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Socialphobia (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Joo Seung (Actor) | Byun Yo Han (Actor) | Ryu Jun Yeol (Actor) | Ha Yoon Kyeong (Actor)
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Internet becomes an easy tool for cyberbullying which is rationalized as social justice. Director Hong Seok Jae reveals this unhealthy social phenomenon and the psychology of young netizens in his mystery thriller Socialphobia starring Lee Joo Seung (Shuttlecock) and Byun Yo Han, who is best known for his role in the tvN drama Misaeng. Answer Me 1988's breakout star Ryu Jun Yeol also makes his film debut in a supporting role. The indie hit won awards at the 40th Seoul Independent Film Festival, 19th Busan International Film Festival and 24th Buil Film Awards.

A military deserter committed suicide but Min Ha Young (Ha Yoon Kyeong) tweets a malicious comment that the soldier will burn in hell. Her vicious remark incites an internet witch hunt to expose her identity and force her to apologize publicly. Aspiring police officers Ji Woong (Byun Yo Han) and Yong Min (Lee Joo Seung) see an online post about a group of netizens who plan to confront Ha Young in person, and they decide to join the group. As Ha Young's address has been posted online, the group heads to her home, only to find that she is already dead in an apparent suicide. Since the whole process was broadcast live on the internet, the police are quickly involved in the case. After the incident, Ji Woong and Yong Min realize their prospective careers as police officers are at risk so they make use of the skills learned from police training to investigate the incident which may actually be a murder case. The whole investigation process is put online, leading to another witch hunt in search of the murder suspects. After meeting a witness, they become increasingly confident that someone else is responsible for Ha Young's death.

This edition comes with extra features including commentaries, deleted scenes, director Hong Seok Jae's 2011 short film Keep Quiet and trailer.

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Product Title: Socialphobia (DVD) (Korea Version) Socialphobia (DVD) (韓國版) Socialphobia (DVD) (韩国版) ソーシャルフォビア (DVD) (韓国版) 소셜포비아 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: 社交恐懼症 社交恐惧症
Artist Name(s): Lee Joo Seung (Actor) | Byun Yo Han (Actor) | Ryu Jun Yeol (Actor) | Ha Yoon Kyeong (Actor) 李柱勝 (Actor) | 卞耀漢 (Actor) | 柳俊烈 (Actor) | Ha Yoon Kyeong (Actor) 李柱胜 (Actor) | 卞耀汉 (Actor) | 柳俊烈 (Actor) | Ha Yoon Kyeong (Actor) イ・ジュスン (Actor) | ピョン・ヨハン (Actor) | リュ・ジュンヨル (Actor) | Ha Yoon Kyeong (Actor) 이주승 (Actor) | 변요한 (Actor) | 류준열 (Actor) | 하윤경 (Actor)
Release Date: 2016-05-16
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?
Publisher: Art Service
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049468479

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소셜포비아 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1.85 :1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
*Extras:
- Commentary by 감독 홍석재, 촬영 이성중, 프로듀서 홍하늘, 변요한, 이주승, 류준열
- 잊힐 뻔한... (삭제장면) -26'
- 양게티비 -10'
- 모션 포스터 -3'
- 단편영화 '도서관에서는 실내정숙' - 30'
- 예고편

*Director: 홍석재


전국민을 떠들썩하게 한 군인의 자살 소식에 남긴 악플로 네티즌들의 분노를 사며 실시간 이슈에 오른 ‘레나’. 여기에 경찰지망생 지웅(변요한)과 용민(이주승)은 인기 BJ 양게가 생중계하는 현피 원정대에 참여한다. 하지만 현피 당일 날 ‘레나’는 싸늘한 시체로 발견되고, 비난의 화살은 순식간에 이들에게로 향한다. 경찰 시험에 불리한 기록이 남게 될까 불안한 지웅과 용민은 ‘레나’의 죽음에 의혹을 제기하는데…

과연 그녀의 죽음은 자살인가, 타살인가!
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April 28, 2016

Social media can kill
Stumble into the wrong hashtag or visit an unmoderated forum and one will quickly realize that the internet is full of unpleasant people saying unpleasant things under the guise of online anonymity. Presumably (hopefully) most of those who spew vitriol online are able to put anger, inappropriate language and trolling behavior in check in person, but there's just something about the unfettered, impulsive and impersonal space of internet's no man land that brings out the worst in some people. However, as internet and social media become increasingly intrinsic part of our lives and identities, that impersonal virtual space has actually become very personal and very real. Not everyone can walk away unscathed from an online dispute back to the real world, and cyberbullying doesn't just hurt feelings, it can destroy lives. Through the mystery surrounding a woman's death, the Korean indie drama Socialphobia explores the real-world fallouts of online witch hunts and puts a human face behind the internet handles.

The events of Socialphobia are set in motion by a mean tweet that a young woman named Min Ha Young posts about an AWOL soldier who committed suicide. Other netizens criticize her and demand an apology. Refusing to back down, she throws out more inflammatory tweets and escalates the online war. Self-righteous netizens proceed to dox her. With her personal information exposed, some netizens organize a meet-up to confront her in real life and livestream the process. Riled by the tweet, protagonists Ji Woong (Byun Yo Han) and Yong Min (Lee Joo Seung), two young guys studying to become police officers, casually join the Twitter fight and then the ambush meet-up. When the various young male netizens meet up in real life for the first time, there is an air of novelty and nervous excitement, like they're all on a field trip. The excitement quickly turns to horror when they arrive at Min Ha Young's home and find her hanging from the rafters. The tables turn as those who participated in the meet-up become the targets of criticism and doxing.

With their prospective futures as police officers on the line, Ji Woong and Yong Min begin to suspect that Min Ha Young may have actually been the victim of foul play. It turns out that she was no ordinary netizen but a notorious keyboard warrior who had viciously targeted and driven various people off the internet, making many enemies along the way. Would someone like that kill herself over some online harassment? To clear their blemished records, the guys launch an online group to hunt for the suspected killer among Min Ha Young's enemies.

Up-and-coming actors Byun Yo Han and Lee Joo Seung acquit themselves fine as the vaguely disaffected but otherwise typical protagonists who apparently see no conflict between their internet activities and their desire to be police officers. Byun Yo Han, who shot this film and another indie drama Tinker Ticker before leaping to fame with Misaeng, gives an opaque but effective performance as the more restrained and reasonable member of the group who begins to tire of the vicious cycle. Lee Joo Seung offers jittery contrast as the friend who becomes increasingly desperate and obsessed when the clues begin to circle back to him.

In his remarkable feature debut, director Hong Seok Jae maintains a slightly frenetic pacing in which the witch hunt never stops but only keeps shifting targets, and routine daily lives are punctuated by fast-paced turns in thinking and typing. Provocative tweets and messages pop up every which way on screen, contrasted with the image of regular young men, perfectly civil in person, huddled over a computer or phone. When the group of guys decides to pour effort into investigating Min Ha Young's death, the process turns into a puzzle-solving social activity for many of them that has little to do with understanding the dead or even exonerating the living. Accusations come quickly on the heels of deceptively insightful analysis, and everything seems just and sociable, as long as you're not the one on the receiving end.

Kinetic, engaging and on-topic, Socialphobia smartly situates a small crime mystery within the larger context of internet sociology. The film offers an uncomfortably realistic and callous microcosm of how young people interact online and how those online interactions reflect and affect their real lives and selves.

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Customer Review of "Socialphobia (DVD) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

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Down in the Trolldoms Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Socialphobia concerns two police cadet students JiWoong (Byun Yo-han) and YongMin (JooSeung Lee) who with a number of social network friends become annoyed at the attitude of a blogger named ReNa (YoonKyeong Ha) and of her ‘cruel’ online remarks about the death of her ex soldier boyfriend. Angered and demanding an apology, Jiwoong and YongMin discover ReNa’s true name and address and, along with video blogger YangGe (JunYeol Ryu), nine miffed youths make their way to ReNa’s apartment to demand humble apologies - YangGe streaming the situation to all and sundry online and to ReNa herself. But entering ReNa’s apartment the nine are horrified to discover ReNa dead. Convinced of suicide JiWoong however begins to suspect ReNa’s death suspicious - so like wanna be detectives all seek out the truth about ReNa’s untimely demise.

In our modern world most humans are fastened to a some sort of digital screen, reaching into a cyber world of multi communications and options. Enriched by such, alas the age old spirit of enmity forever lurks within, and although mostly benign in many, can in a despondent and desperate few become evoked like a jealous possessive spirit - antipathy, channeled as negative mirrored empathy about self worth, victim hood and revenge. Solemn self mirrored identity. If a sports/pop star or student gets grief from on line trolls, then such poster is exposed by their peers as an ‘evil’ bad egg within social network sites, the occasional out come - the wolves come out to play. The worst case scenario is that sometimes people can lose their lives over inane and pointless things. In either opinionated perspectives, each are the mirror of the other and only ignorance prevails.

The plot of Socialphobia crucially mirrors a perpetual trend - that the ‘outsider’, ‘radical’ or ‘intelligent victim/oppressor’ is a problem to be solved. Or someone who is ‘different’ or fiercely opinionated. No doubt a collective of positive, loving creativity and true minded people can make a better world, but replicating the ‘evil oppressor’ ain’t the way to do compassion. Pot calling the kettle black in the social network age. But a society trapped by its good intentions (smart isn’t always smart) can puzzle certain people to antagonistic criticism that wheeled without self restraint can lead to obsessive and unfortunate repercussions.

SeokJae Hong’s decent movie brings attention to true self wider imagination, and not to knee jerk opinion at the latest fear.
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