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  • Cheer Up, Mr. Lee (DVD) (Korea Version)Cheer Up, Mr. Lee (DVD) (Korea Version)

    Cheer Up, Mr. Lee (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

    Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)
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    May 22, 2015 Mr Lee's big smell of...success Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    After grief with a female assistant movie director, Mr Beong-heon Lee (Wan-pyo Hong) purses his dream to become a movie director and begins writing a movie script. Hearing of Mr Lee's ambitious design, a TV documentary crew are allowed to film Mr Lee's daily life towards his big dream. But the TV station crew find that Mr Lee doesn't seem switched on to the regular beat of a go-getter. Mr Lee takes ages to rise and shine from his morning slumber, takes even more time to settle into his writing mode and when he does finally get his laptop willing, the only aspect of his scenario fulfilment is the font type and size for his script title. The TV crew also discover that Mr Lee spends lots of time chumming up with three mates Beom-soo (Hyeon-min Yang) a production director, Seung-bo (Joon-seok Heo) an harassed married man and an emotional wanna be actor in regular drinking sessions. The frank four on constant jibe mode about each other's personal problems, ambitions and marriage.

    The TV crew become quite concerned that Mr Lee may take more time than expected with his script (if ever it gets written at all). To bring more frustration to the mix, Mr Lee has been ditched by his wife with Mr Lee attempting regular failed visits with his ex-wife's apartment front door to see his little daughter - normally ending up with the police called to Mr Lee's tenement door harassment time. Mr Lee however is determined to see his daughter again and promises her the earth when he eventually becomes a top movie director..even if his daughter regards his promise as talking bullshit. At all these revelations of Mr Lee's woeful and lazy daily life the TV crew believe that if they don't change their tack their show footage will show anything but a 'movie director in the making', so the TV crew decide to film Mr Lee's daily life as a social troubles type instead.
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  • Cheer Up, Mr. Lee (DVD) (Korea Version)Cheer Up, Mr. Lee (DVD) (Korea Version)

    Cheer Up, Mr. Lee (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

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    May 22, 2015 Reasons to be cheerful Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Eventually Mr Lee does get his script written, his production director friend Beom-soo convincing a company to take them both on as PDs; the TV crew sigh with relief. After all, Mr Lee's script shows he has great promise in conceptual observation. But then a female PD scrutinizes unfavourably Mr Lee's scenario about women and paying audiences...demanding he revise his whole script. Which Mr Lee does...again, again and...again. Can Mr Lee manage to fulfil his dream as a successful director? Mr Lee considers, as he cheerlessly moans and drinks with his three friends.

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    'Cheer Up Mr Lee' is about abstract life - and the worries, demands and frustrations that such life can bring. Mr Lee isn't really lazy or inadequate, just uncertain where he's going or how he can be received well, but his at times brittle and funny drunkard relationships with his three jibing friends reflect a lot in what Mr Lee says in his little movie script. He also disappoints his parents by divorcing his wife after an affair. Is Mr Lee pissed so much? He ought to be in what he as to contend with here. But he also makes his own life script with cause and effect. But as the saying goes, 'no pain, no gain'. Mr Lee's 'pain' here being the scrutinizing female PD script reader...lol.

    With an interesting Mr Lee short at the finish (a grainy 'survival horror' about a married couple's frustrations of slow to dissipate toilet sh~it smells - a symbol of everyday concerns, frustration and worry), the parody of life around Mr Lee and his friends and the concept of film making is witty, ironic and personal. Being unhappy with life's arm wrestling frustrations can be solidly reflective and infectious. Even in scenario script writing. Mr Lee seems to think so...I think, with his little vignette of complex reality.

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  • Catch Me If You Can (SINGLE+DVD) (Limited Edition)(Japan Version)Catch Me If You Can (SINGLE+DVD) (Limited Edition)(Japan Version)

    Catch Me If You Can (SINGLE+DVD) (Limited Edition)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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    May 14, 2015 GG - Back in black and never giving up Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    With the girls now an eight unit, SNSD return with this new single 'Catch me if you Can' containing the two songs 'CMIYC' the electro EDM one and a pretty good additional ballad song 'Girls' (or should the full title be 'Never gonna look back girls' concerning the chorus).

    The songs are favourable and 'Catch Me If You Can' has a quite industrial feel by the electro chorus amidst the usual SNSD type of dance sound. But a simple stripped down EDM type. Lyrics about an ever changing woman's heart , never resting to reach towards her journey's goal of the true soul heart- so meanwhile catch her fleeting heart if you can, boy...sort of thing. But with an initial listen for me 'Girls' seems to be the stronger song of the two, and of which I'm sure will be well inserted in future SNSD concerts. 'Girls' is a song of never giving up with the dream of course, and I'm sure can reflect SNSD's present changes..hopefully signifies the parallel dreams of GG with Jessica doing her own thang with fashion at present. It's like a dream sequence of events all of this pop life/fashion for GG I can only imagine. Anyway love, peace and best of wishes to 8 and the 1. Ahhhsh, you're all doing okay. ;)

    This version contains of course both the music CD and a DVD for the music video of CMIYC. The latter was filmed by the looks in a mining or building quarry and SNSD going from semi look army combat cargo pants/crop tops to all out hot pants orange (like the colours for Half Life 2 and Breaking Bad). It's alright and SNSD keep to the regular group dance video format - but it would be interesting to see a more SNSD constructed story type music video, sorta like T-ara used to have. The CMIYC single's first promo pics showing the girls inside a building den with the CMIYC posters, sofa and oil drums could have been a good additional 'street cred' vibe to the video (a den sort of similar to Kinzie Kensington's crib in SR3).

    The packaging is a bit tongue in cheek with a black bubble wrap outer packaging containing a black CD jewel case with black CD/DVD and booklet. Black is the new GG. What was that advert from years ago 'get black together'?. Also some GG emblem stickers to stick on your grannies' walking stick to win her heart over to SNSD fandom. :D

    Seriously, though, I like the idea of this black single and GG always shine lovely as always. Happy birthday tomorrow, too, Sunny!
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  • Big Match (DVD) (Korea Version)Big Match (DVD) (Korea Version)

    Big Match (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

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    May 12, 2015 Ik Ho's race with the Ace Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    After getting kicked out of his soccer profession due to a foul hot temper, football ace Ik Ho (Jung Jae Lee), nicknamed the 'Zombie' decides to channel his anger into martial art boxing and becomes a popular fighting star. Trained by his brother and coach Young Ho (Sung Min Lee), this thrusts Ik Ho into a more favorable celebratory status, a success he owes to his brother. But then the Big Match challenge awaits Ik Ho after Young Ho is abducted, held and beaten up by a gangster called Axe (Seong-woo Bae) blaming Young Ho and his brother for a gang murder , the police also arresting Ik Ho due to suspicion of aiding and abetting the murder by Young Ho's abduction. Ik Ho, himself and his hot temperament is then locked inside a police cell desperate to locate his framed brother. Uptight and hanging upside down with his legs around the cell bars to exercise, quietly another inmate gives Ik Ho a small box with a miniature communication device that Ik Ho curiously places near his ear. Suddenly a male voice secretly communicates with Ik Ho telling him his name is Ace (Ha Kyun Shin) (a manically unusual fellow with a sinister laugh) and that if Ik Ho wants to see his brother alive again Ik Ho must comply with an underground elite gambling show challenge. Ace is a game planner in a sky box who entertains the gambling Korean upper class with high technology and a super hacker and 'suckers' everyday pawns into match round games. The upper elite bet on the human chess player either succeeding or losing.

    So begins the Big Match - where Ik Ho must race against time in game rounds to find his brother held by the gangster Axe, or if Ik Ho fails his brother will die. The game planner Ace can monitor Ik Ho, via surveillance cameras in the whole city due to the hacker expert Ace employs and super high technology - and can observe Ik Ho's every move within the 'game' rounds, giving directions and game hints to Ik Ho's every move.

    So first round Ik Ho must escape the police cell. Ace watching through the hacked police surveillance cameras and speaking through Ik Ho's flat plaster like ear pad, Ace's super hacker then unlocks the smart cell lock mechanism, freeing Ik Ho from his communal prison cell. At first Ik Ho is confused it's all a TV stunt, but quickly fights and escapes his way out of the police station, Ace talking and directing Ik Ho as he runs through the station corridors and through a door out to a large outside enclosure full of...riot squad police.
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  • Big Match (DVD) (Korea Version)Big Match (DVD) (Korea Version)

    Big Match (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

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    May 12, 2015 An irreverent gambling chess game Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Although a difficult challenge for Ik Ho, Ace is enthusiastic about the new round game challenge, telling Ik Ho precise areas where he can strategically escape the riot squad yard. Dodging rubber bullets and reaching a high point Ik Ho then leaps to freedom outside the riot police compound. Ace then tells Ik Ho to look for the Red Angel and get into her vehicle. Ik Ho in haste at first spots a red food delivery bike and chases it, then behind him appears the Red Angel's car.

    Ik Ho soon learns that the Red Angel is a girl named Soo-Kyeong (BOA) , a serious and disgruntled looking fighting street kid who is forced to work for Ace and won't let Ik Ho out of her sight. But the police cell escape is merely the beginning of Ik Ho's Big Match, as he battles through to Ace's final round, a death duel with a Russian fighting competitor called Andrei (Vladislav Demin). Meanwhile Ik Ho fights with Axe's gangsters, ducking and diving with the police with the continual messages of Ace warning Ik Ho how his brother will lose body parts if Ik Ho fails to do game round challenges. Ik Ho thrust into a crazy real life type video game with Ik Ho the struggling pawn, fighting to save his brother for the benefit of an elite gambling audience. If things couldn't get worse, two time bombs are then locked into place on Ik Ho and Young Ho's ankles, and if the two brothers don't meet at a required countdown time, the bombs will explode.

    Big Match is a dark humored tongue in cheek, very fast paced crazy violent action movie. The concept is super hero comic strip mixed with video game type challenges (with gangsters/cops, Ik Ho's jacket sporting a Fleur de lis, a boxer martial arts champion, BOA's Red Angel street fighter brought 'Saints Row 3' missions to mind). Jung Jae is manically cast for this against all the odds Ik Ho and Ha Kyun Shin is interesting as the weird and strange Ace, a kooky sort of Batman Joker type. BOA is also quite strong 'n' good here as the Red Angel girl getting into some feisty cuffs (and thigh grips with Ik Ho). It's not a great movie, but a good one if you like this sort of thing. And I liked this quite a bit. Probably resonated as I'm into Saints Row 3 at the moment..lol. And it being a high tech Game. The high tech surveillance camera aspects can get a bit creepy to say the least. Packing is nice by the slip case and the inner box sporting also pack of character 'playing' cards (the Joker/Ace bit). This DVD edition is also region ALL.
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  • Whistle Blower (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)Whistle Blower (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)

    Whistle Blower (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

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    May 8, 2015 A media search for truth Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Dr Jang Hwan Lee (Kyung Young Lee) is a leading voice in human stem cell research and unveils that he has cloned human embryo stem cells to an audience of students. A step towards bio manufacturing artificial human organs such as hearts, livers spleens etc. But when news producer Min Cheol (Hae Il Park) comes in contact with one of Dr Lee's a ex-lab researcher technicians Min-ho Sim (Yeon Seok Yoo), the latter reveals that none of Dr Lee's stem cell clones are actually viable. That no fully cloned cells were produced, but only illegally received ovum cells derivative from artificial insemination. Min-ho as his personal reasons for regret in Dr Lee as his own daughter is sick needing such crucial life changing discoveries and his wife Hyeon-kyeong (Mi-hyeon Kim) is also one of Dr Lee's technicians. Pursuing the facts about the highly revered Dr Lee's stem cell research, news producer Min Cheol faces one the biggest challenges in his life. Not only can he be sure if ex-lab technician Min-ho is telling the true facts about the fake cloned cells, but that due to public awareness of Dr Lee's past work -- Min Cheol could be, as well as his colleagues, quickly vilified by Dr Lee's supporters who by public opinion hang on to hope that the stem cell research will aid human life and bolster nationalistic pride.

    Although crucially inspired from true events, 'Whistle Blower' is deemed a fictitious story plot. An investigative type, the story esteems an heroic stance in TV media news producer Min Cheol's endeavour to unearth the truth of what lies beneath Dr Lee's 'dodgy' stem cell research, after a tip off. The nature of Dr Lee himself - a man projecting an amiable temperament with a sympathetic disposition to the level that he himself seems to be the one being undermined by negative media forces trying to bring him down. The crux here is, is such stem cell research genuine and sincere? Or dangerous? After all what is the point in endeavouring human scientific research if it isn't going to benefit all human health. But 'Whistle Blower' reflects a media happening within commercial filmic fiction, of where medical hope and discovery to the masses is a theatrical pitch masquerading as strategic clinical deception.
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  • Whistle Blower (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)Whistle Blower (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)

    Whistle Blower (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

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    May 8, 2015 Whistle within the noise of the crowd Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    When there are big medical or scientific discoveries of innovation, negative scandal seems to follow. The main thrust to this specific fabricated stem cell media situation (or other big media sensationalism) is emotional sensitivity feedback - to those needing imminent medical help, medical bio geneticists who strive hard to cure dis-eases and a confused mass public who just don't know what the heck sometimes to believe. All people who fare respect and truth in the projection screen media priorities of money, fame, politics and glory. Or fair game?

    For South Koreans the stem cell cloning scandal would have been a blow to personal and unified pride (although cloning/tampering with human DNA is another way to just control things on a metaphysical level), that truth about stem cell research was fabricated. Although this is a fiction story, mundanely was it deadline pressure to deliver the genetic goods that weakened Dr Lee's judgment to distort medical discovery? Not much here is given about Dr Lee's inner sanctum other than his possible lies and deception. Not that should cause the beating of the breast for the good people of SK, as its widely accepted SK does much good things that are enjoyed/respected around the world. And guilt ingestion and projection is the worst way to fester dis-ease and cajole cynicism. But fabrication of truth about such important medical research is unethical anywhere it may be researched. For me stem cell research, albeit a crucial scientific life line for those living in hope, is still a fix it patch instead of locating the true sources of detrimental effects on the microscopic human. Why is there much diabetes and cancer about? There surely is a macroscopic common cause. Radiation or ill thinking? As modern humans we are getting more out of touch with the already well 'designed' biosphere of natural order that is industrially pressured. But maybe one day the natural human condition will strangely cure itself onwards. The human cells no longer stressed, distorted, limited and compressed - a different future for the macroscopic human.

    For a controversial type movie its good food for thought and the weighing up of things, especially media news, new invention and possible manipulation. Good performance, too, from the charismatic Kyung Yong Lee and Hae Il Park. Lately I've also noticed certain S Korean DVDS have gold star autograph editions, and this edition I received was autographed by Hae Il. Thank you :D
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  • Cart (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)Cart (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)

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    May 6, 2015 Strike, stand and deliver Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Based on a true S Korean Mart strike, 'Cart' portrays the situation of a group of part time women workers at a discount Mart who are suddenly laid off due to company out sourcing. After the women's negotiation pleas are ignored by the stores top management, the women workers decide by leadership to form a union for a sit in strike to force change their employers minds. Central protagonist is Sun Hee (Jung Ah Yeon) who as part time worker at the Mart needs her job to help raise her son Tae-yeong (EXO's Kyeong Soo Do) and pay the compulsory bills. As a part time model worker at the Mart, and promised a permanent full time job, Sun Hee's promotion opportunity becomes scuppered by the management cut backs. Crestfallen and at a loss what to do Sun Hee is uncertain about the women's union being formed, all she wants to do is earn money for her son and livelihood. Not suddenly become a political activist. Other women are worried but strongly adamant to voice their job termination concerns. Hye-mi (Jeong Hee Moon) had worked full time for a another store in the past, earned good brownie points but had still had her contract coldly terminated - now again at the Mart store. So strike these women do, with full gusto that at all costs the women workers will be victorious over such unfair dismissal.

    As a sympathetic worker the Mart's supervisor Dong-joon (Kang Wook Kim) also deems the women's plight unfair dismissal and eventually becomes the women's union' head voice. But as the Mart store management dig their heels in with stiff resistance, and with the women's strike tactics reaching up to 51 days, the women find themselves being carted out of the store and its outer locality by heavy handed security men- a viciousness the women never bargained for. Sun Hee witnessing the horrendous treatment, becomes more vocal about strike and fight. Unfortunately she ends up in jail. To add to Sun Hee's problems her disgruntled son Tae-yeong (peeved mostly over his mother's absence and seeming to not care about his school concerns, needing money and daily life), certainly doesn't approve of his mother landing herself in temporary jail. But Tae-yeong begins to have serious trouble of his own when secretly working part time at a small convenience store (a job he obtains by a girl he likes there and to earn cash for his school inventories), the owner refuses to pay his wage. When the girl he likes smashes the convenience store window in rage, Tae-yeong gets the big blame.
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  • Cart (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)Cart (2014) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)

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    Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)
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    May 6, 2015 Divided they stand Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Just before leaving school I hadn't a clue what to do career wise. My mum pushed me into certain job directions (one dental technician work even though I was scared of the dentist then) but eventually landed myself a job in the UK printing industry (which also had a very powerful Union). Now I’m technically a graphic designer. Even so life is hard for these struggling check out women and anyone losing jobs with a family to keep.

    In various ways ‘Cart’ with its female camaraderie and wit, is a type that could be chummed up easily with S Korean prison movie 'Harmony'. This movie is also a like cross between the 80s UK Greenham Common peace women, January store sales (riot police barging into a Mart store though instead of purse/wallet draining bargain hunters) and video game Saints Row the Third (well at the end anyway, sort of...without the big massive explosions from the latter of course). ‘Cart’ is a more sentimental type than deep social comment. It highlights a ‘bad’ management system and the ‘enemy’ as big corporation employers. The employee points system of privilege is always going to be a divider, rewarding the ‘best’ employee - and here with little difference as main characters with excellent service seem to be still treated like disposable nappies. Of course it's that old niggle of corporate profit margins being prioritised over employee work ethics and simple job satisfaction and personal compassion. A majority born into a capitalist system need a job, money for demanding bills to pay (the obvious thing) but where the employee/management mind set is divided by differing interests and priorities. If rich - what are the next profitable bricks to buy - if poor, needing money to feed the kids and rent bills.

    The end of Cart signifies an ongoing ‘battle’ - the common person against the greedy corporate system that heralds money over the human masses. Ironically all people are customers (even check out women) and its the ‘us and them' mindset that harbours moving into a more fairer and compassionate world. Its systematic divide - the remote job interview procedure, the binding contract system and all the other 'must mistrust the little person' nonsense who are more susceptible to scrutiny.

    But, anyway, Cart can be enjoyed as much as debated. This set well packed with extras. Lots of VIP and audience bits on this one, surely well promoted! Also with two Girls' Generation members at the VIP (psst..now give me that fiver for saying that you two).
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  • Set Me Free (DVD) (Korea Version)Set Me Free (DVD) (Korea Version)

    Set Me Free (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

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    April 24, 2015 Teen in the wrong box Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Set amidst a Christian group home who take in young runaways, teen Yeong Jae (Woo Sik Choi) after running out on his drunken father (Su-hyeon Kim) and 'incapacitated' mother (Jae-hwa Kim) - so lives at a religious adoption home with his Christian step father and home director (Sin-cheol Kang) and step mother (Min-ah Lee). At his mature age, Yeong Jae is able to leave the adoptive home. But Yeong Jae flatly refuses to ever return to his blood parents, constantly deeming both his parents work shy and incapable of responsibility, so tries to persuade his religious step parents and Christian minister he will strive to become a priest and a responsible adult at boarding school.

    But Yeong Jae fabricates his intentions of a pious vocation so to avoid having to return home and extend his adoptive tenure. But to mess up good chances Yeong Jae steals donated training shoes from the church home to sell on to kids at his school. This enthusiasm for illicit trading probably stemming from Yeong Jae's drunken father being reluctant to work - Yeong Jae needing to prove to himself that he can succeed in life, even if stolen goods are his first selling platform. But Yeong Jae's troubles deepen when his group home room-mate friend Beom-tae (Jae ha Sin) is caught stealing from the local church - blamed for Yeong Jae's handy work. Beom-tae is also due to leave the group home and sincere about his life outlook, peeved at Yeong Jae's bad conduct. But cast out of the group home Beom-tae is deemed a trouble maker by Yeong Jae, telling other adoptees to keep away from him. A method Yeong Jae uses to hide the truth about his own thefts and his obsessive determination to stay in the group home. Self preservation over brotherly friendship.
    Yeong Jae does reluctantly visit his parents, and his younger brother Min-jae (Yoo-sang Jang) who only wishes he could reconcile with Yeong Jae. But then his blood father arrives drunk at the group home desiring also that Min-jae be adopted, enraging Yeong Jae to hot fury.

    For THE angst emotional outburst here, Wook Sik Choi could be another Soo-hyun Kim. But out of all of this 'setting me free' business the most redeeming factor for Yeong Jae, is when Yoon-mi's mother cooks up good food and comfort at her eatery - her amiable and ribbing manner of total everyday sincerity. And Yoon-mi (Joo-hee Park) who looks after Yeong Jae when he falls into big trouble. But bloody minded determination sometimes can scupper the subtle roads to redemption.
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  • Genome Hazard (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Korea Version)Genome Hazard (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Korea Version)

    Genome Hazard (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

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    April 21, 2015 The mystery Man Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Nothing could have been better for Ishigami Taketo (Hidetoshi Nishjima) as he got home from work to celebrate his birthday with new wife Miyuki (Yoko Maki). Ishigami, a graphic illustrator who'd won a design work position after entering a competition is happy with his work, life and marriage. But the night he returns home things change. Spotting the celebratory candles of various sizes and colours on the wooden floor, Ishigami is pleasantly grateful for his wife's creative method of a birthday celebration. But across the room beneath a painting, Ishigami talking to Miyuki as she sits motionless by a wall, suddenly discovers his wife is...dead. His heart beat racing and in panic simultaneously the telephone rings, Ishigami answering and then hearing his wife's voice telling him she is now at her mother's house and will return later. But the dead body in the room is certainly Miyuki's - as far as Ishigami's mind can tell. A knock on the door - and two dark suited men enter the apartment, enquiring to Ishigami they are policemen investigating a recent murder case. His mind in fade and disorder Ishigami finds his previously normal reality, suddenly turned upside down. His wife dead, but also alive and who had just telephoned him - and now two policemen in his home? The words of the men briefly fading to an anxious ringing sound in his ears. But looking back to where Miyuki lay is now an empty space - confusing Ishigami ever more so to his now fragile sanity. Miyuki's body disappeared? Noting Ishigami's aberrant emotion, the policemen desire to know what has happened and require Ishigami to accompany them to the police station.

    But as Ishigami travels in the men's car they question Ishigami 's name, as if strongly doubting his identity. When the car driver also takes a different direction away from the police station - Ishigami is assured these two men must be fakes, killers even. So fighting his way out of the men's car, in terror Ishigami escapes, runs and makes his way to...where? Nothing made sense to him now, apart from someone with a photo camera who had been following him from work lately - but he ignored such a consistence as pointless paranoia. But why had the dark suited men asked Ishigami about a Korean man, as if he knew him or even if he WAS him. How could Ishigami be a Korean man? Was Miyuki alive or dead?
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  • Genome Hazard (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Korea Version)Genome Hazard (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Korea Version)

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    April 21, 2015 Memory and identity hazard Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    With the suspicious men frantically searching and tracking his whereabouts, Ishigami spots a stationery car on the road - a woman was driving, and so in a panic he gets in her car and tells her to drive away quickly. The woman at the wheel is a also ironically South Korean - her name Ji Won Kang (Hyo Jin Kim) a reporter from Seoul who soon becomes very interested in Mr Taketo's strange life experience. Ishigami notes in frenzy the ironic serendipitous coincidence.

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    The less you know about Genome Hazard the more intriguing it is, as this Korean/Japanese thriller, partly sci-fi movie, does have a less easy to predicate outcome than most plots. And it's all pretty good gripping stuff, too. Ishigami is a man with a backwards clock ticking to zero, and with a deep savage and haunting memory loss. Like no other.

    Although opening with a strangely unusual premise that immerses the viewer into a man's uncertainty about himself and of what is exactly happening to him (with the addition of some dark sinister suits), and of his maddening memory loss, it's not a movie with a convoluted or over complex story to leave you bored, puzzled and bamboozled by the finish. In fact the full strange and sinister mystery about Ishigami is slowly and fully revelled.

    Based on a novel by Shiro Tsukasaki it's a solid and quite disturbing story concerning the background to it all. Regarding false memory (or an invasive identity) and virus its somewhere near the William Gibson or Phillip K D~ick novel camp, if thought of as sci-fi. But this is a thriller in the main, a dark one at that, with scary implications of what might happen if the human brain and all of its chemicals are tampered with by too much medical intervention - let alone technological. (Hit over the head with a Hieronymus Bosch rhythm stick?) Plenty of symbolic here, too.

    Anyway, as mentioned the opener premise is enough to get mentally gripped here and if you haven't seen this movie yet, I do really recommend this one more than most. Not quite as freaky as a silicon chip in the head, but not far off.

    Acting wise, too, its an interesting one with Hidetoshi Nishjima alongside Hyo Jin Kim.
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  • A Girl at My Door (DVD) (Korea Version)A Girl at My Door (DVD) (Korea Version)

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    April 15, 2015 Broken blossoms Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    The beautiful green coastal landscape is the first most natural sprawl police officer Yeong-nam (Doona Bae) gazes upon, as she approaches her destination of a rural seaside town. Transferred there by her superiors to lay low after a personal incident. The second is of unnatural circumstances, a bedraggled little girl crouching beside the country roadside just as Yeong-nam's car wheels thrust a puddle of water over the girl. Stopping her car Yeong-nam gets out and looks back at the pitifully soaked girl, who then quickly runs away through a field pathway. The girl looked somehow happy in her immersed nature, but also wrong. Heading on to the coastal town Yeong-nam locates her new police post as head officer and introduced to chief Eom (Jong-hak Son) who drives Yeong-nam around the coastal town. The town people insular with many older folk not taking to strangers, although a local fishing business accommodates various immigrants. Mindful of her post, Yeong-nam cannot take her mind of the little girl, especially when seeing her again being kicked by a group of school kids. Yeong-nam berates the kids and discovers the girls name - Do-hee (Sae-ron Kim). Yeong-nam learns that Do-hee lives with her step father Yong-ha (Sae-byeok Song) and grandmother (Jin-goo Kim). But Yeong-nam ever watchfully observing the child, sees Do-hee running away from her home and investigating sees Do-hee then beaten by her drunken step father. Intervening Yong-ha's abuse, Yeong-nam warns Yong-ha about his bad conduct at the police station. But the next day Yeong-nam again watches as Do-hee's grandmother chases the child on a small cart vehicle and after catching Do-hee, the grandmother beats the child for 'disobedience' of running away. Silently Yeong-nam wonders why such a girl would be subjugated to a fate of violent punishment by those who should care for her.

    To ease her job stress Yeong-nam drinks So-ju that she pours out of alcoholic bottles into a large plastic water container. Getting drunk is the only way she can sleep. But next day Yeong-nam learns that Do-hee's grandmother had been killed, found dead by the coast shore apparently driving her small carrier truck over the road edge. Whilst investigating the death Yeong-nam, shifting from personal anxiety to maternal protection, decides to take Do-hee into her living accommodation. After all, Do-hee constantly knocked her door at night, standing outside dishevelled and bruised after her father's drunken rage.
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  • A Girl at My Door (DVD) (Korea Version)A Girl at My Door (DVD) (Korea Version)

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    April 15, 2015 Partly broken and brought together Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Yeong-nam was determined Yong-ha be reprimanded - but Do-hee's step father ran the town's coastal fishing business. His reputation good for the town's people - bad for human fatherly conduct.

    Away from her sociopathic step father Do-hee brightens up living with police woman Yeong-nam - the girl's protector and pseudo mother figure. Do-hee dances and harbours a happy nature spirit, such naturalness that garnered resentment and physical abuse for some absurd conditioned reason. Do-hee's mother was also beaten by Yong-ha, and when she could take no more and had left, Do-hee became the next punching bag. For a short time Yeong-nam 'adopts' the girl and shares a mutual closeness with her that eases both their mental pain. But one day at the town's police department a woman walks back into Yeong-nam's life. Her lover from the city of Seoul, their past break-up leaving much pain. Due to Yeong-nam and her alcoholic drinking necessity and Yeong-nam's 'incident' for her police transference.

    But when Yeong-nam is spotted with her once lover by Yong-ha, misconceptions begin to percolate via rumour about Yeong-nam's motive for letting Do-hee live with her. Rumours and mistrust that leads Yeong-nam to be arrested for the possible molestation of a child.

    'A Girl at my Door' is difficult. Violent arrogant child abuse, bigotry and alcoholism, racial neglect, manipulation. For me, situations here can be over focused on racialism or a precocious child using disturbing sexual manipulation. But the central story is of sociopathic violence and ignorance. How when someone like Yeong-nam suddenly finds herself emotionally mixed up with a viciously abused child, along with the woman's own stressed state of mind and sexual preferences -leads to other people believing Yeong-nam a child abuser. A lesbian police woman who really cares for Do-hee - albeit suffering stress and alcoholism. When natural love and maternal concern (Yeong-nam washing/sharing a bath with bruised and beaten Do-hee) become institutionally looked upon with suspicion. Nevertheless, the plot outcome is also a devious white lie. It could seem sick to some, but the survival instinct of Do-hee and the true separation of maternal love was the last resort. Do-hee (a monster?) being ripped apart from human love, could take no more. But AGAMD as merit, wonderful scenery and poetic ambience, good subtle shifts of characterisation from Doona - all within a certain crazy mental lunacy of preferential need.
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  • Gain Mini Album Vol. 4 - HawwahGain Mini Album Vol. 4 - Hawwah

    Gain Mini Album Vol. 4 - Hawwah

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    April 10, 2015 50 temptations to forgetfulness Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Gain, in her four collaborated solo albums, features a persona/lyric akin to Louise Brook's temptation mistress Lulu from the silent movie 'Pandora's Box' (more so visually in the Truth or Dare album) and of course for 'Hawwah' the penultimate 'victim' of spiritual ideas towards childhood redemption (Eternal Life - the un-despoiled child), the biblical Eve or the first suspected 'fallen' woman. These breaking the rules alluring sirens, sexual vampire kittens torn between a lover's embrace, truth and lust, the 'sin' and guilt of nakedness. A fuming Lilith in bob hair or bondage in blue jeans - deemed the 'wicked' woman; an apple a day keeps the fairies at bay. But Gain's song of 'Paradise Lost' the female Hawwah persona of spilt charms of female innocence and lust is part creature (a she wolf) - but somewhere magnetised by a powerful elusive male (maybe a Christian Grey?). Shocked by truth, power and lies - unintentionally mirroring the handling influence. Hawwah (or Eve) is shocked into black and white personality traits (like splitting the Adam), awakened to stark temptation and guilt, like imagining Aeon Flux 'dancing' to the music of Taylor Swift's 'Style'. Hawwah's biblical themes of temptation (that significant apple, that momentous temptation snake) are obvious as, too, the John Milton Paradise Lost, but brought about well by Gain's persona singing of a twisted fantasy to control you and me. The fantasy construct of The Fall of Man and Original Sin? Well, to what I've read Lilith wasn't happy after being fobbed off as the 'other' woman - the first 'Eve'. Or controlled by another. Hawwah surely feels the same.

    Anyway, dorky Gain's solo 'femme fatales' were maybe prompted by the BEG Sound G days of 'Abracadabra' influencing these tantalising lust cautions of Gain's mini album temptress women. Of course these are fictitious mini play lets - Gain a far different gal to what is shown on her music videos et al. Gain's probably not a bondage fetishist after all...lol! But this is no doubt a good music album, like all other Gain albums with interesting themes, lyrics, visual imagery and spicy jazz/funk and electronic for the music pallet. Leon Entertainment certainly do a decent bunch of music albums. The sophistication of Hawwah's music well on par with Gain's other releases.

    The physical product a smaller affair - a square hard back book with the CD slipped into a card holder. Also in advance, thanks Gain for your signature version.
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  • Fashion King (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)Fashion King (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)

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    April 1, 2015 Ki-myung's padded jacket of Love Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Based on a S Korean web toon ‘Fashion King’ puts a trendy fashion show of high schoolers to the test. The main protagonist is Ki-myung (Joo Won) who suffering humiliating school bullying and thinking less of his outlook and appearance, moves to a new high school in Seoul for a better chance. There at a new school he falls for the delightful charms of classy high school girl Hye-jin (Se-young Park) and even persuades his mother (Il-hwa Lee) to buy him a trendy padded jacket so he can impress her. But Hye-jin is the girlfriend of the school’s notorious top ‘royalty’ kingpin Won-ho (Jae-hyeon Ahn) so much a hard, cool and dapper dresser that Ki-myung will have a massive rivalry challenge on his hands if he doesn’t somehow get a new wardrobe of smart attire and leave 'ordinary' behind. Won-ho also sports his own bodyguard heavy who beats up anyone who tries to steal his girl or any other ‘possessions’ and determined to maintain his top status at the high school, although Hye-jin takes a shine to Ki-myung for his smitten interest in her. After falling down to earth after being humiliated in front of Hye-jin by Won-ho and his heavy, Ki-myung becomes determined to move to the next level to further impress Hye-jin.

    That next level arrives when Ki-myung and his new schoolmate Chang-joo (Ju-hwan Shin) are both shocked to find that both of them have counterfeit branded padded jackets. (Really! Ki-myung’s mum bought him it too!) So two annoyed lads go to the address of their online jacket supplier who is Nam-jung (Seong-oh Kim) a fashion guru trendsetter and master of cool charisma. Nam-jung tells the two lads that his web site had correctly advertised the alternate stock (a quick subliminal text popping up on the padded jacket web page to say that the jackets…weren’t original). Feeling conned and peeved Ki-myung and Chang-joo are however taught by Nam-jung that it isn’t what brand they wear, but how they wear it. Even a penniless man can project cool. So Nam-jung teaches the boys to have dope (cool swagger, look ‘It’ with crowd magnetising charisma) and be aesthetically fit. Thereon Nam-jung teaches the boys dope cool, body training and all about fashion, which changes Ki-myung’s appearance dramatically as he strives to adopt and emulate the Way of the Dope.
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    April 1, 2015 Don’t be Square be Dope - it all makes sense. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Ki-myung determined to win over the love of Hye-jin, is also befriended by his similarly ‘ordinary’ girl neighbour Eun-jin (Sulli) who likes Ki-myung for who he really is and that both Eun-jin and Ki-myung at heart, are really just two down to earth people. But Ki-myung dreams only of Hye-jin until a very revelatory situation of how pretty Eun-jin really is after Nam-jung does his fashion ‘magic’ on Eun-jin, transforming her into a beauty even cooler than Ki-myung’s new dope look.

    Soon though a new Ki-myung donned in snazzy threads brings a new fashion, status and respect challenge towards Won-ho’s top dog standing, and when both are then entered into a Fashion King TV reality show,the two are put to the truth test with Won-ho stopping at nothing to hold on to his self centred crown and to win the TV show’s honour.

    ‘Fashion King’ takes a turn at logically parodying the craziness of fashion, or the need to be someone by accentuating threads upon the tired and worked out flesh. (Am I Man, Soul or Suit?) Based on a web toon, its more dream like surreal than mere high school teen drama (at times somewhat ‘Dasepo Naughty Girls’ but without songs and music). But one of a status of respect its is, Ki-myung a bullied teen determined to change his low esteem of meaninglessness and transitory things; scurrying around for the big boys and so sports a new dapper Ramones hair cut, Devil May Cry type heel length warrior jackets - all from the spark of that inner male human drive to win the heart of a classy school chick. Bright esteem kicked off by the influence of female loveliness and Ki-myung’s mum purchasing him a counterfeit branded padded jacket. But a little message about true worth is at the film’s centre – Ki-myung realizing that Eun-jin is his true love and the need for high status respect is a limiting power not reflecting mutual compassion. It's sharing that timeless unified spirit of love that wins over the top dog control need of disparity and division. The only true winnable ranking, the One we win together.

    But FK is fun though - a bit of a laugh. Joo Won is good here. Sulli’s character transformation is also charming and she looks really lovely. I like, too, Jae-hyeon Ahn, a really nice fellow with good promise and its good to see him acting more since YWCFTS.

    This FK edition is nicely slip cased and I received on initial release a one member cast autograph (thanky to Ju-hwan Shin) on enclosed leaflet.
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  • The Pirates (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)The Pirates (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)

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    March 23, 2015 Beards, eye patches, swashbuckling...The Pirates! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    I enjoyed ‘The Pirates’ more than I expected. Previously viewing a few trailer scenes I wasn’t sure how all of this would pan out, but after watching this entire epic Joseon period pirate tale it is one rollicking good movie. For sure this is partly serious with sword clashing violence and some mean rope swinging moments but mostly its a humorous satire (a Joseon King’s royal seal swallowed up by a massive whale at the time of the founding of the Joseon period, nearly as ‘serious’ as Jonah being swallowed up by a whale) with a bunch of dorky pirates and buffoonery bandits that make for an old school good comedy period pirate sea drama that doesn’t bore. At times it is stupidly funny, too, with some sharp witty dialogue and situation comedy that works well - especially with the scenes of NamGil’s Sa-jeong and his bandits harpooned ‘shark chase’, the mountain bandits highway blooper when they try to siege and thieve a party of passing travelers but end up on the receiving end of many soldiers on horseback - and YJS’s water chute and giant water ‘wheel of fortune’ bit at the 50 minute mark. These and other madcap quirky adventure scenes (like Sa-jeong and his bandits getting their ship stuck in the middle of two cannon firing pirate ships) are like old Hollywood period movies or Indiana Jones escapades mixed with a marital arts period films flavour (or maybe Planet Moon developer video games).

    And its all good - the aesthetically pleasing cinematography and excellent costumes, convincing CGI effects aplenty that make this all an enjoyable Big Adventure ride. NamGil’s ex-soldier mountain bandit hero and his merry band of daft bandits alongside Hae-jin Yoo’s AWOL pirate storyteller Cheol Bon, make for some very good camaraderie moments (that transition well). Tae-woo Kim’s anti-hero ‘boo-hiss’ bad guy Ho and Kyeong-yeong Lee’s face tattooed pirate also make for a complimentary duo of adverse powers. And of course the lovely Ye-jin Son from classic romancer now finally to action girl mode. Diving into the sea at the beginning with the big whale is YJS finally getting her Angelina Jolie/ Lara Croft moment (what wold Eun-joo Lee think of this?). Or Ji-Hyun Jun. Here though a pirate woman with a compassion and childhood love for two hounded whales, water victims of political machinations.
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    March 23, 2015 A pirate woman saving the whale Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Ye-jin is becoming more epic lately with also the blockbuster movie The Tower under her belt. Here YJS is good alongside NamGil’s bandit charmer (doing some nifty and scary pirate woman routine) - the niggle though that the two don’t get much together character development time (apart from one ‘romantic’ cave scene...if you can call being chained to the wrist together and needing a pee in the sea shore romantic, that is). But maybe there could be a Pirates 2 (but I’m only guessing). And of course f(x)’s Sully makes a pop up here, too. Overall YeJin’s pirate girl and her band of folly warriors trying to overcome the political greed of supreme control with the help of a sacrificing whale is all good fun with some things to think about. Certainly a movie that can be watched a number of times.

    I have this DVD special edition, which is good, but mostly the packaging box overkills the content. Its a nice great big heavy weight fold out card box (to shiver the timbers of your DVD shelf for sure), but like many ‘ordinary’ special editions it sports only a set of character/scene postcards and a slim photo scene booklet. But it is a very nice packaging box nevertheles. And I enjoyed The Pirates a lot!
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  • SHIVA, Throw Your Life (DVD) (Korea Version)SHIVA, Throw Your Life (DVD) (Korea Version)

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    March 4, 2015 Awakening - the whole point of Life existence Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Byung Tae (Gi Deok Park) is a TV documentary producer demanded by his boss to make a travel movie about India. He goes to India with his director colleague Choi (JeongGook Lee) and at an Indian market both meet hippie Korean girl Han Na (Soo Hyeon Kim) and housewife tourist Soon Yeong (Mi Ra Lee) both suffering inner demons concerning their home lives back in S Korea. On the onset Han Na and Soon Yeong get along terribly, arguing and fighting over differences of opinion, but later bond into close friendship. Byung Tae and director Choi though get more acquainted with the two helpful Korean women after Choi is lured and kidnapped for money.

    In filming his travel movie Byung Tae comes across local civil unrest and also an Indian woman and her daughter regarding a child orphanage and sickness centre. Byung Tae then considers the more important aspects of the documentary and wishes to incorporate local struggles and traditions in his travelogue. But as Byung Tae tries to convince Choi about the social importance, his director is in disagreement over what the ‘travel’ movie should show. But due to Byung Tae’s ignorance by imposing his film camera at a ceremony of the dead at the river Ganga, Byung Tae realises he has much to understand about what is truly sacrosanct. Byung Tae watches a local Indian child being washed by his father at the Ganga, bringing memories of his own sick father at home – how determined Byung Tae was about his career which kept him away from his loved ones. Told by the daughter of the Indian orphanage worker Byung Tae ‘could only ever understand India if he fully opened his heart’. Wise words Byung Tae considers towards his own family back home.

    After watching ‘Shiva, Throw Your Life’ it was sad to hear director Seong Gyou Lee had passed away of liver disease after making this movie. As a TV film director he’d visited India for 10 years making a documentary and at this movie’s VIP showing the very ill SGL was deeply moved by his audience’s love. Sadly SGL died not long after. A spiritual journey to India (or anywhere) is a venture that demands to look at the true depths of who we are and what the true meaning of life conveys - even the cycle of departure (renewal or change). Four characters here each have their personal dark demons to contend with amidst a world divided by ‘affluence’ and ‘poverty’; material separations and spiritual unity. Facing such darkness their realisations of true light, to fully see everything as it truly is.
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