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JSA - Joint Security Area (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Park Chan Wook (Director) | Lee Young Ae (Actor)
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From award-winning filmmaker Park Chan Wook, the director that brought us Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Old Boy, comes his earlier box office success, Joint Security Area (JSA)! Somewhere in the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been murdered outside their guard posts, and all signs point to a South Korean soldier as the prime suspect. However, when adding up the eleven bullets pulled from the corpses and the five bullets remaining in the suspect's clip, a glaring discrepancy is uncovered: the clip in question can only hold fifteen bullets, not sixteen. But unraveling the mystery of the double homicide proves difficult for Major Sophie Jean (Lee Young Ae, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance), the leader of a neutral United Nations-type investigative team assigned to the case.

Stonewalled by authorities on both sides of the DMZ, Jean must sort out the differing accounts of the incident provided by the South Korean suspect, Sergeant Lee Soo Hyuk (Lee Byung Hun, A Bittersweet Life) and the eyewitness testimony given by North Korean Sergeant Oh Kyung Pil (Song Kang Ho, The Foul King). With the storm clouds of war looming on the horizon of this sensitive political situation, can Major Jean discover the truth before these age-old tensions give way to an all-out nuclear confrontation? And is there a vast conspiracy at work or something far simpler? Thanks to marvelous performances from its cast, Joint Security Area amounts to a gripping military thriller, one that went on to win multiple awards including Best Film honors at the Daejong Film Awards!

This edition comes with special features including making-of, production site, music videos and trailers.

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Product Title: JSA - Joint Security Area (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) JSA安全地帶 (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韓國版) JSA安全地带 (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韩国版) JSA (Blu-ray) (通常版) (韓国版) 공동경비구역 JSA (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)
Also known as: 共同警戒區JSA / 共同警備區域JSA 共同警戒区JSA / 共同警备区域JSA
Artist Name(s): Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Lee Young Ae (Actor) | Shin Ha Kyun (Actor) | Kim Tae Woo (Actor) | Lee Han Wee (Actor) 李秉憲 (Actor) | 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 李英愛 (Actor) | 申河均 (Actor) | 金 泰佑 (Actor) | 李 漢偉 (Actor) 李秉宪 (Actor) | 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 李英爱 (Actor) | 申河均 (Actor) | 金 泰佑 (Actor) | 李 汉伟 (Actor) イ・ビョンホン (Actor) | ソン・ガンホ (Actor) | イ・ヨンエ (Actor) | シン・ハギュン (Actor) | キム・テウ (Actor) | イ・ハヌィ (Actor) 이 병헌 (Actor) | 송 강호 (Actor) | 이 영애 (Actor) | 신 하균 (Actor) | 김태우 (Actor) | 이한위 (Actor)
Director: Park Chan Wook 朴 贊郁 朴赞郁 パク・チャヌク 박찬욱
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: 2017-12-22
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1063564469

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공동경비구역 JSA (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1080P High Definition 2.39::1
*Sound Mix: Korean DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch
*Extras:
<공동경비구역 JSA>의 기록 (54분 44초)
주연배우가 말하는 JSA (2분 20초)
판문점세트 공개 및 기중식 (3분 3초)
제작현장 (14분 43초)
예고편 (2분 12초)
TV광고 (31초)
일본 예고편 (2분 30초)
뮤직비디오 (4분 51초)
제작일지 뮤직비디오 (4분)

*Director: 박찬욱

여덟발의 총성! 진실은 그곳에 있다. 미스터리 휴먼 블록버스터

판문점 공동경비구역 내 돌아오지 않는 다리 북측 초소에서 북한 초소병(신하균 분)이 총상을 입고 살해되는 사건이 발생한다. 사건 이후 북한은 남한의 기습테러공격으로, 남한은 북한의 납치설로 각각 엇갈린 주장을 한다. 양국은 남북한의 실무협조 하에 스위스와 스웨덴으로 구성된 중립국 감독위원회의 책임수사관을 기용해 수사에 착수할 것을 극적으로 합의한다.
중립국 감독 위원회에서는 책임수사관으로 쮜리히 법대 출신의 한국계 스위스인이며 군 정보단 소령인 소피(이영애 분)를 파견한다. 태어나 처음으로 한국에 입국한 소피는 남측과 북측 모두 피의자 인도 거부와 관계 당국의 비협조적인 태도로 수사 초기부터 어려움을 겪는다. 어렵게 사건 당사자인 남한의 이수혁 병장(이병헌 분)과 북한의 오경필 중사(송강호 분)를 만나 사건 정황을 듣게 되지만, 그들은 서로 상반된 진술만을 반복해 수사는 점차 미궁으로 빠져든다.
그러던 중 사건 최초의 목격자인 남성식 일병(김태우 분)의 진술에서 의혹을 느끼고 수사를 주변 인물로 확대시켜 나간다. 사건을 은폐 축소하려는 남북한의 상부조직의 음모와 극도의 혼돈 상태에 빠진 피의자들, 중립국 감독 위원회 측의 미온적인 수사태도로 소피는 계속적인 어려움을 겪게 되지만 시체부검과 증거물 조사, 공격적이고 치밀한 추적으로 점차 진실에 가까이 접근해 간다.
그러던 중 사건의 전모가 드러날 것을 두려워한 남성식이 돌연 투신 자살을 시도한다. 이 사건을 계기로 상부 조직은 소피의 아버지가 과거 한국전에 참전했던 인민군이었음을 폭로하고 중립국 감독위원회를 사주해 소피의 수사전권 해임을 통보한다. 남한 병사 이수혁 병장은 왜 북한 초소병을 쏘았을까? 최초 목격자인 남성식 일병은 왜 자살을 시도했을까? 그리고, 북한의 오경필 중사는 무엇을 숨기고 있는가? 그녀는, 진실을 파헤치기 위해 마지막 시도를 감행하는데.
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Professional Review of "JSA - Joint Security Area (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)"

May 14, 2001

This professional review refers to Joint Security Area-VCD

Joint Security Area is the highest invested film in Korean film history, it is also one of the highest grossed films in Korea ever. It was released in Korea in 2000 and received immediate success due to its controversial subject and the director's decisive critique on the issue.

This film is about a mysterious murder case involving several soldiers who are camping at the border of South and North Korea, an area known as Joint Security Area. One night, two North Korean soldiers were shot to death. A South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-Heon) is the prime suspect. The investigation is carried out by a neutral party headed by Sophie (Lee Young-Ae). Sophie soon discovers that it is not merely a brutal murder, the case is more complicated than she expected as there is a clandestine relationship among several South and North Korean soldiers.

What makes this film interesting is that the director is able to break the political taboo and deal with the issue in an honest yet peaceful manner. Tension is turned to humors and then to suspense, the director is good at controlling the atmosphere of the story and revolving the reaction of the audience, hence, the film succeeds in raising certain discourse regarding the current situation in Korea and elicits positive responses from the Korean people. For instance, the ending snapshot is a very important motif of the film. It symbolizes the theme successfully. What the director wants to convey is that although South Korea and North Korea are separated, there is nothing that can stop the people of the two countries from getting together. Korea is one nation after all. Fate will put them together no matter what. From the depiction of the intimate friendship among the soldiers, Park Chan-Wook tells us how anxious the Koreans long for reunion of the nation.

Song Kang-Ho is always a supporting character in other films. In JSA, he is finally able to take the lead role, and he gives excellent performance to substantiate his capability. His role as the North Korean officer beats Lee Byung Heon in terms of every aspect. The bodily gestures, emotions and dialogues are all carried out persuasively. It is no wonder why he could capture various best actor awards with this film. Lee Young-Ae speaks fluent English in the film and succeeds in building up a convincing image of the NNSC officer.

This film is shot in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The resulted image is so beautiful and serene that you will almost forget you are watching a narrative film. The filmmaker has created a tangible world for the film and heightens the artistic value brilliantly.

No matter you are Korean or not, there are always something you can gain from watching this film.

DVD (HK version) - The picture quality is not bad, I am not sure if it is in the original 2.35:1 format or not, but it looks like widescreen to me. Nevertheless, I don't have a 16x9 TV and I heard that this DVD is not real 16:9. For the sound, its ok, but I am not certain if it is my audio system or what, I have to turn up the volume quite a bit to get the desired quality. Overall speaking, with the region free coding, all the special features and bonus materials(postcards and booklet), this DVD is definitely worth to buy!

Cool guy(s) - Song Kang-Ho

Reviewed by: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

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Customer Review of "JSA - Joint Security Area (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (51)

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August 7, 2011

This customer review refers to JSA (Joint Security Area) (DTS Version) (Give-Away Version)
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the day to come Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I can't believe I actually waited so long before I finally got this movie. This is one of the best free giveaway movies as well while its on the list. Ever wonder what it'll be like if even a few north and south Korean soldiers got together as friends? check this out and you won't be disappointed. from enemies to friends to a complicated and confusing situation. don't miss out!
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August 22, 2007

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Death at the DMZ Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"JSA" is an exciting, if uneven, film about an investigation into the deaths of two North Korean soldiers at Korea's DMZ. Although entirely different in subject matter, the structure of the movie is remarkably similar to Norman Jewison's superb film, "A Soldier's Story".

Lee Byung Hun commands the screen as an impulsive young South Korean sergeant who reaches out to befriend two North Korean border guards who had saved his life when he became lost during a patrol. Song Kang Ho brilliantly portrays his older, more stable North Korean counterpart. This heart-warming relationship ultimately explodes in a shocking culmination driven by military duty and political tensions.

Lee Young Ae, who later became Asia's darling for her star turn in the "Dae Jang Geum" TV series, plays the lead investigator, an underwritten role that primarily serves as a device to move the story forward. The attempt to give her character a background story about her father is a confusing, but blessedly brief, distraction.

I wholeheartedly recommend "JSA" as a taut thriller that offers enduring insights into our human nature.
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January 17, 2007

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Wondeful Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is one of the rariest movies you must not fail to watch. Wonderfully done, good actors and very nice story. The story is about soldiers of north and south korea who happened to be good friends. Dont's fail to watch this one. Worth every minute.
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February 19, 2006

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Very good movie! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This was the first Korean movie I saw and was thuroughly impressed by the quality of action, drama, and story line. It stars young Lee Young Ae who was later popularized by the TV series 'Dae Jang Geum'.

It's an excellent suspense movie. I highly recommend it.
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February 14, 2006

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Joint Security Area Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
As a fan of Lee Byung Hun, I watched this movie, never expecting it to end the way it did. I continue to be impressed by the range of emotions he can show in a movie. The male leads did an outstanding job and showed how even in war, friendships are formed.

Unfortunately, Lee Young Ae's performance was quite weak and did nothing to enhance this movie.

I recommend it highly but be prepared for a hard ending.
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