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Four young filmmakers capture different facets of youth in the omnibus feature The Youth, which has attracted especial notice for its casting of popular K-pop idols. Directed by Kim Jin Moo, the short "The Rumor" stars Super Junior's Lee Dong Hae as a newly elected student council president whose day derails when a nasty rumor about his girlfriend spreads through the school. Directed by Park Ga Hee, "Wonderwall" stars 4Minute's Nam Ji Hyun as a girl roped into driving her boyfriend (Jung Hae In, The Three Musketeers) and his former classmate (Goo Won, Fists of Legend) to army training camp while thugs are chasing them. Directed by Ju Seong Su, "Enemies All Around" is about three youths, including FTIsland's Song Seung Hyun, who meet online and plan a bank robbery together, but they turn against each other after the robbery. Directed by Jung Won Sik, "Play Girl," starring award-winning newcomer Seo Eun A (Act), dives into the contentious world of high school girl gangs.

This edition includes Lee Dong Hae interview, premiere and stage greetings in Hong Kong.

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Product Title: The Youth (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 少年輕狂 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 少年轻狂 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) レディーアクション青春 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 레디액션 청춘
Artist Name(s): Lee Dong Hae (Super Junior) (Actor) | Song Seung Hyun (FTIsland) (Actor) | Nam Ji Hyun (4Minute) (Actor) | Seo Eun A (Actor) | Jung Hae In | Goo Won | Park So Dam 東海 (Super Junior) (Actor) | 宋 承炫 (Actor) | 智賢 (4Minute) (Actor) | 徐恩雅 (Actor) | Jung Hae In | Goo Won | Park So Dam 东海 (Super Junior) (Actor) | 宋 承炫 (Actor) | 智贤 (4Minute) (Actor) | 徐恩雅 (Actor) | Jung Hae In | Goo Won | Park So Dam イ・ドンヘ (Actor) | Song Seung Hyun (FTIsland) (Actor) | Nam Ji Hyun (4Minute) (Actor) | Seo Eun A (Actor) | Jung Hae In | Goo Won | パク・ソダム 이동해 (Actor) | 송 승현 (Actor) | 남지현 (4Minute) (Actor) | 서은아 (Actor) | 정해인 | 구원 | 박소담
Director: Ju Seong Su | Jung Won Sik | Kim Jin Moo | Park Ga Hee 周 性洙 | 鄭 源植 | 金 鎮茂 | 朴 家喜 周 性洙 | 郑 源植 | 金 镇茂 | 朴 家喜 Ju Seong Su | Jung Won Sik | Kim Jin Moo | Park Ga Hee 주 성수 | 정 원식 | 김 진무 | 박 가희
Release Date: 2015-02-26
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 124 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038331157

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* Special Feature :
- LEE Dong Hae special
- LEE Dong Hae Interview, gala premiere & stage greetings in HK

"Rumors" is about a student who starts spreading strange rumors around school, in order to become the president of the student council, and will depict the weaknesses of youth, insecurities and guilty conscience that the student faces. Super Junior member Dong-hae and INY's Woor-in star in this episode.
The short film "Wonderwall" is the work of director Park Ga-hee, seen through the delicate eyes of a female, the movie reflects on the significance of the army training center, a place that all men must go to in order to serve out their compulsory military service, and how this significance differs according to the individual. 4Minute's NAM Ji-hyeon stars in this one, along with actor Goo Won.
"Enemies All Around" by director Ju Seong-su. It will tell the story of three young people who consider robbing a bank to solve their insecurities about the future, and stars FTISLAND member Song Seung-hyun.
"Play Girl" will examine the world of female high school students through the lens of a male director, Jung Won-sik, and stars actresses Seo Eun-ah and Kim Sun-ah.
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Editor's Pick of "The Youth (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

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March 27, 2015

More than an idol omnibus
Considering the main selling point of The Youth is its idol casting, one may expect the anthology to consist of cookie-cutter star vehicles, but the omnibus feature has a surprising punch to its stories and most of the shorts offer a dark and violent take on youth.

First up is "The Rumor" which has the film's biggest star in Super Junior's Lee Dong Hae. The puppy-eyed idol curses up a storm as a smooth-talking high school playboy who's just been elected student president, but his victory is short-lived and comeuppance comes quick. He's no angel, but there are even worse people around including a violent bully, a rumormonger spreading talk of his girlfriend's alleged sex video, and an anonymous blackmailer threatening him to locate said video. A far cry from director Kim Jin Moo's previous The Apostle, a solemn drama about Christians in North Korea, "The Rumor" is slickly shot and paced, with a believable sense of tension and urgency within its poisonous school environment. Though its depiction of the spreading and fallout of malicious rumors is not deep by any means, the short does effectively touch on hot-button youth issues of high school politics, bullying and teen pregnancy.

The lightest and most enjoyable story of the bunch, "Wonderwall" is about heading to report for mandatory army duty with some unexpected diversions. Though film marketing copy suggests a female perspective is at work here since director Park Ga Hee is a woman and 4Minute's Nam Ji Hyun is the biggest name in the cast, that's not really the case; nor does it need to be for the short to hold weight. Ji Hyun plays the girlfriend who's driving her whiny boyfriend (Jung Hae In, from the TV dramas The Three Musketeers and Blood) to the army base. He doesn't want to go, and he also doesn't want to break up. They're suddenly joined by his old high school classmate (Goo Won) who is also enlisting and running away from a gang. What follows is something of a mini road movie in which incompetent thugs and empty wallets create humorous obstacles and the two guys gradually resolve the residual animosity from their school days. This lighthearted take on the looming shadow of enlistment is played mostly for laughs, but Korean youth would easily relate to the topic of dealing with the advent of mandatory army duty and its disruption to lives and relationships.

Directed by Ju Seong Su, the third short "Enemies All Around" plops audiences into the aftermath of a bank robbery, as the three young criminals (led by FTIsland's Song Seung Hyun) make a successful getaway. The three met online and formed a tentative anonymous partnership specifically for the robbery, which they've carefully planned and executed. The only thing left is to destroy the evidence and split the loot, but clashing personalities, greed and mistrust cause the partnership to violently derail. Youth as a theme is the least apparent in this short, but the aimless and aggressive male protagonists and the facade of online anonymity play into representations of the youth generation. The short also wraps up with an unexpectedly satirical twist.

The concluding short "Play Girl" dives into the flashy world of a high school girl gang. Directed by Jung Won Sik, the short depicts the dangers of youth violence but also romanticizes the gang, as epitomized in the cliched slow-motion freeze-frame intros of the girls as they strut through the school hallway. The Play Girls "punish" a hit list of girls who have crossed them with flying kicks and hard punches in scenes typical of Korean high school gang films. At the same time, a catty power struggle brews between the leader's (Seo Eun Ah) contingent and the second-in-command (Seol Ah), partly over a mysterious masked girl (Park So Dam) whom the leader has a soft spot for and has excluded from the hit list. "Play Girl" feels shallow overall, though one can't deny the cinematic appeal of uniformed school girls trading punches. Seo Eun Ah's nuanced performance also lends her character an inner world not written in the script.

While omnibus works are usually more appealing for film festival goers than mainstream audiences, the opposite may be true of The Youth, and not just because of the idol stars. None of the shorts are outstanding works individually, but they're all solidly made, remarkably watchable and free of artistic self-indulgence. When packaged together, The Youth is an easy watch and also more easily recommendable than many other Korean indie omnibuses.

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