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Gangnam Blues (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan 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 (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) 江南黑夜 (DVD) (普通版)(日本版) 江南黑夜 (DVD) (普通版)(日本版) 江南ブルース (DVD)(通常版) 강남 1970
Artist Name(s): Jung Jin Young | Kim Rae Won | Lee Min Ho | Kim Ji Soo | Seol Hyun (AOA) 鄭進永 | 金 來沅 | 李敏鎬 | 金知秀 | 金雪炫 (AOA) 郑进永 | 金来元 | 李敏镐 | 金知秀 | 金雪炫 (AOA) チョン・ジニョン | キム・レウォン | イ・ミンホ | キム・ジス | Seol Hyun (AOA) 정진영 | 김 래원 | 이민호 | 김 지수 | 설현 (AOA)
Director: Yoo Ha 柳河 柳河 ユ・ハ 유하
Release Date: 2016-03-30
Publisher Product Code: TCED-3002
Language: Korean
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1048494701

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
イ・ミンホ / キム・レウォン / チョン・ジニョン / ユ・ハ (監督)

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
通常版/本編135分
製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)

[ストーリー]
舞台は1970年。戸籍もまともにない生活をしながら実の兄弟のように暮らしてきたジョンデ (イ・ミンホ) とヨンギ (キム・レウォン) 。ある日、唯一の安息の場だった小さなほったて小屋さえ奪われた2人。さらに、やくざが介入した全党大会の妨害作戦に巻き込まれ、ジョンデとヨンギはお互いを見失ってしまう。3年後、自分を家族として受け入れてくれた組織のボス出身のギルス (チョン・ジニョン) の願いとは裏腹に、成功したいという夢だけでやくざの生活を始めたジョンデ。情報と権力の中心に通じているミン社長 (キム・ジス) と一緒に江南開発の利権争いに飛び込んだジョンデは、明洞派の中堅ボスになったヨンギと再会する。敵同士となったジョンデとヨンギに、政界まで介入した義理と陰謀、そして裏切りが渦巻く江南の土地を巡る争いが始まる…。

[解説]
最後に残るのは、友情か野心か——。/  韓国若手実力派No.1 イ・ミンホ待望の映画初主演!/激動の1970年、江南の土地開発をめぐる2人の男の欲望と義理、裏切りを描くクライム・アクション!!

[受賞]
大鐘賞映画祭新人賞 ()
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Professional Review of "Gangnam Blues (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan 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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Customer Review of "Gangnam Blues (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)"

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)
1 people found this review helpful

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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