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Gangnam Blues (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Lee Min Ho (Actor) | Kim Rae Won (Actor) | Jung Jin Young (Actor) | Kim Ji Soo (Actor)
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Gangnam Blues (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
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K-Drama superstar Lee Min Ho (The Heirs) takes on his first major film role in the action thriller Gangnam Blues, director Yoo Ha's return to the gangster genre nearly a decade after A Dirty Carnival. Co-starring Kim Rae Won (Insadong Scandal), the blockbuster film revolves around Gangnam of the 1970s. Now one of Seoul's ritziest neighborhoods, Gangnam was still an undeveloped area on the cusp of big changes and big money in the early 70s. During these volatile land-grabbing times, two close friends take divergent paths into rival gangs and become embroiled in the violent web of corruption and speculation.

Childhood friends Jong Dae (Lee Min Ho) and Yong Ki (Kim Rae Won) grew up together in an orphanage and are as close as brothers. After their shanty home is destroyed, the two get involved in a political skirmish for pay, and get separated in the process. Three years later, Jong Dae is living with former gang leader Gil Soo (Jung Jae Young, Tabloid Truth) and Yong Ki is working for a crime organization with vested interests in the Gangnam real estate market. As the fight over land heats up, the two friends find themselves on opposite sides of the battle.

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Product Title: Gangnam Blues (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 江南黑夜 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 江南黑夜 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 江南1970 (江南ブルース) (2015/韓国) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 강남 1970
Also known as: Gangnam 1970 江南1970 江南1970 Gangnam 1970 Gangnam 1970
Artist Name(s): Lee Min Ho (Actor) | Kim Rae Won (Actor) | Jung Jin Young (Actor) | Kim Ji Soo (Actor) | Seol Hyun (AOA) (Actor) 李敏鎬 (Actor) | 金 來沅 (Actor) | 鄭進永 (Actor) | 金知秀 (Actor) | 金雪炫 (AOA) (Actor) 李敏镐 (Actor) | 金来元 (Actor) | 郑进永 (Actor) | 金知秀 (Actor) | 金雪炫 (AOA) (Actor) イ・ミンホ (Actor) | キム・レウォン (Actor) | チョン・ジニョン (Actor) | キム・ジス (Actor) | Seol Hyun (AOA) (Actor) 이민호 (Actor) | 김 래원 (Actor) | 정진영 (Actor) | 김 지수 (Actor) | 설현 (AOA) (Actor)
Director: Yoo Ha 柳河 柳河 ユ・ハ 유하
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2015-07-15
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.40 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Duration: 129 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044522355

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* 特別收錄: 電影預告、相片集、宣傳片段

《繼承者們》亞洲男神 李敏鎬 殺入黑道轉型力作 邊個阻我上位 邊個冇得留底 尤其係...... 最好嘅好兄弟!

1970年,漢城核心──江南的房地產業突然急速發展,一班野心勃勃的政黑界人物秘密進行大計,企圖操控韓國政治經濟!鍾大(李敏鎬 飾)和 鎔基(金來沅 飾)是相依為命的孤兒,無論如何努力,他們只可以在社會最底層無止境地掙扎!冷不防一班發展商藉口「重建」地段而大刮一筆,這對好兄弟頓時無家可歸,成為當地黑幫的招攬對象。被迫在政治騷搞破壞的他們,在混亂中失散。當二人重遇時,卻不得不因立場利益而走向對立。利慾與情義之間,他們最終會否背叛對方? 《繼承者們》亞洲男神 李敏鎬 殺入黑道轉型力作 邊個阻我上位 邊個冇得留底 尤其係...... 最好嘅好兄弟!
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Professional Review of "Gangnam Blues (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 27, 2015

Korean writer, director and poet Yoo Ha follows up his rather limp 2012 teen werewolf outing Howling with Gangnam Blues, which sees him return to the ever-popular subject of gangsters nearly 10 years after his award-winning A Dirty Carnival. The film received a lot of press as a vehicle for popular K-Drama television star Lee Mi Ho (The Heirs), and being set in the Gangnam district of Seoul back in the 1970s long before it became famous for wealth and glamour. Despite earning a restricted rating due to its frequent graphic scenes of violence and sex, the film performed well at the local box office, pulling in more than 2 million admissions.

Lee Min Ho plays Jong Dae, an orphan growing up in the shanty streets of Gangnam with his childhood best friend Yong Ki (Kim Rae Won, Insadong Scandal), desperately trying to scrape out a living. After their home is destroyed by property developers, Jong Dae ends up joining a local gang caught up in land-grabbing schemes run by ruthless politicians, and quickly starts rising up through the ranks thanks to his fighting skills and cunning. Three years later, now living with retired gang boss Gil Soo (Jung Jae Young, Tabloid Truth), Jong Dae runs into Yong Ki, himself also a gangster and mixed up in trying to seize interests in the increasingly cutthroat Gangnam real estate market. Inevitably, the two friends end up pitted against each other as their organisations are manipulated by the ambitious authorities.

The Korean gangster genre has been on somewhat of a roll of late, with films like Yoon Jong Bin’s Nameless Gangster and Park Hoon-jung’s New World having won praise both at home and abroad. An overcrowded playing field makes it harder for films to stand out, and Gangnam Blues does face somewhat of an uphill struggle in this respect, with a plot that quite clearly doesn’t have much to offer in the way of originality, being similar to the afore-mentioned rise and fall criminal biopics, as well as being very reminiscent of Yoo Ha’s own A Dirty Carnival, not to mention Martin Scorsese’s benchmark Goodfellas.

Thankfully, though familiar to a fault, the film is exceptionally well-made and shows exactly the kind of craftsmanship Yoo has been known for in the past, with obvious attention having been paid to the period setting through costumes, sets and the soundtrack. As well as being easy on the eyes the film has a highly engaging rhythm and narrative flow, with plenty of scenes of often very bloody violence and torture interspersed throughout, along with some expertly choreographed set pieces and bloody, muddy brawls.

Yoo also has a reputation for delving deeply into his characters, and though perhaps not quite up to the same standard of some of his previous works, Gangnam Blues certainly does a better job of this than many other recent genre efforts. While neither his protagonists nor any of the supporting cast are anything new, Yoo does at least ensure that they are for the most part layered figures with their own motivations and machinations. To quite a large extent it’s hard not to see the film as a vehicle for the incredibly popular Lee Min Ho, who’s on decent form as the likeable, if scarcely complex Jong Dae, and watching him head down the usual path is interesting enough.

Kim Rae Won’s Yong Ki arguably makes for a far more compelling part, and after he returns to the film around a third of the way through things pick up considerably. Through their relationship and the various plots and double crosses that pepper the narrative, the film does have something substantial to say about Korean society and politics, more so than the usual odes to brotherhood and the nobility of the criminal code seen in the genre, and Yoo wins points for venturing into some tricky moral territory.

All of this goes some way to making up for the lack of originality, and Gangnam Blues is easily one of the better Korean gangster films of the last few years, standing up there with the excellent Nameless Gangster. It’s a return to form for Yoo Ha after Howling, and proves again that he’s one of the country’s top directors, and one of the very best at getting the most from his characters.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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September 11, 2015

This customer review refers to Gangnam Blues (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
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Savage Agenda - Gangnam style Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I really like Min ho Lee, not just because he's a successful lad in both music and movies now, but he's one decent fellow throughout. But Min ho's movie debut here is a quite hard one to imbibe and some heartfelt fans of his are gonna be mentally 'punch drunk' after watching this vigorously nasty gangsta flick. His character Jong-dae an amiable youth, soon twisted with malformed emotions towards a caricature of insane violence. Jong-dae punches and stabs quite a lot. The political machinations of corruption and gangster wheels is an overkill blood fest throughout the pictorial, that although I'm loath to say depicts violence for violence's sake - its surly borderline here (I couldn't help think similarly with S Korean flik 'For The Emperor'). Gangsters pummelling the hell out of each other via the double cross and not a set of character aspects spared the violence - even ex gangster Gill So (Jae Young Jung) and of his daughter beaten up by her husband (plot device), for Jong-dae to blow a fuse in pummelling retribution. As for Jong-dae and his orphaned childhood mate Yong-ki (Raewon Kim) are initially two amiable youths pulled out of the gutter to start separate lives with gang leaders. Then depicted as spiritually poisoned after greed and the dark smell of money drive both to needful despotic violence (two 'brothers' thrust into a male bloodlust overkill version of a Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly; for money or fame). Land grabbing real estate for profit instead of the needs of 'ordinary' people, political corruption in building a new glamorously rich Utopian city.

But the depressing finality of this is how the Wheels of Power create such a Gangnam - sharply controlling, brutal and languidly corrupt, seem to easily instigate and use powerful gangsters for torture, intrigue and lies for manipulative political aims, dragging these two lads yanked from poverty, into a whole succession of cold brutal gang warfare (a bit OTT gang warfare I must say - unless maybe 'competing' with J Dilllinger and his guys) - cogs used, abused and thrown away after the Power Lords have their land machine up and running. Hopefully a narrative of fictitious exaggeration, that Gangnam wasn't built amidst such past corruption. But to contradict, the style and vigour of Gangnam Blues is a quality one with a good fine cast, and portrays the whole madness of such corrupt brutality as a mud bath fight of pointless lunacy. The daisy able to grow with natural finery in any edifice.
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