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A Hard Day (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Sun Kyun (Actor) | Cho Jin Woong (Actor) | Kim Dong Young (Actor) | Shin Dong Mi (Actor)
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Premiering at the Director's Fortnight of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, director Kim Seong Hun's crime action thriller brings new meaning to having A Hard Day. Lee Seon Gyun (Helpless) stars as a beleaguered cop whose attempt to cover up a crime throws him unwittingly into the middle of an even bigger crime conspiracy. Impeccably paced and chockfull of twists and turns, A Hard Day sends audiences on an intense and unpredictable roller coaster of action and suspense.

Homicide detective Ko Gun Su (Lee Seon Gyun) just lost his mother and his team is under internal investigation at work. While driving back from his mother's funeral, he accidentally runs over a man on a remote country road. Ko hides the body in his own mother's coffin. A few days later, he is shocked to come across the victim's profile in another ongoing case, which may eventually lead back to him and his desperate cover-up. Before Ko can figure out what's going on, detective Park Chang Min (Jo Jin Woong, Hwayi: A Monster Boy) suddenly appears to threaten him. Park knows the truth – and he wants the body back.

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Product Title: A Hard Day (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 非常警探 (2014) (DVD) (台灣版) 非常警探 (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) 最後まで行く(2014/韓国) (DVD) (台湾版) 끝까지 간다
Also known as: 走向盡頭 / 黑仔刑警 走向尽头 / 黑仔刑警
Artist Name(s): Lee Sun Kyun (Actor) | Cho Jin Woong (Actor) | Kim Dong Young (Actor) | Shin Dong Mi (Actor) | Park Bo Gum 李善均 (Actor) | 趙震雄 (Actor) | Kim Dong Young (Actor) | Shin Dong Mi (Actor) | 朴寶劍 李善均 (Actor) | 赵震雄 (Actor) | Kim Dong Young (Actor) | Shin Dong Mi (Actor) | 朴宝剑 イ・ソンギュン (Actor) | チョ・ウォンジュン (Actor) | キム・ドンヨン (Actor) | シン・ドンミ (Actor) | パク・ボゴム 이선균 (Actor) | 조진웅 (Actor) | 김동영 (Actor) | 신동미 (Actor) | 박보검
Director: Kim Seong Hun 金成勛 金成勋 キム・ソンフン 김성훈
Release Date: 2015-10-30
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Video Codecs: MPEG-2 (H.262)
Duration: 111 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (Taiwan) Co. Ltd (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1045997308

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Professional Review of "A Hard Day (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

November 5, 2014

This professional review refers to A Hard Day (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Korean writer director Kim Seong Hun returns with A Hard Day, his first film since the offbeat 2006 comedy drama How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men. A dark, twisting thriller, the film is a change of pace for the second time helmer, and despite a lack of big name stars was somewhat of a sleeper hit at the domestic box office, pulling in over 3 million admissions after having premiered at the Director's Fortnight of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Actor Lee Seon Gyun, a Hong Sang Soo regular who recently featured in the likes of Our Sunhi and Nobody's Daughter Haewon, headlines as corrupt homicide detective Ko Gun Su, under investigation by internal affairs for his misbehaviour. As the title suggests, Ko does indeed have a very bad day through the course of the film, which opens with him running over and killing a man while driving to his mother's funeral on a dark and stormy night. After somehow managing to hide the body in his poor mother's coffin, he thinks his worries are over, until he starts getting threatening calls from a man claiming to have witnessed the event, and learns that his victim was in fact a wanted criminal. Desperately trying to cover things up, Ko lot worsens when the voice on the phone is revealed to be that of detective Park Chang Min (Jo Jin Woong, Hwayi: A Monster Boy), who has his own sinister motivations for getting his hands on the corpse.

The above synopsis only really serves to set in motion an increasingly complex and deadly chain of events, and A Hard Day is a film which it's best to go into knowing as little as possible. While there's nothing new here, Kim Seong Hun drawing heavily on familiar genre tropes, as well as a wide variety of other films, in particular the works of the Coen Brother and Hitchcock, it's an unpredictable tale, with plenty of unexpected reversals and surprises. This is mainly due to a sharp script, which Kim apparently spent several years perfecting, and which expertly suspends disbelief, keeping the viewer guessing and ensuring the film is both coherent and taut throughout despite frequently falling back on manipulative coincidences. Although upon reflection it doesn't make too much sense, the film is a huge amount of fun and a wonderfully tense ride while it lasts, thanks in no small part to a pitch black streak of cruel humour - indeed, the film arguably works best as an ever-escalating comedy of errors, never giving the viewer or its amusingly tortured protagonist a moment's rest. Clocking in at nearly two hours, it's a touch on the long side, though Kim works in enough violence and flashes of well-choreographed action alongside the creatively cruel laughs, ensuring that the pace never slackens, and there's a pleasing lack of the usual melodrama or filler material.

It also helps that Ko Gun Su serves as an interesting protagonist, and that the film never tries to crudely shoehorn in any redemptive character arc or any cheap doubt as to his guilt - much of the film's suspense comes directly from the fact that his ever-intensifying mess is entirely of his own making. Lee Seon Gyun is excellent in the lead role, and does a great job of making Ko somehow likeable despite his endless list of flaws, and Kim's script successfully strikes the difficult balance of making it highly enjoyable watching him squirm while at the same time hoping he'll somehow wriggle his way out of the dire situation. Jo Jin Woong is also excellent as the villainous Park, exuding over the top menace and unpredictable pantomime evil, and the film gets a great deal of mileage out of the battle and shifting power struggle between its two combatants. Though this might not sound like too glamorous a selling point for the film, the effort Kim has obviously put into his script really shines through, and reminds the viewer again of the importance of good writing, a fact sadly lost on so many filmmakers.

Certainly, it's this which gives A Hard Day a lift, and boosts it from being a solid genre entry to something more special, as well as a breathless couple of hours of mean-spirited fun. Hopefully marking a more permanent return for the clearly talented Kim Seong Hun, there's plenty here to impress, and the film is well-deserving of the cult status it seems to be quietly achieving.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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