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Director Choi Ho takes an uncompromising look at Korea's drug problem in the hard-hitting, cynical film noir Bloody Tie. Sang Do (Ryoo Seung Bum, Crying Fist) is a small time player on the way up. A crystal meth dealer with a tragic family history, he is forced to team up with a renegade dirty cop, Ho (Hwang Jung Min, You Are My Sunshine), to take down a powerful crimelord.

Emulating the Hong Kong action thrillers of the 1980s, Bloody Tie shows a dark side of Korea rarely glimpsed in film, acknowledging the country's drug problems in this watershed thriller. Raw, gritty and uncompromising, Choi's film challenges as much as it entertains, with the two leads at the top of their game. Choo Ja Hyun received the Best New Actress Award at the 43rd Daejong Awards for her work in Bloody Tie.

This edition comes with a character card set, a postcard set and special features including commentary, highlights, CG making, conti, music video and trailer.

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Product Title: Bloody Tie (Blu-ray) (Lenticular Fullslip) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 死生決斷 (Blu-ray) (Lenticular Fullslip) (限量版) (韓國版) 死生决断 (Blu-ray) (Lenticular Fullslip) (限量版) (韩国版) 潜入 (Blu-ray) (レンチキュラーフルスリップ) (限定版) (韓国版) 사생결단 (블루레이) (렌티큘러 풀슬립) (리미티드 에디션) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Ryoo Seung Bum | Hwang Jung Min | Choo Ja Hyun | Ohn Joo Wan 柳乘泛 | 黃 政民 | 秋瓷炫 | 溫朱萬 柳乘泛 | 黄政民 | 秋瓷炫 | 温朱万 リュ・スンボム | ファン・ジョンミン | チュ・ジャヒョン | オン・ジュワン 류 승범 | 황 정민 | 추자현 | 온주완
Director: Choi Ho 蔡豪 蔡豪 チェ・ホ 최호
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2023-02-27
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Rating: III
Publisher: Nova Media
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1119899902

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사생결단 (블루레이) (렌티큘러 풀슬립) (한국판)

*Screen format:2.17:1 / 1080p FullHD
*Sound mix:Korean DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
*Extras:코멘터리 후기 (3분 32초) 나쁜놈 VS 더 나쁜놈 (57분 42초) 호평 VS 비평 (8분 42초) 마약 공급책 (15분 21초) 삭제장면 (12분 2초) CG (5분 45초) 콘티 (10분 17초) 뮤직 비디오 (4분 40초) 뮤직 비디오 메이킹 (11분 2초) 울타리 밖 (5분 59초) 공개수배자 (5분 25초) 예고편 (3분 13초)

*Director:최호

나쁜 놈과 더 나쁜 놈, 두 열혈악당의 생존법칙 | 마약 중간 판매상, 미친 형사를 만났다 | 제대로 붙었다 | 세상에 믿을 놈 하나 없다 | 독종 마약판매책과 악랄한 형사, 두 열혈 악당의 생존 법칙
3만명의 고객이 우글거리는 황금 구역을 관리하는 마약 중간 판매상 이상도(류승범)는 최고급 오피스텔에서 살며 폼나게 즐기는 인생이다. 그러나 마약계 거물 장철(이도경)을 잡겠다는 집념에 사로잡힌 미치광이 형사 도경장 경장(황정민)에게 약점을 잡히면서 잘나가던 상도의 인생에 브레이크가 걸린다. 결국 도경장의 협박에 못 이겨 함정수사에 협조한 상도. 그러나 도경장은 함정수사가 실패로 돌아가자 대신 상도를 감옥에 넣어버린다.
장철의 행방이 손에 잡힐 듯 가까워지자 도경장은 출소한 상도를 다시 찾는다. 뒤를 봐줄테니 다시 한 번 손을 잡자고 청하는 도경장. 그러나 이미 도경장 때문에 감옥에서 8개월을 보낸 상도는 호락호락 넘어오지 않는다. 도경장의 비호 아래 칼부림을 벌여 잃었던 영업구역을 되찾은데 이어 도경장에게 거액의 사업 자금까지 뜯어낸 상도. 결국 장철의 조직에 들어가 자유롭게 장사하는 것을 도경장이 눈감아 주는 대가로 정보를 넘겨주기로 한다.
장철에게 최고 형량을 받게 하기 위해서 마약 유통의 핵심인 제조 현장을 덮쳐야만 하는 도경장. 그러나 장사에 눈이 팔린 상도가 3개월이 지나도 아무런 정보를 넘겨주지 않자 그의 분노는 극에 달한다. 자신을 보호해 주겠다는 도경장의 각서를 받아낸 후에야 제조 교수의 행방을 알려주는 상도. 한편 도경장이 장철과 교수가 만나는 현장을 덮치기 위해 잠복근무에 들어간 사이 상도는 천문학적 액수에 달하는 장철의 마약을 빼돌린다.
그러나 장철과 교수가 만나는 현장을 덮친 도경장은 뜻밖의 존재와 부딪히고, 장철의 몰락을 틈타 단숨에 전국을 장악하려던 상도의 야망 역시 예상 밖의 장애물을 만나게 된다. 각자의 먹이를 향해 이빨을 드러내고 달려들던 두 남자의 ‘사생결단’은 결국 예상치 못했던 최후를 향해 달려가는데...
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Professional Review of "Bloody Tie (Blu-ray) (Lenticular Fullslip) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

August 16, 2006

This professional review refers to Bloody Tie
In recent years, the amoral policeman has become almost as common a motif in Korean cinema as the long-haired female ghost. Despite this, many film makers seem to be harbouring the illusion that there is something original in satirising the establishment through depicting corrupt officials and drawing an explicit link between the behaviour of law makers and law breakers. Fortunately, Bloody Tie manages to transcend this over familiarity, more than anything due to its gritty, cynical approach and a nihilistic sense of believability, eschewing the usual clichéd genre figures in favour of a genuinely engaging set of characters.

The film follows Sang Do (Ryoo Seung Bum, also in Crying Fist and Arahan), a small time crystal meth dealer who is trying to carve out a living in the drugs trade. He also acts as an informant for corrupt policeman Ho (Hwang Jung Min from You Are My Sunshine), who is quite clearly happy to use whatever methods are necessary to bring down the local drug kingpin. Although the two are forced into a kind of alliance, Sang Do finds his life growing increasingly complex as he tries to keep his retired dealer uncle out of trouble, as well as attempt to assuage some of the guilt he feels about his immoral life by helping a tragic young woman (Choo Ja Hyun, who received the Best New Actress Award at the 43rd Daejong Awards for her excellent performance) get her life back on track.

Although Bloody Tie may sound like a run-of-the-mill mismatched buddy comedy, it is anything but, with Sang Do not so much teaming up with Ho as being blackmailed into helping him. The character development in the film never follows the expected conventions, and the two never come close to forming any real bond or friendship, instead exploiting each other for often ruthless reasons. This kind of nihilistic cynicism pervades almost every aspect of the film, with police and criminals being equally without any of the loyalty or brotherhood with which they are so often portrayed.

The world which director Choi Ho creates is one of dog eat dog in its simplest form, with lies and betrayals being necessary for survival. Impressively, Choi sticks to his guns, and refuses to offer the viewer any kind of hero, or even antihero figure, and the characters never undergo much in the way of moral growth or set out on the usual journey of redemption. Pleasingly, Choi also avoids glamorising the drugs trade in any way, with its effects on users being shown in unpleasant detail, including one startling scene where an addict imagines herself covered with insects.

The film as a whole is fittingly violent, with some vicious beatings and bloody shootings adding to the air of brutality. What is perhaps more surprising is the film's sexual content, unusually graphic for a Korean film and used not for titillation, but to further the sleazy squalor of the characters' lives. All of this adds another layer of believability to Bloody Tie, as it acknowledges a darker side of Korea rarely seen in mainstream productions.

All this having been said, Bloody Tie is actually quite a funny film, with a bleak sense of humour apparent throughout. This manifests itself in a number of ways. For example, during scenes with Ho swearing vengeance for his dead partner whilst making incompetent love to his wife. The laughs are decidedly low key, and the director never lets them do anything more than bubble under the surface or detract from the film's more serious aspects. This is in fact one of the film's greatest strengths, as it shows a kind of restraint and focus which has often been lacking in similar efforts.

The film has a sort of neo-noir look, with most of the action taking place at night and lit predominantly by streetlight. Choi seems to be aiming for an ironic take on hardboiled police thrillers so popular in the U.S. in the 1970s and in Hong Kong during the 1980s. Shaky handheld camera work mixed in with well-judged split-screen action give the proceedings a real sense of urgency. As such, the film feels like an updated version of Friedkin's classic The French Connection, not only visually but, perhaps more importantly, spiritually as well.

It is a shame that Bloody Tie probably won't be widely seen in the West, as it is certainly one of the best Korean films of the last few years. Although some may be put off by the fact that it belongs to an undeniably overcrowded genre, it is very much the definitive film of its type, and is one of the very few to offer such a believably harsh portrayal of the drugs trade in Korea.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

June 12, 2006

This professional review refers to Bloody Tie Limited Edition
The success of the icily precise A Bittersweet Life has triggered something of a boom in noir-oriented crime films in South Korea. With a handful of similar titles released over just a few months, it was inevitable that some would succeed while others failed. While Bloody Tie may lack the high art of A Bittersweet Life and the high-profile stars of Running Wild it certainly lands on the winners side of the ledger, a smart, well-crafted tale of drug dealers and police corruption in economically depressed Busan.

Ryoo Seung Bum stars as Lee Sang Do, a mid level dealer in charge of a sizable Busan neighborhood from which he turns a healthy profit. A businessman through and through Lee is unusual in that he is a second generation dealer who never samples his own wares, seeing them only as a means to enormous financial gain. Lee is also a police informer, trading information on rivals and even people within his own organization to detective Doh Jing Wang (Hwang Jung Min) in exchange for his own security. Doh, for his part, is a shell of his former self, devastated by the execution of his partner by big-time drug lord Jang Chul years before and his own subsequent failure to bring Jang Chul to justice. Doh has been reduced to little more than a hustler, leaning on drug world contacts to line his own pockets while bringing in the occasional arrest to keep his superiors off his back.

Recognizing that the DA's office is pressing to take over all drug-related policing matters themselves and desperate to prove his own worth, Doh leans on Lee to give up his own superior, promising that Lee will be protected in the coming sweep. But the bust goes bad, Lee ends up in jail, and Doh's entire squad is placed under suspension. When Lee is released, the entire landscape has changed. The DA has succeeded in breaking up the three dominant Busan drug rings, thereby paving the way for an entirely new drug power to set up shop, and Lee has been squeezed out of his territory with no supports left in place. When Lee and Doh realize that the new drug lord is Jang Chul, the same man who killed Doh's partner, the two agree to an uneasy partnership - Doh agrees to support and protect Lee for a year in return for Lee infiltrating Jang Chul's organization and serving him up to Doh.

While it may lack the technical sophistication of A Bittersweet Life, Bloody Tie succeeds on the strength of its characters with both Lee and Doh presented as highly complex men driven by a multitude of conflicting forces. The constant power struggle between them, the distrust balanced against mutual need, makes for always interesting viewing. Ryu and Hwang both acquit themselves well in their roles and the film is directed with a dash of style that lifts it above the pack. While not a classic, Bloody Tie is certainly comfortably above average in terms of writing, direction and performance - a combination that makes for a solid piece of entertainment.

The new Korean DVD release is typically strong. The transfer is solid with deep, true blacks and contrast - very important with a film shot extensively at night. The audio tracks are excellent - 2.0 and 5.1 options - and the subtitles very clear and well translated. Additionally some copies - mine among them - include inserts signed by members of the cast.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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Customer Review of "Bloody Tie (Blu-ray) (Lenticular Fullslip) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (1)

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December 29, 2006

This customer review refers to Bloody Tie Limited Edition
Not too good Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Well, the story is the usual mob selling drugs and the like. I don't really like the story. I felt disappointed although i must say the actors really did a good job. At times, i feel lost watching it.
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