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The Tower (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Kim Sang Kyung (Actor) | Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Cha In Pyo (Actor)
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A luxury residential tower turns into an inferno nightmare in the big-budget disaster movie The Tower. Director Kim Ji Hoon, who has shown a knack for staging spectacles in May 18 and Sector 7, brings together an ensemble cast led by Son Ye Jin, Sol Kyung Gu and Kim Sang Kyung, with Cha In Pyo and Ahn Sung Ki in supporting roles. Employing impressive special effects to create realistic scenes of fire and building collapses, The Tower is an intense, nail-biting fight for survival from beginning to end, effectively combining disaster action with touching human drama.

It's Christmas Eve and a decadent party is being thrown for the residents of Tower Sky. Despite warnings of unsafe flying conditions, tower owner Jo (Cha In Pyo) pushes ahead with plans to spray fake snow over the party. A helicopter loses control and crashes into the tower in a fiery explosion. The faulty sprinkler system fails to activate and fire spreads rapidly through the floors, trapping many residents and staff, including restaurant manager Yun Hee (Son Ye Jin). While everyone else flees the building, security manager Dae Ho (Kim Sang Kyung) desperately runs up towards the top floor to find his daughter (Jo Min Ah) and a firefighter team led by Young Ki (Sol Kyung Gu) begins rescue efforts. It's a race against time to save the trapped victims as the fire rages out of control.

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Product Title: The Tower (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 火海108 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 火海108 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) タワー (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 타워
Also known as: 摩天樓 / 火燒108大樓 摩天楼 / 火烧108大楼
Artist Name(s): Kim Sang Kyung (Actor) | Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Cha In Pyo (Actor) | Ahn Sung Ki (Actor) | Song Jae Ho (Actor) | Park Cheol Min (Actor) | Lee Han Wee (Actor) | Jeong In Gi (Actor) | Kim In Kwon (Actor) | Kim Sung Oh (Actor) 金相慶 (Actor) | 孫 藝珍 (Actor) | 薛景求 (Actor) | 車仁表 (Actor) | 安聖基 (Actor) | 宋在河 (Actor) | 朴哲民 (Actor) | 李 漢偉 (Actor) | 鄭仁基 (Actor) | 金仁權 (Actor) | 金成梧 (Actor) 金相庆 (Actor) | 孙 艺珍 (Actor) | 薛景求 (Actor) | 车仁表 (Actor) | 安圣基 (Actor) | 宋在河 (Actor) | 朴哲民 (Actor) | 李 汉伟 (Actor) | 郑仁基 (Actor) | 金仁权 (Actor) | 金成梧 (Actor) キム・サンギョン (Actor) | ソン・イェジン (Actor) | ソル・ギョング (Actor) | チャ・インピョ (Actor) | アン・ソンギ (Actor) | Song Jae Ho (Actor) | パク・チョルミン (Actor) | イ・ハヌィ (Actor) | Jeong In Gi (Actor) | キム・イングォン (Actor) | キム・ソンオ (Actor) 김 상경 (Actor) | 손 예진 (Actor) | 설 경구 (Actor) | 차 인표 (Actor) | 안 성기 (Actor) | 송재호 (Actor) | 박철민 (Actor) | 이한위 (Actor) | 정인기 (Actor) | 김인권 (Actor) | 김성오 (Actor)
Director: Kim Ji Hoon 金志勳 金志勋 キム・ジフン 김지훈
Release Date: 2013-05-09
Language: Cantonese, Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround, 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?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 122 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033190754

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* Special Features:
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- Making of
- Photo Gallery

Director: Kim Ji Hun

When a deadly fire breaks out in an apartment tower, rescuers and those trapped share a common goal: To get their love ones out. Single father Dae-ho (KIM Sang-kyung) is the facilities manager at an exclusive residential complex, Tower Sky.

It’s supposed to be thehappiest evening of the year of everyone, but a terrible accident starts a fire in Tower Sky and changes everything. Amid one of the city’s worst disasters, a story of ordinary people who hang on to hope to the bitter and unfolds.

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Professional Review of "The Tower (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 28, 2013

This professional review refers to The Tower (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Like Hollywood, Korean cinema loves a good disaster movie, none more so than director Kim Ji Hoon, known for big budget spectacles such as May 18 and Sector 7, Kim returns for more explosive extravagance with The Tower, basically a remake of the 1974 US classic The Towering Inferno as a massive luxury residential building catches fire, leading to the expected scenes of destruction and loss of life. Variously falling out of windows or down elevator shafts are an impressive ensemble cast, including Son Ye Jin (Lover's Concerto), Sol Kyung Gu (Haeundae), Kim Sang Kyung (Memories of Murder), Cha In Pyo (Hanbando) and the ever-popular veteran star Ahn Sung Ki (Unbowed). The film certainly went down well with Korean audiences, and currently stands as one of the biggest hits of 2013, being the first film this year to reach the 5 million tickets milestone.

Taking place on Christmas Eve, the film follows events that befall the luxury residential skyscraper Tower Sky after the arrogant owner Jo (Cha In Pyo) insists on a lavish display of snow being sprayed by circling helicopters despite having been warned against it. One of the helicopters crashes into the side of the building, causing a huge explosion that sets off a chain of mishaps, the sprinkler system and other safety measures all failing and a raging inferno spreading. The festive celebrations quickly become a fight for survival for the trapped staff and residents, with restaurant manager Yun Hee (Son Ye Jin) and security manager Dae Ho (Kim Sang Kyung) trying to help save as many people as they can. Meanwhile, a team of brave fire-fighters arrive on the scene, led by chief Young Ki (Sol Kyung Gu), working their way through the floors in an effort to evacuate survivors before the whole building collapses.

As with his earlier works, The Tower again sees Kim Ji Hoon sticking to what he knows rather than trying to reinvent the genre, and the film certainly plays it close to the tried and tested disaster movie formula, pretty much to the letter. As a result, the vast majority of viewers will know exactly what to expect, the film opening with 45 minutes or so introducing the usual gang of thinly written characters (almost all of whom have at least one supposed emotional hook) and establishing that the building is NOT SAFE despite the assurances of the vaguely villainous owner. By the standards of the form, this works reasonably well, and though the script is for the most part pedestrian, it's at least inoffensive, and does work in a few funny moments revolving around comedy Christians. While none of the characters or their relationships (doomed or otherwise) really ring true enough to make the viewer care if they live or die, the classy cast all do their best with the material, which does give the material a slight boost and prevents the opening act from actually being dull.

Then real question here is how the film performs once the building starts to burn, and thankfully on this score Kim does a fine job, serving up some excellent large scale set pieces and scenes of fiery destruction. Though the characters are eminently disposable, there's a great deal of fun to be had in seeing them die in a variety of ways, and the film even manages a couple of surprise knock-offs along the way, which in part helps to make up for the overall air of predictability. Once things get going, Kim doesn't fall back too much on sappy melodrama, and though the tears do flow and scenes of mourning and inspirational heroism are cheaply dragged out, the film races along at a fast and reasonably thrilling pace. The special effects are superb and are definitely up to the standards of the film's Hollywood peers, from the impressively handled helicopter crash through to countless explosions and collapses, including a particularly spectacular sequence involving the glass sky bridge between the building's two towers. While the effects dominate, given the weakness of the script this is no bad thing, and the film looks amazing throughout, and is every inch the mega-budget blockbuster.

It should be obvious for most viewers whether they are likely to enjoy The Tower as while anyone looking for originality, substance or good writing will be left unimpressed, disaster movie fans or lovers of huge explosions should find a great deal to enjoy. The film is definitely a superior genre entry, up there with tidal wave drama Haeundae and though undeniably cheap and cheesy, it atones through some dazzling special effects work and grand, bombastic set pieces.

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