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Hope (2013) (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Uhm Ji Won (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor)
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Hope (2013) (DVD) (Korea Version)
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Winner of Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards, Lee Joon Ik's heartwrenching drama Hope (a.k.a. Wish) portrays how a family copes after the young daughter is sexually assaulted. The powerful, emotionally draining story sensitively follows the victim, the parents and the community's grief, struggle and healing in the aftermath of shocking tragedy, shining light and humanity on a family's darkest hours. Sol Kyung Gu and Uhm Ji Won play the devastated parents who must face their worst nightmare and piece their family back together, while child actress Lee Re breaks hearts as the precocious Hope.

On her way to school in a quiet rural town, eight-year-old Hope (Lee Re) gets abducted, then raped and beaten. The physical damage to her body is so severe that she will never be able to fully recover. Shocked and devastated, Hope's parents Dong Hoon (Sol Kyung Gu) and Mi Hee (Uhm Ji Won) try their best to help their daughter recover physically and psychologically and to seek justice against the perpetrator. But to do so, Hope must recount her abuse again and again. Day by day, this family of three must cope and heal, and somehow find a way back to health, hope and normalcy.

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Product Title: Hope (2013) (DVD) (Korea Version) 希望:為愛重生 (2013) (DVD) (韓國版) 希望:为爱重生 (2013) (DVD) (韩国版) 願い (2013) (DVD) (韓国版) 소원 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: Wish / So Won 許願 / 素媛 许愿 / 素媛 Wish / So Won Wish / So Won
Artist Name(s): Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Uhm Ji Won (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor) | Kim Sang Ho (Actor) | Lee Re 薛景求 (Actor) | 嚴智媛 (Actor) | 羅美蘭 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 金相浩 (Actor) | Lee Re 薛景求 (Actor) | 严智媛 (Actor) | 罗美兰 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 金相浩 (Actor) | Lee Re ソル・ギョング (Actor) | オム・ジウォン (Actor) | ラ・ミラン (Actor) | キム・ヘスク (Actor) | キム・サンホ (Actor) | Lee Re 설 경구 (Actor) | 엄지원 (Actor) | 라미란 (Actor) | 김해숙 (Actor) | 김상호 (Actor) | 이레
Director: Lee Joon Ik 李浚益 李浚益 イ・ジュンイク 이준익
Release Date: 2014-03-21
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?
Publisher: Candle Media
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035288953

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Professional Review of "Hope (2013) (DVD) (Korea Version)"

May 29, 2014

Having had a massive critical and commercial success early in his career with The King and the Clownback in 2005 (which still ranks as one of the highest grossing Korean films of all time), Lee Joon Ik has always been regarded as a director of talent and quality, and so it came as both a surprise and a real shame when he apparently decided to retire from the industry after the relative under-performance of his 2011 outing Battlefield Heroes. Thankfully, he soon changed his mind, and returns with Hope (also known as Wish), a painful drama following a couple whose lives are torn apart after their young daughter is sexually assaulted. The film marked a highly successful comeback for Lee, garnering a slew of wins and nominations at all the major Korean award ceremonies, including Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Based on a real life case from 2008, the film stars Sol Kyung Gu (Cold Eyes) and Uhm Ji Won (Foxy Festival) as parents Dong Hoon and Mi Hee, who live a quiet and happy life in a small rural town. One day, their eight year old daughter So Won (Lee Re) is snatched by a drunken stranger on her way to school, who kidnaps, rapes and nearly kills her, leaving her for dead with horrific injuries. Her psychological scars are equally severe, and Dong Hoon and Mi Hee struggle to help her recover while pursuing justice, trying to make sense of their own anger and grief.

Surprisingly, Hope isn't the film that might have been expected. Whereas there has of late been an increasingly number of Korean films dealing with child kidnapping and abuse, Lee Joon Ik's approach here is to focus not on the thriller or more shocking exploitation elements of the case, but instead on the characters and the human cost of its devastating tragedy. Here too the film takes a different route, and though it covers some extremely tough and sensitive material, it deals mainly with healing and the long and arduous road back to happiness. Though the criminal case and the parents' rage and desire for revenge does take up part of the narrative, Lee primarily follows the ways in which Dong Hoon in particular tries to bring the withdrawn So Won back to the world, and in which the community rallies round to help the parents. Even though the criminal is a monster, he never becomes a distasteful pantomime villain, and the film is all the more affecting and engaging for being grounded and humanistic, with an intelligent script that for the most part avoids emotional cheap shots or manipulation.

The film is also anchored by some superb lead performances, Sol Kyung Gu and Uhm Ji Won putting in great work and adding real depth to their roles as the tortured parents. Lee has proved many times that he's a real craftsman when it comes to his characters, and both Dong Hoon and Mi Hee are well-written and substantial figures, neither of whom are typical tear-magnets, making a number of mistakes and unfortunate decisions as the try to cope with the unimaginable. This all makes the film very tough viewing at times, far more so than other recent dramas with similar themes, though it's involving and challenging rather than simply bleak.

Despite the depressing source material, Hope really is quite an uplifting film, and Lee Joon Ik has done a great job of depicting the ways in which people can find the means to keep living and to find happiness in even the most dreadful of circumstances. A strong character rather than issue or crime based drama, though challenging and frequently grim, it's a moving testament to the human spirit that shows Lee returning to top form.

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July 31, 2014

Finding Hope in the darkest places
Just watching the trailer of Hope made me feel a bit teary, so I had my tissues ready when it came time to watch the actual movie – and I definitely needed them. Lee Joon Ik's drama sensitively depicts how a family and community cope and heal after a young girl is brutally raped and injured on her way to school.

We see little Hope (Lee Re) being lured into an alleyway on a rainy morning, and then we see a small bloodied hand reaching for her phone. The shot is simple, horrifying and gets you right in the heart. Another punch to the gut comes soon after when the young girl wakes up from surgery and tells her father that she didn't want to bother her busy parents so she called the police herself. Rarely have such innocent lines been delivered to such haunting, heartbreaking effect. The scene of Sol Kyung Gu as the father trying to hold in the tears in front of his daughter while completely breaking down inside had me breaking down in front of the television.

Like other recent Korean films dealing with the difficult topic of sexual abuse of minors (Silenced, Azooma, Don't Cry Mommy), Hope elicits anger and frustration over the horrendous crime and the failures of the legal system to severely punish the perpetrators. The film, however, moves beyond its tragic premise to the emotional aftermath and the beginning of the lifetime that still lies ahead for the young victim and her family.

Rather than letting helpless sorrow and destructive rage consume the family, the story sets them on the long and winding road towards constructive recovery. The journey is absolutely heartwrenching, but also filled with moments of warmth and triumph. Hope gradually heals physically and psychologically and reestablishes trust with the world around her, including the devastated father who has turned into a threatening male figure. One of the most poignant threads of the film is the father dressing up in a cartoon character costume as a way to approach and protect his daughter.

Hope is both acutely harrowing and genuinely uplifting. The film speaks to the heart through the gentle voice of a child who has been hurt in an unforgivable manner, but still strives to recover, to live and to believe in those around her. Anchored by an absolutely wonderful performance by child actress Lee Re, Hope does indeed give the audience hope that though nothing can turn back the atrocities suffered, she will grow up knowing love, happiness and courage.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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November 3, 2014

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Hope - Harrowing...but uplifting movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
By synopsis I imagined ‘Hope’ to be a distressing story of a little girl violently and sexually abused, but no way anticipated the level of distress. Re Lee as the little girl Hope performs the most harrowing and realistic portrayal of child sexual abuse I’ve seen in a movie and Re Lee’s intelligently performed hospital scenes will just burn her sad and horrific imagery into your mind. You don’t see the awful brutality, but how Hope is found blooded and abandoned and then Hope’s parents tearfully seeing their daughter again, not a vision of health, but callously injured and scarred in the hospital are distressing beyond belief. Anger, maddening frustration...why? But the true reason for this movie ‘Hope’ is the uplift. Mainly how Hope is slowly brought back to life and happiness again by the help of her trauma injury and child psychologist Jeong-sook (Hae-sook Kim) her parents Dong Hoon (Kyung Gu Sol) and Mi Hee (Ji Won Uhm), their work friends, hospital staff and Hope’s favourite cartoon character.

Although seeming sentimental by the way Dong Hoon wears a cartoon character outfit to slowly and humbly help heal Hope’s cruelly injured mind and heart, it all fits logically. Dong Hoon had more reason to do this after he desperately carried his daughter in the hospital away from reporters but broke her healing bandages (I won’t go into detail of Hope’s injuries) and Dong Hoon’s tearful desperation in trying to put Hope’s bandages back in place seemed to Hope as if she was reliving her bad man nightmare. Dong Hoon felt he’d let his daughter down terribly. As Hope’s child psychologist Jeong-sook tells her parents though the only good way to begin helping their child’s mind from such brutal abuse is to return Hope to happiness. And that’s exactly what Dong Hoon does by wearing a character suit of Hope’s favourite toon character, after Mi Hee and her friend and a female police officer had also done. Re Lee and Kyung Gu/Ji Won as the parents perform brilliantly and I can only imagine how intense and hard this must have been to make. Actress Mi-ran Ra, too, as Mi Hee’s close friend. Excellent acting!

‘Hope’ shines a light in a very dark film where a family’s life has been shattered to pieces. Director Joon Ik Lee’s movie reflects a hard reality of what certain families endure, some never seeing their children again. Hope – remembering the eternal flame of love, where death is no longer mystery, pain or separation - towards happiness and redemption.
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