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Into The Mirror (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)
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One year ago, a department store was site to a fire and a series of bizarre murders - throat cutting with a pizza cutter, skewering through a man's ear with a ball pen, and twisting one's wrist to death. Security manager Woo Young Min (Yoo Ji Tae), feeling guilty about the deaths of his colleagues, is determined to investigate the case and discover the truth. But never does Young Min suspect that the perpetrator is a woman, that woman.

Kim Sung Ho's 2001 directorial debut Into the Mirror stars Yoo Ji Tae (Ditto, One Fine Spring Day), Kim Myung Min, and Kim Hye Na. With its tight plot and astonishing ending, this suspense horror attracted much media attention at the 2001 Pusan International Film Festival.

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Product Title: Into The Mirror (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version) 照出冤靈 (DTS版) (香港版) 照出冤灵 (DTS版) (香港版) Mirror 鏡の中 (DTS版) (香港版) Into The Mirror (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Yoo Ji Tae | Kim Myung Min | Kim Hye Na 劉 智泰 | 金明民 | 金蕙那 刘 智泰 | 金明民 | 金蕙那 ユ・ジテ | キム・ミョンミン | キム・ヘナ 유지태 | 김 명민 | 김 혜나
Director: Kim Sung Ho 金晟浩 金晟浩 Kim Sung Ho 김성호
Release Date: 2004-07-08
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
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?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 114 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003671790

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* Screen Format : 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix : DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Extras : N/A

  夢幻百貨公司於年多前曾經發生過一次原因不明的火災,死傷慘重。經過一年重修,在即將重新開幕之際,偏偏發生連環凶殺案,最詭異的是死者都是在鏡子前遇害。
身為夢幻百貨保安主管的胡恩明(劉智泰飾)因此而飽受壓力。胡原本任職探員,數年前在處理一宗案件時,錯手殺死了自己的死黨兼同僚,期後轉職到舅父開設的夢幻百貨。與此同時,警方接手調查連環命案,由胡舊日的同僚夏海瑞(金明民飾)負責,事事講求真憑實據,但胡卻認為這種異常恐怖的殺人事件有可疑。此時,一名如鬼魅的女子經常在他面前出現……

  Dreampia Department Store is preparing to re-open after being closed for a year due to a mysterious fire. Inside the store, a series of horrific serial murders are discovered. Late at night, an employee in the planning department CHOI Mi-jeong is found in the restroom, having slit her throat with a pizza cutter. Afterwards, Section Chief KIM from the General Affairs department dies alone at night in the elevator with a ball point pen thrust into his ear canal. The only commonalities in the cases are their location in front of mirrors, and the severe shock which helped to bring about their deaths.
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Professional Review of "Into The Mirror (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 11, 2008

The success of the Japanese The Ring and Juon series seem to have rung the "thriller" bell for Korea once again. Having dealt with the ghosts at campus in Wishing Stars and having dined with some lost spirits in The Uninvited, now confront your deepest dark fear in Into the Mirror.

The business of Dreampia, a department store where a destructive fire occurred a year ago, is about to start again and so is the horror. A number of staff members are mysteriously killed in places with mirrors and the ways they die are sure to give you the creeps: one has his throat cut open by a pizza cutter, one has a pen stabbed deep from his ear to his brain and one has his waist twisted so extremely that he dies. It is actually not the first time that mirrors seem to have brought death to this department store. Woo Young-min (Yoo Ji-tae), the security manager of the store and a former detective, mistakenly took the life of his partner by shooting at a mirror in a hostage case. Already being punished by guilt, Young-min at one night shift makes a mysterious discovery …

A distorted version of "The Mirror Stage" appears to be the theme of this movie. "The Mirror Stage" was first proposed in 1936 by the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan (1901-1981). Lacan establishes that there is a mirror in everybody's mind and the mirror reflects our respective values. Creating a self-image in the mirror is therefore the first stage of self-understanding. Lacan's "The Mirror Stage" is said to be distorted in "In the Mirror" because the reflections of Young-min, the deceased and the suspect in the mirror are not the self-images they believe they have. Due to the past experience, their values have been distorted and that reflects on the image they see themselves. The horrible side of the world they can only see in the mirror thus gives "her", the culprit, chances to gain power in the dark side.

Kim Sung-ho the director makes a bold attempt in his debut work by making use of "The Mirror Stage" and some engrossing stories behind some famous paintings featuring people in the mirror. The investigation initiated by Young-min and the police in the movie is led smoothly by the idea of mirrors. While the terror starts due to the disequilibrium brought by mirror images, it ends by having the image of the culprit reflected in a mirror. One big selling point of this movie, which also makes the ending so intriguing, is that even though the images of the dead vanish from the mirror, their souls forever remain there. This movie makes such a great start in the director journey of Kim Sung-ho as he manages to utilize the mirror concept to generate a series of climatic events.

Despite the absorbing plot, the cast does not make a big impression. It seems that Yoo Ji-tae has not completely devoted himself to the film. Even though he has lots of opportunities to establish his leading actor position in the scene in which he finally realizes his real existence, he does not give his best and so cannot show the self-condemned misery his character has been through. Similar comments also apply to Kim Hye-na who plays the twin sisters Lee Ji-hyun and and Lee Jung-hyun. There should be a clearer distinction between the two roles as it is confusing enough to have one person playing a pair of twins.

Into the Mirror may not be like those classic horror movies but the fear brought by those mirrors in the film is thrilling enough. You can't help wondering who exactly the one you see in the mirror is. It is indeed the magic of Into the Mirror: Mirrors may tell your appearance but they can also tell your deepest darkest fears and desires. You therefore can't deceive a mirror, just like you can't deceive yourself.

Reviewed by: garden (Hong Kong)

Translated by Holly (Hong Kong)

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Customer Review of "Into The Mirror (DVD) (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (15)

cuddley bear
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February 10, 2008

1 people found this review helpful

??? Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
This film might catch your attention from start to finish but it's only because you have to concentrate to see what's going on. One of the twins misses her dead sister so much she hangs mirrors all round her room so she could look into them thinking her sister is there. I thought that was very clever. However the end is a little confusing and I don't quite know what to make of it.
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April 9, 2006

1 people found this review helpful

alright Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Out of all the many horror movies I've watched these many years, this one is just average...the storyline is quite confusing sometimes, but at the same time, it's decent. As for terms of horror, well, there isn't really anything to be scared about, the horror within this movie is very weak, to horror movie goers, this will probably be considered 'lame'...but to the people who never watch horror movies, then this would probably be scary enough for u.
My rating: 4/10
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Anonymous

November 6, 2004

This customer review refers to Into The Mirror Limited Edition
1 people found this review helpful

Shocking and suprise Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This has to be the most *Wow* film because there's horror and action altogether in ONE..*Super if you haven't see it*
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Anonymous

January 31, 2004

This customer review refers to Into The Mirror Limited Edition
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yoo ji tae! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
He is a good actor. I liked this movie because of him. It's scary in its own way. I am confused of the ending though. Is he...? or Isn't he?
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Anonymous

January 30, 2004

This customer review refers to Into The Mirror Limited Edition
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into the mirror Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
it's quite good. I was kind of scared. Nice begining sequence.
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