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Almost Love (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Kim Ha Neul (Actor) | Kwon Sang Woo (Actor) | Lee Sang Woo | Lee Han (Director)
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Almost Love (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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Kwon Sang Woo and Kim Ha Neul, the popular stars of 2003's hit film My Tutor Friend reunite for writer/director Lee Han's 2005 romantic comedy, Almost Love! The two actors play Ji Hwan and Dal Rae, a pair of friends who grew up together in the same neighborhood and have been platonic pals ever since childhood. While Taekwondo student turned stuntman, Ji Hwan (Kwon Sang Woo) wishes to follow in the footsteps of his hero, action movie icon Jackie Chan, drama student Dal Rae (Kim Ha Neul) would like nothing more than to become an actress, although her eternal shyness during the audition process continually prevents her from landing any plum acting roles.

Although the two of them bicker incessantly, there's a mischievous, altogether playful quality to their arguments, and as the film develops, it becomes clear that they are great friends with a deep affection for one another. However, their friendship takes a turn for the worse when they each begin dating other people: Dal Rae starts seeing a handsome, athletic young man who happens to be a fellow member of Ji Hwan's Taekwondo group, while Ji Hwan himself begins going out with a gorgeous young woman with a figure to die for. It would seem that there shouldn't be any issue between these two about dating other people, but as soon as they embark on these new relationships, things start to get weird for these once good friends! It seems that everybody knows their relationship is so much more than friendship, except Ji Hwan and Dal Rae themselves! Will they figure out their own feelings in time, before it's too late?

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Product Title: Almost Love (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 青春漫畫 (DVD) (限量版) (韓國版) 青春漫画 (DVD) (限量版) (韩国版) 青春漫画 - 僕らの恋愛シナリオ - (限定版) (韓国版) 청춘만화
Also known as: 情迷戇豬男 情迷戆猪男
Artist Name(s): Kim Ha Neul (Actor) | Kwon Sang Woo (Actor) | Lee Sang Woo 金荷娜 (Actor) | 權 相佑 (Actor) | 李尚禹 金荷娜 (Actor) | 权 相佑 (Actor) | 李尚禹 キム・ハヌル (Actor) | クォン・サンウ (Actor) | イ・サンウ 김 하늘 (Actor) | 권 상우 (Actor) | 이상우
Director: Lee Han 李翰 李翰 イ・ハン 이한
Release Date: 2009-05-06
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country 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: Fantom Korea
Other Information: 2 DVDs + Postcards
Shipment Unit: 3 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004306593

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 & 2.0 / dts
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Extras :
- 만화 그리기 (권상우의 액션연기, 김하늘 애절한 사랑연기 등 <청춘만화> 탄생의 뒷이야기를 살펴본다.)
- 댄스 댄스 댄스 (<청춘만화> 최대 힛트 노래방 댄스 씬을 위한 권상우, 김하늘의 연습 장면을 보며 그들의 춤을 배워보자.)
- 영화속 영화 (<청춘만화> 속의 미니영화를 따로 따로 감상해보자.) : ‘소년’ , ‘비스트맨’, ‘바람의 기억’
- 찢어진 페이지 (이한 감독의 코멘터리가 포함 된 삭제씬)
- 뮤직비디오 (상상 / 코요테)
- 예고편

* Director : 이한

대한민국 최강콤비, 권상우-김하늘이 돌아왔다!

2003년 전국 520만 흥행돌풍을 일으켰던 <동갑내기 과외하기>가 탄생시킨 대한민국 최강 콤비 권상우-김하늘. 이들이 2006년 봄을 맞아 다시 한번 뭉쳤다!!! 얼짱 몸짱 싸움짱까지 소위 잘나가는 고삐리 권상우가 동갑내기 과외선생 김하늘에게 과외받은지 3년만이다. 그 동안 권상우-김하늘 콤비만한 최고의 명랑 커플이 탄생하지 않아 그들의 재결합을 기대하고 기다리고 있던 많은 이들에게 <청춘만화>는 최고의 희소식이었다.

<청춘만화>에서 권상우-김하늘 커플은 보기에도 누구나 ‘긍정적’이라는 단어가 생각나게 하는 캐릭터를 연기한다. 보기만해도 기분 좋은 미소를 지닌 지환은 때론 무모하지만 언제나 즐겁고 행복한 일들만 벌일 것 같은 명랑형 캐릭터. 또한 누구나의 이상형일 수 있는 귀엽고 매력적인 달래는 자신의 부족한 부분을 극복해나가고자 끊임없이 노력하는 사랑스러운 캐릭터이다. 이들이 엮어가는 <청춘만화>는 13년 우정을 사랑으로 키워가면서 만들어내는 좌충우돌 엎치락뒤치락 청춘 로맨스이다.

<동갑내기 과외하기>의 코믹을 한층 더 업그레이드 시킨 유쾌한 명랑 콤비, 지환-달래 커플과 국내 최고 변신의 귀재 권상우와 코믹 멜로 연기의 달인 김하늘의 만남. 이전에도 그리고 앞으로도 이들보다 더한 명랑 커플은 없을 것이다.

13년 동안 한 동네에서 아옹다옹, 티격태격하며 지낸 지환과 달래는 서로에게 있어 둘도 없는 친구.

어렸을 적부터 같은 동네에서 자란 지환(권상우)과 달래(김하늘). 대학까지 같은 학교에 나란히 입학한 지환과 달래는 아직까지 서로에겐 둘도 없는 친구다. 성룡을 존경하고 세계적인 액션배우를 꿈꾸는 지환과 가슴으로 연기하고 싶은 배우 지망생 달래는 하루가 무섭게 티격태격 싸우고 서로의 치부에 대해 서슴없이 얘기하는 앙숙이지만 늘 보이지 않는 곳에서 서로를 위하는 친구로 주변 사람들의 부러움을 산다.

서로에게 애인이 생겼다. 그런데 달갑지가 않다.
그러던 어느 날, 달래에게는 지환과 같은 태권도학과 친구이자 과대표이며 만능 스포츠맨 영훈이라는 남자친구가 생겼고, 지환에게는 달래와는 비교할 수 없을 정도로 쭉쭉빵빵 팔등신 미녀 지민이라는 여자친구가 생겼다. 아무런 문제가 없을 것 같던 철부지 두 친구의 우정에 서로의 애인이 생기면서 이상한 기류가 흐르기 시작했다.

무모한 청춘과 철없는 청춘의 코믹액션로맨스판타지는 시작된다!!!
남들은 다 아는데, 그들만 모른다. 지환과 달래의 묘한 감정은 우정 이상이라는 걸… 13년 동안이나 친구로 지낸 그들이 사랑이란 감정을 쉽게 받아들이지 못하고 있을 때, 그들 앞에 시련이 닥치고, 두 사람은 간절한 마음으로 서로를 그리워하게 되는데…
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June 19, 2006

At first glance, Korean rom-com Almost Love looks like a sure-fire winner. It reunites the stars of the hit My Tutor Friend, one of whom - Kwon Sang Woo - has gone on to become a massive star since then. The film is well shot and filled with loopy energy. A string of fantastical set pieces are grounded by charismatic performances by the enormously likable leads. And, most importantly in a film like this, the leads have an obvious chemistry and clearly love working together. So why does it feel like less than it should have been?

Kwon Sang Woo stars as Lee Ji Hwan, a young man driven by only one thing: to become the greatest martial arts movie star since Jackie Chan. He trains in tae kwon do. He's working his way up the ladder with a local stunt crew. He even has his hair in a classic 70's Chan bowl cut. Lee's closest friend since childhood is Jin Dal Rae - played with verve by Kim Ha Neul - an aspiring actress with a serious problem: she is horribly self-conscious and can't perform in front of people.

Lee and Jin have the sort of easy, natural rapport that comes from having known someone most of your life. Only with each other are they completely at ease, completely free to express themselves truly. It's a rare sort of friendship and the sort that blinds the two of them to what is glaringly apparent to everyone else - including Jin's boyfriend Young Hoon - that the two of them are in love and likely have been since childhood. The introduction of a boyfriend for Jin and a girlfriend for Lee brings some friction to the relationship, forcing them to evaluate why the other being with someone else bothers them so much. Just as things appear to be coming to their inevitable happy ending tragedy strikes.

Almost Love plays like a textbook example of the sort of crowd-pleasing genre mashing that has driven the Korean Wave. Gleefully silly slapstick nestles up to a firm sense of nostalgia, a heaped helping of melodrama, and some excellent comic action sequences clearly designed to show off Kwon's athleticism. It seems like everything should be perfect, but that clear design ends up being precisely the problem.

Here's the thing: Almost Love is very clearly a manufactured film, a film designed point by point to exploit the talents and chemistry of its stars. It's hard to fault the makers for this when the film's stars are so damn cute but, unfortunately, while going through all the bits that make girls swoon for Kwon while wanting to be Kim, they neglected to write much of a story. Not only is there very little narrative here, there's not even much of an attempt at it and as a result Almost Love feels less like a complete story than it does some conveniently chronological sketches. While there are plenty of fantastic moments, there is sadly little meat on the bones and when the final credits roll you can't help but feel that this was an opportunity missed.

The just released Korean DVD is typically strong. The transfer is quite good - though there are some occasional little glitches on the print - and anamorphic. The subtitles are inconsistent with some obvious grammatical problems but generally quite clear in meaning while also capturing the individuality of the characters. Packaging is excellent and the set includes a set of picture cards and a photo book. The second disc includes a host of special features, none of which are English subtitled.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.5 out of 10 (15)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.5 out of 10 (24)

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September 5, 2009

This customer review refers to Almost Love (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Very entertaining Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Sweet -- that's the word for "Almost Love", one of the sweetest movies you'll ever see. Kim Ha Neul stars as Dal Rae, as aspiring actress who is terrified at performing before an audience. In between going to occasional failed auditions (during which she shakes like a leaf), she attends university with her hunky boyfriend, a Taekwondo student. Also on the school's Taekwondo team is Ji Hwan (Kwon Sang Woo), a part-time movie stuntman who has been Dal Rae's best buddy since they were little kids. Dal Rae tells us that Ji Hwan stopped maturing at age 10; he has an obsession with Jackie Chan is determined to become a martial arts movie superhero. However, when tragedy strikes, relationships must be reassessed, challenges must be faced, and goals must be adapted.

Much of this film's story is advanced through voice-over narration by the Dal Rae and Ji Hwan characters. This gives the movie a kind of fairy tale-ish feel that nicely suits its sweet heart. All three of the lead actors give intriguingly quirky performances and Kim Ha Neul and Kwon Sang Woo share a wonderful screen chemistry. "Almost Love" may be as light as gossamer, but I found it richly satisfying.
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April 29, 2009

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Simply the best Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
No matter what ppl say, i simply love this movie. The story is simply charming almost real like. If u believe in friendship turning to love then this is the movie for u. I love their movie My Tutor Friend and this is just another addition to my collection. Must say they did it again. I hope to see them together in another movie.
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August 27, 2007

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Actually quite good! Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Just like many other audiences, this movie looked attractive because I am totally in love with My Tutor Friend and longed to see KSW and KHN performed together again. However, high expectation always causes some problems. To some extent, I think this is in fact we audiences misleading ourselves by bias. Now I realized that it is much better to evaluate this movie on its own, without reference to My Tutor Friend which is a movie of a totally different kind.

I would first like to briefly mention that I had been seriously misled by the advertisement of this film in Hong Kong. Here this film was labeled “comedy”, which was totally wrong. I think those people who are here in the show business should really be more responsible and have respect to art works before they promote any of them.

The plot of this film is actually a sweet one. However, it could be better if the director had had paid more attention to the editing of the film. Many parts of the film, particularly many of the imaginations and some of the childhood memory parts are, in my opinion, not necessary. The film could be much better if those parts are eliminated and cut down to around 90 minutes.

KSW’s performance in this movie is again very good. Once again he proves that he can play well different character of very different personality. He is really a good actor. His appearance is OK to me and suits his role, though many audienance found it silly, especially his hairstyle.

KHN, on the other hand, lacked something in this movie. Though I still think she is a very good actress, I am a little bit disappointed. She could have given more liveliness to her role.

Gradually, I begin to like this movie more and more.

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July 7, 2007

ok.. not great Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Despite all ravings about this movie, i was actually very disappointed. The love story wasn't captivating, the leads were not the ones i would've chosen, and kwon sang woo just had a horrible haircut that was ridiculous. i guess my taste is more of a growing love, rather than this story where old friends realize their love for each other. as a kwon sang woo fan i wouldn't even really recommend this, but for those who enjoyed my tutor friend, you may find this to be a good movie. 7/10
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June 22, 2007

This customer review refers to Almost Love (VCD) (Korea Version)
Almost Perfect But Not Quite Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Ji Hwan and Dal Rae have been friends since childhood. And as is natural for two people who have been friends that long, there's an unexplained closeness and comfortableness between the two. It's the kind of intimacy and coziness that blind them to the truth - that the two of them are in love and must have been since childhood, a truth that is obvious to others except to the people that matter: Ji Hwan and Dal Rae. Their light bickering, which is but normal for friends, suddenly turn into nasty arguments when both decide to date other people. This conflict in their relationship make them evaluate why each is bothered by the other seeing someone else.

A tragedy strikes and Ji Hwan loses his leg. Distressed by this unfortunate accident, he disappears from home and cuts all communication with everyone he left behind, including Dal Rae. After a year of soul searching, so to speak, he comes home, bearing a screenplay he wrote. This screenplay falls into the hands of Dal Rae. Will this revelation of Ji Hwan's feelings now cost him their friendship?

This movie reunites Kwon Sang Woo and Kim Ha Neul, stars of my favorite movie, My Tutor Friend. Expectations are high, therefore, that this movie will equal, if not surpass, the former. I was a bit disappointed, though. It's a beautiful story in itself, and I find no fault in the actors, but overall, the movie came out rather short in delivering the goods. There was probably too much, or maybe too little, of everything that I don't quite know what to make of it.

The dynamic slapstick blended well with the trips down memory lane but it gave way much too early to the melodrama, which, in my honest opinion, need not have been there. Or maybe it should have been.

I really don't know what to say with this movie except that I feel it should be perfect, but there's a flaw somewhere, somehow.

7 kimchi dishes out of 10.
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