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After getting kicked out of professional soccer, short-tempered athlete Choi Ik Ho (Lee Jung Jae) turns to mixed martial arts and promptly makes a name for himself with his undefeated streak. He owes his success to his older brother and coach Young Ho (Lee Sung Min). When Young Ho suddenly gets abducted and framed for murder, the cops bring in Ik Ho as a suspect. While in detention, Ik Ho is contacted by his brother's kidnapper, a mysterious man named Ace (Shin Ha Kyun) who runs a high-tech underground gambling game. To free his brother, Ik Ho must follow Ace's directions and fight through different challenges, starting with breaking out of the police station.
|Product Title:||Big Match (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 拳力遊戲 (2014) (DVD) (台灣版) 拳力游戏 (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) ビッグマッチ (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) 빅매치|
|Also known as:||頂級較量 顶级较量|
|Artist Name(s):||Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | BoA (Actor) | Shin Ha Kyun (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Choi Woo Sik (Actor) | Lee Sung Min (Actor) | Park Doo Sik (Actor) | Son Ho Joon (Actor) | Bae Sung Woo (Actor) 李政宰 (Actor) | BoA (Actor) | 申河均 (Actor) | 羅美蘭 (Actor) | 崔宇植 (Actor) | 李聖旻 (Actor) | 朴斗植 (Actor) | 孫浩俊 (Actor) | 裴成佑 (Actor) 李政宰 (Actor) | BoA (Actor) | 申河均 (Actor) | 罗美兰 (Actor) | 崔宇植 (Actor) | 李圣旻 (Actor) | 朴斗植 (Actor) | 孙浩俊 (Actor) | 裴成佑 (Actor) イ・ジョンジェ (Actor) | BoA (Actor) | シン・ハギュン (Actor) | ラ・ミラン (Actor) | チェ・ウシク (Actor) | イ・ソンミン (Actor) | Park Doo Sik (Actor) | ソン・ホジュン (Actor) | ペ・ソンウ (Actor) 이 정재 (Actor) | 보아 (Actor) | 신 하균 (Actor) | 라미란 (Actor) | 최우식 (Actor) | 이성민 (Actor) | 박두식 (Actor) | 손호준 (Actor) | 배성우 (Actor)|
|Director:||Choi Ho 蔡豪 蔡豪 チェ・ホ 최호|
|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, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1044136025|
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Professional Review of "Big Match (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"
This professional review refers to Big Match (DVD) (Korea Version)
Korean director Choi Ho returns to the thriller genre some eight years after his excellent 2006 outing Bloody Tie with Big Match, a high concept offering in which an MMA fighter is forced to run a series of increasingly dangerous gauntlets in order to save the life of his brother. The film is an all-star affair, headlined by Lee Jung-jae (New World), with Shin Ha-kyun (The Front Line) as his nemesis and support from pop idol BoA and Lee Sung-min (Kundo: Age of the Rampant).
Lee Jung-jae plays Choi Ik Ho, a former football player kicked out of the league for on the pitch violence and now making his living as a popular MMA fighter, earning himself the ring name Zombie for his fierceness and ability to take punishment. One day his life is thrown into turmoil when his older brother and coach Young Ho (Lee Sung-min) disappears, wanted by the police for a brutal murder, and Ik Ho himself is arrested as a suspect. While in his jail cell Ik Ho is contacted by a man called Ace (Shin Ha-kyun), who organises an illegal gambling game for the rich and who informs him that in order to rescue Young Ho he'll have to become part of his latest deadly scheme, beginning with a daring escape from the police station.
Although the whole rat in a maze plot has been done countless times before, what Big Match lacks in originality it makes up for with enthusiasm, Choi Ho going full speed ahead rather than worrying too much about the niceties of sense or subtlety. Possibly the best thing about the film is the fact that it doesn't take itself seriously, and while it thankfully stops short of being tongue in cheek, there's a rich and very effective vein of dark humour throughout. Choi mines this for all it's worth, and the film has a number of very funny scenes that verge on violent slapstick as the understandably furious Ik Ho's situation continues to worsen and spiral out of control.
At the same time, Choi balances this very successfully with an impressive action quotient, the film hurtling along at express train speed, never pausing for more than a snatched breath between its ever-escalating set pieces. While the plot doesn't make much sense, if any, and the film is too unbelievable to actually be tense, it does keep the viewer guessing as to where it's going next, or to be more precise to see what over the top challenge Ik Ho will be coerced into, an approach which works very well. As he showed with Bloody Tie, Choi is a talented thriller director, handling the chase scenes with manic intensity and making sure that the many fights and brawls come with bone-crunching impact. Though the film does have a few video game style visual trappings here and there, Choi wisely for the most part plays things straight, going for a gritty look that fits well and prevents things from ever getting cartoonish.
Crucial to the film's success is Lee Jung-jae's fun central performance as the impossibly put-upon Ik Ho, who spends the entire running time shouting and swearing at the rest of the cast as he gets knocked around like a human pinball, somehow managing to keep picking himself up. Though not exactly likeable or deep, he's an easy to root for protagonist, his macho camaraderie and relationship with his brother giving the film a different kind of emotional drive to the usual damsel in distress quest. The supporting cast also impress, in particular Shin Ha Kyun as the amusing Joker-lite villain and BoA as Red Angel, a young woman caught up in the game, and this also helps to make the film engaging and to make up for its narrative flaws.
As a high concept thriller Big Match pretty much does everything right, and though there's nothing here that hasn't been seen before, the film stands out from the crowd thanks to an abundance of mad energy. Going by the evidence of this and Bloody Tie, Choi Ho knows the form better than most, and really should make more genre films.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com
Customer Review of "Big Match (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"
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May 12, 2015
This customer review refers to Big Match (DVD) (Korea Version)
Ik Ho's race with the Ace
After getting kicked out of his soccer profession due to a foul hot temper, football ace Ik Ho (Jung Jae Lee), nicknamed the 'Zombie' decides to channel his anger into martial art boxing and becomes a popular fighting star. Trained by his brother and coach Young Ho (Sung Min Lee), this thrusts Ik Ho into a more favorable celebratory status, a success he owes to his brother. But then the Big Match challenge awaits Ik Ho after Young Ho is abducted, held and beaten up by a gangster called Axe (Seong-woo Bae) blaming Young Ho and his brother for a gang murder , the police also arresting Ik Ho due to suspicion of aiding and abetting the murder by Young Ho's abduction. Ik Ho, himself and his hot temperament is then locked inside a police cell desperate to locate his framed brother. Uptight and hanging upside down with his legs around the cell bars to exercise, quietly another inmate gives Ik Ho a small box with a miniature communication device that Ik Ho curiously places near his ear. Suddenly a male voice secretly communicates with Ik Ho telling him his name is Ace (Ha Kyun Shin) (a manically unusual fellow with a sinister laugh) and that if Ik Ho wants to see his brother alive again Ik Ho must comply with an underground elite gambling show challenge. Ace is a game planner in a sky box who entertains the gambling Korean upper class with high technology and a super hacker and 'suckers' everyday pawns into match round games. The upper elite bet on the human chess player either succeeding or losing.
So begins the Big Match - where Ik Ho must race against time in game rounds to find his brother held by the gangster Axe, or if Ik Ho fails his brother will die. The game planner Ace can monitor Ik Ho, via surveillance cameras in the whole city due to the hacker expert Ace employs and super high technology - and can observe Ik Ho's every move within the 'game' rounds, giving directions and game hints to Ik Ho's every move.
So first round Ik Ho must escape the police cell. Ace watching through the hacked police surveillance cameras and speaking through Ik Ho's flat plaster like ear pad, Ace's super hacker then unlocks the smart cell lock mechanism, freeing Ik Ho from his communal prison cell. At first Ik Ho is confused it's all a TV stunt, but quickly fights and escapes his way out of the police station, Ace talking and directing Ik Ho as he runs through the station corridors and through a door out to a large outside enclosure full of...riot squad police.
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May 12, 2015
This customer review refers to Big Match (DVD) (Korea Version)
An irreverent gambling chess game
Although a difficult challenge for Ik Ho, Ace is enthusiastic about the new round game challenge, telling Ik Ho precise areas where he can strategically escape the riot squad yard. Dodging rubber bullets and reaching a high point Ik Ho then leaps to freedom outside the riot police compound. Ace then tells Ik Ho to look for the Red Angel and get into her vehicle. Ik Ho in haste at first spots a red food delivery bike and chases it, then behind him appears the Red Angel's car.
Ik Ho soon learns that the Red Angel is a girl named Soo-Kyeong (BOA) , a serious and disgruntled looking fighting street kid who is forced to work for Ace and won't let Ik Ho out of her sight. But the police cell escape is merely the beginning of Ik Ho's Big Match, as he battles through to Ace's final round, a death duel with a Russian fighting competitor called Andrei (Vladislav Demin). Meanwhile Ik Ho fights with Axe's gangsters, ducking and diving with the police with the continual messages of Ace warning Ik Ho how his brother will lose body parts if Ik Ho fails to do game round challenges. Ik Ho thrust into a crazy real life type video game with Ik Ho the struggling pawn, fighting to save his brother for the benefit of an elite gambling audience. If things couldn't get worse, two time bombs are then locked into place on Ik Ho and Young Ho's ankles, and if the two brothers don't meet at a required countdown time, the bombs will explode.
Big Match is a dark humored tongue in cheek, very fast paced crazy violent action movie. The concept is super hero comic strip mixed with video game type challenges (with gangsters/cops, Ik Ho's jacket sporting a Fleur de lis, a boxer martial arts champion, BOA's Red Angel street fighter brought 'Saints Row 3' missions to mind). Jung Jae is manically cast for this against all the odds Ik Ho and Ha Kyun Shin is interesting as the weird and strange Ace, a kooky sort of Batman Joker type. BOA is also quite strong 'n' good here as the Red Angel girl getting into some feisty cuffs (and thigh grips with Ik Ho). It's not a great movie, but a good one if you like this sort of thing. And I liked this quite a bit. Probably resonated as I'm into Saints Row 3 at the moment..lol. And it being a high tech Game. The high tech surveillance camera aspects can get a bit creepy to say the least. Packing is nice by the slip case and the inner box sporting also pack of character 'playing' cards (the Joker/Ace bit). This DVD edition is also region ALL.