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The Flu (2013) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Cha In Pyo (Actor) | Jang Hyuk (Actor) | Soo Ae (Actor) | Kim Sung Su (Director)
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Musa The Warrior director Kim Sung Su returns to filmmaking for the first time in a decade with The Flu. The big-budget disaster thriller shows us what happens when a South Korean city becomes ground zero for a devastating avian flu outbreak. Soo Ae (Athena, Goddess of War) stars as a virologist who must race against time to find a cure with the help of a heroic rescue worker, played by Jang Hyuk (Iris 2). Kim doesn't shy away from the chaos and the fear surrounding the situation, making The Flu an unsettling film about a very real situation that any of us can encounter at any time.

A group of illegal immigrants travel from Hong Kong to South Korea in a container. However, when the container arrives, the Korean smugglers discover that all of them are dead except for one, a carrier of a deadly strain of avian flu. The survivor escapes, spreading the flu throughout the city in hours. Soon, thousands are infected and dying within 36 hours. To contain the virus, the government quarantines the entire suburb. Among those trapped in the city are rescue worker Ji Koo (Jang Hyuk) and virologist Dr. Kim In Hae (Soo Ae), who met just before the outbreak. When Dr. Kim suspects her daughter of contracting the virus, she works with Ji Koo to find a cure.

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Product Title: The Flu (2013) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 戰疫 (2013) (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韓國版) 战疫 (2013) (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韩国版) 風邪 (Blu-ray) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 감기 (블루레이) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: 流感 流感
Artist Name(s): Cha In Pyo (Actor) | Jang Hyuk (Actor) | Soo Ae (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Ma Dong Seok (Actor) | Lee Sang Yeob (Actor) | Lee Hee Joon (Actor) 車仁表 (Actor) | 張赫 (Actor) | 秀愛 (Actor) | 劉海鎮 (Actor) | 馬東石 (Actor) | 李相燁 (Actor) | 李熙俊 (Actor) 车仁表 (Actor) | 张赫 赫 (Actor) | 秀爱 (Actor) | 刘海镇 (Actor) | 马东石 (Actor) | 李相烨 (Actor) | 李熙俊 (Actor) チャ・インピョ (Actor) | チャン・ヒョク (Actor) | スエ (Actor) | ユ・ヘジン (Actor) | マ・ドンソク (Actor) | イ・サンヨプ (Actor) | イ・ヒジュン (Actor) 차 인표 (Actor) | 장혁 (Actor) | 수애 (Actor) | 유해진 (Actor) | 마동석 (Actor) | 이상엽 (Actor) | 이희준 (Actor)
Director: Kim Sung Su 金成洙 金成洙 キム・ソンス 김성수
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-12-27
Language: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: Art Service
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034783831

Product Information

감기 (블루레이) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35 : 1, AVC, 1080P
*Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital 2.0
-Commentary by 김성수 감독, 장혁, 수애, 김성진 프로듀서, 서종해 라인프로듀서
-감기(The Flu) 제작과정
-제작진 인터뷰
-예고편 모음

*Director: 김성수

-CJ E&M의 35번째 한국영화 블루레이 [감기]
-초회 한정 스페셜 패키지
-일상적이라고 여겨졌던 ‘감기’가 가장 치명적인 죽음의 바이러스로 재탄생.
-숨쉬는 순간, 재난은 시작된다! 당신도 감염 공포에서 예외일 수 없다!
-실제 보다 더 리얼하고 섬세하게 창조된 <감기>의 비주얼

호흡기로 감염_ 감염속도 초당 3.4명_ 치사율 100%
2013 여름, 사상 최악의 바이러스가 대한민국을 덮친다!

밀입국 노동자들을 분당으로 실어 나른 남자가 원인불명의 바이러스에 감염되어 사망한다. 환자가 사망한지 채 24시간이 되지 않아 분당의 모든 병원에서 동일한 환자들이 속출한다. 사망자들은 기하급수적으로 늘어나지만 분당의 시민들은 무방비상태로 바이러스에 노출된다. 감염의 공포가 대한민국을 엄습하고, 호흡기를 통해 초당 3.4명 감염, 36시간 내 사망에 이르는 사상 최악의 바이러스에 정부는 2차 확산을 방지하기 위해 국가 재난사태를 발령, 급기야 도시 폐쇄라는 초유의 결정을 내린다. 피할 새도 없이 격리된 사람들은 일대혼란에 휩싸이게 되고, 대재난 속 사랑하는 이들을 구하기 위한 사람들과 죽음에서 살아 남기 위한 사람들은 목숨을 건 사투를 시작하는데…

▣ <감기>초회 한정판 Blu-ray 패키지
: 1 DISC BD + 아웃박스 + 고급 디지팩
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Professional Review of "The Flu (2013) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

November 11, 2013

This professional review refers to The Flu (2013) (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
A deadly outbreak devastates Korea in The Flu the latest film from acclaimed Musa the Warrior director Kim Sung Su, and his first in some ten years. The blockbuster thriller takes the real life threat of a mutated version of the avian flu virus and ramps it up in classic disaster movie fashion, placing an A-list cast in its path with the usual apocalyptic results. Popular stars Jang Hyuk (Iris 2) and Soo Ae (Athena, Goddess of War) headline, racing against time as they try to save themselves and find a cure.

The film begins with a container full of illegal Hong Kong immigrants arriving in a suburb of Seoul, only for the smugglers to open it and find them dead, victims of a particularly nasty new strain of avian flu. A lone survivor escapes and unwittingly starts spreading the disease, with thousands more being infected every hour and dying within days. To quarantine the virus, the government calls in the army and puts in place ruthless measures, though the city soon falls into chaos, leading to threats of intervention from overseas. Against this backdrop, rescue worker Ji Koo (Jang Hyuk) tries to save virologist Dr Kim In Hae (Soo Ae), though they too are trapped in the quarantine zone, and when her young daughter (Park Min Ha) appears to fall sick, the search for an antidote becomes even more desperate.

Given that most recent commercial Korean disaster films have been disappointingly melodramatic affairs, it's a relief to find that The Flu is decidedly more of a disease thriller, and one which shows a fine understanding of what can make the genre so much morbid fun. Kim Sung Su's approach shows a good balance of character drama, conspiracy and suspense, and this helps considerably in keeping the dreaded tears and hysterics in the background. The film focuses for the main part on Ji Koo ad Dr Kim instead of the usual ensemble cast of thinly sketched stereotypes, and as result, though neither could be called complex or terribly realistic protagonists, they do at least have some level of emotional attachment for the viewer. The plot also benefits from some decent human villains in an increasingly deranged army colonel (Ma Dong Seok, Norigae) and a handful of sleazy politicians, which helps to add another dimension of threat and ensures that the film has some genuinely tense moments as it builds.

Most notable amongst these lowlifes is a cruel, moustachioed foreigner, who is clearly used to criticise the perceived pandering to the US of the Korean governments, and through this the film feels at times very similar to Bong Joon Ho's The Host showing the same distrust of blind obedience to the authorities. This is similarly reflected in scenes of rioting civilians being brutally charged and beaten by soldiers, recalling sequences in protest films such as May 18 and though any satire is undermined by a clumsily heroic depiction of the Korean president, the script does have a certain depth and intelligence not often seen in the disaster form.

Obviously, Kim Sung Su's film differs in that it features an invisible virus instead of a rampaging mutant, though it certainly manages to make the most of its menace, with a nicely escalating air of doom as the city and its citizens are decimated. The film is very good value for money when it comes to scenes of mass destruction and panic, with several memorable set pieces as things spiral out of control, including one in particular dealing with Ji Koo trying to escape a mass grave and flame thrower wielding assailants. Kim's direction is slick and confident, though at the same time has a pleasingly hard edge, packing in some suitably gruesome shots of unfortunate victims and some reasonably violent action. This serves well to make for a real sense of danger, helping to hammer home the film's hopes of convincing the viewer that its doomsday scenario is one which could befall any country at any time.

Whether or not it truly succeeds in this is perhaps debatable, though The Flu is definitely a lot of fun, and one of the better Korean thrillers of the year, not to mention a very solid example of the sadly less than prolific disease genre. Kim Sung Su is a director who really should work more often, as based on the evidence here, he's more than capable of injecting energy and thought into a familiar, tried and tested premise.

by James Mudge -

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