 받는다. 2002년도에 발표한 세 번째 작품 New Blood 와 2003년도 작품 The Death Curse 로 정보서 감독은 홍콩 영화 비평가 협회로부터 그 해의 Top Ten Film으로 선정 됨은 물론 홍콩 영화제로부터 최고 신인 감독상으로 노미네이트 되는 영광을 맞이하고, Love Battlefield 로 Tokyo 및 Toronto 영화제로부터도 초청 받아 해외에서도 입지를 다진다. 일본 만화로부
터 비주얼적인 영감을 받고, 홍콩 만화를 통해 인생의 꿈과 드라마에 대한 감각을 키운다고 고백하는 그는 이 시대 가장 재능 있는 감독으로 주목 받고 있다.
2007 Dog Bite Dog
2005 Home Sweet Home
2004 Hidden Heroes
2003 The Death Curse
2002 New Blood
2001 Horror Hot Line…Big Head Monster
2000 Diamond Hill
*주연 배우소개 : 여문락
1981년생으로 길거리 캐스팅으로 인해 연예계에 입문하여 모델 활동으로 먼저 얼굴을 알린 여문락은 대만에서 그가 출연한 <내일>이라는 로맨틱 코미디가 큰 성공을 거두면서 단박에 톱스타로 떠올랐다. 국내에서는 케이블 방송에서 인기리에 방영되었던 청춘드라마 <애정백서>를 통해 얼굴을 알렸고, 이후 홍콩의 흥행작들인 ‘무간도’, ‘군계’, ‘남아본색’ 등의 출연으로 현재는 중화권에서 가장 높은 인기를 보여주고 있는 차세대 홍콩 스타이다.
나는 비와 함께 간다 , 화화형경, 푸른 이끼, 제1규칙(2008)
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Soi Cheang's manga adaptation Shamo has been long-delayed, and hearsay claims that's because the movie is utter crap. That sounds plausible; a year-long post-production period is unusual for any Hong Kong film, and the movie's inability to get anything besides perfunctory festival play isn't a good sign either. After release, noted local reviewers have given the film a resounding thumbs down, and indeed, the film looks like it could be Dog Bite Dog meets Dick Tracy, with a dark tone, anime-inspired visuals and costumes and make-up that would look right at home at an over-produced Cantopop concert. The film is alienating too; it possesses an unearned narrative arc, and delivers absurd dialogue that's laughable instead of dramatic. The movie makes no sense, and lead character Ryo Narushima (Shawn Yue, in a game performance) is pathetic, disturbing, and not very likeable. Audiences who demand logic and redeeming qualities in their films will be put-off, and they have every right to be. However, if one chooses not to take the film seriously, and allows Soi Cheang's bizarre, creative vision to seep into their senses, then dirty, guilty entertainment can easily be had. Time to pick your side.
Based on the manga by Izo Hashimoto, Shamo tells the tale of juvenile delinquent Ryo Narushima (Shawn Yue), who's sentenced to a correctional institute after he snaps and murders his parents one fine spring morning. A thin, mousy boy, Ryo actually seems quite okay, but that doesn't matter to his new pals in the slammer. He's treated to some extreme physical affection in the men's room by his fellow inmates, turning him into a desperate, broken young man looking for an exit - even if it's self-induced. Help arrives in the form of Kenji Kurokawa (Francis Ng), a karate master who's assigned to instruct the inmates in the ways of extreme bodily harm. Teaching dangerous, sometimes deranged criminals to hone their bodies into lethal weapons? Yeah, that makes sense. Poor prison correctional policies aside, Kurokawa takes a heterosexual, mentor-type shine to the distressed Ryo, and begins to teach him the way of the fist in a stylish montage that shows off Shawn Yue's physique and Francis Ng's unparalleled ability to act intense, nonchalant, and self-amused all at the same time. Before you know it, Ryo can kick ass.
But since Ryo is a minor, he gets a free pass out of jail within a few years, and sets out to find his sister Natusmi (Pei Pei of Dog Bite Dog), who became a prostitute after Ryo was jailed, making him even more despondent. By the way, Ryo is now a blond-haired gigolo, servicing overweight women with his lean young frame, the sight of which could send squeamish audience members into fits of discomfort. Redemption - or self-serving gratification - arrives from Lethal Fight, a televised fighting competition featuring the ultra-skilled Naoto Sugawara (Masato) as its reigning champ. Something about Sugawara's popularity and hot girlfriend (Terri Kwan) makes Ryo all itchy, so he crashes the party to advance up the Lethal Fight ranks. It's either that, or Ryo is totally aimless, and desires to become champ because some existential hokum in the storyline requires that he conquer his detractors (people naturally hate him because he killed his parents), other martial artists, and himself in order to become the most kickass, temperamental, steroid-using extreme fighter around. Luckily, Kurokawa and his new prostitute girlfriend Megumi (Annie Liu) are around for moral support. But will this extended, roundabout storyline somehow lead Ryo to his sister and the inescapable, sure-to-be-arriving truth?
Well, this is a movie, so of course everything ties together. Does it tie together well? Not at all. Shamo is incredibly strange, possessing a narrative structure faithful to the original manga. However, since they have to compress 10+ volumes of manga into 100 minutes, the filmmakers deliver everything quickly, efficiently, and in an illogical and sometimes disconnected manner. The filmmakers apply their own garish stamp to the concept, turning a dark fighting manga into a strange, twisted, and mystifying comic book movie that defies logic. The details from the manga were outlandish, and presented in a hard-boiled, super-serious manner that would probably get ridiculed in any live-action adaptation. The filmmakers bring all those same elements to the film Shamo, but dress them up with even crazier production design and costumes, and finish things off with over-the-top performances that channel zero reality. The effect is that the movie becomes sensory overload, throwing despair, degradation, and dark comedy at the audience with gobs of style and absolutely no pity. After forty minutes of clichéd comic book platitudes, bizarre existential conceits, and borderline sickening content, it's not surprising that some audiences may be ready to run for the hills.
Honestly, those people aren't incorrect, especially if they're acting on their initial gut feelings. Shamo is not an accessible work, as it throws its postmodern, hyper-stylized comic book excess full-force at the audience, expecting that they'll either get it or not. If one doesn't get it, that's fine, because those opposed to Shamo's silliness or dark content will likely not become converts. There are some potent emotions and ideas hidden in the film, but there's also plenty that doesn't work, or comes off as simply laughable. The script possesses such zingers as "We're both the same: die hard," or "You tried to kill the Prime Minister! Society doesn't allow that!" with such deadpan seriousness that it would be entirely natural to bust a gut laughing. Francis Ng turns in an amusing performance, feeding Mr. Miyagi-style wisdom to Shawn Yue while drinking hard liquor and acting a tad too smug. There's also a mystifying scene where Kurokawa tells Ryo that he won't be able to kick ass until he learns to "split the moon." Ryo eventually does split the moon, but who the hell can really understand what it means? Add this silliness to the extreme costumes and settings, and you have the year's most bizarre motion picture.
Still, despite Shamo's excess, it really doesn't take itself seriously, which is a pretty much the film's ultimate strength. Sure, it's got an illogical story, melodramatic themes, and hackneyed drama, and when the filmmakers start to push these supposedly vital emotions, the film noticeably sags. But, Shamo also has the "hoodie of faces". Let's explain: midway through the film, after Ryo has been raped, learned kung-fu, become the boytoy of large women, and finally embarrassed in public with his pants around his ankles, he strides into the dojo of Ryuichi Yamasaki (Dylan Kuo) while wearing a hoodie adorned with headshots of various famous faces. Among them are Charles Barkley and - hold on second, is that Ekin Cheng? Yes, Shawn Yue is seen in Shamo sporting a hoodie with Chan Ho-Nam's mugshot silkscreened onto it. It's there, it's huge, and it's definitely Ekin Cheng. A large exclamation of "What the hell?" would be appropriate, followed by the obvious question of what the filmmakers were thinking when they decided to have Shawn Yue wear Ekin Cheng's head on his clothes. The answer is unknown, but that detail is enough to make it impossible to take Shamo seriously.
But hey, that's okay. Anyway, any film that has the chutzpah to put Ekin Cheng's face on a fashion accessory gets immediate points, as well as immediate inclusion in the Camp Film Hall of Fame. Buying into Shamo's excess can help the experience tremendously; if the audience can take that cue and let go of their need for quality, consistency, or logic, then Shamo can be an amusing guilty pleasure. The filmmakers help a lot; from minute one, they practically rub their extreme intentions in the audience's face. Not only do we have over-the-top visuals and concepts, but the characters and situations are so outlandish and distasteful that even pretending that we should be touched or affected by them is too much. Shamo is guilty entertainment because it's so trashy and silly, and the copious action and strange performances back up the fun factor. The bizarre cast helps too; besides Francis Ng as a kung-fu master, we get strange token appearances from Taiwanese stars Dylan Kuo and Terri Kwan, an odd turn from Kung Fu Hustle's Bruce Leung Siu-Lung, and an appearance from Japanese kickboxer Masato, who you may remember from the classic Lethal Ninja. Okay, maybe Lethal Ninja isn't a classic, and Shamo definitey isn't one either, but the words "camp classic" could easily apply one day. It would be a well-deserved description, and one makes Shamo a lot more fun than it has any right to be.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
Customer Review of "Shamo (DVD) (Korea Version)"
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April 20, 2011
This customer review refers to Shamo (DVD) (US Version)
Icky, but good
The contents of this film were somewhat icky, but not enough to be a category III film so don't expect too much over the top icky or gruesome stuff. Shawn was great in here I must say, I think he portrayed his character well. He's got this natural expression that makes him fit this kind of role.
This film isn't as bad as some critics say, I actually like it, and that's coming from someone who don't usually watch this kind of film. Although, it could've been better. Ryo (Shawn) isn't as unlikable as some say too, but that really depends on your view. Overall this is a film worth buying if you're a hardcore Shawn Yue fan.
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December 24, 2009
This customer review refers to Shamo (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
a very strange film
after dog bite dog i expect lots from this film but after watching this i felt i abit cold, not one time did i connect with the film, never a time did i cared for the characters and by the end of the film none of its original main plot lines have really been answered. in fact there is very little story to this, the premise was very intriguing but not delivered with a conclusion. the acting was good all round and shawn yue did a decent job of playing a menacing figure but the audience jus does not care for the character in fact at times i hated the main so called protaganist.
there are some well crafted fight scenes during the beginning with some nice karate moves but further along the film the fights deteriate to more of a boxing match.
hard to recommended but that is due to the fact that i hate it when the main character is all out evil.
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August 9, 2008
This customer review refers to Shamo (DVD) (US Version)
I had great interest to this movie ever since I reard the production story on magazine!!!
Finally watched this movie last week and it SHOCKS me big time!!!
Mr. Yu, Man Lok is a really good actor, he is just so good on acting this kind of character... kind of silence, not easy to present himeself...
I can tell he must be working very hard to study how to act....
I say, Keep working hard, Mr. Yu, one day you will be the best of the best!!!