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Couples (2011) (DVD) (Malaysia Version) DVD Region 3

Gong Hyung Jin (Actor) | Oh Jung Se | Kim Joo Hyuk (Actor) | Lee Yoon Ji (Actor)
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Directed by Jeong Yong Ki (The Righteous Thief), the quirky romance Couples is the Korean remake of the 2004 Japanese film A Stranger of Mine. What starts as a romantic comedy transforms into much more as different characters, couples, and stories cross over in a string of encounters told from different perspectives. Prolific leading man Kim Joo Hyuk (In Love and the War), rising actress Lee Si Young (Meet the In-Laws), television actress Lee Yoon Ji (Dream High), Gong Hyung Jin (Life is Beautiful), and Oh Jung Se (Petty Romance) form the Couples.

Yoo Suk (Kim Joo Hyuk) meets police officer Ae Yeon (Lee Yoon Ji) under rather awkward circumstances. They're both at the bank during a robbery, and he gets accused of sexual harassment by another woman. After clearing things up at the station, Yoo Suk rushes to a restaurant to see his friend Bok Nam (Oh Jung Se) who claims to have news on Yoo Suk's MIA fiancee Na Ri (Lee Si Young). Bok Nam leaves without notice, and Yoo Suk realizes he doesn't have his wallet. The next table over, Ae Yeon is by herself and her wallet is also missing... This is just the beginning of a long night and a quirky romantic caper about a cafe owner, a policewoman, a swindler, a mobster, and a private eye.

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Product Title: Couples (2011) (DVD) (Malaysia Version) 情侶們 (2011) (DVD) (馬來西亞版) 情侣们 (2011) (DVD) (马来西亚版) カップルズ (2011) (DVD) (マレーシア版) 커플즈
Artist Name(s): Gong Hyung Jin (Actor) | Oh Jung Se | Kim Joo Hyuk (Actor) | Lee Yoon Ji (Actor) | Lee Si Young (Actor) 孔炯軫 (Actor) | 吳政世 | 金柱赫 (Actor) | 李允芝 (Actor) | 李 詩英 (Actor) 孔炯轸 (Actor) | 吴政世 | 金柱赫 (Actor) | 李允芝 (Actor) | 李 诗英 (Actor) コン・ヒョンジン (Actor) | オ・ジョンセ | キム・ジュヒョク (Actor) | イ・ユンジ (Actor) | イ・シヨン (Actor) 공 형진 (Actor) | 오정세 | 김주혁 (Actor) | 이윤지 (Actor) | 이시영 (Actor)
Director: Jeong Yong Ki 鄭勇奇 郑勇奇 チョン・ヨンギ 정용기
Release Date: 2012-10-25
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Malay
Country 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?
Publisher: PMP Entertainment (M) SDN. BHD.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031901628

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Yoo-suk (Kim Joo-hyuck) meets police officer Ae-yeon (Lee Yoon-ji) under rather awkward circumstances. They're both at the bank during a robbery, and he gets accused of sexual harassment by another woman. After clearing things up at the station, Yoo-suk rushes to a restaurant to see his friend Bok-nam (Oh Jung-se) who claims to have news on Yoo-suk's MIA fiancee Na-ri (Lee Si-young). Bok-nam leaves without notice, and Yoo-suk realizes he doesn't have his wallet. The next table over, Ae-yeon is by herself and her wallet is also missing... This is just the beginning of a long night and a quirky romantic caper about a cafe owner, a policewoman, a swindler, a mobster, and a private eye.
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Professional Review of "Couples (2011) (DVD) (Malaysia Version)"

February 7, 2012

This professional review refers to Couples (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Couples is a Korean remake of Japanese director Kenji Uchida's popular 2004 offbeat romantic comedy A Stranger of Mine helmed by Jeong Yong Ki, who previously enjoyed success with commercial fare such as The Righteous Thief and Once Upon A Time in Corea. Like the original, the new version is by no means a straightforward genre outing, following a series of overlapping tales of various couples whose lives intersect thanks to bank robberies, car crashes and a variety of deceptions. Headlined by popular actor Kim Joo Hyuk (In Love and the War), the film is very much an ensemble piece, with support from a host of recognisable faces including Lee Si Young (Meet the In-Laws), Lee Yoon Ji (Dream High), Gong Hyung Jin (Life is Beautiful), and Oh Jung Se (Petty Romance).

The film kicks off with cafe owner Yoo Suk (Kim Joo Hyuk) having a particularly bad day, experiencing financial difficulties, still being unable to track down missing fiancee Na Ri (Lee Si Young) and getting caught up in a bank robbery which sees him accused of sexual harassment by an unpleasant woman. There is one silver lining in the form of attractive off-work traffic cop Ae Yeon (Lee Yoon Ji) who he gets tied to during the heist, though he puts the spark between them to one side after his friend and private detective Bok Nam (Oh Jung Se) gets in touch saying that he has tracked down Na Ri. From here, things get even more complicated as the truth behind her absence gradually becomes clear, and with Ae Yeon having troubles of her own.

Couples is a great example of combining different genres to entertaining effect. Although Korean romantic comedies are for the most part a fairly standard lot, and films featuring overlapping narrative threads have been common fare for some years now, Jeong Yong Ki successfully brings the various elements together to produce something fresh and fun. Whilst the film isn't quite up to the masterful genre blending of Jang Jin, it's well-crafted and reasonably clever throughout, with an intriguing narrative and cunning structure which slowly pulls the viewer into the story and manages to spring a few pleasing surprises. The script itself is sharp and frequently very funny, with some neat subversions of romantic comedy expectations and a few good gag set pieces along the way, and this aids it in holding the interest and keeps things moving at a fast pace. The film isn't perfect in this respect and does get a bit repetitious during the middle, though it definitely wins points for effort and for actually trying to do something different with the formula.

The script is also a cut above average in terms of its characters, most of whom are eccentric and played against type, making for an boisterous and at times unpredictable mix. Although Kim Joo Hyuk and Lee Yoon Ji are both fine and likeable as the main couple, it's really Lee Si Young who steals the show, her scheming yet oddly innocent gold digger getting most of the best lines and emerging as endearing and amusing. The cast are all on decent form and make the most of the material, and as a result the various relationships all work pretty well, with some believable chemistry between the stars - all the more so for Jeong never tugging too forcefully on the heartstrings. It's also nice to note that the film adds a few touches of realism to its romance, never being afraid to face up to the more bitter and hurtful side of love, and this similarly helps to make it more involving than most of its recent peers.

Although still very much a romantic comedy at heart, Couples is an enjoyable and somewhat original film which should have appeal beyond the usual confines of the genre. Boosted by an intelligent script with plenty of twists and turns, and a suitably appealing and engaging cast of couples, Jeong Yong Ki proves that with a little thought and effort, it's perfectly possible to do something lively with the form.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Couples (2011) (DVD) (Malaysia Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)

Nano
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March 3, 2012

This customer review refers to Couples (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Very Funny Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a very funny movie. It is decent and could be watched with your kids. Its light - heart comedy was so refreshing and the cast were just perfect for their roles. Great movie to watch when you are board. It will lighten up the mode :) There were few surprises and things that would make you go “MMMMM”.
highly recommend purchasing one :)
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January 25, 2012

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Another Great South Korean Rom Com Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I’ve never been a fan of romantic comedies (aka “rom coms”), but all of that changed once I started watching more films from South Korea. Now it’s one of my favorite genres. So what is it, exactly, that makes South Korean rom coms so effective? First of all, the deep pool of young acting talent in that country is one major reason. Charismatic, attractive, talented actresses practically grow on trees over there, and a solid lead performance can almost single-handedly make a rom com watchable. Secondly, the comedy frequently consists of everyday humor with a de-emphasis on wackiness. There are exceptions to this, of course, but even when wackiness is utilized it’s more charming than irritating.

“Couples” is another great example of just how entertaining a romantic comedy can be. It’s actually a remake (of sorts) of the ingenius Japanese film entitled “A Stranger of Mine”, which showcased a storytelling structure that replayed scenes from different character perspectives in order to reveal previously hidden events and motives. That film was more of a drama/comedy, so the Koreans decided to retain the basic storytelling structure and apply it to the rom com genre. They do so in glorious fashion! The plot revolves around the following: (1) a tea shop owner who meets a cute traffic cop during a bank robbery; (2) a private eye who agrees to look for the tea shop owner’s missing fiance; and (3) a gangster with a suitcase full of money.

The screenplay here is incredibly sharp, with a number of surprises and impressive sequences that link the different characters and events in jaw-dropping ways. For example, some short interview style discussions with married couples (who describe a humorous memory in their relationship) are peppered in. At first it seems like these little scenes are added for no other reason than to give justification for the title of the film, but as the film progresses it blends their stories together very skillfully. One scene at a restaurant is simply outstanding, as is a “drive by” moment in a car. The cast is solid all-around, but Si-young Lee is great as the conniving, money-hungry wench.

“Couples” is just another in the long line of awesome South Korean romantic comedies that are so impressive that they can even convert the most die hard critics of the genre
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