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The Mimic (2017) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Yeom Jung Ah (Actor) | Park Hyuk Kwon (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk | Huh Jung (Director)
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Fourteen years after the blockbuster classic A Tale of Two Sisters, Yeom Jung Ah returns to the horror genre in The Mimic, the second feature by Hide and Seek director Huh Jung. The creepy supernatural flick is inspired by a Korean folk tale about an evil tiger spirit that lures people by mimicking the voices of their loved ones. Yeom Jung Ah makes her silver screen comeback as a desperate mother who gets entangled in a series of hair-raising occurrences after meeting a mysterious girl played by child star Shin Rin Ah (The Last Princess). Park Hyuk Kwon (A Break Alone) and Heo Jin (The Wailing) co-star in the film.

To find her missing son Joon Seo, Hee Yeon (Yeom Jung Ah) and her family rush back to their hometown. While searching for Joon Seo, she encounters a little girl (Shin Rin Ah) and decides to take care of her until the girl finds her parents. As they grow closer, Hee Yeon discovers that the girl mimics the voice and appearance of her daughter Joon Hee and even calls her "mother!" What's more, her mother-in-law (Heo Jin) starts hearing mysterious voices and gets abducted to a cave related to a mythical man-eating creature.

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Product Title: The Mimic (2017) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 仿聲靈 (2017) (DVD) (台灣版) 极恶刑事 (2016) (DVD) (台湾版) The Mimic (2017) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 장산범
Artist Name(s): Yeom Jung Ah (Actor) | Park Hyuk Kwon (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk 廉貞婭 (Actor) | 朴 赫權 (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk 廉贞娅 (Actor) | 朴 赫权 (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk ヨム・ジョンア (Actor) | パク・ヒョックォン (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk 염 정아 (Actor) | 박혁권 혁권 (Actor) | 이준혁
Director: Huh Jung Huh Jung Huh Jung Huh Jung 허정
Release Date: 2018-03-13
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 100 (mins)
Publisher: GaragePlay Inc.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1065373310

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★ 韓國鄉野傳說,萇山中住著善於模仿人類的妖物,遇之者必遭橫禍
★ 《捉迷藏》導演許正,睽違四年最新毛骨悚然之作
★ 經典作《鬼魅》相隔14年後,廉晶雅再度主演恐怖片

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Professional Review of "The Mimic (2017) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

December 18, 2018

This professional review refers to The Mimic (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)
Korean writer director Huh Jung returns for the first time since his popular 2013 mystery thriller debut Hide and Seek with The Mimic, a brooding horror revolving around the myth of the Jangsanbum, an evil tiger spirit with the power to imitate human voices. Although things have been quiet on the Korean horror front for a while now, the film won critical acclaim as well as performing well at the local box office, becoming the first genre release to have broken the one million viewers landmark for over four years.

The film opens with Yum Jung-ah (The Spies) and Park Hyuk-kwon (A Taxi Driver) as Hee-yeon and Mi-ho, a married couple who move to a house near the foot of Mount Jang in Busan, still trying to get over the disappearance of their young son five years back. The area is known for the local legend of the Jangsanbum or the Mount Jang Tiger, a sinister entity which mimics human voices to trick its prey before devouring them. A strange young girl appears (child actress Shin Rin-ah, also in the recent Memoir of a Murderer), and after Min-ho breaks into a nearby walled-off cave, sinister voices start to be heard, convincing Hee-yeon that the myth is terrifyingly real.

On paper, The Mimic might sound pretty generic, and the film certainly features many of the tropes of the modern Asian ghost form, right down to the creepy little girl, and does have similarities to a number of K-Horror and J-Horror classics, Hideo Nakata's Dark Water in particular. However, as with Hide and Seek, Huh Jung again shows himself to be an excellent storyteller, and the film successfully walks the fine line between ambiguous slow-burn chills and more visceral shocks, building patiently and suspensefully towards its grim final act. The folklore background is well-implemented, woven carefully into the plot, and the spirit and its powers are put to good use, Huh working in plenty of atmospheric and eerie scenes, and the film is both tense and frightening in places. While some of the scares are telegraphed, there's an overriding sense of doom throughout, and this helps make The Mimic an unsettling viewing experience, far more so than any other recent Korean horrors.

The film is all the more effective for Huh's excellent character writing, and while grieving parents as genre protagonists are always going to be a magnet for supernatural suffering, Hee-yeon and Min-ho are both believably anguished and engaging. Yum Jung-ah and Park Hyuk-kwon are on good form, and the script feels emotional and moving, even its more melodramatic moments serving a purpose – extra points are won for the film's efficient ending, which doesn’t drag things out in the teary fashion of many of its peers. Dealing with themes of guilt and loss, the film has a melancholy air, which Huh marries with the genre elements to accentuate the viewer’s unease, bringing a sad inevitability to the way things play out.

The film also impresses visually, and the beautiful rural scenery takes on a character of its own, bleak and ominous. The mountain forests and caves have a timeless, quietly primal look, and make the film feel almost disconnected from the modern and real world, trapping its characters in a mournful purgatory. Huh has a great sense of shot composition, subtly employing mirrors and reflective symbolism both to disorient the viewer and to further the central concept of mimicry, hinting at the ways in which people can allow themselves to be deceived as a means of hiding from the pain of the truth and of dealing with heartbreak.

As with many of the horror greats, it's this substance which makes The Mimic far more than a simple ghost story, and it’s precisely its multi-layered human elements which give it the ability to scare and get under the skin. Huh Jung takes a concept which in other hands could have been daft or schlocky, and crafts something far more haunting and accomplished, the film standing as one of the best genre efforts from Korea of the last few years.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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Customer Review of "The Mimic (2017) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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

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May 15, 2018

This customer review refers to The Mimic (2DVD) (Korea Version)
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Enter the World of the Mimic Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Anything mind with reason mimics something in our world from now, before and tomorrow. Image symbols, celebrity invariance, politician’s discourse, musical notations, fashion trends, gender preference, cliches, words from immutable essence and things, man-god religions, transition patterns and of course Elvis impersonators. And even AI technology and video game worlds mimic a parent reality. Narcissistic, euphony and necessity transforming moving and mimicking the objects of love. And with The Mimic a ghost pattern replicating human trauma.

The plot is of a mythical creature that imitates the sound of human voices and of a family who adopt an abandoned girl they find alone in a local forest. The creature mimics not only sounds but also body forms. But the creature, with simplistic necessity, seems to crave the human energy it observes and adopts. Mutating negative human need and fear to itself. It absorbs a shallow version of human intelligence and entraps souls into a metaphorical lonely cave underworld.

There are suggestive sub plots The Mimic could bring into being than the mainly focused Shamanism triggered manifestation which haunts the local towns folk by mimicking certain receptive people. It’s often wondered when psychics contact the ‘dead’ do they actually contact the original spirit or a mimic? Or an elemental? Metaphysically could the mimic even be the original spirit like a human clone with imposed memories that adopts another's characteristics and being? That considering imitation and the One and the Many, which favours originality? Apparently according to Gnostic myth the body itself is a construct psychical form. And with DNA that can act like a radio receiver.

The dark photographic atmosphere is The Mimic’s strongest point with it’s haunting skies, dark forest and gothic fauna. As a Korean ghost movie it is a tread down ancient familiar territory but a with suggestive twist on previous ghost movies. The ghost isn’t the vengeful departed but something unfamiliar adopting its unknown energy to the living, an elemental spirit that has a limited AI type capacity that mimics and devours for companionship. To converse with it as a medium is futile as it would highly likely mimic and destroy the medium. As for a ghost movie there are still areas here in art that mimics repetitively (although our planet’s course of motion is thankfully repetitive). The Mimic does though provoke food for thought.
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