Spellbound (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3
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Every magician needs a unique gimmick and Jo Goo's (Lee Min Ki) is horror. His magic shows scare and thrill the audience by calling out a vengeful spirit, played by assistant Yeo Ri (Son Ye Jin). It was Yeo Ri's introverted, gloomy presence that inspired Jo Goo to turn his street tricks into a successful horror show. What the ghost-summoning magician doesn't know is that Yeo Ri really can see ghosts. Ever since a near-death experience years ago, Yeo Ri has been haunted by the ghost of her high school friend and driven to a life of loneliness. Everyone close to her has been chased away by her ghostly companions. Jo Goo, however, cluelessly invites himself into Yeo Ri's life and falls in love with her, raising the dangerous ire of Yeo Ri's resentful dead friend.
This edition comes with commentary, making-of, deleted scenes, poster shoot, and trailer.
|Product Title:||Spellbound (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Spellbound (DVD) (首批限量版) (韓國版) Spellbound (DVD) (首批限量版) (韩国版) 不気味な恋愛 (DVD) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 오싹한 연애 (DVD) (초회한정판) (한국판)|
|Also known as:||Chilling Romance 我的見鬼女友 我的见鬼女友 Chilling Romance Chilling Romance|
|Artist Name(s):||Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Lee Min Ki (Actor) | Park Cheol Min (Actor) | Lee Hyun Jin (Actor) 孫 藝珍 (Actor) | 李民基 (Actor) | 朴哲民 (Actor) | 李賢鎮 (Actor) 孙 艺珍 (Actor) | 李民基 (Actor) | 朴哲民 (Actor) | 李贤镇 (Actor) ソン・イェジン (Actor) | イ・ミンギ (Actor) | パク・チョルミン (Actor) | イ・ヒョンジン (Actor) 손 예진 (Actor) | 이민기 (Actor) | 박철민 (Actor) | 이현진 (Actor)|
|Director:||Hwang In Ho 黃仁鎬 黄仁镐 Hwang In Ho 황인호|
|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?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1030767726|
*Screen Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
-Commentary by 황인호 감독, 손예진, 이민기, 박철민, 안영민 프로듀서
-필름컷 엽서 증정
-영원한 로망, 손예진 + 사랑스런 완소남, 이민기
2011년 겨울, 오싹 달콤한 예♡민커플 탄생!
-호러와 로맨틱 코미디의 완벽한 믹스매치! 국내 최초 소름 돋는 로맨틱 코미디
-충무로 개성파 명품 배우 박철민 김현숙의 연애코치!
이 세상 모든 연애는...
달콤하다? 짜릿하다? 로맨틱하다?
이 커플의 연애는 오싹하다!
남다른 ‘촉’때문에 평범한 생활은 물론 제대로 된 연애 한번 못해본 여자 여리(손예진)와 그녀에게 꽂혀버린 비실한 ‘깡’의 호러 마술사 조구(이민기). 달콤해야 할 두 사람의 만남은 그들의 행복을 방해하는 귀신들로 인해 하루하루가 공포특집이다. 이런 생활에 익숙한 여리와 달리 매번 생명의 위협을 느끼는 조구. 오싹한 난관에도 불구하고 이 연애를 포기할 수 없는 여리와 조구는 어금니 꽉 깨물고 목숨을 건 연애를 시작하는데...
오싹한 그녀와 겁 많은 그 남자의 소름 돋는 연애가 펼쳐진다!
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Romantic comedy gets a ghostly twist with the Korean film Spellbound (aka Chilling Romance), which marks the directorial debut of Love Phobia and Two Faces of My Girlfriend writer Hwang In Ho. Mixing laughs, love and the long haired ghost shenanigans of Asian horror to surprisingly charismatic effect, the film offered genre fans something a little different to the usual fare, and as a result scored big at the domestic box office with over 3 million admissions. The film's success was also likely down to its leading couple, boasting a fine paring in popular actor Lee Min Ki (Quick and actress Son Ye Jin (White Night).
Lee plays Jo Goo, an illusionist street magician inspired by the ghostly demeanour of Yeo Ri (Son Ye Jin) who he spots in an alleyway one night to work a new horror theme into his act. Pretending to be an exorcist of sorts and with Yeo Ri as his assistant, Jo Goo comes up with an elaborate stage show which launches his career to the next level. However, when he tries to get closer to the shy girl, the truth behind her odd behaviour is revealed, that she really can see ghosts, and is haunted by the vengeful spirit of a high school best friend who died in an accident years back. Jo Goo's clumsy courtship angers the dead girl, who has been determined to keep Yeo Ri alone and unhappy, threatening not only their burgeoning love, but his life.
Whereas many films might just have played the ghost angle for a cheap gimmick, Spellbound wins considerable cinematic karma for actually making a real effort to weave its supernatural goings on into the usual rom com cliche. Thanks to some solid storytelling from Hwang In Ho, who also scripted, this works very well indeed, and though the film is unsurprisingly never frightening as such, it shows a very respectable knowledge of the horror form and packs in a number of effectively spooky set pieces, recalling The Grudge in particular. Whilst the ghost elements themselves are nothing new, and indeed romance and the supernatural have been paired up in Korean cinema before, the film is one of the very few high concept romantic comedies to truly gel, its seemingly disparate elements coming together as a coherent and very enjoyable whole.
It also helps that the film is frequently very funny, Hwang managing to successfully provide plenty of laughs without undermining the ghost too much. Though most of the humour is of the slapstick variety, it's creative throughout and reasonably clever at times, with some amusing moments as poor Jo Goo finally comes to realise the truth about Yeo Ri - special mention goes to the hilarious scenes during the final credits, which are definitely worth sticking around for. Although it does, inevitably get more melodramatic towards the end, the film benefits hugely from the fact that it never launches into full on sappiness, and it's here that the vengeful ghost premise arguably works best, as it gives the film an actual barrier and threat to their love and to Jo Goo's life, rather than just the usual lame romantic complications.
All of this helps to distract that aside from its sinister spectre, Spellbound is essentially a very familiar film, revolving around most of the expected romantic comedy motifs, right down to the wacky best friends and the predictable scene in which Yeo Ri gets drunk, sassy and embarrassing. Thankfully, the film overcomes this through a very endearing lead duo in Lee Min Ki and Son Ye Jin, both of whom are immensely appealing and sympathetic, with a real spark between them which makes their developing relationship believable and fun.
Of course, this is the most important box for any romantic comedy to tick, and everything else aside, Spellbound scores highly for its basic likeability and sweet natured charm, with a central couple who even the most hard hearted viewers will want to see end up together. Hwang In Ho is to be commended for such an entertaining and skilful blending of two genres, and by offering plenty for both male and female viewers, the film stands as a near perfect date movie.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
Customer Review of "Spellbound (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"
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May 31, 2012
3 in 1
a magician who uses horror as a part of his show, but can he handle it when the girl he falls for shows him ghost do exist?
a romance comedy horror. reminding me a little bit of six sense the american movie. this film was a definite plus for me as wasn't just a comedy romance movie. the touch of horror with ghosts made it perfect for someone like me.
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May 8, 2012
Magic, romance, ripped shirts, drunkenness…
Its a lonely cursed life for Yu-ri Kang (Ye-jin Son) and her only hope seems to be street magician Jo-go Mu (Min-ki Lee), who struck by the dark sadness of Yu-ri as she stands in a crowd watching one of Jo-go’s street magic shows, he afterwards follows the sad lady into an alleyway. But as Jo-go looks at Yu-ri’s dark ghostlike demeanour he gets a light bulb idea, that Yu-ri’s sad ghoul look could be introduced into his new ghost/horror stage magic act (ah! bless him). So Jo-go and Yu-ri meet in the alleyway, a new magic act is born making Jo-go an overnight scares magician success and Yu-ri his performing cloaked vengeful ghost assistant. But Yu-ri isn’t a strange, sad, dark cursed looking gal for mere aesthetics, and nor does her living alone not have its reasons. Refusing to join Jo-go and his magic team in late after show drinking sessions (you know the ones that S Korean actors get roped into and regularly get blotto), Yu-ri lives by herself and sleeps in a tent inside her flat, so to keep herself sane from....ghosts. Yep, Yu-ri as an unusual ‘gift’ in seeing the dead, ever since she had a NDE as a schoolgirl, and in her sleep and waking life sees dead souls who have departed by sudden death such as car crashes. But mainly Yu-ri’s life is saddened by the loss of her school friend, who haunts Yu-ri and wont leave her alone.
But as “Spellbound” is more a rom-com than ghost horror, the core hang up for Yu-ri’s life is that she’s deeply sad she can’t find a man in her life. What man after all could put up with a woman who sees ghosts and would also be haunted by them? Especially the ghost of the girl from Yu-ri’s past who clings to her like, well, ghostly cling film. Also, too, if a man should come near Yu-ri, the ghost girl hounds them like fury. Other than Jo-go and the magic act, Yu-ri’s main contact with people is by sporadic phone calls as she daily communicate with a friend about ghosts, relationships, her new job etc., and is a soapy tete a tete moment throughout. But as magician Jo-go gets to know Yu-ri more, he becomes touched by Yu-ri’s loneliness (and some ghost hands, too) and although dating a woman (an understanding and sympathetic type at that) Jo-go becomes more interested in Yu-ri and her strange life alone, and eventually falls in love with her. Yu-ri however, although hiding her sadness by putting on a brave smiley face, feels that Jo-go will have a cursed life if she loved him, and considers that she’ll be alone forever.
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May 8, 2012
…and THAT Asia ghost.
No doubt “Spellbound” is a feel good S Korean rom-com with cliché filled Asia ghost horror. Like the ghost boy that freaks Jo-go by getting on his back, is a bit of a take on The Grudge children. Effects are also fairly good, especially the horror vengeance magician act bits. But this is a rom-com with all the droll wit (especially Yu-ri’s two phone mates), soapy romance and love starvation of the Korean genre type you’d expect with send up melodrama and comic elements. Of the humour moments one key bit is when Yu-ri gets drunk in a bar (Yu-ri eventually succumbs to the social norm of late night food and drink after constant refusals) and rips off Jo-go’s shirt after telling him he’s educated, rich but as a hard heart like bacon rind. A drunk Yu-ri also blurts on about her ghost curse telling the others they’re just ‘half seeing worldlings’ (you tell ‘em gal! Serves ‘em right for getting you drunk!). Min-ki as Jo-go is a good sophisticated but slight buffoon sort (similar to Jo Kwon from 2AM). But mainly it’s his love emotions for lonely Yu-ri that are pivotal. As with all rom-com’s love never comes easy. The girl ghost is jealous of Yu-ri possibly falling in love with a man and the ghost’s ‘cursed’ mood energy becomes Yu-ri’s dispirited emotions. Yu-ri also tries to get Jo-go out of being scared of the her ghost clinger-on at one point, covering his eyes from the ghost’s fear inducing otherworldliness pose, and then telling Jo-go three steps to conquer fear. One to eat food, two to smile and a three a hug for comforting (I’d add a fourth, watch Kenny Everett Video Show clips on You Tube). But Jo-go’s love sickness seems incurable.
I found the end credit moments suitably droll. As if the plot writers wanted to say that even a lonely shadow ghost could be romanced if the soul gave someone the chance. If you feel that the ghost horror bits could be off putting, but like the rom-com types that Ye-jin is frequently in, don’t let the former steer you off this film. That's because “Spellbound” is petty good; its funny, as innocent charm, a plot that's easy to slip into, Min-ki as likeable funny charm and Ye-jin is just Gorgeous. It’s a bit scary drama, too! This edition comes in a transparent slipcase and includes a post card with three film cells. I had three of Ye-jin, which I could easily ‘project’ onto a wall and marry (like millions of other YJS fans, LOL). There are also extras including a photo shoot bit. Definitely worth seeing.