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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.4 out of 10 (7)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.9 out of 10 (12)

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The Ryoo brothers have teamed up to offer you an exceptional action comedy. Ryoo Seung Wan (The City of Violence) was responsible for the directorial work, while Ryoo Seung Bum (Crying Fist) slipped into the role of the justice-seeking cop Sang Hwan. Trying to rid the world of criminals, he shuns no efforts to unravel the mysteries of Taoist power. Luck is on his side as The Seven Masters appear out of thin air and train him to become a helping hand for the world-protecting hero Eui Jin. Just when Sang Hwan believes that everything will change for the better, Evil Lord Heung Un manages to escape from his prison. Can Sang Hwan's new powers aid Eui Jin to stop Heung Un's evil intentions?

Arahan was honored with the grand prize at 2004's International Fantastic Film Festival in Puchon.

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Product Title: ARAHAN 阿羅漢 阿罗汉 ARAHAN アラハン (阿羅漢 - 掌風大作戦) (韓国版) 아라한
Artist Name(s): Ahn Sung Ki | Ryoo Seung Bum | Yoon So Yi 安聖基 | 柳乘泛 | 尹素怡 安圣基 | 柳乘泛 | 尹素怡 アン・ソンギ | リュ・スンボム | ユン・ソイ 안 성기 | 류 승범 | 윤 소이
Release Date: 2004-08-27
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place 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?
Publisher: Cinema Service
Other Information: 2 DVDs
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003738908

Product Information

* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 dts
* DVD Type : N/A
* Extras :
1)형제들위 의기투합
2)아라한의 찬반 대격돌
-Mind Master
-입문 : 60~80년대 무협 영화 변천사
-아라한을 찾아서 : 전체 메이킹
-도인들위 무용담 : 배우 인터뷰
-천기누설 : 스텁 인터뷰 / 코멘터리
-봉인을 풀다 ; 삭제장면
-비화: 크레딧
-득도의 경지
1)국내용 예고편
2)해외용 예고편
3)TV spot
-이스터에그 : 도를 아십니까?

* Director : 류승완

때는 바야흐로 2003년.. 고성능 카메라폰과 MP3, 디지털카메라, 펜티엄 4, X-게임, 화상채팅과 혼전동거가 젊은이들을 사로잡던 바로 지금의 서울 도심 한복판. 마천루 속에 거하는 '절대내공' 생활도인들 고층 빌딩에 아슬아슬하게 매달려 유리를 닦는 청소부, 무거운 보따리를 자유자재로 이고 다니는 할머니, 아무도 모르게 거대한 도심 속에 평화를 유지하는 도인들이 살고 있다. 한 분야에서 오랫동안 자신의 기를 갈고 닦은 생활 도인들, 보이지 않는 곳에서 이루어지는 이들의 활약이 세상을 평화롭게 이끌고 있다는데..
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Professional Review of "ARAHAN"

November 17, 2004

This professional review refers to ARAHAN (VCD) (Korea Version)
If you like movies with secret masters, ancient villains, fearsome fu-skills, and buckets of butt-kicking action, then look no further: Arahan is here.

The film opens with five of the Seven Masters, bemoaning the fact that they've got no new disciples to learn the hidden arts. You can tell the tone of the movie immediately: several of the Masters are wearing daggy tracky dacks, and one smokes continuously. This movie does not take itself too seriously.

When we meet the two leads, they too confound our expectations of how these things should work. Eui Jin (Yoon So-yi) is a convenience store assistant and freelance thief-taker whose pretty face often wears an expression of withering contempt. Sang Hwan (Ryoo Seung Bum) is a hapless police officer in frantic pursuit of the same thief, and seems to have "Doofus" tattooed all over him.

As a cultural aside, you may need to know something about how the Korean Police works. All young men have to do national service, and some serve that time in the police force. This means that the attitude of many Koreans towards these young policemen is totally contemptuous. The uniform they're forced to wear only makes a bad situation worse.

So, we have our courageous but ineffective cop in panting pursuit of a thief, and rounding the corner just as Eui Jin launches her Power Blast. Probably (TM). Impressive, except that Eui Jin has never been good at aiming, and the blast bypasses the thief and knocks out Sang Hwan. This indignity is only compounded when he wakes to find himself stripped to his undies and a-bristle with acupuncture needles. Inevitably, after the initial shock (and much dancing around in panic with the needles waving like a field of grain), Sang Hwan decides to learn the arts and A Hero Is Born.

Of course every Hero needs a Villain, and this one is plenty villainous: shaggy hair, a big sword, and a tendency to suck the life out of pawn shop owners. His determined and ruthless evil (or perhaps I should say "eeeevuuullllll") is set against the desperate goodness of Mu Un (Ahn Sung Ki). Ahn seems to enjoy something a little more light-hearted than his usual roles, and presents his character with a deftness of touch that stops the film descending into farce.

It's not a perfect film, but it has a lot to recommend it: a fine cast, plenty of fights and a splash of humour, interlaced with some subtly conveyed moral points. Now if only Eui Jin could get her aim right...

7 transferring tattoos out of 10


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Customer Review of "ARAHAN"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.4 out of 10 (7)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.9 out of 10 (12)

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October 10, 2008

This customer review refers to Arahan (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Good with some flaws. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Lot's of action - Check

Good Effects - Check

Grumpy Martial Arts experts teaching super powers to a bumbling cop - Check

Storyline - err whoops.

Good fun and worth a watch Arahan is only let down by the lack of much of a story beyond the usual 'that guy is bad go kick him in the head'. If more time had been spent with the masters and more explanation given to some parts of the film I would have probably given in another star.

Very watchable if a little light on story.
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September 22, 2006

Too much chi Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
I went into this movie not expecting much, and I was suprised at the decent amount of action I got out of it. For the most part, the fight scenes were decently choreographed and the special effects were well integrated into the movie. However, I felt that the overall storyline was... well I don't want to call it predictable, but it was definetly not original and at times it was downright cliche. I also didn't find the lead actor very interesting. He seems more like the kind of person who would do well in a supporting role, but in the lead he just sort of came off as relatively bland (but a lot of that blame probably can rest on the script because his acting wasn't that bad). I sort of wish they had more humor added to the movie, I think I laughed like, once. As for the final fight scene, I really thought it dragged on. I kept catching myself looking away.

Bottom Line: This movie has some cookie cutter comedy, special FXed fight scenes, an interesting but cliche storyline, and a pretty straightforward (in an uninteresting way) main character. If you are looking for a movie with some good fight scenes that you won't remember in a week, this is for you.
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September 1, 2006

This customer review refers to Arahan (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Good Action Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
The combination of Ahn Sungki and Ryu is great. Action talaga. You will really like the effects and the stunts. The story is ok. You will enjoy it if you go for this kind of action.
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June 13, 2006

This customer review refers to ARAHAN (VCD) (Korea Version)
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Disappointed Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
This movie's quite famous, but it's not that good. I was expecting more of it, but until the movie ends, I didn't find anything more than the usual fighting scenes.
There were good laughing materials in it, but that's not enough for me to call it a good movie.

I won't recommend this to Korean movie lovers.
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November 19, 2005

A bit above average stuff! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
The film has some nice action/martial arts sequences (when it does finally gets to it... WAY PAST THE MID-POINT OF THE MOVIE!). My main complaints are probably the use of WAY TOO MUCH "wire-fu" in the last couple of fights and it takes TOO LONG to get the action going. Also, the plot feels a bit convoluted. What kept me awake was looking forward to glimpses of the lead actress (Yoon So-Yi... she's one pretty lady!).
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