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Inside Men (2016) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

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) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 萬惡新世界 (2016) (DVD) (台灣版) 万恶新世界 (2016) (DVD) (台湾版) 萬惡新世界 (2016) (DVD) (台湾版) 내부자들
Also known as: 局內人們 / 寒流黑金 局内人们 / 寒流黑金
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) | 金洪發 (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) | 金洪发 (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
Release Date: 2016-09-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country 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
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 130 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1052943523

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導演:《首爾諜戰》《復仇者》禹民鎬 WOO Min-ho
演員:《特種部隊 2:正面對決》《魔鬼終結者:創世契機》李炳憲 LEE Byung-hun
   《馬拉松小子》《桃樹男孩》曺承佑 CHO Seung-woo
   《觀相大師:滅王風暴》白潤植 BAEK Yun-shick

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Professional Review of "Inside Men (2016) (DVD) (Taiwan 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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