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BLOOD AND TIES (Japan Version)
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Product Title: BLOOD AND TIES (Japan Version) BLOOD AND TIES (Japan Version) BLOOD AND TIES (Japan Version) 殺人の疑惑 BLOOD AND TIES (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Son Ye Jin | Kim Kap Soo | Kang Shin Il 孫 藝珍 | 金 甲洙 | 姜信一 孙 艺珍 | 金 甲洙 | 姜信一 ソン・イェジン | キム・ガプス | カン・シニル | クク・ドンソク | パク・キホン 손 예진 | 김 갑수 | 강신일
Release Date: 2014-12-24
Publisher Product Code: PPA-300378
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?
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038209403

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
ソン・イェジン / キム・ガプス / カン・シニル / クク・ドンソク (監督、脚本) / パク・キホン (音楽)

製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)
公開年 : 2014



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Professional Review of "BLOOD AND TIES (Japan Version)"

March 17, 2014

This professional review refers to Blood and Ties (DVD) (Korea Version)
Kidnapping and child murder dramas have been extremely popular in Korean cinema over the last few years, particularly those inspired by real life unsolved cases. Writer director Guk Dong Suk tries to spice up the usual formula somewhat with Blood and Ties, a high concept thriller which revolves around the moral conundrum of a young woman finding out that her father might well be a monstrous criminal with a sinister secret. With actress Son Ye Jin (Spellbound) and veteran Kim Kap Soo (The Last Blossom) in the lead daughter and father roles, the film went down well with local audiences, topping the box office on its release.

Son Ye Jin plays grad student reporter Da Eun, who lives with her father and only living family member Son Man (Kim Kap Soo), a decent fellow who makes an honest living through manual labour. One day while watching a film at the cinema about a famous real life child murder case with her beau Jae Kyoung (Lee Kyu Han, My Lovely Sam Soon) and best friend Bo Ra (Jo An, Wishing Stairs), she hears the actual voice of the never-caught criminal over the end credits, and immediately recognises it as that of her father. Thrown into turmoil, not least due to the fact that the statute of limitations on the case is due to expire in just a few days, she starts investigating, spurred on by the sudden appearance of a mystery man (Lim Hyung Joon, I am the King), who claims to have knowledge of shady secrets from the past.

Although apparently based on a series of actual unsolved crimes, Blood and Ties was clearly equally, if not more inspired by other recent films, in particular the likes of Voice of a Murderer and Confession of Murder, with the shadow of Bong Joon Ho's still reigning genre champ Memories of Murder looming large. Certainty, all Guk Dong Suk has really done here is to take a series of familiar motifs and has thrown them into the mix, wrapping things up with the driving twist of the possible villain being the father of the protagonist. Though the general lack of originality does make the film feel somewhat familiar, Guk does a very solid job of combining the film's various elements and of keeping things moving at fun and occasionally exciting pace. The central premise works well, and while the film is surprisingly not as dark as might have been expected, there's more than enough moral wrangling here to hold the interest, with some fun scenes and tense build-ups. Guk gets a lot of mileage out of Hitchcock style character reversals and amusingly manipulative revelations, and this gives the film a strangely playful feel that helps sustain it throughout the pleasantly short hour and a half running time. While most viewers will likely see the final resolution coming, it's an enjoyable ride, with a good amount of schlocky suspense.

It's a character driven film, and though the writing isn't particularly deep, De Eun and Son Man make for a couple of interesting central figures, their shifting bond having a reasonable level of emotional involvement, at least enough to make sure a few satisfying shock beats. There's plenty of overwrought family drama on offer, some of it verging on the hysterical, and whilst this might undermine the overall believability of the film or any serious mediations on conscience and loyalty, it also makes it a lot more fun than the usual teary melodrama. Both Son Ye Jin and Kim Kap Soo are effective and good value in their roles, Kim in particular seeming to be having fun, frequently chewing the scenery and alternating between looking hurt and reproachful and leeringly creepy.

While not substantial, Blood and Ties has plenty to recommend it to fans of Korean crime dramas, and its fast pace and lack of needless melodrama or complex dreary subplots makes it far more of an entertaining thrill ride than many of its similarly themed peers. It's a fine debut for Guk Dong Suk both as writer and director, who's certainly worth watching out for next time around.

by James Mudge -

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Customer Review of "BLOOD AND TIES (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

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March 17, 2014

This customer review refers to Blood and Ties (DVD) (Korea Version)
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What comes around goes around Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Da Eun (Ye-jin Son) sits frozen in her seat as she hears a recognizable voice amidst the closing credits of a movie she attends with two friends, a chilling calm voice from a recording 17 years ago of a child killer’s ransom request of a young boy he’d abducted and murdered. The boy’s killer was never caught. But Da Eun is also shocked to hear the additional familiar words ‘It ain’t over till it’s over’ on the aged recording. Yes, a child killer’s voice sounding like her own father Son Man (Kap Soo Kim) and also using her dad’s phrase that he’d often said when Da Eun was a learning child. School education ‘an’t over till it’s over’, her dad would say. Was all this a coincidence? The voice recording interpolation was a police request to a mass cinema audience to help find this never caught killer before the murder cases statute of limitation expires. Troubled to the core, Da Eun leaves the cinema with her boy friend policeman Jae Kyong (Kyu-han Lee) and best chum Bo Ra (Jo An) and returns home to her dad. Son Man adores his daughter so much that he would spend every penny on her childhood and even helps to get her daughter the job she wants as a reporter. But Da Eun’s troubled mind is intensified when a man on a tube train suddenly sits by her and gives Da Eun a note, which turns out to be a blackmail request to her father. The man Shim (Hyung-jim Lim) knows Da Eun’s father well and a truth about her dead mother. Seeking help Da Eun asks her policeman boyfriend Jae Kyong to find inside information, but the more Da Eun learns the more closer she gets to her darkest fear, that her dad may really be the voice recorded child killer. A countdown to truth begins.

Ye-jin is always a delight to watch and defiantly here, too, especially in the latter part and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing Ye-jin in ‘Pirates’ (hoist the jolly Ye-jin is a good egg. I certainly enjoyed this movie a lot but I really feel that ‘Blood and Ties’ leans towards the average with a more milder tension than a lot of other similarly SK murder/revenge movies. So it may be a bit luke warm for many. But it is good, Kap Soo especially as the dad and a surge towards an ending that did make me wonder where it could all possibly go. The dead boy’s father certainly would have a passion for justice, but he seemed a bit of a nutter at times. Although a character driven film, the end revelation suggests much by the psychology of lost and need. This edition is also Region ALL
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