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Coin Locker Girl (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Kim Hye Su (Actor) | Kim Go Eun (Actor) | Um Tae Goo (Actor) | Go Kyung Pyo (Actor)
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Screened at the International Critics' Week of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Han Jung Hee's directorial debut Coin Locker Girl is a rare female-centric crime action drama. Top actress Kim Hye Su (The Thieves) and up-and-coming ingenue Kim Go Eun (A Muse) make tough turns as a hardened gang boss and her teen protege. Coin Locker Girl also co-stars new-generation actors Park Bo Gum and Go Kyung Pyo of Answer Me 1988 fame.

Abandoned in a coin locker as a baby, Il Young (Kim Go Eun) was saved by a beggar, raised in the streets, then sold off to "Mother" (Kim Hye Su), the cold and calculating leader of a Chinatown-based crime ring. Groomed to do all manners of dirty work, by age 18 Il Young is a seasoned criminal and the heir apparent to Mother's ragtag gang. She begins to have a change of heart, however, after meeting and falling for Seok Hyun (Park Bo Gum), the son of a debtor. Moved by his kindness, Il Young defies orders to kill him, setting her on a bloody collision course with her adoptive mother.

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Product Title: Coin Locker Girl (DVD) (Korea Version) Coin Locker Girl (DVD) (韓國版) Coin Locker Girl (DVD) (韩国版) チャイナタウン (DVD) (韓国盤) 차이나타운 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: Chinatown 唐人街 / 儲物櫃女孩 唐人街 / 储物柜女孩 Chinatown Chinatown
Artist Name(s): Kim Hye Su (Actor) | Kim Go Eun (Actor) | Um Tae Goo (Actor) | Go Kyung Pyo (Actor) | Jo Bok Rae (Actor) | Park Bo Gum (Actor) 金 慧秀 (Actor) | 金高恩 (Actor) | 嚴 泰谷 (Actor) | 高庚杓 (Actor) | 趙福來 (Actor) | 朴寶劍 (Actor) 金 慧秀 (Actor) | 金高恩 (Actor) | 严 泰谷 (Actor) | 高庚杓 (Actor) | 赵福来 (Actor) | 朴宝剑 (Actor) キム・ヘス (Actor) | キム・ゴウン (Actor) | オム・テグ (Actor) | コ・ギョンピョ (Actor) | Jo Bok Rae (Actor) | パク・ボゴム (Actor) 김혜수 (Actor) | 김고은 (Actor) | 엄태구 (Actor) | 고경표 (Actor) | 조복래 (Actor) | 박보검 (Actor)
Director: Han Jun Hee 韓俊熙 韩俊熙 ハン・ジュニ 한준희
Release Date: 2016-05-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Art Service
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1048718564

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차이나타운 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35 :1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Commentary by 한준희 감독, 김혜수, 김고은
- 생존
- 생존 비하인드
- 버려진 것들
- 마가흥업tv 1탄
- 마가흥업tv 2탄
- 캐릭터영상
- 예고편

*Director: 한준희

- Commentary by 한준희 감독, 김혜수, 김고은
- 오직 쓸모 있는 자만이 살아남는 곳 그 세계의 생존법칙을 담다!
- 2015년 가장 뜨거운 만남! 충무로의 여제와 충무로의 신성이 만나다!
- 차세대 충무로 아이콘이 한꺼번에 뭉쳤다!


지하철 보관함 10번에 버려져 이름이 ‘일영’ (김고은)인 아이.
아이는 오직 쓸모 있는 자만이 살아남는 차이나타운에서 ‘엄마’ (김혜수)라 불리는 여자를 만난다.
엄마는 일영을 비롯해 쓸모 있는 아이들을 자신의 식구로 만들어 차이나타운을 지배한다.
돈이 되는 일이라면 어떤 일도 마다하지 않는 엄마가 일영에게는 유일하게 돌아갈 집이었다.
그리고 일영은 엄마에게 가장 쓸모 있는 아이로 자란다.
그러던 어느 날 일영은 엄마의 돈을 빌려간 악성채무자의 아들 석현을 만난다.
그는 일영에게 엄마와는 전혀 다른 따뜻하고 친절한 세상을 보여준다.
일영은 처음으로 차이나타운이 아닌 또 다른 세상이 궁금해진다.
그런 일영의 변화를 감지한 엄마는 그녀에게 위험천만한 마지막 일을 준다.

"증명해봐. 네가 아직 쓸모 있다는 증명."
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Professional Review of "Coin Locker Girl (DVD) (Korea Version)"

March 30, 2016

Han Jung-hee, screenwriter of Kwon Ho-young's 2014 paranormal mystery thriller The Gifted Hands, makes his directorial debut with something a little more grounded in Coin Locker Girl (released in some markets as Chinatown). A gritty crime drama with a fascinating mother daughter dynamic at its heart, the film stars acclaimed actress Kim Hye-su (The Thieves) and the fast-rising Kim Go-eun (A Muse) in the lead roles, with Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo and Lee Soo-kyung from the television series Answer Me 1988 in supporting parts. Going down well with the critics at home and winning various awards and nominations, including being named in the Korean Association of Film Critics top 10 of the year, the film also screened as part of the International Critics' Week of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Kim Go-eun stars as Il Young, abandoned in a station coin locker as a newborn baby, before being saved and raised by beggars on the streets and sold by a corrupt cop to a Chinatown gang led by the ruthless Mother (Kim Hye-su). Now aged 18, Il Young has been trained as Mother's protégé, helping run the loan sharking and organ trafficking business with a viciousness that matches her mentor's, being next in line for the crime throne. Everything changes when she is assigned to collect money from Seok Hyun (Park Bo-gum), a young cook whose father is heavily in debt, and who opens her eyes through a few simple acts of kindness. After his father flees, Mother orders Il Young to kill Seok Hyun, pushing her to make a decision that leads to tragedy and violence.

Although its plot may sound suspiciously like an excuse for melodrama or teen-themed angst, Coin Locker Girl is a hard-edged and hardcore crime drama that resolutely refuses to pull its punches. Showing a cutthroat mean streak when it comes to character deaths, although its descent into bleakness is never in doubt there are plenty of shocks and surprises along the way, making it tense and keeping the viewer gripped. Even the few moments of happiness and hope scattered throughout are short-lived or come with a bitter aftertaste, and given the themes of organ trafficking and loan sharking, it does make for tough going in places.

At the same time though, Han Jung-hee does a fantastic job of never letting the film slide into mere miserabilism, never losing sight of the human story at its centre, and keeping his characters believable and interesting – despite their consistently unpleasant behaviour, almost all show hints of vulnerability and conflict. The changing relationship between Il Young and Mother is an intriguing and multi-layered one, driving the film and providing it with some genuine and unexpectedly emotional scenes that really hit home. Both Kim Go-eun and Kim Hye-su, who was deservedly named Best Actress by the Korean Association of Film Critics for her performance, are on excellent form, making their antagonists engaging and sympathetic. The supporting cast all also do well, and Han goes to some lengths to flesh each of the gang members out to an impressive degree, giving the script an uncommon depth.

Needless to say, Coin Locker Girl is a very violent film, with lots of beatings, stabbings and bloody scenes during its fast moving running time, given all the more impact by the fact that the viewer actually cares about the characters. Han also throws in some well-choreographed action and chase sequences, underlined by a nicely judged soundtrack that helps the film to skilfully switch between kinetic thrills and atmospheric suspense. Although grim and taking place predominantly in seedy locations, it's a visually appealing film, Chinatown being brought to lurid life through some old school Hong Kong style neon lighting, Han making it stylish in a way which fits its themes perfectly.

A fine and rare mix of indie and commercial sensibilities, Coin Locker Girl is definitely one of the better Korean films of the last year. Benefitting from two superb lead performances and a substantial script, it marks a great debut for Han Jung-hee, promising great things to come as both writer and director.

by James Mudge -

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