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The Phantom Detective (2016) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Je Hoon (Actor) | Go Ara (Actor) | Kim Sung Kyun (Actor) | Lee Min Woong (Actor)
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Lee Je Hoon (My Paparotti) made his post-army comeback with A Werewolf Boy director Jo Sung Hee's The Phantom Detective inspired by the story of Korean folk hero Hong Gil Dong, an intelligent bandit who stole from rich and corrupt aristocrats. Co-starring Go Ara (The Magician), Kim Sung Kyun (Chronicle of a Blood Merchant), Park Geun Hyung (Salut D'Amour), Roh Jeong Eui (The Phone) and child star Kim Ha Na, the action comedy chronicles the revenge tale of a fearless and ruthless detective.

Private detective Hong Gil Dong (Lee Je Hoon) tracks down evil with his partner (Go Ara). After 20 years of pursuit, he finds out the location of his mother's killer Kim Byung Deok (Park Geun Hyung). When he arrives at the house, Kim has already been kidnapped, leaving behind his granddaughters (Roh Jeong Eui and Kim Ha Na). While searching for his enemy, he finds himself up against a powerful underground organization and learns the truth behind his mother's death.

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Product Title: The Phantom Detective (2016) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 幻影偵探 (2016) (DVD) (台灣版) 幻影侦探 (2016) (DVD) (台湾版) 幻影偵探 (2016) (DVD) (台湾版) 탐정 홍길동: 사라진 마을
Also known as: 偵探洪吉童 / 偵探洪吉童:消失的村莊 侦探洪吉童 / 侦探洪吉童:消失的村庄
Artist Name(s): Lee Je Hoon (Actor) | Go Ara (Actor) | Kim Sung Kyun (Actor) | Lee Min Woong (Actor) | Park Geun Hyung (Actor) | Hwang Bo Ra (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk | Roh Jeong Eui 李帝勳 (Actor) | 高雅娜 (Actor) | 金成均 (Actor) | 李民雄 (Actor) | 朴根瀅 (Actor) | 黃寶拉 (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk | Roh Jeong Eui 李帝勋 (Actor) | 高雅娜 (Actor) | 金成均 (Actor) | 李民雄 (Actor) | 朴根滢 (Actor) | 黄宝拉 (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk | Roh Jeong Eui イ・ジェフン (Actor) | Ara(コ・アラ) (Actor) | キム・ソンギュン (Actor) | Lee Min Woong (Actor) | パク・クニョン (Actor) | ファン・ボラ (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk | Roh Jeong Eui 이제훈 (Actor) | 고 아라 (Actor) | 김성균 (Actor) | 이민웅 (Actor) | 박근형 (Actor) | 황보라 (Actor) | 이준혁 | 노정의
Director: Jo Sung Hee Jo Sung Hee Jo Sung Hee Jo Sung Hee 조성희
Release Date: 2016-12-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place 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, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 125 (mins)
Publisher: Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1055918486

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★【Signal】大勢男星李帝勳 耍狠挑戰史上最惡名探!

洪吉童(李帝勳 飾)是個失去記憶、沒有恐懼、沒有同情心、沒有朋友的私家偵探,殺傷擄虐毫不手軟,委託事件解決成功率高達99%。然而他唯一抓不到的,就是殺死母親的兇手金炳德。當他好不容易尋到一絲線索,金炳德卻已被綁架,留下兩個孫女。為了找到金炳德,洪吉童不情願的帶著她們同行。天真的姊妹倆老是干擾辦案,令洪吉童哭笑不得。在追查過程中,洪吉童意外發現了龐大黑暗的神秘組織。當他漸漸接近真相,三人無可避免地陷入一場生死之戰。
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Professional Review of "The Phantom Detective (2016) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

March 23, 2017

This professional review refers to The Phantom Detective (2016) (DVD) (Korea Version) 
Korean director Jo Sung-hee has had a very interesting career trajectory to date, having made his mark with his gritty indie debut End of Animal in 2010, which he followed up with the far more commercial and teen-friendly A Werewolf Boy in 2012. With his latest offering The Phantom Detective Jo again tries his hand at something different, an adaptation of the old folk novel Tale of Hong Gil-dong, updated here to more modern times. Mixing action, mystery and comedy, the film features actor Lee Je-hoon (My Paparotti) in the lead role, his first since returning from army service, along with Go Ara (The Magician), Kim Sung-kyun (Chronicle of a Blood Merchant), Park Geun-hyung (Salut D'Amour), Roh Jeong-eui (The Phone) and child star Kim Ha-na.

Lee Je-hoon plays Hong Gil-dong, a private detective working for a shady agency run by President Hwang (Go Ara), tracking down evil and righting wrongs, often in violent fashion. Having no memory before his late childhood, Hong is dead-set on tracking down the man responsible for the death of his mother, the now-elderly Kim Byung-deok (Park Geun-hyung), though when he finally uncovers the location of his nemesis, he finds him already kidnapped, leaving behind his young granddaughters Dong-yi and Mal-soon (Roh Jeong-eui and Kim Ha-na). Refusing to give up, Hong continues his search, coming up against a sinister criminal organisation with links to his own past, including the evil Kang (Kim Sung-kyun).

The Phantom Detective is an odd one, Jo Sung-hee attempting to marry a variety of different elements, bringing the folk hero into the present day via a complicated and shifting plot that throws in neo noir, dark conspiracies and violence, along with slapstick comedy and long scenes of Hong Gil-dong looking after the two young kids. The film is certainly ambitious, and doesn't always quite hang together as a result, suffering from a generic first act and some variable pacing, being prone to randomness as it heads towards a strangely conventional climax. At the same time, while a bit baffling in places, the film does have an interesting atmosphere and feel, and Jo seems perfectly comfortable working with his clash of themes and motifs, keeping viewers on their toes through its frequent bizarreness.

It helps that the comedy works surprisingly well and is frequently very funny, and the film has a comic book style which suits its weirdness well, even when it's not clear whether Jo is trying to be serious or not. Though the mileage of the gags involving the cutesy kids will vary for different viewers, Jo gets some solid laughs from seeing Hong's cool, tough façade slipping as the mites leave him annoyed or baffled. Lee Je-hoon is good in the lead role, despite the fact that his character really isn’t very sympathetic, and if anything it's pleasing to see a protagonist who doesn't have the usual full-on redemptive arc. Kim Sung-kyun also gives value for money as the wicked Kang, turning in an amusingly over the top performance and, without wishing to give anything away, for such an apparently huge and insidious evil organisation, his mob seems to have a very unambitious and modest goal, it never being clear what they’re trying to achieve.

Visually the film is bit of a hybrid, combining shadowy noir and comic book colour, Jo seeming to have shot much of it against green screen – while it has to be said that some of the computer work isn’t too convincing, the at time artificial looking background do give the film a look of its own. As he's proved in the past, Jo is undoubtedly a talented director, though his handling of action here isn't terribly confident, some of the set pieces lacking in impact or the kind of hard edge which would have definitely given the film a boost.

These flaws aside, The Phantom Detective is enjoyable, and more importantly offers something at least a little different, making it a rarity in modern Korean commercial cinema. It's interesting to see an indie director like Jo Sung-hee making his way in the mainstream, and while he's not quite yet firing on all cylinders yet, he continues to prove himself a filmmaker worth watching.

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