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Passionate yet impetuous Ki Joon (Park Seo Joon) and nerdy Hee Yeol (Kang Ha Neul) become friends during the tough training at police academy. One night, the duo witnesses the abduction of a young woman. They immediately call the police but the case is put aside due to insufficient evidence and bureaucratic red tape. Applying the knowledge they learned in school, the pair decides to investigate the case and save the victim themselves before it's too late.
This edition comes with special features including trailer, Hong Kong gala premiere and interview with director Kim Ju Hwan and Kang Ha Neul.
|Product Title:||Midnight Runners (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 青年警察 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 青年警察 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Midnight Runners (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 청년경찰|
|Artist Name(s):||Kang Ha Neul (Actor) | Park Seo Joon (Actor) | Sung Dong Il (Actor) | Park Ha Sun (Actor) | Bae Yoo Ram (Actor) 姜河那 (Actor) | 朴敘俊 (Actor) | 成東日 (Actor) | 朴河宣 (Actor) | 裴 侑藍 (Actor) 姜河那 (Actor) | 朴叙俊 (Actor) | 成东日 (Actor) | 朴河宣 (Actor) | 裴 侑蓝 (Actor) カン・ハヌル (Actor) | パク・ソジュン (Actor) | ソン・ドンイル (Actor) | パク・ハソン (Actor) | Bae Yoo Ram (Actor) 강하늘 (Actor) | 박서준 (Actor) | 성동일 (Actor) | 박하선 (Actor) | 배 유람 (Actor)|
|Director:||Kim Ju Hwan 金周焕 金周焕 Kim Ju Hwan 김주환|
|Blu-ray Region Code:||A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1, Widescreen|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD|
|Disc Format(s):||Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Video Codecs:||AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1063295007|
-HK Gala Premiere
-Director & KANG Ha-neul HK Interview
An overzealous young police academy student Gi-jun (PARK Seo-jun) and a by-the-book police academy student Hee-yeol (KANG Ha-neul) are two best friends, out on a leave, witness a kidnapping by chance.
As the sole witnesses to the crime, they report to the police immediately as they've learned in school. But thanks to complicated red-tape and lack of evidence, the investigation seems to be going nowhere. Desperate, the duo decides to take matters into their own hands where they run into unexpected twists and turns.
Dizzying crime adventure led by two fumbling yet passionate young lads begins!
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Professional Review of "Midnight Runners (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"
Korean writer-director Kim Ju-hwan (Koala, Goodbye My Smile) makes the step up from indie features to bigger-budgeted commercial fare with comedy actioner Midnight Runners, headlined by top young stars Park Seo-joon (Chronicles of Evil) and Kang Ha-neul (Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet). Following a couple of hot-headed young police academy cadets who start fighting crime on their own initiative, the film was both popular with audiences and a critical hit, being hailed as one of the Top 10 Films of the year by the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards as well as winning a number of nominations for Kim and his cast.
The film opens with the rebellious risk-taker Ki-joon (Park Seo-joon) and the more bookish Hee-yeol (Kang Ha-neul) meeting and bonding while undergoing the harsh training regime at the police academy. Though neither of them are exactly the best students, the two have a shared passion for law enforcement and doing the right thing, and become fast friends. Out drinking one night they witness a young woman being grabbed off the street and thrown into a van, though when they report the kidnapping are frustrated by the lack of interest shown by the local police. Taking matters into their own hands they set about tracking down the woman, coming up against and organ trafficking ring and a sinister conspiracy.
On paper, Midnight Runners certainly doesn't sound like anything special, with a wholly generic plot revolving around a mismatched bromance and the conspiracy and organ trafficking themes that have been popular in Korean cinema for a long while. Thankfully, this is one of those cases where a film gets almost everything else right, and what it lacks in originality or surprises, Midnight Runners more than makes up for in heart and action-packed derring-do. Though familiar, Kim Ju-hwan's script and story are fast-paced and believable, and show an admirable investment in making sure that its two heroes and their buddy relationship are as likeable and fun and possible. There's a real chemistry between Park Seo-joon and Kang Ha-neul, and this gives the film a real boost and a lot of heart, the two both being very passionate and impetuous young men, whose unflagging crusade for justice and struggle against bureaucracy are engaging and rousing. The young stars are on great form, Park Seo-joon in particular, who won Best New Actor at the 54th Grand Bell Awards and the 26th Buil Film Awards, and this also gives the material a boost.
While the action set pieces are similarly nothing new, Kim keeps them coming thick and fast, and there are plenty of chase scenes and brawls scattered throughout, not to mention well-intentioned though unintentionally amusing training montages. Though as a director Kim doesn't always seem too comfortable with depicting graphic violence, the film still has a hard edge, which combines surprisingly well with its comic elements – it's quite rare to find a Korean film which deals with organ trafficking while managing to remain funny, Kim throwing in lots of wacky gags, banter and slapstick. It's this balance which really notches the film up a couple of marks, and it successfully avoids the kind of jarring sudden shifts in tone which have marred many of its peers. A general absence of melodrama also wins Kim points.
Though none of this makes Midnight Runners truly special or likely to appeal beyond fans of the genre or cast, it's an entertaining and action-packed film with a big heart, and one which stands out at least somewhat from the crowded playing field of Korean comedy thrillers. It's good to see Kim Ju-hwan managing the move from indie cinema to bigger productions without much of a hitch, and Park Seo-joon and Kang Ha-neul are both charismatic young stars with promising futures ahead of them.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com
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May 30, 2018
Written and helmed by relatively new director Kim Ju Hwan, Midnight Runners takes the police academy procedural and buddy action comedy genres out for a good run around the block with young pavement-hitting stars.
New-generation actors Park Seo Joon and Kang Ha Neul form the bumbling tag team of police academy recruits Ki Joon and Hee Yeol. The two squabble immaturely at the start of training, and then soon become best friends. While out one night, they witness a young woman get abducted on the street. They report the crime to the local police station and their academy instructor, but the case gets shelved due to insufficient evidence and manpower. Unable to ignore their conscience and calling, our clumsy cadets apply their raw police academy skills to follow the clues on their own and storm recklessly into some fabulous trouble.
As is prone to happen in Korean crime action comedies, laughs and buffoonery are doled out heartily, and then proceedings turn alarmingly serious and violent for something that started as a light comedy. Midnight Runners really pulls out the stops for its final act that sees the two reluctant heroes infiltrating criminal headquarters and taking on an entire building of goons.
Midnight Runners may be about two cops-in-training running around in circles and winging it, but the film's direction is quite tight and thought-out. Kim Ju Hwan maintains a good handle on pacing and brings together the action, drama and comedy elements into a fast-moving whole. Park Seo Joon and Kang Ha Neul nail the "dumb and dumber" comedic chemistry, while also having the dramatic chops to flesh out what could otherwise be stock characters. All of this assures that Midnight Runners is plenty entertaining for the length of its running time.