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Acclaimed actor Song Kang Ho (Thirst) teams up with one of Korea's most promising young actresses Shin Se Kyung (Acoustic) in the moody action thriller Hindsight. Il Mare director Lee Hyun Seung's first feature film in over a decade, Hindsight stands out with its blue-tinted palette and delicate balance of sharp action and subtle romance. Song Kang Ho is in classic form as the wry, retired mobster with a soft heart and a mean punch, while Shin Se Kyung holds her own as the conflicted assassin who may bring about his downfall. Hindsight features an equally impressive supporting cast: Chun Jung Myung (Cinderella's Sister, Hansel & Gretel), Lee Jong Hyuk (Parallel Life), Kim Min Joon (No Mercy for the Rude), Oh Dal Soo (Detective K), Kim Roe Ha (A Bittersweet Life), veteran actress Yoon Yeo Jung (The Housemaid), and up-and-coming actress Esom (Second Half).

Legendary gangster Doo Hun (Song Kang Ho) is now retired and taking cooking classes. He's planning on opening a restaurant in Busan because, well, that's what retired gangsters do. There's a prickly young woman Se Bin (Shin Se Kyung) in the same class as him, and the two become unlikely friends. What Doo Hun doesn't know yet is that Se Bin was actually sent by a rival gangster to monitor him. A former sharpshooting champion, Se Bin has fallen into hard time, and her friend Eun Jung (Esom) is in big trouble with the loan sharks. With their own lives on the line, Se Bin receives the order to kill Doo Hun.

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Product Title: Hindsight (DVD) (US Version) Hindsight (DVD) (US Version) Hindsight (DVD) (US Version) 青い塩 푸른소금
Artist Name(s): Song Kang Ho | Kim Min Joon | Chun Jung Myung | Shin Se Kyung | Lee Jong Hyuk | Oh Dal Soo | Youn Yuh Jung | Esom 宋 康昊 | 金敏俊 | 千正明 | 申 世炅 | 李 鐘赫 | 吳達庶 | 尹汝貞 | Esom 宋 康昊 | 金敏俊 | 千正明 | 申 世炅 | 李 钟赫 | 吴达庶 | 尹汝贞 | Esom ソン・ガンホ | キム・ミンジュン | チョン・ジョンミョン | シン・セギョン | イ・ジョンヒョク | オ・ダルス | ユン・ヨジョン | イ・ソム 송 강호 | 김 민준 | 천정명 | 신세경 | 이종혁 | 오달수 | 윤여정 | 이솜
Director: Lee Hyun Seung 李鉉升 李铉升 Lee Hyun Seung 이현승
Release Date: 2012-07-31
UPC Code: 851339004005
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: United States, South Korea
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Package Weight: 90 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031172550

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Professional Review of "Hindsight (DVD) (US Version)"

February 10, 2012

This professional review refers to Hindsight (DVD) (Korea Version)
Hindsight attracted a great deal of hype in Korea, marking the return of Il Mare director Lee Hyun Seung after an absence of over a decade. The film also whipped up interest thanks to its casting of one of the country's most popular and acclaimed stars, Song Kang Ho (The Host, Thirst) as the male lead, opposite up and coming young actress Shin Se Kyung (Acoustic), with an accomplished supporting cast that includes another promising starlet in Esom (Second Half), veteran performer Yoon Yeo Jung (who recently impressed with a deadpan turn in The Housemaid), Chun Jung Myung (Hansel & Gretel), Lee Jong Hyuk (Parallel Life), Kim Min Joon (No Mercy for the Rude) and Oh Dal Soo (Detective K). With its potentially odd central paring being woven into a tale of gangsters, revenge and uneasy romance, expectations were set high, though the offbeat film surprisingly met with mixed reactions from critics and local audiences.

Song Kang Ho plays Doo Hun, a top Seoul gangster who has retired to Busan, attending cooking classes with the plan of one day opening his restaurant. He's partnered in the kitchen by a cute though bad tempered young woman called Se Bin (Shin Se Kyung), and the two gradually warm to each other and begin spending time together outside class. What he doesn't know is that she has actually been sent by one of old his rivals to keep track of his movements, she having fallen on hard times thanks to her friend Eun Jung (Esom) running up an insurmountable debt. Things get more complicated when Doo Hun finds outs that his old boss back in Seoul has met with a suspicious accident and sets out to investigate, while Se Bin's situation worsens and she is given the order to kill him.

It's perhaps not too hard to see why Hindsight didn't go down with some, mainly since its narrative is unfocused and does tend to meander, with a laid back pace that's never afraid to take its time. However, in this respect, the film really isn't too different to Il Mare, showing the same kind of thoughtful plot and character development, though this time with an air of menace and lurking violence beneath its calm surface. Aside from the fact that the film quite annoyingly opens briefly with its end scene, this approach works well, lending the proceedings a meditative feel, its shifts in tone never too jarring. Though it is fairly slow moving and prone to stretches where not a great deal happens, Lee does inject some well handled action scenes, including an impressively brutal knife fight, and several car chases and shootouts. This helps to keep things engaging, and the film is arguably all the better for having a looser, more lyrical feel than many other Korean blockbusters.

The film also benefits from its compelling and unconventional couple, with Doo Hun and Se Bin's friendly gangster and angst-ridden assassin making for an interesting and winning dynamic. Song Kang Ho is on fine form, humorous and raggedly charming, and the decision to cast a far younger, dangerously cute actress in Shin Se Kyung pays off well, with her showing genuine screen presence and an ability to handle emotionally complex material. Lee keeps their relationship to an extent ambiguous and oddly passive, and while this may frustrate viewers looking for out and out romance, it fits the overall mood and script. Similarly, though their obvious age gap may initially seem off-putting, it reflects the film's themes of the conflict between modern and old fashioned values and the cruel ruthlessness of modern society, also seen in its differing visual depictions of Seoul and Busan, and in its use of cookery as a warmly traditional practice that brings people together (a motif seen with increasing frequency in recent Korean cinema).

The film is visually very strong, with some gorgeous cinematography from Kim Byeong Seo (Castaway on the Moon), who adds an atmospheric blue tint and makes excellent use of the clashes between the various locations and scenery. Although aesthetically pleasing and poetic, it has to be said that the film does go a little too far at times, with some laughably gratuitous scenes of characters staring out at sunsets and the like, Lee occasionally being in danger of drifting into artistic pretentiousness.

However, in the grand scheme of things this isn't too much of a criticism, at least for viewers with a taste for these kind of moody atmospherics, and Hindsight really deserved a better reception than it received. Philosophical and beautiful, though tough when it needs to be and driven by a fascinatingly unorthodox pairing, it's a film which will hopefully find a wider audience on DVD and will see Lee Hyun Seung not waiting quite so long before his next outing.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Hindsight (DVD) (US Version)"

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

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May 31, 2013

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Caught in the Crossfire Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I've only recently watched “Hindsight” but by the promo photos pre expected Se-kyung’s character Se-bin to be either a revengeful lover or linked to a gangster situation. With Kang-ho Sang, surely the latter. “Hindsight” though begins where it ends, at a lonely water field with Se-bin pointing a none silencer gun at Doo-hun (Kang-ho) and then firing a blooded shot into Doo-hun’s chest, leaving him apparently dead. The plot then slips back into time retelling how all leads to that fatal tense moment. Doo-hun is a retired gangster and decides to move to Busan in the hope of entering the cuisine trade and opening a restaurant there. But Doo-hun’s first step is how to cook, so he attends…cooking classes. There he meets the moody young Se-bin (Se-kyung Shin), a girl who somehow takes an anticipated nonchalance to Doo-hun’s warm hearty nature. But as Se-bin harshly chops up meat and fish (prompt - watery eyes), she considers her hard background and mission within a group of drug dealer gangsters. Se-bin lives with her friend Eun-jung (Esom) in a modified steel haulage container, both being in debt and subject to demands from their gang bosses. But when Doo-hun’s old gangster boss is killed in a suspicious car crash, Doo-hun becomes aggrieved and returns to his gang for answers. With corrupt political machinations afoot coupled with the suspicious accident, Doo-hun is then tailed by Se-bin for information for her bosses. After Se-bin and her friend Eun-jung are caught stealing drugs from the rival mob, they’re almost killed by the aggrieved gang, but both are spared and given a chance - if they kill Doo-hun. Se-bin also a gun sniper expert is given the task. But Se-bin genuinely likes Doo-hun’s gritty warm nature the more she attends the cooking classes – even begins to fall for him. But when Se-bin believes Doo-hun had killed Eun-jung, she jostles her emotions and puts Doo-hun firmly in her sniper sight.

Similar to “Il Mare” this is easy paced, picturesque with tranquil atmosphere but amidst violent outbursts of gangster conflicts like a knife fight in Doo-hun’s apartment room and some nasty dispatches at the hand of a cold assassin. But the spiky frolicking of punky Se-bin and the likeable amiable Doo-hun, make for sweet clumsy romance. By Doo-hun in Se-bin’s sniper sight lens this could be ‘Lovesight’ with a heart shaped lens. Bonus wise there are lots of popular faces at the VIP showing, including some of Girls' Generation.
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