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Han Gong-Ju (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Chun Woo Hee (Actor) | Jung In Sun (Actor) | Lee Su Jin (Director)
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One of the most talked about Korean films of 2014, the acclaimed indie teen drama Han Gong-ju is based on a devastating real-life case of sexual violence that shocked Korea in 2004. The first feature from writer-director Lee Su Jin, Han Gong-ju broke Korea's opening day box office records for independent films and has picked up numerous accolades on the festival circuit including the Tiger Award at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam.

In a breakout role that garnered her Best Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards, Chun Woo Hee plays the eponymous heroine, a glum high school girl who has been forced to transfer to a school in another city. With her own family nowhere to be found, Gong-ju is placed into the care of a teacher's mother while matters are being sorted out. She quietly starts up school again, only hoping to keep to herself and not stand out. When Gong-ju's new classmates discover her singing talent, they try their best to recruit her into the choir. Just as Gong-ju begins to smile again and open up to new friends, the past catches up and the harrowing reason for her transfer gradually comes to light.

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Product Title: Han Gong-Ju (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 青春勿語 (2013) (DVD) (台灣版) 青春勿语 (2013) (DVD) (台湾版) ハンゴンジュ (2013/韓国) (DVD) (台湾版)) 한공주
Also known as: 被轉校生 / 韓公主 被转校生 / 韩公主
Artist Name(s): Chun Woo Hee (Actor) | Jung In Sun (Actor) 千禹熙 (Actor) | 鄭仁仙 (Actor) 千禹熙 (Actor) | 郑仁仙 (Actor) チョン・ウヒ (Actor) | チョン・インソン (Actor) 천우희 (Actor) | 정인선 (Actor)
Director: Lee Su Jin 李修振 李修振 Lee Su Jin 이수진
Release Date: 2015-07-07
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Video Codecs: MPEG-2 (H.262)
Rating: III
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044424155

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導演:李銖真 LEE Su-jinn
《陽光姊妹淘》千瑀喜CHUN Woo-Hee
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Professional Review of "Han Gong-Ju (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

February 26, 2015

This professional review refers to Han Gong-ju (Blu-ray) (Korea Version)
Han Gong Ju emerged as one of the most prominent Korean independent films of 2014, tackling the controversial issue of sexual violence through a complex narrative based on a shocking real life case from 2004. Marking the debut of writer director Lee Su Jin, the highly-praised film won a slew of awards at home and abroad, including Best New Director for Lee and Best Actress for lead Chun Woo Hee (Sunny) at the Blue Dragon Awards in Korea, and the prestigious Tiger Award at Rotterdam. The film matched its critical acclaim with box office success, breaking the country's record for an independent production's opening and going on to become a word of mouth hit.

Chun Woo Hee plays the titular schoolgirl, the film opening with her having been forced to transfer to a school in another city following an unspecified incident. Abandoned by her family and staying with the mother of one of her previous teachers (actress Lee Young Ran, No Tears for the Dead), Gong Ju initially keeps to herself, shutting out everyone around her while the matter is sorted out. Slowly, she comes out of her shell, largely thanks to the efforts of cheerful classmate Eun Hee (Jung In Sun, Gyeongju), who overhears her singing in the music room, and convinces her to join the school choir. Unfortunately, just when Gong Ju seems to be getting her life back together the past catches up, and events spiral out of her control, revealing the reasons behind her transfer.

Han Gong Ju is a brave, bold film, and a remarkably assured first offering from Lee Su Jin, who shows real talent and restraint in taking on such a difficult topic. Without wanting to give much away, the kind of sexual violence dealt with by the film has become more openly depicted in Korean cinema over the last few years, and so it doesn't take too much to work out in advance of the last act what the incident at the centre of the plot is. However, where Lee really succeeds is in putting the viewer in the shoes of the protagonist through the ambitiously fractured narrative, which slides subtly between past and present without warning, making for a palpable sense of confusion and of growing anxiety. This allows the film to focus mainly on the persecution of victims and the harrowing aftereffects of Gong Ju's experience, rather on the incident itself, and using this Lee paints a dark and shocking picture of certain aspects of Korean culture. There's a real ominousness to the proceedings, and the tension notches up throughout, the flashbacks gradually becoming more and more horrific. Though the final revelations are signposted, they're if anything even more upsetting than in other films thanks to Lee's craftsmanship and skilled storytelling, and the film and carries a real emotional gut-punch, the last act and closing scenes likely to stick in the mind.

At the same time though, the film is oddly upbeat and positive, with quirky touches here and there that might be more at home in a comedy or growing-pains high school drama. This actually works very well indeed, and much of the film's power comes from its portrayal of Gong Ju trying to adjust and move on, rather than simply defining her character through her suffering - though silent and sullen, there's a definite strength to her psyche, and this makes the film far more believable and humanistic than it might otherwise have been, not to mention more moving. As well as Lee, much of the credit for this has to go to Chun Woo Hee, the 26 year old actress turning in one of the year's most impressive performances, utterly convincing as the traumatised teen, ensuring that Gong Ju is a figure to root for rather than just feel sorry for. Lee Young Ran is also great as the woman she boards with, undergoing her own trials and tribulations as a woman, and her hesitant romance with a married police officer resulting in some surprisingly touching scenes.

Han Gong Ju ranks comfortably as one of the best Korean films of 2014, and as one of the most searing and provocative indie dramas from the country for some time. A stunning debut for Lee Su Jin as both writer and director, it's a challenging and immaculately constructed film which is well deserving of its many accolades.

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Customer Review of "Han Gong-Ju (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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June 3, 2015

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An inconvenient truth.... Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Gong-ju (Woo-hee Cheon) is a student to be transferred to a new school. The education committee had agreed with themselves that it was for the best, for Gong -ju also. Living alone after her parent's divorce, Gong-ju's tutor Nan-do (Dae-hee Jo) arranges her new transfer and for Gong-ju to live temporally at his mother's home. Mrs Cho (Yeong-ran Lee) isn't at first happy with her son's request, wondering why Gong-ju was being specially or specifically transferred -was she rich? Or was she pregnant? Gong-ju isn't also happy with her new room, what with the strong pepper smells reeking around the bedroom due to Mrs Cho's business store. But eventually Gong-ju finds Mrs Cho an amiable person, even a good mother surrogate - Gong-ju later learning that Mrs Cho also suffers personal weights. Nan-do gives Gong-ju a cell phone but only for her to communicate with him, even instructing Gong-ju to not call anyone else even her father. The past incident was serious, but would surely pass in good time. That was how Gong-ju regularly felt about her ugly and alienating situation, that those around her were more concerned about self preservation, money and social priority than her own damn state of mind. Her being grilled at the police station wasn't much help either. Gong-ju knew for certain that she would never want to be shamed in public for the incident, and was concerned what others may be shoving out now on social network sites.

As a transfer student Gong-ju begins her new school life. One girl in her class Eun-hee (In-seon Jeong) is very friendly, too friendly at times. Eun-hee likes to take photos and cell phone videos of Gong-ju singing and washing in the shower after a swimming session - but Gong-ju hates anyone taking her picture who might just post it negatively on social network. Especially after the savage incident. Eun-hee though happily discovers Gong-ju has a singing talent. Eun-hee and her friends had watched by the school corridor window of Gong-ju picking up a guitar in the music room that Eun-hee used for her acapella singing troupe. Gong-ju strummed and sang a woeful lyric and all of this gave Eun-hee the idea to set up a Gong-ju website. Eun-hee meant well and wanted to do the best thing for Gong-ju. Show her proud and happy a music star! But instead of gratitude Gong-ju became angry, she knew it wasn't Eun-hee and her friends fault. They kindly desired to help a new transfer student. But didn't know the truth.
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June 3, 2015

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1 people found this review helpful conveniently shoved under the rug Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
But Gong-ju's mind would sporadically return to the times of the brutal sickening incident. Gong-ju knew her close friend Hwa-ok (So-young Kim) lived with a boy named Dong-yoon (Choi-yong Kim). Both mixed with a troublesome elite gang, Dong-yoon getting beaten in the face, his neck pierced, too, with three marks and what with Hwa-ok thinking herself a vampire...what troubled them so? Gong-ju had layers of trouble - her mother having nothing to do with her, now living with a new lover and running her food store. And Gong-ju's drunken father's erratic outbursts and political ranting, he wanted justice to help his daughter but not always in the correct way. Most people around Gong-ju seemed desperate and unfulfilled.

The only way Gong-ju's mind forced out the depressing pain and madness was with her school swimming class, struggling to keep afloat and straight, trying to keep her head above water. The incident had much to answer for.

'Han Gong-ju' is a good movie, well acted but difficult to watch. For one due to Gong-ju's ordeal, but also pacing that at times is confusing by Gong-ju's constant flashback scenes. But considering Gong-ju's mental condition after her ordeal, the fractured out of sync and broken present/past flashbacks mirror Gong-ju's downed condition of confused anxiety, paranoia and loss. Also Gong-ju is from a broken parenthood and becomes severely shut up in her own alienated mindset.

Woo-hee acts very well as Gon-ju as this is certainly a very tough role to portray. In-seon Jeong as Eun-hee is also very appealing. It's a bitter message of Gong-ju of how the upper hand social strata is fundamentally deemed more important than this girl's suffering. But a pathos lending itself to an increasing mountain of victimization similitude. A suffering from one's overblown ego and social position that led the pack who are mentally conformed to not think for themselves, into a self gratifying and hopeless act. But after the ordeal Gong-ju 's important 'priorities' are being shuttled into another be conveniently silenced . Scared of any form of exposure Gong-ju becomes trapped and paranoid and brittle with her new classmate Eun-hee, who truly wants to be friend Gong-ju.

DVD is region ALL (1 to 6) and also features a short 21 minute black comedy called 'Enemy's Apple' (2007). A standoff between a riot policeman and a laborer that you won't forget easily - especially after the wee ending bit. Also features English subtitles.
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