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A Tale of Legendary Libido (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Bong Tae Gyu (Actor) | Shin Han Sol (Director) | Kim Ye Won
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Korea's answer to Austin Powers, A Tale of Legendary Libido stars comedy sensation Bong Tae Gyu (The Two Faces of My Girlfriend) as a timid loner suddenly bestowed with an incredible mojo that allows him to have super strength erection. In this latest raunchy sex comedy loosely based on the ancient Korean folklore song Byeon Kang Swe Tale about a macho sex icon named Byeon Kang Swe, director Shin Han Sol (The Art of Fighting) offers a modern day interpretation of machismo and male sexuality that clearly sets his film apart from previous adaptations like Garujigi (1988). Gone is the big beefy Byeon Kang Swe; instead, it's a wimpy, unlikely heartthrob who endures the passion of one lady while trying to ward off an entire village of sex-raging women. A testosterone-fueled comedy filled with wild erotic adventures, A Tale of Legendary Libido also offers a delightful change of style by featuring hybrid Korean traditional costumes that accentuate all the key body parts and some wondrous sounds of philharmonic orchestra and traditional Korean pansori opera .

In a small mountainous village during the Joseon era, there lived a young timid rice cake seller named Kang Swe (Bong Tae Gyu), who suffered from impotency due to a freak accident some years ago. The target of the town's mockery, he hides himself in the mountains, but his stay is cut short after running into a monk who passes on the ancient secret of never-ending erection. Now in full gear, Kang Swe returns to the village and finds out that all healthy men have been sent out to war. With sex-hungry, lusty women fighting to get a piece of the action, Kang Swe certainly has some work cut out for himself.

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Product Title: A Tale of Legendary Libido (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 猛男誕生記 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 猛男诞生记 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) A Tale of Legendary Libido (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) A Tale of Legendary Libido (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Bong Tae Gyu (Actor) | Shin Han Sol | Kim Ye Won 奉太奎 (Actor) | Shin Han Sol | Kim Ye Won 奉太奎 (Actor) | Shin Han Sol | Kim Ye Won ポン・テギュ (Actor) | Shin Han Sol | キム・イェウォン 봉태규 (Actor) | 신한솔 | 김예원
Director: Shin Han Sol Shin Han Sol Shin Han Sol Shin Han Sol 신한솔
Release Date: 2009-02-10
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country 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
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Sheng Chi Media (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014344788

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製作:Lee Seo-yull

在遠古韓國朝鮮王朝的年代,其中有一條小村莊有一個大問題。這是一個陰陽失調的社會,是一個陰盛陽衰的社會,女性主義成為新的規則與力量,使得所有男人都是怯懦,毫無男子氣概的男人。在女人統治的小鎮裡,只剩下少數有能力的男人去取悅所有的女人。卞?衰就是在他們當中最無能的男人,因為他是命中註定不能勃起的男人。靠著賣米糕為生的卞?衰雖然沒做什麼,但卻成為村子裡被眾人嘲笑的對象。但突然他的命運面臨重大的改變!卞?衰意外地遇見一位修行者,他很同情卞?衰可悲的命運,還給了卞?衰一個秘密的治療方法。那秘密療法讓卞?衰成為朝鮮中最猛的猛男!他的性能力簡直讓村子裡每個人都為之震驚。卞?衰頓時成為村子裡最夯的人物,一大群女人圍著他,很熱切地希望能跟他共渡春宵。無數的稱讚 – 他是史上性能力最強的男人!而卞?衰的人生從未如此美好過。但在卞?衰的心中只有一個女人,而這個女人也快將成為他哥哥的妻子。這件事情隨著卞?衰的哥哥代替卞?衰去從軍打仗,而成為不可抗拒的誘惑。
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Professional Review of "A Tale of Legendary Libido (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

July 29, 2008

This professional review refers to A Tale of Legendary Libido (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
A Tale of Legendary Libido sets itself apart immediately from other Korean sex comedies with its classical roots. Writer-director Sin Han Sol's irreverent comedy is actually a "re-imagining" of a famous tale recorded in the 19th century. In the original story, main character Byun Gang Soe is the ultimate playa of his time, bedding woman left and right with his sexual prowess. Sin's film gives a silly spin on the character's origin, crediting Byun's power to a magical potion made from the nose of a totem pole soaked in aged wine. Apparently, the nose once unleashed a horde of nearly naked men that would have sex with anything that moves, and the logic is that the wine would lend similar power to whoever drinks it.

Of all people, Byun (played by Bong Tae Gyu) needs the potion the most. Despite his impressive fighting skills, he is ridiculed throughout the female-dominated town after his manhood is rendered useless in an accident. One day, he rescues a trapped old man and his disciple in the forest, and the old man repays his kindness by pointing him towards the potion. Obviously, the magic potion comes with a few conditions; the old man warns Byun that not following its rules (no intercourse for 14 days, take only one sip, etc.) will lead to disaster for the village. No prize for guessing what happens.

With characters like a physician that urines with the power of a fire hose and women who wear far too revealing clothes for the period, Sin is obviously not aiming for any type of historical authenticity. The lead-up to Byun "unleashing" his power is also appropriately silly with plenty of crude jokes, plus the sight of men performing synchronized swimming to retrieve a lost shoe.

However, Sin doesn't seem to quite know where to go with his one-joke premise. Sin develops his story at a surprisingly slow pace, spending nearly half the 110-minute running time setting up Byun's power. Sin continues to bring the plot to irreverent places, including a major competition to test Byun's newfound power against a foreigner. But Sin traps himself with his first-act foreshadowing, taking the story into melodramatic territory with a predictably serious third act. The writer-director eventually returns to comedy, giving the final conflict an absurd solution, but he fails in capturing the right comic tone, causing the film to barely drag to its long-awaited finish.

Part of the blame goes to leading man Bong, who lacks the believable charisma to make his change into the village sex god convincing. Bong does get part of his character right, as he wanders around the village in a constant sad sack state. However, his expression remains the same even after his major change, never showing any emotion towards the attention he receives or the things happening around him. This can partly be attributed to Sin's direction and script, which moves into its fun-deadening "more power comes with more responsibility" theme almost immediately. On the other hand, the writer/director gives the supporting players more to do. Oh Dal Soo provides plenty of charm as Byun's hunk brother, and Kim Sin Ah turns in an eye-catching debut with a sexy performance as the object of the two brothers' affection.

At times, Sin manages to squeeze some laughs from his absurd premise. Placing a crude sex comedy in a period setting is not easy, and A Tale of Legendary Libido can't simply be dismissed as a total failure because of the challenge it tackles. It earns points for finding creative ways to use an enlarged manhood (It disrupts waterfalls!), and the musical influence throughout provides a fascinatingly strange vibe that should at least garner some confused laughs. Even though the sex is more played for laughs than for titillation, it also delivers much of the requisite raunchiness to satisfy sex comedy fans. Despite the pseudo-serious tone of the third act, A Tale of Legendary Libido does not ask to be taken very seriously. How else can you explain the symphony of urine performing to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance"? If you find that idea funny, this may be the Korean comedy you've been waiting for.

By Kevin Ma

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