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Kim Min Hee (Actor) | Lee Seon Gyun (Actor) | Cha Soo Yeon | Jo Sung Ha (Actor)
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Helpless (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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Everything he knew about her was a lie...

A man's search for his missing fiancee reveals the shocking truth about her identity in the suspense thriller Helpless. Lee Seon Gyun (Petty Romance) and Kim Min Hee (The Actresses) star in the blockbuster crime mystery, which is based on a novel by Miyabe Miyuki. Also co-starring Jo Sung Ha (The Yellow Sea), Kim Byul (Baby & Me), and Cha Soo Yeon (Yoga), the film won Byun Young Joo (Flying Boys) Best Director accolades at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards.

Moon Ho (Lee Seon Gyun) and Sun Young (Kim Min Hee) are happily engaged, but a month before the wedding, Sun Young suddenly disappears. Desperate to find her, Moon Ho enlists the help of his cousin (Jo Sung Ha), a former police officer. Tracing back into her records, they're shocked to learn that the Sun Young listed isn't Moon Ho's fiancee, but a different woman. As they dig deeper, they uncover more and more lies about her identity. Who exactly is Sun Young and where has she gone?

This edition includes commentary, making-of, music video, preview, and other extras.

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Product Title: Helpless (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 火車 (DVD) (首批限量版) (韓國版) 火车 (DVD) (首批限量版) (韩国版) 火車 (DVD) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 화차 (DVD) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Kim Min Hee (Actor) | Lee Seon Gyun (Actor) | Cha Soo Yeon | Jo Sung Ha (Actor) | Song Ha Yoon (Actor) 金敏姬 (Actor) | 李善均 (Actor) | Cha Soo Yeon | 趙成夏 (Actor) | 宋昰昀 (金星) (Actor) 金敏姬 (Actor) | 李善均 (Actor) | Cha Soo Yeon | 赵成夏 (Actor) | 宋昰昀 (金星) (Actor) キム・ミニ (Actor) | イ・ソンギュン (Actor) | チャ・スヨン | チョ・ソンハ (Actor) | ソン・ハユン (Actor) 김 민희 (Actor) | 이선균 (Actor) | 차수연 | 조성하 (Actor) | 송하윤 (김별) (Actor)
Director: Byun Young Joo 邊永祖 边永祖 Byun Young Joo 변영주
Release Date: 2012-06-28
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: Stone Music Entertainment
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031067022

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화차 (DVD) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
*Extras:
-Commentary by 변영주 감독, 김태용, 이해영, 허지웅
-Commentary by 변영주 감독, 김민희, 이선균, 조성하
-<화차>제작과정
-경계에선 여자
-삭제씬
-제작보고회
-뮤직비디오: 사랑 참 나쁘다(sung by Tim)
-본예고
-TV스팟

*Director: 변영주

-관객을 전율케 할 열연, 그리고 발견. 이선균, 김민희, 조성하
신선한 조합이 만들어낸 놀랍고 강렬한 에너지에 주목하라
-7년 만에 돌아온 변영주 감독,
섬세한 카리스마로 충격과 전율의 명품 미스터리 직조!
-애칭 ‘미미여사’ 미스터리의 여왕 미야베 미유키의 원작, 첫 영화화!
-미스터리를 완성한 마지막 퍼즐,
충무로 최고의 씬스틸러들의 신들린 연기가 살아난다!
-신용불량, 개인파산, 사채, 1인 가구, 그리고 무관심….
신랄하고 리얼한 대한민국의 현실을 스크린에 담다!


Synopsis
그녀가 사라졌다!
결혼 한 달 전, 부모님 댁에 내려가던 중 휴게소에 들른 문호와 선영. 커피를 사러 간 사이 선영은 한 통의 전화를 받고 급하게 나가고, 돌아온 문호를 기다리고 있는 건 문이 열린 채 공회전 중인 차 뿐이다. 몇 번을 걸어봐도 꺼져있는 휴대폰, 내리는 빗속으로 약혼녀가 사라졌다.

그녀의 모든 것은 가짜다!
미친 듯 선영을 찾는 문호. 돌아온 그녀의 집은 급하게 치운 흔적이 역력하고 다니던 회사의 이력서까지 허위다. 단서가 사라질 즈음, 선영이 개인파산을 했었고 정작 면책 서류에 남은 그녀의 필적과 사진은 다른 사람의 것이라는 충격적인 사실이 밝혀진다.

가족도 없고… 친구도 없고… 지문도 없다! 내가 사랑했던 그녀는 누구인가?
그녀를 찾으려면 진짜 이름부터 알아내야 하는 문호는 전직 강력계 형사인 사촌 형 종근에게 도움을 청한다. 통장 잔액을 인출하고, 지문까지 지우고 완벽하게 사라진 그녀의 행적에 범상치 않은 사건임을 직감하는 종근. 결국 그는 선영의 실종이 살인사건과 연관되어 있음을 본능적으로 느끼는데...

추적하면 할수록 드러나는 충격적 진실
과연, 그녀의 정체는 무엇인가.
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Professional Review of "Helpless (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

July 16, 2012

Helpless is a Korean suspense thriller from female Korean director Byun Young Joo (Flying Boys), based on the best-selling Japanese novel All She was Worth by author Miyabe Miyuki. Following an increasingly desperate man's quest to find his missing fiancee, the film stars actor Lee Seon Gyun (Petty Romance) and actress Kim Min Hee (The Actresses) in the lead, with a supporting cast that includes Jo Sung Ha (The Yellow Sea), Kim Byul (Baby & Me) and Cha Soo Yeon (Yoga). As well as proving a huge hit at the box office and emerging as one of the most popular domestic films of 2012 so far, it also went down very well with critics, winning Byun Young Joo Best Director at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards.

Lee Seon Gyun takes centre stage as Moon Ho, whose bride to be Sun Young (Kim Min Hee) inexplicably disappears at a rest stop on a journey from Seoul to meet his parents, leaving behind only a hairclip as a clue. Unable to reach her phone and returning to find her apartment ransacked, Moon Ho tries to get the police to help, only to be met with standard disinterest. Teaming up with his of his cousin and former detective Kim Jong Geun (Jo Sung Ha), he soon uncovers a startling secret, namely that Sun Young was in fact not her real name, and that she had been living some kind of mysterious double life. As he digs deeper in a frantic search for the truth, he enters a seedy world of hidden identities and murder, making him wonder just how well he knew his fiancee after all.

Helpless kicks off feeling like George Sluizer's 1988 classic suspense thriller The Vanishing (the original, not his 1993 Hollywood remake of the same name), with an attention grabbing opening few scenes, and continues from there to pack in a long running series of twists and revelations. Crucially, the film's central mystery is a strong one, and by the standards of the genre is actually quite unpredictable in terms of the eventual path it takes. Byun does a good, patient job of building suspense, and the film is one of the few to feature a genuinely believable investigation, with Moon Ho and Kim putting in the effort and tracking down plausible clues, without the script relying too much on the usual coincidences and sudden flashes of unlikely inspiration. The film is for the most part gripping and intelligent, and though it does rush a bit into its conclusion, packing in a great deal during the last 20 minutes or so, it makes far better use of flashbacks and revelations than many of its peers.

At the same time, the film also carries a considerable emotional punch, thanks in no small part to Lee Seon Gyun's excellent performance as the tortured Moon Ho. Lee manages to make the poor man's agony and frustration only too palpable, successfully pulling the viewer into his plight, and his many anguished outbursts serve well to make him a very sympathetic and human figure. Kim Min Hee also impresses in a multi-layered and shifting role, convincingly switching between different demeanours as her character develops, though without pushing things too far either as femme fatale or victim.

Helpless is definitely a superior Korean mystery suspenser, and though not quite Hitchcock, its many twists and reversals should be clever enough to keep most viewers gripped and guessing. Solidly directed by Byun Young Joo and benefiting from strong turns from its two leads, its well-deserved box office success is very pleasing indeed, proving that there is an appetite amongst audiences for carefully crafted and intelligent fare as well as louder and more generic thrillers.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Helpless (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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September 19, 2012

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Indelible Fear by Cruelty (part 1) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
When Seon-yeong (Min-hee) and fiancée Mun-ho (Seon-gyun) drive to visit Mun-ho’s parents they briefly park at a roadside station. While leaving Seon-yeong alone in the car while Mun-ho goes into the rest stop, on his return to the car he finds Seon-yeong as suddenly disappeared without a trace. Panicking Mun-ho reports her missing to the police, but being a preliminary missing situation, they merely suggest Mun-ho to wait - a common situation that women who impulsively run away can soon return. Angered, impatient and restless Mun-ho is convinced that the police are idiots and that something is terribly wrong. It was raining, the car door was left open, Seon-yeong’s hair clip was dropped at the reststop and she never called Mun-ho to say where she was! On returning to Seon-yeong’s apartment Mun-ho finds signs of a break in, but later learns his fiancée had made the mess leaving in a hurry. Things however get more intense when Mun-ho suddenly discovers Seon-yeong was in terrible financial debt, something Mun-ho knew nothing about. Digging deeper about the debt, Mun-ho then uncovers his biggest shock. That Seon-yeong, a woman he first met outside his business veterinary surgery and fell immediately in love with, is not even her real name. On a written business document Mun-ho discovers Seon-yeong’s name beside a different photo to that of Mun-ho’s fiancée, who had used this woman’s identity as an alias.

Mun-ho’s fiancée also disappeared just after her mother’s funeral (her mother slipping on ice) and that his fiancée had wiped all fingerprints from her apartment room before abandoning it, telling a neighbor to sell her belongings. Things suggest the woman Mun-ho knew as Seon-yeong may have killed her mother for inheritance money, but Mun-ho denies this theory as improbable; no way could this beautiful woman do such a thing! They were about to celebrate their wedding ceremony! But her disappearance, false name and crippling debt leaves Mun-ho frantically wondering, and worrying, about who really was this woman he truly loved. Confused at the madness happening to him, Mun-ho’s head seems about to explode. Desperately Mun-ho seeks help from his detective cousin Jong-geun (Seong-ha Jo), a failed cop who succumbed to bribes but who assists Mun-ho in finding his missing fiancée. Together they uncover a barrage of complexity, leads and past dark secrets, piecing together an horrific background about a woman Mun-ho could never even possibly have imagined.
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Indelible Fear by Cruelty (part 2) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
If something’s going to stress up a person’s head it’s either an over oppressive parent, crippling financial debt or both and that probably is the key theme to Yong-joo Byun’s script and directorship here. What makes it even worse is if that problem leads to having the head slapped around by debt collectors (and sometimes grumpy dads) and prostitution offerings to pay off that debt, a person’s restlessness would be in overdrive. Kyung-sun also prays to God for some really hard freedom blessings in “Helpless”, but I think she’d have been better off asking the Pleiadians for assistance considering her mucked up life. Debt and nasty oppression for sure and how a woman uses another identity and dark bloody deeds due to being driven by terrible white-hot fear.

Based on a Japanese crime thriller novel by Miyabe Miyuki, “Helpless” is a powerful thriller with a cut to the chase beginning and an unfolding perpetuating mystery surrounding an illusive female protagonist, played well with deceptive dark depths by Min-hee Kim. Certainly a title word deeply entrenched into both Mun-ho and Seon-yeong’s upturned world. (Although conjoined with ‘Frantically’ would be apt.) Most of the film centers on Mun-ho, a man slowly breaking apart at the seams as he tries to keep his sanity, desperately searching for a woman (and her background) who he truly loves, but doesn’t know. The secrets about her aren’t pretty either, as the plot unfolds a desperately fearful and tragic woman’s actions, and Min-hee’s role is certainly not an easy one to empathize with. But Min-hee delivers her cold, fearful part exceptionally well. So does of course Seon-gyun as the soul ravaged and love burnt Mun-ho (boy does he suffer here!). The darkness though is contrasted by lighter touches of Jong-geun’s cop role (almost like a David Jason ‘Frost’ in ways…humorous but deadly serious). But there’s not much space to take a breather amongst the intensity. Mun-ho’s final pain at the somewhat disjointed and ugly ending is cruelty displayed to amplification. Falling innocently in love shifts to utter insane tragedy, with such a poisonous ending it leaves even the viewer feeling ‘helpless’ by it all. Good but soul biting and bitter tragedy and not a movie with an easy ending. Well worth seeing though!

For mundane aspects, the DVD set comes in a slipcase with a different photo cover for the inside DVD case and sports some really nice extras (premier showcase etc).
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