Hellcats (AKA: Some Like It Hot) (DVD) (DTS) Korea Version) DVD Region 3
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Still fiddling with the ending of her story for almost a year, 27-year old screenwriter Ami (Kim Min Hee) locks herself in a smoke-filled motel room wearing her grungy rags, hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Living under the same roof with her older sister and niece hasn't been an easy ride, and her life hasn't been so dandy lately. Another of Ami's biggest headaches is her not-so-perfect boyfriend, Won Suk (Kim Hong Soo, Romantic Warriors), who seems a world apart from Seung Won (Kim Sung Soo, Monopoly), a hot accountant whom she secretly met through a blind date. Then there is her sister Young Mi (Lee Mi Sook) who comes with many titles: sassy single mom, top-notch interior designer, and cougar who devours young men. But her hunting days soon run out as she faces a major crisis in her life - menopause! The youngest in the household, Kang Ae (Ahn So Hee) is a typical teenager with raging hormones. As she preps herself for "the night" with her boyfriend (Kim Bum, Unhindered Highkick), something unexpected happens. Can these three women ultimately find recipes to their own happiness?
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|Product Title:||Hellcats (AKA: Some Like It Hot) (DVD) (DTS) Korea Version) Hellcats (又名: Some Like It Hot) (DVD) (韓國版) Hellcats (又名: Some Like It Hot) (DVD) (韩国版) お熱いのがお好き (限定版) 뜨거운 것이 좋아|
|Artist Name(s):||Lee Mi Sook (Actor) | Kim Min Hee (Actor) | Ahn So Hee (Actor) | Kim Sung Soo (Actor) | Kim Bum (Actor) | Kim Heung Soo (Actor) 李美淑 (Actor) | 金敏姬 (Actor) | 安昭熙 (Wonder Girls) (Actor) | 金成秀 (Actor) | 金範 (Actor) | 金興秀 (Actor) 李美淑 (Actor) | 金敏姬 (Actor) | 安昭熙 (Wonder Girls) (Actor) | 金成秀 (Actor) | 金範 (Actor) | 金兴秀 (Actor) イ・ミスク (Actor) | キム・ミニ (Actor) | アン・ソヒ (Actor) | キム・ソンス (Actor) | キム・ボム (Actor) | キム・フンス (Actor) 이 미숙 (Actor) | 김 민희 (Actor) | 안소희 (Actor) | 김 성수 (Actor) | 김범 (Actor) | 김흥수 (Actor)|
|Director:||Kwon Chil In 權七仁 权七仁 クォン・チリン 권칠인|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Other Information:||2 Discs|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1010721472|
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 / DTS
* Extras :
- 본편 코멘터리 with 권칠인 감독, 김은영 프로듀서, 김민희, 오동진 기자
- 10, 20, 40
- 너무 뜨거워… with 코멘터리
- 포스터 촬영현장
- 뮤직비디오 : 원더걸스 ‘이 바보’
- Easter egg (안소희 오디션 동영상)
* Director : 권칠인
2008년을 기다리는 ‘뜨거운’ 여자들을 위한 행복백서
여자로 태어나 이뤄야 할 지상최대의 과업이자 목표는 오로지 ‘결혼’이었던 시대가 있었다. 번듯한 남편감을 만나지 못한 자에게는 ‘노처녀’라는 불미스런 바겐세일 딱지가 붙고, 아줌마는 집에서 애나 보는 것이 미덕이었던 시절. 불과 십 수년 만에 그런 ‘미덕’은 호랑이 담배 피던 시절의 이야기가 되어버렸다. 행여나 어디서 그런 얘기를 꺼냈다가는 ‘어느 별에서 왔니’가 되어버리는, 다시는 상종해선 안될 조선시대 할아범이 되는 시대로 세상의 가치관은 빠르게 변모하고 있다. 남편감의 프로필이 아닌 본인의 커리어와 재능에 열광하고, 놀림의 대상이었던 올드미스는 사회의 새로운 소비층인 ‘골드미스’로 주목받고 있으며, 이혼이란 딱지가 더 이상 삶의 원죄가 되지 않는 ‘싱글맘’과 ‘돌싱’이란 신조어가 대한민국 사회의 새로운 이데올로기로 자리잡아 가고 있다. <뜨거운것이 좋아>는 그러한 현재를 살아가는 세 여자들의 이야기를 솔직하게, 남김없이, 뜨겁게, 담아내는 영화다. 열기 넘치는 젊은 청춘 그러나 선택의 기로에 놓인 20대 아미와 남부러울 것 없이 당당한 40대 커리어 우먼이자 싱글맘인 영미, 그리고 세상의 모든 것이 궁금하고 자신을 시험대에 올려 놓고 싶은 10대 강애까지. 한 지붕 아래 모여 사는 한 가족이자, 각기 다른 나이로 뜨겁게 살고 있는 세 여자를 통해 들키고 싶지 않은 여자들의 적나라한 속마음을 웃고 즐기고 공감하며 엿볼 수 있을 것이다.
여자에겐 절대 들켜서 안될 세 가지가 있다.
바람, 주름살, 그리고......!!!
일도 연애도 오리무중! 아미 (김민희 분)
27살의 시나리오 작가 아미(김민희). 모텔에 처박혀 엔딩만 1년째지만 끝이 보이지 않는다. 생일이라고 집에 와봤자 기다리는 건 동생을 하숙생 취급하는 언니(이미숙)와 조카(안소희)의 구박 섞인 잔소리뿐. 우울한 맘을 달래기 위해 남친 원석(김흥수)을 만나보지만 가진 거라곤 그거 두 쪽 밖에 없는 이 남자. 위안은 고사하고 머리만 더 아파온다. 에라 모르겠다. 못 이기는 척 맞선 자리에 나간 아미. 썰렁한 유머만 빼면 갖출 것 다 갖춘 회계사 승원(김성수)의 자신감 넘치면서도 젠틀한 모습이 낯설지만 왠지 끌린다. 사랑이냐? 조건 좋은 결혼이냐? 아니면 죽도록 일만 하고 살아야 하나? 하지만 돌아온 가슴을 후비는 언니의 한 마디! “문제는 넌 그럴 능력조차 없다는 거지” 더 이상 팔릴 쪽도 없는 청춘이여, 내 인생의 봄날은 대체 어디에!!!
일도 연애도 뜨겁게! 영미 (이미숙 분)
잘나가는 인테리어 디자이너 영미(이미숙). 무엇 하나 부족한 것 없는 그녀는 일도 사랑도 뜨겁게 즐길 줄 아는 41살의 화려한 싱글맘이다. 후배의 부탁으로 무대미술을 맡게 된 연극 극단에서 만난 연하남 경수(윤희석). 거침없이 덤비는 폼 새가 귀여운 경수와 뜨거운 하룻밤을 보낸 영미, 젊고 당당한 그가 싫진 않지만 끊어야 할 때를 아는 프로의 뒷모습은 얼마나 아름다운가! “우리 내일부턴 쌩까자. 난 일하는데 연애 끌어들이고 어쩌고 질색이거든?” 하지만 잘나가던 영미의 인생에 급브레이크가 걸린다. 바로 폐경이라는 불청객...! 나이먹는 것도 짜증인데 폐경기라니, 쌩까자는 영미의 말을 무시한 채 계속해서 엉기는 연하남 경수의 관심도 갈수록 짜증이다. 난 요새 별 거 아닌 일에도 짜증이 나고, 더웠다가 추웠다가.. 이게 사랑이니 갱년기 증상이니?!!!
연애도 사랑도 궁금해! 강애 (안소희 분)
언제나 바쁜 엄마와 툭하면 좌절모드인 이모를 챙기느라 맘 편한 날이 없는 고등학생 강애(안소희). 하지만 더 큰 고민은 따로 있었으니, 바로 3년 째 열애 중인 남친 호재(김범)와의 스킨쉽! 궁금한 것도 해보고 싶은 것도 많은 호기심 소녀 강애의 마음과는 달리 게임과 오토바이에 꽂힌 호재는 무심하기만 하다. 브라질에서 온 친구 미란은 3년이면 했어도 벌써 했어야 한다며 안 그래도 조바심 난 강애를 더욱 뜨겁게 부채질 하고, 강애와 미란은 기초 이론부터 실전 체험까지 호재와의 그 날을 위한 철저한 액션플랜에 돌입한다. 그래! 해보는거야! 사랑은 용기라잖아!!!
나이는 달라도… 일도, 사랑도, 연애도, 그것도! 뜨거운 것이 좋아! 인생에 우리 대신 심판을 해주는 사람이 있으면 좋겠건만, 언제나 그렇듯 선택은 자신의 몫! 나이와 세대와 상관없이, 인생은 쉴 틈 없이 우리에게 선택을 강요한다! 오늘도 뜨겁게 고민하며 처절하게 살고 있는 한 지붕 세 여자. 아미, 영미, 강애는 과연 어떤 선택을 하게 될까? 2008년, 뜨거운 girl들의 선택이 궁금하다!
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Professional Review of "Hellcats (AKA: Some Like It Hot) (DVD) (DTS) Korea Version)"
This professional review refers to Hellcats (AKA: Some Like It Hot) (DVD) (Single Disc) (Korea Version)
Despite its inappropriate title and DVD cover, which would seem to suggest some kind of anarchic girl power sex comedy, Hellcats is actually a genuine attempt to depict the lives, and indeed love lives of women from three different generations in modern day Korea. This is no more than should be expected from director Kwon Chil In, whose 2003 hit Singles was one of the first films from the country to openly tackle the subject.
Based upon the comic 10, 20 and 30 by Kang Mo Rim, the film centres upon three women living together, beginning with 27 year old failed screenwriter Ah Mi (television actress Kim Min Hee), whose life is in freefall and who has to choose between her shabby rocker ex-boyfriend Won Suk (Kim Hong Soo, also in Romantic Warriors) and new suave accountant beau Seung Won (Kim Sung Soo, Monopoly) while trying to quit smoking and control her drinking and temper. Her older sister Young Mi (Lee Mi Sook, Untold Scandal) isn't much better off, a controlling and lonely 40-year-old former man-eater on the verge of menopause who launches into an eye-opening affair with a young actor from her theatre troupe. Last but not least is Young Mi's daughter Kang Ae (Wonder Girls singer Ahn So Hee), a high school student who desperately chases after her long-time sweetheart, only to find herself confused by feelings for her female best friend.
Hellcats is a film obviously aimed primarily at female audiences, though this is not to say that it is a particularly feminist piece of cinema as such, and it should still be of interest to all persuasions. This is mainly by virtue of the fact that Kwon Chil In makes a concerted and genuine effort to really bring his characters to convincing life, and it's certainly pleasing to see a female-oriented romantic drama which is not populated by the usual "sassy" stereotypes or doe-eyed though simple minded angels. All three of the women are fascinating, and more important, believable characters whose lives are filled with the kind of everyday problems and emotional conflicts that viewers are only too likely to have encountered themselves. As a result, though they are not always likeable, making their fair share of mistakes and bad decisions, they are always sympathetic, and their stories make for engaging and unpredictable viewing. The film is realistic throughout, and through this it manages to transcend being a straightforward piece of domestic drama, coming across instead as being concerned with life, love and dreams in general. Although it takes its characters through some pretty rough times it manages to come out with a positive, life-affirming message, though without patronising or offering any quick-fix solutions. Surprisingly, despite the obvious potential for tears and hysteria, the melodrama is kept to a dignified minimum, and the film is all the more moving for it.
Ah Mi gets most of the screen time and holds the film together with her narration, though Young Mi and Kang Ae are by no means mere bit-players. Each of the three has their own distinct personalities and problems, and Kwon weaves the various narrative strands together skilfully, switching between them in a manner that nicely accentuates the drama. The actresses all turn in convincing performances, in particular Kim Min Hee, whose role is arguably the most difficult and emotionally intense. Needless to say, the male characters are not as developed as the female leads, though thankfully some effort is still made to flesh them out a little, and as a result the film does have a sense of balance rather than of being told wholly from the point of view of only one of the sexes.
The film shows a light touch, and there is a fair amount of comedy, though thankfully this is kept firmly in the background so as not to detract from the all-important realism. Quite a few of the laughs come from the excruciatingly embarrassing, though sadly recognisable situations that the women frequently find themselves in, though these never degenerate into slapstick or anything too mean spirited. Kwok's direction is matter of fact though intimate, which again is just as well, as too much in the way of visual flourishes might have taken viewers out of the story.
It is precisely this quality which makes Hellcats far more entertaining and enjoyable than might have been expected, and which allows it to stand as an engaging piece of deeply humanistic cinema. Although obviously likely to be of more interest to female viewers, it should not be ignored by anyone after a believable and well-crafted look at modern life and relationships.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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April 28, 2008
(a.k.a. Real Cool Cats)
Some like it Hot? I will vouch that you won't find any billowing skirts blowing up here like MM's iconic image. But maybe the Korean original title could be related to the 'heat' generated by these three frustrated cats and their relationships, and said heat used to blow up such a skirt or two. However, looking at the DVD's promo photo cover here, you might expect a wild 'hen night out' speed dating sort of flick, with these three women frequently visiting hot nightclubs in the attempt to bag themselves some fellas - and that's not too far off the mark (Young Mi gets a bit despe..frisky at one point). But for that scenario to happen, it would have to be in a possible "Hellcats 2". In this film, the hellcats have too many domestic and personal relationship problems filling up their time to paint the town red, and trying to evolve their upside down/unfulfilled relationship worlds. Or in a nut shell, three generations of family women who go all head fuzz in the process of emotional crises with life, sex and love (a.k.a. men and boyfriend trouble...and a bit of girl trouble considering Kang Ae). So Ami, Young Mi and Kang Ae get down to some serious Penultimate Changes by re-organizing, improving and re-invigorating their love lives - and getting some unusual results. And considering "Hellcats" theme song R.P.G. - Rocket Punch Generation, (which Ami gives her musician boyfriend Won Suk a 'rocket punch' when she discovers he's had a one night stand with another girl), and possibly also David Bowie's "Changes", the crucial stutter lyric line cha-cha-cha change from both songs, becomes the Big Difficult transition key word, when these 3 insecure gals find themselves dealing with it.
Ami (Chaos Cat) is a movie screen play writer, who has constant worries that her life is going nowhere and stumbles in trying to complete the end of her screen play project (that she's been writing for a year!). She lives with her sister Young Hi, who is an interior designer and her niece, school girl teen Kang Ae (who hates Ami's untidy way of flinging her things around, explosive bomb style), and gets into regular feuds with them both about her living standards. Ami even rents a flat to try to finish her script in. On top of her disorganized life style, Ami also breaks up with her rock musician boyfriend Won Suk, a struggling musician who constantly tries to land a record deal, after she discovers Won Suk has slept with another girl. She beats him up of course, but all this adds to her disarrayed outlook and Life Despair. So Ami becomes the proverbial off the rails eccentric, getting drunk on regular occasions in bars over her split up, and embarrassing her female drinking friends who generally tip toe out of the bars to escape, if ever Ami visits the ladies room. But the inevitable change comes Ami's way, when she meets the male accountant Seung Won on a blind date, who eventually helps Ami re-charge her batteries and re-order her life. He tells her daft little jokes, but is a solid and very supportive career man - and an opposite type of man to Won Suk. Seung Won soon becomes Ami's new flame after she dumps Won Suk, and thereafter Ami tries to upscale her life to the ideal level of her elder sister Young Mi. The more she gets to know Seung Won, the more a doorway to change is opened, but the fear of that change is what hinders her full committed choices. Ami gets confused and annoyed with herself (and life) and pits herself into drunken stoopers and nerve controlling cigarette smoking sessions. She gets torn about dumping Won Suk and wanting the more upmarket life style Seung Won could provide, and feels guilt at leaving Won Suk on his own. Won Suk also doesn't want to lose Ami and even writes a sad love song for her, that Ami hears when she finds him drunk in a bar. Does she want a Big Relationship Change? Even so, to the sassy mood of this film, Ami remains as volatile, confused and eccentrically unpredictable as ever, as she tries to grapple with all her troubles and new romance, becoming torn between her rock musician ex and her safe and solid accountant boyfriend - and Ami having a Big Decision to make along the line.
Ami's sister Young Mi (Steely Cat) is a single mother to Kang Ae, and works as an interior designer on a dance theater project. She becomes so concerned that a relationship could leave her vulnerable and out of control, even though she's a bit of a man eater (probably due to her considering Ami's excellent examples of upside down relationships), that she becomes a steely and proactive woman in her career. But where a new man is concerned Young Mi is guarded and cautious, and avoids 'clingy' men at her heel. All until a younger male actor member of the dance theater group, takes a fancy to her. This causes Young Mi's guard to slip, and even more so when she discovers that she has reached her menopausal situation. So to curb the dryness of her spirit, decides to live life more to the full - and becomes overtly passionate with her young admirer; so to figuratively smack her menopausal problem on the bottom. Pausing on Men becomes history for her! Young Mi, however, finds herself having emotional and conflicting problems with her admirer. She is so tightened up inside, that the man who enters her life tries genuinely to free Young Mi's natural reservedness to remain in control. So they experience fun fair rides together to help Young Mi un-wind and chill out more (amongst other things). But Yong Mi still feels her independence could be threatened by this relationship.
Little one Kang Ae (Wonder Kitten), has more female trouble than she can cope with. Not only by her out of sorts aunt and man eating and reserved mother, but by her close female school friend Mi Ran, who constantly keeps trying to get Kang Ae to obtain her first passionate kiss with her computer game loving boyfriend. Mi Ran considers she ought to have a kiss by now, as Kang Ae as been seeing her boyfriend for over 3 years. But to get his attention, Mi Ran needs Kang Ae to be more sexier than his video console. So Mi Ran, the kiss champ of the year, shows Kang Ae various techniques on how to look seductive and kiss properly by pouting her lips (what Kang Ae should have done, of course, was bury her boyfriend's game pad in the garden). The 'girl' problem, though, arises when Kang Ae and Mi Ran kiss each other too much in a practice session, which then produces Kang Ae having unusual feelings for her school chum Mi Ran. This causes a bit of problem with Kang Ae's boyfriend, too, when he eventually does drop his favorite video games, to discover Kang Ae is now playing a different game herself altogether. Kang Ae's tender heart worries, though, (when she's being a bit less hell catish of course!), as she falls in love with the very girl that is trying to help her get her first boy kiss.
These are the "Hellcats"! Three women of varied ages all having relationship problems, that could give a magazine agony aunt a lot to think about. At first, though, this film doesn't have one of those immediate beginnings where you think you'll straight away like it, as its more 'yell cats' on the onset, and a tad on the grating side. But the irritability soon turns to charm, as you get to like and love the characters here. Also, if you've seen director Chil In Kwon's 2003 film "Singles", you'll have a good idea of what interesting reflections about modern relationships will be showcased here, and the similarity turns out with a mixture of despairing charm, spunky characters and an endearing, if somewhat kooky plot. In a similar sense it does relate to Sylvia Chang's "20, 30, 40", about women looking for romance and fulfilled happiness, but here this would have to be "Teen, 20, 40" (although the comic book "Hellcats" is based on is "10, 20, 30").
Ami is certainly the catalyst and pivotal of the three characters in "Hellcats", with Young Hi and Kang Ae a little more in the background with their own personal dilemmas. But all three are certainly concerned about finding the right love and emotional balance within their respective romances. Essentially, this film is about accepting ourselves as we truly are (whether you're a woman or a fella) and not trying to push the boat out too far, in attempting to change into something that we probably can't and shouldn't be, and which wouldn't be profitable in the long term. Maybe for Ami, it could have been profitable to have made her change with Seung Woo (I won't say more!). But not for her to completely lose face and feelings for the true life she knows. And when their last 10 minutes of Nirvana arrives (with them all holding hands ready for "Hellcats 2"), these 3 family Cool Cats, temporally move out of their confusing storm clouds.
I have to say that Min Hee Kim's performance of Ami is great, and is one kooky, spunky and very focused act. She will do very well with this, I think, and become more popular. (not that that really matters, really. Enjoy the ride, don't become a lonely soul on a pedestal!). Both Mi Sook Lee (a legend who made the film "An Affair") and So Hee An, also give two great performances, and overall these three characters come across as a well blended trio of lovable family feuders. Little wonder girl So Hee is one feisty and focused actress, too, and surely another good up and coming young player for Korean movie and TV dramas. So Hee's cute screen test that is featured as an easter egg on the bonus DVD, shows a direct and natural quality at acting, and I'm sure "Hellcats" will be good grounding for her. I guess that Wonder Girls fans will prefer to see So Hee in the music group for now, but her acting could win you over in the end. Music wise, the song "Rocket Punch Generation" is great and the overall "Hellcats" OST is a good one to get. I've found some interesting and influential sounds, and the OST has a good balance of songs and incidental music from the film, to make it a great CD in its own right.
The bonus DVD comes with a good selection, including a large chapter containing deleted scene segments (in full quality edit, too), interviews and even the screen test of So Hee An for WG fans. "Hellcats" is certainly a recommended film to see of its type. Its a likable rom-com with a good performance from Min Hee as a sort of scatter headed sassy girl, who will win you over in the end. Its probably more orientated to a female audience, but I'm sure this is able to be enjoyed by pretty well anyone who loves a rom-com. So, "Hellcats", I can safely vouch is, arr-riight!
** I'm only surmising there will be a "Hellcats 2" of course **