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Beat (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Angry youth films have a special place in Korean cinema. Films of the 70s dealing with this subject, especially those of Lee Man Hee, had to fight off government censorship, while the free-spirited atmosphere of Bae Chang Ho's 80s films, like Whale Hunting, was a sign that things were improving both for the film industry and for the country. But those were the days when film was not a mainstream cultural phenomenon in Korea. Enter the 90s and Chungmuro's revival, and the real pioneer of 90s angry youth cinema was Kim Sung Su, with notable works like his exhilarating debut Runaway, Our Sunny Days, and of course Beat.

Eternal outsider Min (Kim Sung Su regular Jung Woo Sung of Daisy and Musa) meets his old friend Tae Su (Yoo Oh Sung of Friend and Lump Sugar) after years apart. Now a successful gang leader, Tae Su has a big influence on Min, helping him get through the ranks thanks to his fighting skills, even though Min doesn't seem to want to be part of that kind of life. His friend Hwang Yu (Lim Chang Jung of Sex is Zero) is in fact harboring dreams of success, but he needs someone like Min to escape the pressure of local gangsters. In this special menage a trois enters the beautiful Ro Mi (Ko So Young of Double Agent and Apartment), a model student who Min falls in love with. Adapted from a graphic novel by Heo Young Man, Beat was the flagbearer of a mini-trend in the mid to late 90s, paving the path for angry youth films finally exploding in the mainstream with Friend four years later.

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Product Title: Beat (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 橫行霸道 (香港版) 横行霸道 (香港版) ビート 橫行霸道 (香港版)(DVD) Beat (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Lim Chang Jung (Actor) | Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Ko So Young | Yoo Oh Sung 任昌丁 (Actor) | 鄭雨盛 (Actor) | 高素英 | 劉五性 任昌丁 (Actor) | 郑雨盛 (Actor) | 高素英 | 刘五性 イム・チャンジョン (Actor) | チョン・ウソン (Actor) | コ・ソヨン | ユ・オソン 임 창정 (Actor) | 정 우성 (Actor) | 고 소영 | 유 오성
Director: Kim Sung Su 金成洙 金成洙 キム・ソンス 김성수
Release Date: 2006-11-20
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 133 (mins)
Publisher: Sky Entertainment Distribution Ltd.
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004574385

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* Screen Format : 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix : Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type : DVD-5

Director: KIM Sung-soo


  Min, an aggressive and cynical college student. He and his friend Tae-soo always fool around. One day, Min was awaked by his mother and changed to another school for future studying and set a goal for entering to a university. Min's friend, Tae-soo, jointed the triad society but was arrested. Min made the new friends, Hwan-Kyu and Ro-mi in the new school. Min fell in love with charming girl, Ro-mi. But one day, Ro-mi suddenly disappeared after her classmate committed suicide. Min therefore lost his intention to learn dropping out from school and decided to open a restaurant with Hwan-Kyu. At the same time, Tae-soo appeared again...
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Professional Review of "Beat (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 5, 2007

Beat is a belated Hong Kong DVD release of a 1997 film by Korean director Kim Sung-su, who later went on to helm the likes of Musa and Please Teach Me English. The film, which is an adaptation of a popular comic book by Huh Young-man, was a hit in its day, being one of the first to provide a truly scathing portrayal of modern Korean society by focusing on disaffected youths and vicious criminals, and featuring a hip young cast of up and coming stars, all of whom went on to bigger and better things. Although it may not seem like the most obvious choice for a reissue after nearly ten years, the film certainly holds up well, and whilst perhaps not as deep or sophisticated as others which later trod the same path, it makes for entertaining, if bleak viewing.

The plot follows Min (superstar Jung Woo-sung, later in the likes of A Moment to Remember and Daisy), a drop out who finds himself unable to conform to the harsh pressure and physical abuse of high school life. Disgusted by his alcoholic mother and disillusioned by the future which awaits him, he quits studying for the college entrance exams, trying to make a go of things by opening a restaurant with his friend Whan (Lim Chang-jung who, went on to comic sidekick roles in the likes of Sex is Zero and My Boss, My Hero). Unfortunately, almost nothing seems to work out for the hot-tempered Min, and he finds himself gradually being absorbed into the criminal underworld with his friend Taesoo (Yu Oh-seong, also in the hits Friend and Champion), who is trying to carve out a career as a mob boss. Complicating matters further is Min's love for Romy (Ko So-young, who recently headlined Ahn Byeong-ki's Apartment, an equally unstable young girl who cracks under the pressure of trying to get into college and threatens to go off the rails herself.

Beat is far more than a simple criminal life biopic, with Kim ambitiously combining action, drama, romance and tragedy in a semi-epic tale of wasted lives that follows the characters from their reckless youths to fruitless adulthoods. As should be pretty obvious, there is very little to smile about in the film, and the tone is nihilistic throughout, and as such it acts almost as a violent elegy for modern Korean society, steadfastly refusing to offer any hope for the future. This having been said, although the film does occasionally lurch into soap-opera territory, particularly through Min's somewhat unconvincing romance with Romy, it generally steers clear of too much melodrama, with the friendship and brotherhood of the male characters never being allowed to dominate. Kim works in a good number of subplots, which help to flesh out the story in a way which helps the film to transcend its essentially predictable narrative journey.

The characters themselves play a large part in the film's success, being unconventional and believable, something which adds a welcome layer of emotional depth. Min himself makes for an interesting protagonist, a sympathetic figure who is by no means a traditional hero, or indeed even a particularly good person, possessing a near-psychotic temper and a tendency to think with his fists. The supporting characters are drawn in similar shades of grey, with Kim passing a non-judgmental eye over their actions and choices, portraying them very much as a product of their time. Through this, he provides a deeply cynical view of modern Korean society, itself a mix of traditional and Westernised ideas, and the often unbearable pressure it puts on young people from an early age. This pressure is clearly seen on screen, and the film has a growing air of tension and barely controlled violence, which makes Min's frequent eruptions all too understandable.

There is a good amount of action, with plenty of brutal fight scenes and stabbings, which helps to keep things interesting. Kim directs almost in the manner of Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai, drenching the dark streets in neon and using a variety of technical tricks. Although he overplays his hand at times, particularly in the use of slow-motion, which detracts from the impact of several scenes, his style is thankfully more lively than Wong's, and the film is fast moving and kinetic despite its long running time.

As a result, Beat stands out as a strong early example of the Korean genre and deserves a place alongside later, higher profile films such as Friend. Although the same plot has been employed many times since, it has rarely been used with the same palpable sense of anger and pent up frustration, or indeed with such heart as it is here.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (21)

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January 27, 2008

This customer review refers to Beat (Give-Away Version)
Good movie Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Jung Woo Sung really young in this movie. What a good looking actor...If not for him i would not have bought this movie.

Good acting nice action. Worth watching.
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September 8, 2007

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1 people found this review helpful

one of the best film. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The story? Excellent! Supporting cast? Excellent! And Jung Woo Sung? Triple excellent! He brings a touch of romantic into this actions movies. You can't help but give your heart to him. This one you definitely must see, my friends.
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December 11, 2006

Why? Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Given that customer reviews for the movie Beat are grouped under this movie, it means whoever is responsible knows that this JWS movie should be called Beat and not Great. On the jacket cover of this movie, the Eng name of the movie is labeled and it’s Beat, tho spelt with a small cap b. The Korean title is the Korean romanisation of the English word Beat.

So why is the anomaly not corrected?
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June 21, 2004

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Great flick. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I fist saw this movie in 1999. Jung Woo Sung's character is given a CBR in the movie by his friend.
I had a 98' a year later than Mihn's 97'.I rode across
fremont bridge in Portland,OR. thinking of this movie.
This movie transecends racial barriers. Though most of
my friends are Asian, I am a Lakota Sioux. The problems of not fitting in or being at the top of your class, any one from any culture can feel. Though I've
seen many rascal films, especially from HK, this remains one of my favorite movies even after all these years.
Peace to all nations, wherever you are.
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January 16, 2004

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OMG Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The fighting is awesome and dirty, and the girlfriend treats the guy like a slave. So good.
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