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The Sound of a Flower (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Ryu Seung Ryong (Actor) | Bae Suzy (Actor) | Kim Nam Gil (Actor) | Song Sae Byuk (Actor)
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After the highly praised Architecture 101, miss A's Suzy takes on her first silver-screen period leading role in director Lee Jong Pil's The Sound of a Flower, which is based on the true story of Joseon's first female pansori singer Jin Chae Seon and her teacher Shin Jae Hyo. A form of musical storytelling, pansori was traditionally a singing art for men until Jin Chae Seon broke the mold. The 19th-century period drama co-stars Ryu Seung Ryong (Miracle in Cell No. 7) as Shin Jae Hyo, Song Sae Byeok (A Girl at My Door) as a famous pansori singer and Kim Nam Gil (The Shameless) as King Gojong's father. Answer Me 1988's rising stars Lee Dong Hwi and Ahn Jae Hong also appear as pansori students.

Young girl Jin Chae Seon (Suzy), who was brought up in a gisaeng house, has dreamed of performing pansori since she heard master Shin Jae Hyo's (Ryu Seung Ryong) performance. Though she expresses her strong desire to learn pansori, Shin rejects her since women are forbidden from performing pansori. Therefore, Chae Seon disguises herself as a boy to enter the pansori school but is still turned down by Shin. After learning that King Gojong's father Daewongun (Kim Nam Gil) is going to hold a national pansori competition, Shin decides to accept Chae Seon as a disciple because she is the most suitable to sing the famous pansori Chunhyangga. However, they can't let anyone know that Chae Seon is a girl or they may be punished with death.

This edition comes with commentaries, deleted scenes, character video and trailers.

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Product Title: The Sound of a Flower (DVD) (Korea Version) 桃李花歌 (DVD) (韓國版) 桃李花歌 (DVD) (韩国版) 桃李花歌 (DVD) (韓国版) 도리화가 (DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Ryu Seung Ryong (Actor) | Bae Suzy (Actor) | Kim Nam Gil (Actor) | Song Sae Byuk (Actor) | Ahn Jae Hong (Actor) | Lee Dong Hwi (Actor) 柳承龍 (Actor) | Suzy (Actor) | 金南佶 (Actor) | 宋 清晨 (Actor) | 安在鴻 (Actor) | 李東輝 (Actor) 柳承龙 (Actor) | Bae Suzy (Actor) | 金南佶 (Actor) | 宋 清晨 (Actor) | 安在鸿 (Actor) | 李东辉 (Actor) リュ・スンリョン (Actor) | ペ・スジ (Actor) | キム・ナムギル (Actor) | ソン・セビョク (Actor) | アン・ジェホン (Actor) | イ・ドンフィ (Actor) 류 승룡 (Actor) | 수지 (Actor) | 김남길 (Actor) | 송새벽 (Actor) | 안재홍 (Actor) | 이동휘 (Actor)
Director: Lee Jong Pil 李忠弼 李忠弼 イ・ジョンピル 이종필
Release Date: 2016-06-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1050277934

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도리화가 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35 :1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
*Extras :
- Commentary by 이종필 감독, 류승룡, 배수지, 송새벽, 이동휘, 안재홍
- 여류소리꾼 탄생기
- 숨겨진 이야기 (삭제장면 with 코멘터리)
- 캐릭터 영상
- 스페셜 예고편
- 티저 예고편
- 메인 예고편

*Director: 이종필

여자는 판소리를 할 수 없던 시대
소리가 운명인 소녀가 나타나다!

금기를 깨는 자는 목숨이 위태로운 혼돈의 조선 말기.
조선 최초의 판소리학당 동리정사의 수장 ‘신재효’(류승룡)
그 앞에 소리가 하고 싶다는 소녀 ‘진채선’(배수지)이 나타난다.
어릴 적 부모를 잃고 우연히 듣게 된 신재효의 아름다운 소리를 잊지 못한 채 소리꾼의 꿈을 품어 온 채선.
그러나 신재효는 여자는 소리를 할 수 없다는 이유로 채선의 청을 단호히 거절한다.

채선은 포기하지 않고 남장까지 불사하며 동리정사에 들어가지만 신재효는 그녀를 제자로 인정하지 않는다.
하지만 흥선대원군이 개최하는 전국의 소리꾼을 위한 경연 ‘낙성연’의 소식이 들려오고
신재효는 춘향가의 진정한 소리를 낼 수 있는 단 한 사람
남자는 결코 흉내 낼 수 없는 소리를 지닌 채선을 받아들이기로 결심한다.
그리고 채선이 여자임이 발각되면 모두가 죽음을 면치 못하는 위험 속, 채선에게 자신의 모든 것을 가르치는데…

1867년, 조선 최초 여류소리꾼 이야기 <도리화가>
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Professional Review of "The Sound of a Flower (DVD) (Korea Version)"

August 9, 2016

Korean writer director Lee Jong-pil follows up his 2013 debut Born to Sing with another musically-themed offering in The Sound of a Flower, which charts the true story of Jin Chae Seon, Joseon's first female pansori singer (a traditional form of Korean storytelling through song and drum). In the lead the film features Suzy from K-pop group Miss A, taking on her first proper lead role after having appeared in Lee Yong-Ju's Architecture 101 back in 2012, joined by popular actor Ryoo Seung-ryong (The Piper) in the role of her mentor and possible love interest.

Set in 1867, the film sees Suzy as Jin Chae-seon, a girl raised in a gisaeng house, who desperately wishes to become a pansori singer, something expressly forbidden for women. After her request for tutoring is rejected by pansori master Shin Jae-hyo (Ryoo Seung-ryong), she disguises herself as a boy and sneaks into the school, a shabby scheme which is soon uncovered. However, impressed by her talent, Shin reluctantly agrees to take her on, and decides to enter her in a national pansori competition organised by King Gojong's father Daewongun (Kim Nam-gil, The Shameless), despite knowing that they would both face the death penalty if her identity is revealed.

Although an interest in or knowledge of pansori isn't vital for enjoying The Sound of a Flower, it certainly helps, as aside from its focus on the practice the film is very much a standard historical biopic. Lee Jong-pil sticks closely to the usual formula for period dramas of the type, without any real effort to try and freshen things up, and the film's plot plays out exactly as expected, right through to its predictable conclusion. To be fair, Jin Chae-seon's story is an interesting one in its own right, enough so to keep the viewer watching, even if the film does lack dramatic weight, and Lee manages to wring some tense and emotional moments along the way, to his credit avoiding anything too blatantly melodramatic. The bond between Jin and Shin Jae-hyo is a fascinating one, and it's this which gives the film what drive it has, in particular during the final third when it finally takes centre stage.

This is undermined somewhat by Suzy's performance, which sadly isn't especially strong, either in terms of acting or singing. Though she manages to make Jin likeable, there's no real depth to her take on the character, most of the time seeming to be aiming for either cheerful or determined, over-simplifying what could have, and indeed should have been a far more complicated and conflicted protagonist. The always-reliable Ryoo Seung-ryong is thankfully on far better form, quietly commanding as the stoic Shin, subtly conveying a range of emotions, and his convincing turn helps anchor the film and its central relationship.

Obviously, the pansori aspect of the film is its main draw, and there's plenty of singing and music throughout, giving it a breezy and lyrical feel even during some of its more tragic scenes. While Suzy's popstar singing isn't a great fit for the traditional form, she does put in a creditable and enthusiastic effort, with pleasant enough results, which her fans should certainly enjoy, and which helps ensure the film moves along at a decent pace. Lee's direction is solid, if unremarkable, and the film also benefits from some good production values, sets and costumes, which compare favourably with other recent historical dramas.

Though none of this really makes The Sound of a Flower a great film, it's by no means a bad one, and makes for a couple of hours of agreeable viewing. Let down somewhat by Suzy's average lead performance and lacking in real substance, as a look at the world of pansori it does have its charms, and Lee Jong-pil generally succeeds in keeping things interesting, if not exactly gripping.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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