Coma (English Subtitled)(OCN TV Series) DVD Region 3
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YesAsia Editorial Description
Insurance saleswoman Yoon Young (Lee Se Eun) is in charge of the hospital's last remaining patient Lee So Hee, who is in a coma. While the hospital's director hopes to avoid taking any responsibility for the patient, chief doctor Jang Seo Won (Lee Jung Heon) wants to keep the patient there at all costs. Ten years ago, the patient's young sister disappeared mysteriously. She was in a comatose state as well, and strangely reminds Yoon Young of So Hee.
Kang Su Jin (Myung Ji Yeon) is a veteran nurse in the hospital. She continues to be haunted by an accident that happened ten years ago in the operating room. She wants a fresh new start with chief doctor Jang Seo Won, but all he seems to care about is the hospital's only patient, So Hee. Su Jin tries to find this patient, and learn why she's stealing so much of her boyfriend's time.
Detective Choi (Im Won Hee) has lost his passion for life, and now pursues money and nothing else. He was in charge of a case 10 years earlier dealing with a girl's disappearance from the hospital. The only clue he holds is the girl's necklace. He's come to the hospital for only one reason: blackmailing the hospital's director. He needs money to raise his daughter and has to stop this hospital from closing at all costs.
Designer Hong Ah (Lee Young Jin) has a peculiar talent: she can see dead people. By now she's gotten used to the blood and horrible corpses, but one day a corpse appears, asking Hong Ah to kill her. She finds out about a patient in the hospital, a certain So Hee who is now in a state of coma.
The hospital's shut down is just a few days away, but chief doctor Jang Seo Won believes he can save his last patient, So Hee. Five people meet each other at the scene of his last operation and a mysterious series of murders starts.
|Product Title:||Coma (English Subtitled)(OCN TV Series) Coma (韓國版 - 英文字幕)(OCN TV Series) Coma (韩国版 - 英文字幕)(OCN TV Series) コーマ （英語字幕付き） （韓国版） （OCN TV Series） 코마 (영어자막)(OCN TV 시리즈)|
|Artist Name(s):||Lim Won Hee (Actor) | Lee Young Jin (Actor) 林元熙 (Actor) | 李姈真 (Actor) 林元熙 (Actor) | 李姈真 (Actor) イム・ウォニ (Actor) | イ・ヨンジン (Actor) 임 원희 (Actor) | 이 영진 (Actor)|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Other Information:||3 DVDs|
|Package Weight:||330 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||2 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004484745|
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 & 2.0
* Extras :
- 티저 예고편 1 - 30초
- 티저 예고편 2 - 30초
- ‘생일파티’ 예고편 - 1분 30초
- ‘틈’ 예고편 - 1분 30초
- ‘목걸이’ 예고편 - 1분 30초
- ‘붉을홍’ 예고편 - 1분 30초
- ‘의사 장서원’ 예고편 - 1분 30초
- <코마> 진실, 그 너머에… - 55분
The making of <생일파티>
The making of <틈>
The making of <목걸이>
The making of <붉을 홍>
The making of <의사 장서원>
기획 2년, 집필 7명, 시나리오 총 15고라는 인고의 과정을 거쳐 탄생한 5부작 미스터리 스릴러 <코마>. ‘퍼즐식 옴니버스’라는 색다른 구성의 공포로 초대하는 <코마>는 단 하루, 폐쇄 직전의 병원. 같은 시간, 같은 공간을 배경으로 다섯 명의 주인공들이 각기 다른 관점으로 공포를 보여준다. 마치 미스터리를 풀기 위한 다섯 개의 단서처럼. 각 편이 서로의 단서가 되고 반전이 되어 마치 5주간의 러닝타임을 가진 거대한 영화를 만나는 놀라움을 선사한다.
<코마>의 새로움은 구성만이 아니다. 각 편마다 다른 스텝과 감독으로, 새로운 공포의 세계를 펼쳐낸다. 웰메이드 호러의 새 장을 연 <알포인트>의 공수창 감독의 지휘하에 단편 영화로 전세계를 놀라게 한 <핑거 프린트>의 조규옥, <숨은 소리 찾기>의 유준석, <샴 , 하드 로맨스>의 김정구 감독이 각각 2부, 3부, 4부의 연출을 맡았다.
공수창 감독이 연출한 1부 <생일파티>, 5부<의사, 장서원>은 슬픈 비밀을 통해 간담을 서늘하게 만들 ‘반전 호러’를, 조규옥 감독의 2부 <틈>은 여성의 심리에 공포의 초점을 맞춘 ‘심리 스릴러’를, 유준석 감독의 3부 <목걸이>는 형사를 주인공으로 한 ‘추리 스릴러’를, 김정구 감독의 4부 <붉을 홍>은 색채가 공포의 주된 이미지로 작용하는 ‘비주얼 호러’가 펼쳐지며 미스터리 스릴러의 전 영역을 섭렬할 예정이다.
10년 전, 병원에서 일어난 한 소녀의 실종 사건
10년 후, 폐업을 앞둔 병원에 남겨진 유일한 환자
그리고 밝혀지는 실종 사건에 얽힌 다섯 가지의 비밀
10년 전, 밀려드는 환자로 인해 북새통을 이루던 한 병원, 입원 중이던 한 소녀가 실종되는 사건이 일어난다. 목격자도 단서도 찾지 못한 채, 소녀는 끝내 돌아오지 않았다.
10년 후, 끊임 없는 의료 사고로 인해 결국 문을 닫게 된 병원. 유일하게 남아 있는 ‘코마’ 상태인 소희 뿐. 병원이 문을 닫는 전날. '코마' 환자 이송 여부를 놓고 병원장과 의사 장서원, 간호사 강수진의 의견이 첨예하게 대립한다. 그런 가운데 보험회사 직원 윤영과 코마 환자의 유일한 보호자 홍아, 그리고 소녀 실종 사건을 담당했던 최형사가 병원을 방문한다.
다섯 명의 사람들이 모이자 10년 째 봉인된 채 아무도 접근조차 하지 않았던 수술실이 열려버린다. 그리고 그날 밤, 다섯 명의 사람들에게 미스터리한 연쇄 사건들이 일어나는데…
국내 최고의 영화 전문채널 OCN은 새로운 개념의 미스터리 공포스릴러 5부작 드라마를 제작 ,방영한다. OCN은 영화사 시오필름과 함께 임원희, 이세은 등의 스타 배우들, 그리고 <알포인트>의 공수창 감독을 총 감독으로 하여 5부작 미스터리 공포스릴러라는 새로운 형식의 드라마를 만들었다. 폐관을 하루 앞둔 병원이라는 공간에서 하룻밤 사이에 벌어지는 끔찍한 살인 사건을 담고 있는 <코마>는 각각의 회마다 주연 배우와 주요 스토리가 다르지만, 결국 마지막에는 모두가 연관되어 있었다는 놀라운 반전을 보여주는 미스터리 공포스릴러 영화다.
Part 1. 생일파티
첫 번째 비밀_그 날 밤 들려오는 동생의 노래. “언니 생일 축하해”
보험회사 직원 윤영(이세은). 그녀는 병원에 남아있는 유일한 환자이며 ‘코마’ 상태인 ‘이소희’를 담당하고 있다. 원장은 환자를 다른 병원에 이송시켜 책임을 회피하려 하고, 담당의인 ‘장서원(이정헌)’은 환자를 절대 보낼 수 없다고 고집한다. 두 사람을 바라보는 보험회사 직원 윤영의 얼굴에는 특별한 분노의 표정이 비친다. 십년 전, 그녀의 어린 동생이 바로 이 병원에서 실종되었기 때문. 그녀는 ‘코마 환자’ 소희에게서 왠지 모르게 동생의 모습을 떠올리는데...
Part 2. 틈
두 번째 비밀, 봉인된 수술실 그 곳에서 다시 들려오는 소녀의 울음 소리
폐업을 앞둔 병원의 베테랑 간호사 ‘강수진’(명지연). 10년 전 지하 수술실에서 벌어진 사고를 목격 한 후 왠지 모를 불안에 늘 시달린다.
병원이 폐업을 앞두자 연인 사이인 의사 장서원과 새 출발 하기를 원하지만, 장서원이 유난히 집착하는 코마 환자 '소희'가 걸림돌이라 생각한다. 장서원과의 완벽한 새 출발을 위해 그녀는 아무도 모르게 코마 환자 '소희'의 병실을 찾아 가는데...
Part 3. 목걸이
세 번째 비밀_ 10년 전 목걸이의 주인인 소녀가 그를 찾아왔다
10년 전 이 병원에서 일어난 한 소녀의 실종사건을 담당했던 ‘최형사’(임원희). 그는 세상 물정에 닳고 닳은, 돈 말고는 아무 것에도 관심이 없는 사람이다. 사실 그는 실종 사건의 유일한 단서인 소녀의 목걸이를 발견했지만, 오히려 그것을 빌미로 오랫동안 원장을 협박해 돈을 갈취해왔었다. 이혼한 전처가 기르는 딸 아이의 양육비를 위해서라도 최형사는 어떻게든 병원의 폐업만을 막으려는데...
Part 4. 붉을 홍
네 번 째 비밀_어느 날부터 끊임없이 들려오는 한 소녀의 목소리 “날 죽여줘…”
록밴드의 cd재킷을 디자인해주는 화가 ‘홍아(이영진)’. 언제부터인지 그녀는 다른 이들이 볼 수 없는 것을 본다. 바로 죽은 사람들. 끔찍한 시체들과 붉은 피의 형상이 익숙해져 버린 그녀이지만 어느 순간 그녀 앞에 나타난 한 여자의 얼굴. ‘나를 죽여줘...’ 홍아는 간절하게 죽음을 애원하는 그 얼굴의 주인공이 코마 상태 환자 '소희'라는 사실을 알게 된다. 병원을 방문한 홍아는 소희가 코마 상태에 빠지게 된 이유를 알아보기로 하는데...
Part 5. 의사, 장서원
다섯 번째 비밀_10년 전 끝내지 못한 소녀의 마지막 수술이 다시 시작된다
야심만만한 외과의사 장서원. 그에게는 두 가지의 보물이 있다. 그의 이니셜이 새겨진, 다이아몬드보다 견고하고, 숨소리마저 베어버릴 듯 예리한 수술용 메스 세트, 그리고 비밀스럽게 보관하고 있는 한 박스의 DVD 테입이 그 것. 그 안에는 아무에게도 말할 수 없는 그만의 진료가 녹화되어 있다. 몇 년 전부터 코마 상태에 빠진 환자 ‘소희’에게 집착하게 되고, 오직 자신만이 그녀를 다시 살릴 수 있을 거라 믿는다. 내일이면 문을 닫을 병원….장서원 ‘소희’를 살릴 마지막 수술을 감행하게 되는데…
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Professional Review of "Coma (English Subtitled)(OCN TV Series)"
Coma is an ambitious production from popular South Korean movie channel OCN, who I guess is the equivalent of America's HBO, even practically ripping off their introduction logo verbatim. In association with Seo Film, the series collects some promising directors and an almost entirely fresh-faced cast as it tells the story of a mysterious event in which five main character are examined over the course of five hourly length episodes.
Ten years ago something strange went on in the operating room of Nam Won Hospital, which is now being prepared for closure. Only a few employees are on hand to oversee things: Dr Jang (Lee Jung-hun), Nurse Kang (Myung Ji-youn), Nurse Han (Jung Bo-hoon) and the hospital director (Jung Jae-jin), each of whom hide a terrible secret which they hope will never be found out. Rather unexpectedly, a representative of their insurance company turns up at the hospital. Yoon Young (Lee Se-eun) informs the hospital director that they need to transfer their only patient Lee So-hee (Cha Soo-yeun) to another hospital, but he informs her that that it wouldn't be a good idea. The hospital has been looking after the comatose woman for ten years, and during that time Dr Jang has developed a hopeless obsession for her, which is preventing him from letting her go. Soon enough Yoon Young is drawn deep into things when she begins to recall her days spent at the very same hospital ten years ago with her mother (Cheon Jung-ha), when her sister Hye Young (Bae So-yean) was admitted due to a lengthy illness. Also frequenting the halls is a creepy old janitor (Han Tae-il). Detective Choi (Lim Won-hee) has been on a case for quite some time, but he may finally be onto solving one of his toughest investigations.
Coma is as risky as it is fascinating. Taking a non-linear approach toward reaching its imperative conclusion, the entire series is built up of a disjointed narrative which frequents back and forth across the five episodes, bridging a ten year gap and throwing in plenty of twists in relation to that one fateful night which set off this whole sorry state of affairs. While this could have so easily become a disorienting mess, the reality is that it meticulously presents itself and never loses sight of its ultimate goal. This makes the series that much more rewarding; we never feel as if we're being cheated or set up for some inexplicable outcome. Instead the directors, of which there are four, maintain a solid amount of consistency and loyalty throughout the production. Coma has a lot of criteria to meet, dishing out plot turns here and there on a frequent basis, and so it's great to see that it's been carefully prepared. The story arc is by far the most intriguing aspect of the entire series, which is why we can overlook some of its weaker elements later on. Essentially it deals with two main storylines that are joined by a commonality, and it's thanks to an interesting roster of characters that we're drawn into the mystery of it all, as we eagerly wait to see how it all pans out.
With each episode we're presented with a slightly different angle, that which comes from a primary player. At one moment we're not quite sure where we're being taken, but then suddenly a particular moment in time will link another's actions to something that we saw previously. It's in how their lives are entwined that we can unravel the series' ambiguities and take note of the key link that they all share. There isn't a huge cast involved, which might ordinarily make the path somewhat predictable, yet there is enough mystery surrounding character motivations to keep things moving along positively. In addition to this each episode tends to focus on a slightly different theme, despite the series belonging to a single investigation. Mixing a little horror, mystery and detective/thriller aspects, Coma lends itself to several genres, which spices it up and prevents it from ever becoming dull. It delves into particular persons' mindsets, and we're shown a myriad of human characteristic flaws: selfishness and greed play a large part, as do medical practices and ethics involving bribery, drug addictions, and abuse amongst all this inner circle rivalry and corruption.
The lead characters of doctors and nurses aren't particularly likeable and even Detective Choi, played by one of the very few established actors in the series, Lim Won-hee, has a ruthless quality about him, along with his own personal demons that will soon present themselves. But Coma isn't about liking these people, it's about displaying the cruelty and moral aspects of it all; these lead players are the driving force, most of whom are considerably troubled individuals, and some of whom are entirely mad. Even the people whom we should be sympathising with have sinned to a large degree; nobody here is innocent and all will be judged as their personal stories come to a head. Despite this, Coma does considerably well in earning our sympathy without the need to ever become manipulative by utilising melodramatic cues and clichéd tactics. These people provide a perfect study for us, and it's somewhat relieving to note that it's all done in a positive manner. Furthermore it's wonderfully acted by a relatively unknown cast who know just when to push the right buttons.
Of course it's the horror element that hinges on whether or not Coma can be deemed a success in its field. Perhaps a victim of pushing this genre too much, it makes its intent seem obvious, though clearly upon viewing, it's more of a tragic drama. Granted, it does rely on scaring the viewer on several occasions, but it's most certainly one of the more unimaginative inclusions overall. It's a shame to see Coma conform to typical shock tactics and practically steal ideas from popular Japanese and Korean horror films from past. While it does remarkably well to establish its own identity in terms of presenting an interesting plot and characters, it sadly shows its laziness in terms of horror trickery. There is still that feeling that South Korea and Japan can't shed the imagery made famous by Sadako, which is abundantly clear here with the inclusion of long-haired girls in white gowns who walk stiltedly and drag people up through ceilings and so forth, although it's not too shabbily staged. Saying that though it isn't entirely without merit; Coma presents some very unsettling moments, depending on your disposition. It's set in a hospital, therefore expect to see needles and all of those other things that remind you why it is you hate visiting such places.
The real star though is the absolutely terrific sound design from Oh Se-yoon, with sound mixing by Park Jong-kun. If the images don't startle you, then the cunning use of ambient surrounds most certainly will. There are some obvious ones, such as the telephone ringing scare, which always annoys me but it still works so damn well. But it's in the unnerving moaning of the walls that Coma rises to the challenge; screeching, scraping and grinding noises permeate the surrounds, which creates an echoing void that's bound to see a few goosebumps being raised once the lights go down. Equally as impressive is Choi Seung-hyun's marvellous score, which is made up of violin and cello concertos; it's a beautiful piece of work that captures the series' melancholy sadness so perfectly. Not simply designed to shock, but to complement its depressive and poignant moments, it works on an entirely different level, again staying true to itself and never becoming forced to the point of becoming unbearable.
In the end, Coma is a startlingly good mini series that looks at the human facet, it's underlying themes strengthening an already gripping storyline that manages to deliver something positive amongst its seemingly cruel intentions. One must overlook any aspects that can instantly be deemed negative, because overall it has far too many good qualities for it to be dragged down in the mud.
For sound we get two options: Korean 2.0 Surround and Korean 5.1 Surround. I chose the latter and I can safely say that it's a wonderful sounding track. The main draw is the brilliant use of ambiance throughout the series, which does more than enough to unnerve the viewer through all kinds of jarring sounds. Much of these creep up on us and others are sudden shocks; there is also a lot of pronounced effects which attempt to tingle the spine, sometimes booming a little too loudly and the series' score is also put to great use, being channelled quite nicely. There are no issues with dialogue, which retains clarity in its central home. Unfortunately I have to knock off a mark at this point, due to what appears to be a technical error. The disc displays syncing problems throughout the series on both tracks provided. While it's not highly distracting, being that it frequently corrects itself, it is noticeable all the same. Timing of lip movements is slightly off in places and sound effects are also slow on the uptake: Det Choi trying to kick down a locked gate on episode three, with the pounding being delivered about half a second late being such an example. I can't say for sure if it's simply down to post dubbing or awkward mastering.
Optional English subtitles are included and despite a few grammatical errors, they pose no difficulties.
by Kevin Gilvear - DVD Times
Customer Review of "Coma (English Subtitled)(OCN TV Series)"
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August 21, 2007
Scary Scary Scary
|I thought this was a remake of the movie "Coma"...it wasn't..I've watched scary movies before..but this one was almoat a 10....I had to wait for the neighbors to come home in the "Daytime"..it was so Spooky..not for the faint of heart....|
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November 13, 2006
A Very Atmospheric Hospital
"Voice" and "Apartment" were in my own Top 10 until I began to watch this lately and it sure has changed the list. Although the DVD cover seems to depict a standard hospital drama and it being a TV series not a film, don't be deceived - the whole series packs all the Asian Horror elements you would expect in a movie horror and more - in every way. The hazy and haunting shots of the dark hospital at night, with its storm ridden outside backdrops and its blue lit silent empty corridors, make it seem as if the building itself was in some sort of coma, reviewing the people in it as its own dark memories.
Coma, though, does pull the usual cliches from Asian horrors in general, but due to its good story, excellent pace and overall production quality, I can forgive this swatch pallet of inclusives, as its one excellently honed TV drama. This production has a very intriguing plot, extremely excellent atmosphere and camera art (I cannot stress that enough, it really is the best I have seen yet), spot on pacing, excellent cast with Young Jin Lee (Memento Mori) and Se Eun Lee (Bunshinsaba) returning to ghost horror with an heady mix of excellent actors in all - it would be crazy to miss this one.
"The Girl With The Grudge/Ringlet In Her Hair" does return here, however, to make more cameos, and obvious visual references are used from "Ring", "Grudge", a bit of "The Tale of Two Sisters" and maybe even some atmospheric bits from the video game "Silent Hill" - considering wheel chairs, bleeding walls (well on the menu intro anyway) and the fact that its set in a dark hospital. What makes it though, is Coma's five episodes featuring one of the main character viewpoints to each episode, revealing more of its mystery as the story unfolds, until all 5 characters complete the end revelation.
If you liked "Apartment", "Cinderella" and "Voice" I can definitely recommend you get this right away! But be warned, if you really don't like hospitals, it may not be for you!