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Inside Men (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Cho Seung Woo (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor)
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Adapted from Yoon Tae Ho's webcomic The Insiders, political thriller Inside Men helmed by Woo Min Ho (The Spies) reveals the deep-rooted corruption in Korea involving politicians, businessmen and the media. Starring Lee Byung Hun who won Best Actor at the 10th Asian Film Awards, Cho Seung Woo, Baek Yoon Shik and Lee Kyung Young, the award-winning blockbuster became the highest-grossing 18+-rated Korean movie of all time.

Gangster Ahn Sang Goo (Lee Byung Hun) cooperates with Lee Kang Hee (Baek Yoon Shik), the influential editor-in-chief of a leading conservative newspaper, to support congressman Jang Pil Woo (Lee Kyung Young) as the leading candidate in the presidential race. When Ahn Sang Goo threatens Jang Pil Woo with evidence of his bribery, he ends up with a dismembered hand. Years later, Ahn Sang Goo meets ambitious prosecutor Woo Jang Hoon (Cho Seung Woo) and the two hatch up a plot to bring the villains to justice.

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Product Title: Inside Men (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 寒流黑金 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 寒流黑金 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 寒流黑金 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 내부자들 (Blu-ray) (한국판)
Also known as: 局內人們 局内人们
Artist Name(s): Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Cho Seung Woo (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Kim Byung Ok (Actor) | Bae Sung Woo (Actor) | Kim Hong Pa (Actor) 李秉憲 (Actor) | 曹承佑 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | Kim Byung Ok (Actor) | 裴成佑 (Actor) | Kim Hong Pa (Actor) 李秉宪 (Actor) | 曹承佑 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | Kim Byung Ok (Actor) | 裴成佑 (Actor) | Kim Hong Pa (Actor) イ・ビョンホン (Actor) | チョ・スンウ (Actor) | ペク・ユンシク (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | Kim Byung Ok (Actor) | ペ・ソンウ (Actor) | Kim Hong Pa (Actor) 이 병헌 (Actor) | 조 승우 (Actor) | 백윤식 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 김병옥 (Actor) | 배성우 (Actor) | 김홍파 (Actor)
Director: Woo Min Ho 吳明河 吴明河 ウ・ミンホ 우민호
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2016-08-23
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: III
Duration: 131 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1052670102

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LEE Kang-hee, an editor at an influential conservative newspaper raises congressman JANG Pil-woo to the position of a leading candidate for President using the power of the press. Behind this, there was his secret deal with the paper’s biggest sponsor. AHN Sang-goo, a political henchman who supported LEE and JANG, gets his hand cut when he is caught pocketing the record of the sponsor’s slush fund. WOO Jang-hoon, an ambitious prosecutor, starts to investigate the relationship with JANG and the sponsor believing it is the only chance he can make it to the top. While getting down to the grass roots on the case, WOO meets AHN who has been deliberately planning his revenge. Now the war among the one blinded by power, the one hell bent for vengeance and the one eager for success starts.
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Professional Review of "Inside Men (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 4, 2016

This professional review refers to Inside Men (DVD) (3-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Director Woo Min-ho, whose last outing was the 2012 North – South Korean espionage comedy The Spies, returns with Inside Men, based on a webcomic by Yoon Tae-ho (The Moss). The film is a complex political thriller shining a harsh light on corruption in the upper echelons of Korean society, following a group of politicians and media leaders contriving to run the country for their own gain. Boosted by a top cast including Lee Byung-hun (Masquerade), Cho Seung-woo (Assassination), Baek Yoon-shik (The Face Reader) and Lee Kyung-young (The Long Way Home), the film performed very well at the domestic box office despite its adult content, emerging as the country's high-grossing 18+ rated production to date. The film was released twice, once in a 130 minute theatrical cut, and then later in a 180 minute Director's Cut – this review refers to the shorter version.

Lee Byung-hun plays Ahn Sang Goo, a sleazy gangster working for Lee Kang Hee (Baek Yoon-shik) the editor of one of the country’s biggest and most influential newspapers, whose main goal is to push congressman Jang Pil Woo (Lee Kyung-young) into power as means of furthering his own ends. After taking care of a number of dirty jobs for his sponsors, Ahn becomes overconfident, and a failed blackmail attempt results in him having a hand chopped off. A couple of years later, now reduced to a far more menial status and hungry for revenge, the crippled Ahn joins forces with Woo Jang Hoon (Cho Seung-woo), a young prosecutor with a taste for social justice, to try and bring Lee and Jang to book.

Stories of corruption and the backhanded dealings of the upper hierarchy are common enough in South Korean cinema, with the country's class structure having been criticised by a number of directors over the years, for example by Ryoo Seung-wan in The Unjust, which Inside Men certainly resembles. Thankfully there's more to Woo Min-ho's film, which has a more political focus, going to some lengths to sink its teeth into the Korean system of governance and elections. Armed with a sharp and substantial script, the film isn't afraid to go into detail, and this adds real depth and interest to what might otherwise have been an overly-familiar story. There's a great deal going on throughout, with characters locked in an endless struggle of double crosses and shaky alliances, and Woo successfully keeps the viewer guessing as to who is backstabbing who and who is pulling the strings, with some entertaining surprises in the build up to what comes as a very satisfying conclusion. Tense and dramatic from start to finish, it's a great example of skilful storytelling, and serves as a reminder that refusing to treat audiences as idiots can pay dividends.

The cast are obviously one of the main draws here, Lee Byung-hun in particular, and Woo manages to get the best from each of them, the film having an ensemble feel rather than coming across as another vehicle for the megastar. This having been said, Lee is fantastic, playing somewhat against type (a few moments resembling car commercials aside) and adding likeability to a somewhat brutish role and proving himself a worthy winner of Best Actor at the 10th Asian Film Awards. Cho Seung-woo is also good as the straight man to his hoodlum, and there's a fun, dynamic chemistry between the two, which Woo wisely never pushes too far into standard buddy movie territory. The veteran members of the cast also impress, going all-out with performances that see them nude during several sequences, Baek Yoon-shik and Lee Kyung-young both convincing as thoroughly detestable and arrogantly decadent villains in a way which makes the revenge theme of the final act rousing indeed.

While the film for the most part is narrative and dialogue driven, Woo doesn't skimp on the action, and a series of well-judged set pieces keep the pace brisk. The film is very violent and bloody in places, with some vicious torture scenes, choppings and beatings justifying its 18+ rating, along with lots of male and female nudity. None of this ever feels gratuitous, and combined with the film's lack of the usual kind of glossy and polished look help to give it a suitably down to earth feel.

Though familiar in terms of themes tackled, Inside Men is nevertheless one of the best Korean films of its type from the last couple of years, and an intense, gripping political thriller. A step up into the big leagues for director Woo Min-ho, it's a film which should appeal beyond the local audience, and which will hopefully cause at least a measure of social debate.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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