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Gangnam Blues (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Min Ho (Actor) | Kim Rae Won (Actor) | Yoo Ha (Director) | Jung Jin Young (Actor)
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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.

This edition includes commentary, premiere, trailer and making-of features.

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Product Title: Gangnam Blues (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version) 江南黑夜 (DVD) (雙碟裝) (韓國版) 江南黑夜 (DVD) (双碟装) (韩国版) 江南1970 (江南ブルース) (2DVDs) (韓国版) 강남 1970 (DVD) (2디스크) (한국판)
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
Release Date: 2015-05-20
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
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?
Rating: III
Publisher: KD Media
Other Information: 2-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1039669405

Product Information

강남 1970 (DVD) (2디스크) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Wide Screen
*Sound Mix: DOLBY SURROUND 5.1
*Extras:
-코멘터리 (유하 감독, 이민호, 정진영, 설현)
-개발 이전의 도시 (7:00)
-욕망의 땅 (15:00)
-날 것의 냄새 (18:00)
-1970 그 땐 그랬지 (10:00)
-VIP 시사회 (5:00)
-예고편 (3:30)

*Director: 유하

■ SYNOPSIS

호적도 제대로 없는 고아로, 넝마주이 생활을 하며 친형제처럼 살던 종대(이민호)와 용기(김래원). 유일한 안식처였던 무허가촌의 작은 판자집마저 빼앗기게 된 두 사람은 건달들이 개입된 전당대회 훼방 작전에 얽히게 되고 그 곳에서 서로를 잃어버린다.

3년 후, 자신을 가족으로 받아 준 조직 두목 출신 길수(정진영)의 바람과 달리, 잘 살고 싶다는 꿈 하나로 건달 생활을 하게 되는 종대. 정보와 권력의 수뇌부에 닿아있는 복부인 민마담(김지수)과 함께 강남 개발의 이권다툼에 뛰어든 종대는 명동파의 중간보스가 된 용기와 재회하고, 두 사람은 정치권까지 개입된 의리와 음모, 배신의 전쟁터. 그 한 가운데에 놓이게 되는데…

■ 감상 포인트

<말죽거리 잔혹사>, <비열한 거리> 그리고 <강남 1970>
유하 감독의 10년에 걸친 거리 3부작 완결판!
짐승 같은 본능을 가진 거친 남자들의 욕망

★ 1970년대 강남을 배경으로 펼쳐지는 가진 것 없는 청춘들의 초상

<강남 1970>으로 유 하 감독의 10년에 걸친 ‘거리 3부작’이 완결된다. <말죽거리 잔혹사>에서 제도교육의 폭력성에 유린되는 청춘들을 그린 지 10년. <비열한 거리>로 돈이 폭력을 어떻게 소비하는 지를 보여준 지 8년 만이다. 유 하 감독의 거리 시리즈 완결편인 <강남 1970>은 강남 땅의 개발이 막 시작되던 1970년대를 조명한다. 고아 출신의 두 젊음, 종대와 용기는 강남 땅을 둘러싼 이권다툼의 최전선에서 정치권력의 행동대원이 되어 목숨을 걸고 싸운다. 그렇게 <강남 1970>은 가진 것 없는 청춘이 폭력과 만나는 드라마로서 거리 시리즈의 주제 의식을 3부작 중 가장 큰 스케일로 보여주고 있다. 한국에서 부의 상징이 된 서울 ‘강남’을 무대로 하고 있다는 점에서 ‘강남 3부작’이자, 가진 것 없이 모든 것을 가지고 싶었던 청춘들의 초상이라는 점에서 ‘청춘 3부작’이기도 한 ‘거리 3부작’. 유 하 감독은 <강남 1970>으로 10년에 걸친 그 대장정에 드디어 마침표를 찍는다.

■ 유하 감독의 스타를 배우로 재탄생 시키는 연출
유하 감독! 김래원, 이민호를 만나다!
이제까지의 액션을 뛰어 넘는 또 한 번의 리얼리티 액션!

하이틴 스타 이민호와 김래원이 이제 달라진다. 유 하 감독은 이미 <말죽거리 잔혹사>의 권상우와 <비열한 거리>의 조인성 등 젊은 남자 스타들을 배우로 재탄생 시킨 바 있다.
그는 이번 <강남 1970>에서 이민호와 김래원을 땅과 돈을 향한 욕망으로 질주하는 거친 남자들로 탈바꿈시켰다. 유하 감독은 드라마 속 재벌 상속자로 익숙한 이민호를 가진 건 싸움 실력 밖에 없는 밑바닥 청춘 김종대로 파격 캐스팅했다. 그는 이민호라는 배우를 영화 <강남 1970>을 통해 목숨 건 리얼 액션의 한 가운데로 밀어 넣었다. 매서운 눈빛으로 분노하고 거침없이 행동하는 <강남 1970>의 이민호에게선 사랑 앞에서 눈물 짓던 그의 모습을 더 이상 떠올릴 수 없다. 스크린을 종횡무진 누비는 이민호의 거친 남성성은 낯설지만 반가운 매력으로 가득하다.

김래원 또한 뒤를 돌아보지 않는 행동력과 치열한 조직 세계에서 성공하기 위해 수단 방법을 가리지 않는 백용기로 복합적인 매력을 선보인다. 세상이 멸시하는 넝마주이에서 조직의 2인자가 되기까지 늘 긴장하고 불안해하는 감정연기와 실제 실력행사를 하며 보여주는 리얼 액션 연기까지 <강남 1970>의 배우 김래원은 또 한번 도약을 하고 있음을 보여준다. <강남 1970>은 이민호, 김래원이라는 젊은 두 남자 배우의 변신을 지켜보는 쾌감을 DVD를 통해 다시 한번 각인 시킨다!

영화 <강남 1970>의 액션은 이제까지 유하 감독이 보여준 리얼리티 액션의 정점에 이른다. “어떤 영화든 액션은 드라마를 위해 존재해야 한다”는 유 하 감독의 액션 연출 원칙은 <강남1970>에서 더 큰 스케일의 ‘날 것’ 냄새 생생한 액션 신들로 발전했다. 종대와 용기가 반대편 조직원들을 쳐 나가는 과정의 액션 장면은 그 어떤 감정 신보다 더 비릿하고 묵직한 여운을 안겨준다. 또한, 야당 전당대회에 동원된 건달들이 기물을 파손하고 깽판을 치는 시퀀스는 각목과 쇠파이프가 난무, 실제 건달들이 할 법한 현실적인 몸싸움을 보여준다.

■ 거친 남자들의 리얼리티 액션 <강남 1970>
‘거리 3부작’의 완결이 담긴 보너스 영상과 코멘터리

영화 <강남 1970> DVD는 스크린에서 확인할 수 없었던 다양한 부가 영상과 메이킹 영상들 그리고 감독, 배우가 함께한 코멘터리가 수록되어 있다. DISC 1에는 영화 본편과 더불어 유하 감독, 배우 이민호, 정진영, 설현의 코멘터리가 수록되어 ‘거리 3부작’의 완결이 된 ‘강남 1970’에 대한 이야기와 촬영 현장에서 있었던 수많은 뒷이야기들을 팬들에게 전달한다.

DISC 2에서는 프리프로덕션 영상인 ‘개발 이전의 도시’와 제작 메이킹 영상 ‘욕망의 땅’ 그리고 유하 감독 특유의 리얼한 액션 장면들을 담은 액션 메이킹 ‘날 것의 냄새’, 1970년대 시대상을 미술 소품들로 다시 한번 조명하는 ‘1970 그 땐 그랬지’ 등의 보너스 영상들이 수록되어 있다.

2015년 상반기 국내 극장가에 화제를 모은 <강남 1970> 유하 감독의 거리 3부작의 완결편이라는 점에서 또, 스타들을 배우로 변신시키는 그 탁월한 연출 능력과 리얼리티 잔혹 액션을 표방하는 감독 스타일 등 <강남 1970>의 모든 것을 감상할 수 있는 기회라고 할 수 있다. DVD로 만나는 <강남 1970>은 영화 자체를 훨씬 깊게 이해할 수 있는 가장 좋은 콜렉션이라 할 수 있다.
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Professional Review of "Gangnam Blues (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)"

July 27, 2015

This professional review refers to Gangnam Blues (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
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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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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