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Arahan (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
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Product Title: Arahan (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Japan Version) 阿羅漢 (DVD) (期間限定生產) (日本版) 阿罗汉 (DVD) (期间限定生产) (日本版) ARAHAN アラハン ユニバーサル・セレクション ¥1,500 (2005年度製作版) Arahan (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Ahn Sung Ki | Ryoo Seung Bum | Yoon So Yi | Jung Doo Hong 安聖基 | 柳乘泛 | 尹素怡 | 鄭斗洪 安圣基 | 柳乘泛 | 尹素怡 | 郑斗洪 アン・ソンギ | リュ・スンボム | ユン・ソイ | チョン・ドゥホン 안 성기 | 류 승범 | 윤 소이 | 정두홍
Director: Ryoo Seung Wan 柳昇完 柳升完 リュ・スンワン 류 승완
Release Date: 2008-09-11
Publisher Product Code: UAAB-43468
Language: Japanese, Korean
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Universal Pictures Japan
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1011097166

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
リュ・スンボム / ユン・ソイ / アン・ソンギ[安聖基] / リュ・スンワン (監督、脚本)


製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)
公開年 : 2004


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November 17, 2004

This professional review refers to ARAHAN (VCD) (Korea Version)
If you like movies with secret masters, ancient villains, fearsome fu-skills, and buckets of butt-kicking action, then look no further: Arahan is here.

The film opens with five of the Seven Masters, bemoaning the fact that they've got no new disciples to learn the hidden arts. You can tell the tone of the movie immediately: several of the Masters are wearing daggy tracky dacks, and one smokes continuously. This movie does not take itself too seriously.

When we meet the two leads, they too confound our expectations of how these things should work. Eui Jin (Yoon So-yi) is a convenience store assistant and freelance thief-taker whose pretty face often wears an expression of withering contempt. Sang Hwan (Ryoo Seung Bum) is a hapless police officer in frantic pursuit of the same thief, and seems to have "Doofus" tattooed all over him.

As a cultural aside, you may need to know something about how the Korean Police works. All young men have to do national service, and some serve that time in the police force. This means that the attitude of many Koreans towards these young policemen is totally contemptuous. The uniform they're forced to wear only makes a bad situation worse.

So, we have our courageous but ineffective cop in panting pursuit of a thief, and rounding the corner just as Eui Jin launches her Power Blast. Probably (TM). Impressive, except that Eui Jin has never been good at aiming, and the blast bypasses the thief and knocks out Sang Hwan. This indignity is only compounded when he wakes to find himself stripped to his undies and a-bristle with acupuncture needles. Inevitably, after the initial shock (and much dancing around in panic with the needles waving like a field of grain), Sang Hwan decides to learn the arts and A Hero Is Born.

Of course every Hero needs a Villain, and this one is plenty villainous: shaggy hair, a big sword, and a tendency to suck the life out of pawn shop owners. His determined and ruthless evil (or perhaps I should say "eeeevuuullllll") is set against the desperate goodness of Mu Un (Ahn Sung Ki). Ahn seems to enjoy something a little more light-hearted than his usual roles, and presents his character with a deftness of touch that stops the film descending into farce.

It's not a perfect film, but it has a lot to recommend it: a fine cast, plenty of fights and a splash of humour, interlaced with some subtly conveyed moral points. Now if only Eui Jin could get her aim right...

7 transferring tattoos out of 10


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Customer Review of "Arahan (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.9 out of 10 (12)

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October 10, 2008

This customer review refers to Arahan (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Good with some flaws. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Lot's of action - Check

Good Effects - Check

Grumpy Martial Arts experts teaching super powers to a bumbling cop - Check

Storyline - err whoops.

Good fun and worth a watch Arahan is only let down by the lack of much of a story beyond the usual 'that guy is bad go kick him in the head'. If more time had been spent with the masters and more explanation given to some parts of the film I would have probably given in another star.

Very watchable if a little light on story.
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September 22, 2006

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Too much chi Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
I went into this movie not expecting much, and I was suprised at the decent amount of action I got out of it. For the most part, the fight scenes were decently choreographed and the special effects were well integrated into the movie. However, I felt that the overall storyline was... well I don't want to call it predictable, but it was definetly not original and at times it was downright cliche. I also didn't find the lead actor very interesting. He seems more like the kind of person who would do well in a supporting role, but in the lead he just sort of came off as relatively bland (but a lot of that blame probably can rest on the script because his acting wasn't that bad). I sort of wish they had more humor added to the movie, I think I laughed like, once. As for the final fight scene, I really thought it dragged on. I kept catching myself looking away.

Bottom Line: This movie has some cookie cutter comedy, special FXed fight scenes, an interesting but cliche storyline, and a pretty straightforward (in an uninteresting way) main character. If you are looking for a movie with some good fight scenes that you won't remember in a week, this is for you.
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September 1, 2006

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Good Action Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
The combination of Ahn Sungki and Ryu is great. Action talaga. You will really like the effects and the stunts. The story is ok. You will enjoy it if you go for this kind of action.
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June 13, 2006

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Disappointed Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
This movie's quite famous, but it's not that good. I was expecting more of it, but until the movie ends, I didn't find anything more than the usual fighting scenes.
There were good laughing materials in it, but that's not enough for me to call it a good movie.

I won't recommend this to Korean movie lovers.
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November 19, 2005

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A bit above average stuff! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
The film has some nice action/martial arts sequences (when it does finally gets to it... WAY PAST THE MID-POINT OF THE MOVIE!). My main complaints are probably the use of WAY TOO MUCH "wire-fu" in the last couple of fights and it takes TOO LONG to get the action going. Also, the plot feels a bit convoluted. What kept me awake was looking forward to glimpses of the lead actress (Yoon So-Yi... she's one pretty lady!).
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