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The Merciless (Blu-ray) (Outcase + Digipack + Photobook) (First Press Limited Package) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Im Si Wan (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Hur Jun Ho (Actor)
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Im Si Wan (The Attorney) and Sol Kyung Gu (My Dictator) play blood brothers competing to rule the gangster world in The Merciless from director Byun Sung Hyun (Whatcha Wearin'?). Sol Kyung Gu, who stars as a ruthless gang leader, was crowned Best Actor at the 54th Daejong Film Awards and the 37th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, where Jeon Hye Jin (The Throne) picked up Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a tough police chief. Kim Hee Won (Missing) took his first Best Supporting Actor prize at the 26th Buil Film Awards. Premiering at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the crime action thriller also co-stars Lee Kyung Young (Inside Men) as a crime boss.

Detective Hyun Soo (Im Si Wan) is sent to jail as an undercover to investigate a massive drug trafficking operation. The fearless and tough young cop soon wins the trust of cruel inmate leader Jae Jo (Sol Kyung Gu), a sidekick of mob boss Chairman Ko (Lee Kyung Young), and joins Ko's crime ring after his release from jail. The two men team up to fight for supremacy in the criminal underworld but their friendship is threatened when a terrible secret comes to light.

This edition comes with a 40-page photobook and special features including commentary, making-of, deleted scenes, production footage, character video, still gallery and trailers.

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Product Title: The Merciless (Blu-ray) (Outcase + Digipack + Photobook) (First Press Limited Package) (Korea Version) 不汗黨:地下秩序 (Blu-ray) (Outcase+Digipack+寫真書) (首批限量版包裝) (韓國版) 不汗党:地下秩序 (Blu-ray) (Outcase+Digipack+写真书) (首批限量版包装) (韩国版) 不汗党: 悪いヤツらの世界 (Blu-ray) (Outcase + Digipack + Photobook) (初回限定パッケージ) (韓国版) 불한당 (블루레이) (아웃케이스 + 디지팩 + 화보집) (초회 한정 패키지) (한국판)
Also known as: 不汗黨:壞傢伙們的世界 不汗党:坏家伙们的世界
Artist Name(s): Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Im Si Wan (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Hur Jun Ho (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | Kim Sung Oh (Actor) | Kim Hee Won (Actor) | Jin Seon Kyu (Actor) 薛景求 (Actor) | 林時完 (ZE:A) (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 許俊浩 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 (Actor) | 金成梧 (Actor) | 金希沅 (Actor) | Jin Seon Kyu (Actor) 薛景求 (Actor) | 林时完 (ZE:A) (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 许俊浩 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 (Actor) | 金成梧 (Actor) | 金希沅 (Actor) | Jin Seon Kyu (Actor) ソル・ギョング (Actor) | シワン (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | ホ・ジュノ (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | キム・ソンオ (Actor) | キム・ヒウォン (Actor) | Jin Seon Kyu (Actor) 설 경구 (Actor) | 임시완 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 허 준호 (Actor) | 전혜진 (Actor) | 김성오 (Actor) | 김희원 (Actor) | 진 선규 (Actor)
Director: Byun Sung Hyun 卞成賢 卞成贤 ピョン・ソンヒョン 변성현
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: 2018-05-31
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country 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: Stone Music Entertainment (CJ E&M)
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1066423146

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불한당 (블루레이) (아웃케이스 + 디지팩 + 화보집) (한국판)

*Screen Format:1080P HD 2.35:1 AVC
*Sound Mix:한국어 DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 (48khz-24bit)
*Extras:
- Commentary by 감독 변성현, 설경구, 임시완, 김희원, 전혜진
- Commentary by 감독 변성현, 촬영감독 조형래, 촬영감독 강민호, 미술감독 한아름, 음악감독 김홍집, 음악감독 이진희
- 나쁜 놈들 전성기 (메이킹 필름)
- 죽은 거 살려내는... (삭제장면)
- 제작기 영상
- 캐릭터 영상
- 스틸 갤러리
- 티저 예고편
- 메인 예고편

*Director:변성현

- CJ E&M 51번째 한국영화 블루레이 [불한당] 초회 한정 패키지
- 아웃케이스+2단디지팩+1DISC+화보집 40p
- Commentary by 감독 변성현, 설경구, 임시완, 김희원, 전혜진
- Commentary by 감독 변성현, 촬영감독 조형래, 촬영감독 강민호, 미술감독 한아름, 음악감독 김홍집, 음악감독 이진희
- 칸국제영화제가 선택한, 지금껏 보지 못한 범죄액션!
- 설경구 연기인생을 지배할 최고의 변신
- 임시완 필모그래피 중 가장 빛나는 도전
- 김희원, 전혜진, 이경영, 김성오까지! 충무로를 대표하는 연기파 배우들의 연기 포효!

범죄조직의 1인자를 노리는 재호와 세상 무서운 것 없는 패기 넘치는 신참 현수는
교도소에서 만나 서로에게 끌리고 끈끈한 의리를 다져간다.
출소 후, 함께 권력을 차지하기 위해 의기투합하던 중,
두 사람의 숨겨왔던 야망이 조금씩 드러나고, 서로에 대해 새로운 사실을 알게 되면서
그들의 관계는 흔들리기 시작하는데…

믿는 놈을 조심하라!
믿음의 순간 배신은 이미 시작되었다!
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Professional Review of "The Merciless (Blu-ray) (Outcase + Digipack + Photobook) (First Press Limited Package) (Korea Version)"

April 9, 2018

This professional review refers to The Merciless (DVD) (Korea Version)
The Korean gangster craze continues with The Merciless, the third film from writer-director Byun Sung-hyun (Whatcha Wearin'?), his first outing in five years. A slick, big-budget production, the film has an all-star cast headlined by actors Im Si-wan (The Attorney) and Sol Kyung-gu (My Dictator), both of whom picked up a number of awards and nominations for their hardboiled performances. The film was a hit with critics in general, winning prizes at the Daejong Film Awards, the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and the Grand Bell Awards, and had a prestigious world premiere out of competition in the Midnight Screenings section at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

The film's complex plot focuses on the relationship between gangster Jae-ho (Sol Kyung-gu) and his young protégé Hyun-soo (Im Si-wan), who team up while in jail together and scheme to take over the Busan underworld upon their release. Despite the fact that Hyun-soo is actually an undercover cop, he throws himself into the criminal life, working with Jae-ho to eliminate his enemies as part of a campaign to try and bring down his boss Chairman Ko (Lee Kyung-young, Inside Men). With Hyun-soo's own boss, the ruthless Chief Cheon (Jeon Hye-jin, The Throne), on their trail and a big drug deal with the Russian mob approaching, the tension mounts, and a series of shocking revelations threaten to ruin their plans.

This kind of cops, robbers and shifting loyalties yarn is nothing new, and on paper at least The Merciless resembles a long list of other recent Korean gangster films, not to mention the classic Hong Kong Infernal Affairs series. Thankfully, despite its familiar premise, the film stands out thanks to Byun Sung-hyun's accomplished and ambitious script, the narrative jumping back and forth in time, showing things from different perspectives and drip feeding the viewer may what or may not be the truth. With literally every character plotting against the others and with the police being just as bad, if not worse, than the criminals, there’s a huge amount going on, and the film packs in an impressive number of twists and turns, some of which are genuinely surprising. Although it can be a bit exhausting in places, the film is engaging and coherent, and its revelations are well-timed and dramatic, helping to notch up the suspense and never feeling merely manipulative.

The film also gets a boost from some great acting, with both Sol Kyung-gu and Im Si-wan on excellent form, playing things just the right side of crazy and over the top. Though the themes of loyalty and trust are overdone and hackneyed, there's real depth and tension to their dynamic, and this drives the film and adds another dimension to its labyrinth of lies. The relationship between the two is unusually intense for this kind of film, at times threatening to boil over into homoeroticism, and whether this is intentional or not, it's an interesting angle for the genre. The film is certainly very macho throughout, and though Jeon Hye-jin won her share of awards and nominations for her role as Chief Cheon, she doesn’t get a great deal of screen time – a shame, since her character is the most interesting of the supporting cast.

With lavish production values from start to finish, the film is visually striking and well-made, with a style that's equal parts neo-noir and 1980s Hong Kong triad cinema, Byun making good use of the Busan docks and scenery. The film has a smart use of action, throwing in car chases and fights when needed, and though there’s nothing particularly creative to the choreography, it's all suitably brutal and violent, and a few sadistic scenes work well to give things a hard edge.

For anyone not yet tired of Korean gangster flicks, The Merciless is one of the best and most enjoyable of the last year or so. Although there's nothing new here, Byun Sung-hyun's script is multi-layered and sharp, and Sol Kyung-gu and Im Si-wan help to give what might otherwise have been standard fare an entertaining boost.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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