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Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Kim Suh Hyung (Actor) | Yoo Sun (Actor) | Kang Shin Il (Actor)
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Black House (2007) (VCD) (Korea Version)
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Amongst the heady line-up of Korean summer horrors, Shin Tae Ra's grisly psychological thriller Black House has emerged as the critical and box office winner of 2007. Shin previously directed the low-budget sci-fi Brainwave in 2005, but the scope for his new title is greater, as it is co-produced by Japanese filmhouse Kadokawa Pictures and will be seeing a wide theatrical release in Japan. Delving into the investigation of a psychotic killer, the film is based on popular Japanese writer Kishi Yusuke's novel, which was previously adapted for the big screen in 1999 by Morita Yoshimitsu. Featuring top-notch production design and photography, Black House is a stylish, spine-tingling exercise in modern gore and goth that goes straight for the root of fear. Acclaimed actor Hwang Jung Min (You Are My Sunshine) underacts to great effect, creating a remarkably restrained character opposite the chilling performances of Kang Shin Il (Hanbando) and Yoo Seon (The Wig).

When insurance investigator Jeon Jun Oh (Hwang Jung Min) arrives at the scene of his latest case, a run-down house in the middle of nowhere, he is greeted with the sight of a little boy hanging from the ceiling. The child's father, Park Chung Bae (Kang Shin Il), is jumpy, shifty, and eager for insurance compensation, while frail, grieving mother Shin Yi Hwa (Yoo Seon) bears signs of physical abuse on her body. The police close the case as suicide, but Jeon suspects Park of foul play and fears that his wife may be the next target. Projecting his own troubled past into the case, Jeon wants to help Shin escape from danger, but soon discovers the shocking repercussions of digging too deep.

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Product Title: Black House (2007) (VCD) (Korea Version) Black House (VCD) (韓國版) Black House (VCD) (韩国版) 黒い家 (VCD) (韓国版) 검은집
Artist Name(s): Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Kim Suh Hyung (Actor) | Yoo Sun (Actor) | Kang Shin Il (Actor) 黃 政民 (Actor) | 金 淑亨 (Actor) | 柳善 (Actor) | 姜信一 (Actor) 黄政民 (Actor) | 金 淑亨 (Actor) | 柳 善 (Actor) | 姜信一 (Actor) ファン・ジョンミン (Actor) | キム・ソヒョン (Actor) | Yoo Sun (Actor) | カン・シニル (Actor) 황 정민 (Actor) | 김 서형 (Actor) | 유선 (Actor) | 강신일 (Actor)
Director: Shin Tae Ra 申太羅 申太罗 シン・テラ 신태라
Release Date: 2008-02-15
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: Daekyung DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010671256

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1993년 <양들의 침묵> 2003년 <살인의 추억>
황정민… 그리고 2007년 기념비적 걸작 <검은집>

질문. 왜 그는 데뷔 16년, 한국영화 최고 블루칩의 자리에 선 지금 공포스릴러를 선택한 것일까? 그의 선택은 뉴스가 된다. <달콤한 인생> <너는 내 운명> <사생결단>에서 순박한 시골청년으로, 때론 뒷 골목의 마초로 달려온 명실상부 톱 브랜드 황정민의 새로운 선택은 화제가 된다.
왜 그는 최초로 <검은집>이란 영화의 출연을 자청했던 것일까? 단서가 있다. 그는 이미 수년 전, 소설 <검은집>을 읽었던 것으로 알려졌다. 1997년 일본호러 소설 대상작으로 밀리언 셀러를 기록하며 일본을 발칵 뒤집어 놓았던 작품이다. 평단으로부터 ‘공포가 도달할 수 있는 최고의 정점을 보여준다’라는 평가를 이끌어 낸 그 작품이 시선을 잡았던 것이다. 그리고 2006년 여름, 그에겐 두툼한 책으로 엮어진 시나리오와 함께 마케팅 리포트가 주어졌다. 시나리오 평가를 위한 ‘FGI - 포커스 그룹 인터뷰’의 내용이 담긴 것으로, 그 마지막 장엔 ‘완벽’과 ‘충격’이란 단어가 기록되어 있었다.

그러나 무엇이... 도대체 무엇이 그와 같은 ‘걸작 예감’을 만들어 내는 것일까? 황정민은 블랙박스 같다는 표현을 쓴다. 그가 연기한 보험사정인 전준오. 경찰마저 포기한 연쇄죽음을 추적하는 그에겐 그러나 하나의 암호가 숨어 있다. 그를 따라다니는 한 혼령의 존재... 그도 그것을 알고 있는지, 그것이 영화에서 흔히 보아온 혼령인지 지금으로선 알 수 없다. 살인의 이유도, 살인자의 존재도 모두 검은집 속에 감추어진 블랙박스처럼 관객을 더욱 새로운 충격의 미궁속으로 끌고 들어간다. 이제 두 가지를 기억해 줄 것을 요청한다. 하나는 황정민의 마지막 조언이다 : “당신은 인간이 다르게 보일 것이다...” 이 보다 더 흥미로울 순 없다! 또 다른 하나는 : 미증유. 말 그대로 들어본 적도, 실례를 들 수조차 없는 새로운 충격, ‘싸이코패스’의 존재이다!

신이 만든 가장 완벽한 살인자 ‘싸이코패스’
경이적 살인 캐릭터의 탄생 - 검은집

7살 아이가 자살을 했다. 7살이 자살을? 과연 가능한가…그러나 경찰의 조사결과는 완벽한 자살을 증거하는 가운데 영화 <검은집>의 미스테리는 시작된다. 보험조사원 전준오(황정민)은 아이의 아버지를 의심한다. 그러나 그가 인간이라면, 아버지가 범인일 수는 없다. 아니 그래서는 안된다. 그가 인간이라면 말이다. 자살인가? 살인인가? 도대체 그들은 누구인가? 만일 신이, 아니 악마 루시퍼가 자신을 닮은 살인자를 창조했다면 어떤 모습일까? 어쩌면 그는 인간의 형상을 가졌으되, 인간의 마음이 비어있는 존재를 만들었을지 모른다. 고통도, 두려움도, 사랑도, 연민의 감정 따윈 아예 비어있는 순도 100%의 완벽한 살인자를 말이다. 지금 황정민, 그가 마음이 비어있는 그들의 마음 속으로 들어가고 있다...

싸이코패스. 영화 <검은집>은 영화사의 모든 상식을 뒤엎을 경이적 캐릭터의 탄생과 함께 일대 파란을 예고한다. 7살 아이의 죽음의 현장, 고통을 느끼지 못하는 그들로부터 관객은 경악할 것이다. 웃는 모습과 우는 모습을 구분할 수 없는 그들로부터 당신은 묘한 매력을 느낄지도 모른다. 어쩌면 인간의 짓이 아닐지도 모른다는, 죽음의 현장에서 발견되는 그들이 당신을 흥분시킬 수도 있다. 그러나 이해해야 한다! 그들은 실존하는 존재들이며, 이 이야기는 실재하는 것이다. 그들이 신의 장난으로 만들어진 창조물이든, 선천적 결함을 지닌 생명체이든, 질곡 같은 현대문명이 토해낸 살인마귀이든 그들은 지금 우리와 함께 있는 존재들인 것이다. 보이지 않으며, 치유될 수 없고, 자신의 욕망을 충족시키기 위해 항상 먹이감을 노리고 있는 그들. 황정민이 그들과의 싸움을 시작했다. 2007년 6월 21일, 그들의 대결은 이제 현대사의 기록이 된다.

출근 첫 날, 보험사정원 전준오(황정민 扮)는 한 여자로부터 걸려온 상담전화를 받는다.”자살할 경우 보험금을 받을 수 있나요?” 그는‘상담자 개인 정보를 이야기하거나 동정심을 표현해서는 안된다’는 경고 문구가 눈에 잡히지만 자신의 이름과 사연을 말하고 만다. 아직... 그는 모른다.

7살의 자살 : 계약된 죽음이 시작됐다!
며칠 후, 청진동 보험가입자의 집. 방문을 요청했던 남자는 준오에게 거실 옆 방문을 열어 줄 것을 요청한다. 시체! 그곳엔 7살 어린 아들이 목을 매단 채 죽어있었다! 그러나 그를 더욱 혼란에 빠트린 것은, 그 순간 자신의 눈치를 살피는 그 아버지 박충배(강신일 扮)의 눈길이었다...!

당신은 무엇인가?
가입자의 생명을 보호하기 위한 보험이, 사람을 죽일 수도 있을까? 준오는 소년의 죽음이 아버지에 의한 존속살인을 확신하고 보험금 지급을 중지시켜버린다. 그러나...! 경찰의 모든 증거는 완벽한 자살을 입증하고 만다! 미궁... 이제 보험금 지급을 요청하며 자해를 서슴지 않는 아버지 박충배는 오늘도 보험회사의 문을 두드리고 있다. 자살인가?... 살인인가? 아버지인가, 범인인가. 당신은... 도대체 무엇인가!

당신, 정말 인간의 마음이 없는 것인가?
신이화. 5년 전 박충배와 재혼했던 그녀에게 3억 원의 사망보험금이 가입되어 있음이 밝혀진다. 아들을 잃은 엄마의 얼굴은 가련하기 그지없다. 준오는 그녀를 살리고 싶어하지만 또 다시 이어지는 연쇄죽음과 드러나는 죽음의 흔적들! 검은집... 절단기에 웃으며 팔목을 들이미는 충배... 남편의 팔을 자르는 무표정한 그녀! 과연 그들은 누구이며 다섯 죽음의 진실은 무엇인가? 미궁을 쫓는 준오와 의문의 살인자와의 대결의 끝, 그 너머엔 경악할 진실이 숨겨져 있다!
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Professional Review of "Black House (2007) (VCD) (Korea Version)"

November 2, 2007

This professional review refers to Black House (2007) (DVD) (Special Edition) (Korea Version)
Starting a new profession can be difficult, but really nothing when compared to what befalls the protagonist in director Sin Tae-Ra's chilling 2007 film, Black House, when he joins a local insurance company. Just as he's settling into his new job, mild mannered Jeon Jun-Oh (Hwang Jeong-Min) fields a telephone call from a woman asking about her insurance policy. As innocuous as that may sound, the ensuing conversation quickly turns out to be anything but routine. The woman begins by asking whether the company will pay out even in the case of suicide, and Jun-Oh, still deeply affected by the self-inflicted death of his own brother, becomes a de facto suicide hotline operator and tries to convince the caller that she has numerous other options available to her. In the process, he accidentally reveals some personal information about himself, and the woman hangs up. And that's just the beginning of the weirdness.

A few days later, a client named Park Chung-Bae (Kang Shin-Il) asks for Jun-Oh by name, requesting that they meet at his house to discuss the details of his insurance policy. Not long after Jun-Oh arrives at the client's oh-so-creepy place of residence, the "Black House" of the title, he is shocked to discover Park's seven-year-old stepson hanging from a noose. The authorities are called in to investigate and all the evidence points toward suicide, but Jun-Oh isn't so sure. Park's odd behavior convinces Jun-Oh that something sinister is most definitely afoot.

Although the insurance company is legally obliged to pay Mr. Park, Jun-Oh convinces his superior that they should conduct their own private investigation just to make sure. Curiously, the already jittery Park acts even more suspicious thereafter, as he shows up at the insurance company's office on a daily basis, each time hoping to receive his fat check. Clearly, the man is in dire straits financially, but would he really go so far as to murder an innocent child?

The answers may lie in Jun-Oh's one man investigation, as he begins to discover some disturbing details about Park's past - but is he really the murderer? Or a huge red herring? Along the way, Jun-Oh learns that Park's wife, Shin (Yoo Seon), has a huge life insurance policy taken out on her as well, and he tries to warn her before she suffers the same fate as her now deceased son. But wasn't she the voice on the phone? Some unsettling scars on her wrists and a strange limp suggest that she's the victim of some kind of abuse and perhaps even coercion. But she's not the only one potentially in danger, as we soon discover that Jun-Oh's single-minded quest for justice comes with a price, endangering those closest to him. But who is the real culprit?

Based on the novel by Yusuke Kishi, Black House is less an out-and-out horror film and more of a psychological thriller, and that approach is particularly refreshing when you consider the sheer glut of Ring rip-offs still clogging cinemas under the generic moniker of "Asian Horror." Still, even as it contains this edge-of-your-seat amateur investigation, the film almost derails completely the moment that the killer's identity is revealed, perhaps in large part due to the rather extended climax at the titular "Black House." The décor of the final chilling location seems like it's straight out of a Saw film - full of blood, guts, and numerous dismembered body parts—and it's so gory that it almost seems out of place considering what came before. Certainly, on one hand, the finale is reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs in terms of sheer creepiness, but it goes on for a bit too long and the struggle with the real killer is almost laughable considering who is involved. Still, the impact of the scene is palpably felt, and there's one bloody image involving a set of car keys that I won't soon forget. In that sense, the decision to "pour on the gore" in the finale is both a help and a hindrance to an already effective film. Your mileage may vary.

The key to the entire film is really Hwang Jeong-Min's performance. His geeky character is honest and forthright - almost to a fault - in his quest to see that justice is done, and Hwang is able to convey that in ways that go beyond scripted dialogue or action. In effect, Hwang subsumes himself into the character, making for a very convincing, if unconventional hero. What is even more intriguing is how Hwang gives the character more shades that one might expect, considering his almost Dudley Do-Right attitude to life. Although there's nothing really overt about this in terms of dialogue, his performance at certain moments actually throws into question the line between sanity and insanity, as Jun-Oh himself seems a bit off his rocker at times, despite the "aw shucks" everyman quality that Hwang successfully exudes throughout the entire picture. The film's ability to simultaneously be a detective film, while also subtly implicating the detective himself, is a welcome nuance in an otherwise simple and straightforward film.

Despite whatever weaknesses the film has in terms of its finale or its thematic preoccupations (the film seems adamant at telegraphing that "psychos could be anywhere and everywhere"), Black House is a largely absorbing psychological thriller. At its core, the film is a simple game of cat and mouse between a relatively normal man and a cold-blooded killer, but there are enough complexities and moments of misdirection that make it stand out from the pack. In the end, Black House is a pleasant surprise and definitely recommended for those looking for a good scare.

By Calvin McMillin

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

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September 23, 2007

This customer review refers to Black House (2007) (DVD) (Special Edition) (Korea Version)
Wow! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I didn't expect much starting out watching this movie since a lot of the Korean releases of late are rather disappointing and overly-hyped. But I gotta say, I was rather pleasantly impressed. The storyline is different and yet stays true to the Psychological Thriller genre. The production and cinematography worth the praise. And the cast did their job superbly well. Two thumbs up!
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