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K-20: Legend of the Mask (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Matsu Takako (Actor) | Nakamura Toru (Actor) | Kino Hana
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K-20: Legend of the Mask (DVD) (Korea Version)
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Takeshi Kaneshiro stars as an accidental caped crusader in the delightful fantasy action-adventure K-20! Based on a Kitamura So novel which is itself based on characters created by legendary writer Edogawa Rampo, K-20: Legend of the Mask gives a fanciful spin on the storied rivalry between master detective Akechi Kogoro and phantom thief "The Fiend with 20 Faces", or K-20. Co-starring Nakamura Toru (Shaolin Girl) as Detective Akechi plus top actress Matsu Takako (Hero) and rising star Hongo Kanata (The Blue Bird), K-20 offers a fun time at the movies full of quirky characters, rooftop escapades, mind-twisting mysteries, and good old swashbuckling action.

Directed by Sato Shimako (Wizard of Darkness), K-20: Legend of the Mask is set in an alternate 1949 Japan still under imperial rule, and rife with class conflict. In these chaotic times, K-20, a masked thief who steals from the rich, is both villain and hero, and a perpetual thorn in the side for crime-busting detective Akechi (Nakamura Toru) and his assistant Kobayashi (Hongo Kanata). With the city of Teitu buzzing over Akechi's engagement with duchess Yoko (Matsu Takako), poor circus acrobat Heikichi (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is hired to take photos at their engagement, but he gets mistaken for K-20 and arrested. Realizing he's been set up, Heikichi manages to escape, but there's only one way to clear his name: to capture the real K-20.

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Product Title: K-20: Legend of the Mask (DVD) (Korea Version) K-20: 怪人二十面相傳 (DVD) (韓國版) K-20: 怪人二十面相传 (DVD) (韩国版) K−20 怪人二十面相・伝 K-20:괴도가면 (DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Matsu Takako (Actor) | Nakamura Toru (Actor) | Kino Hana | Masuoka Toru | Kunimura Jun | Kaname Jun | Kaga Takeshi | Kohinata Fumiyo | Matsushige Yutaka | Otaki Hideji | Kushida Kazuyoshi | Hongo Kanata | Imai Yuki 金城 武 (Actor) | 松隆子 (Actor) | 仲村亨 (Actor) | 木野 花 | 益岡徹 | 國村準 | 要潤 | 鹿賀丈史 | 小日向文世 | 松重豐 | 大瀧秀治 | 串田和美 | 本鄉奏多 | 今井悠貴 金城 武 (Actor) | 松隆子 (Actor) | 仲村亨 (Actor) | 木野花 | Masuoka Toru | 国村准 | 要润 | 鹿贺丈史 | 小日向文世 | 松重庆 | 大泷秀治 | 串田和美 | 本乡奏多 | 今井悠贵 金城武 (Actor) | 松たか子 (Actor) | 仲村トオル (Actor) | 木野花 | 益岡徹 | 國村隼 | 要潤 | 鹿賀丈史 | 小日向文世 | 松重豊 | 大滝秀治 | 串田和美 | 本郷奏多 | 今井悠貴 | 齋藤歩 금성무 (Actor) | 마츠 타카코 (Actor) | 나카무라 토오루 (Actor) | Kino Hana | Masuoka Toru | Kunimura Jun | Kaname Jun | Kaga Takeshi | Kohinata Fumiyo | Matsushige Yutaka | Otaki Hideji | Kushida Kazuyoshi | Hongo Kanata | Imai Yuki
Director: Sato Shimako 佐藤嗣麻子  佐藤嗣麻子  佐藤嗣麻子 Sato Shimako
Release Date: 2011-12-20
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese, Korean
Place of Origin: Japan
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.: 1025890833

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K-20:괴도가면 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35 : 1 Anamorphic Widescreen
*Sound Mix: 일본어 Dolby Digital 5.1

*Director: 사토 시마코

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SYNOPSIS
2차세계대전이 일어나지 않은 일본제국, 모든 것을 훔칠 수 있는 괴도가면
미영연합군과 극적 평화조약을 체결하여 2차세계대전이 일어나지 않은 1949년 일본은 귀족제도에 의해 극단적인 빈부격차가 발생해 극소수의 귀족층만이 특권을 누리고 있다. 그런 상황에서 부유층만을 골라 범행 전에 예고장을 보낸 뒤, 경비가 엄중한 경계망을 뚫고 미술품과 골동품을 마법과 같은 수법으로 훔치며 섬뜩한 가면과 검은 망토로 정체를 감추고 어떤 인물로도 변신할 수 있다고 하여 “K-20" 이라 불리는 괴도가면의 출현이 세간을 떠들썩하게 만든다.
그러던 어느 날, 서커스 곡예사 “엔도 헤이키치”(금성무 분)는 자신을 3류 잡지기자라고 소개한 중년신사로부터 명탐정 “아케치 코고로” (나카무라 토오루 분)와 대부호의 상속녀인 “하시바 요코”(마츠 타카코)의 약혼식을 몰래 찍어오라는 의뢰를 받는데, 별로 내키지 않았지만 거액의 사례금을 제시받자 서커스 단장의 병원비 마련을 위해 이를 수락한다. 하지만 약혼식 날 촬영을 위해 건물 꼭대기 유리지붕으로 잠입해 사진을 찍으려는 순간, 카메라 셔터는 기폭장치 역할을 하며 미리 설치되었던 폭탄이 터지게 되고 순식간에 약혼식장은 아수라장으로 변하며 헤이키치는 졸지에 괴도가면으로 누명을 쓰고 현장에서 붙잡힌다.
괴도가면의 함정에 빠진 서커스 곡예사 ‘엔도 헤이키치’
꼼짝없이 현장에서 괴도가면으로 몰린 헤이키치는 자신의 무죄가 받아들여지지 않고, TV뉴스에까지 그가 괴도가면이라고 보도 되며 그의 서커스단도 풍비박산이 난다. 다행히 재판을 받기 위해 호송되는 중 괴도가면의 실제 얼굴을 본 유일무이한 도둑패거리 두목의 도움으로 구출되는데 헤이키치가 억울하게 누명을 쓴 것을 안 두목은 그에게 도주, 침입, 변장술 등의 괴도가면의 비법이 담긴 “도둑지침서”를 건네주며 괴도가면을 이길 수 있는 방법을 익혀 억울한 누명을 벗고 본래 자리인 서커스로 돌아가라고 충고한다. 이에 무예와 변장술을 비롯해 괴도가면이 쓰는 수법을 체득하는 헤이키치.
세계지배 야욕의 괴도가면과 벌이는 한판 승부,
그리고 새로운 영웅의 탄생!
한편 과학자 테슬라가 발명한 에너지 무선 전송장치를 노리며, 하시바 요코의 저택 어딘 가에 장치가 숨겨져 있다는 것을 안 괴도가면은 웨딩드레스 디자이너로 변신해 요코를 납치하려다가 이를 목격한 헤이키치 때문에 실패한다. 허나 헤이키치는 이 때 괴도가면이 보인 기술이 숙련된 곡예와 같은 것으로 괴도가면도 서커스 출신이라는 것을 간파한다. 납치사건을 계기로 헤이키치가 괴도가면이 아님을 알게 되고, 군경에게 쫓기는 와중에 헤이키치와 함께 도둑소굴로 피신한 요코는 테슬라 장치의 숨겨진 장소를 나타내는 지도가 자신의 약혼자인 명탐정 아케치의 사무실에 보관 중인 바벨탑 그림이란 걸 알아차리고, 헤이키치를 돕기 위해 그림을 훔치려고 하나 도둑일당과 잠입 소동 끝에 그림을 훔치는데 성공하지만 그만 명탐정 아케치에게 발각되고 만다. 하지만 괴도가면을 잡기 위해서라면 모두 힘을 합치자는 헤이키치의 제안에 아케치도 동의하고 새로운 작전을 꾸민다.

이후 명탐정 아케치와 합세해 테슬라 시스템 비밀이 숨겨진 바벨탑 그림을 투과촬영하기 위해 헤이키치는 가짜 괴도가면으로 변장한 후 육군성 정보 연구소에 침입해 투과촬영기를 훔치고 삼엄한 경비를 뚫고 요코가 조종하는 헬기를 가까스로 타고 작전에 성공하는데, 헤이키치와의 위험천만한 모험을 겪은 후 그에게 연민과 사랑을 느끼는 요코. 급기야 평소 재산을 노리는 친족들이나 약혼자인 명탐정 아케치에게도 말하지 않은 테슬라 동력장치가 숨겨진 장소인 자신의 저택의 비밀암호를 헤이키치에게 알리게 되는데, 이 순간 괴도가면이 급습하면서 에너지 장치를 빼앗길 위기에 처하고 드디어 괴도가면의 정체가 밝혀지는데…


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Professional Review of "K-20: Legend of the Mask (DVD) (Korea Version)"

June 22, 2009

This professional review refers to K-20 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Takeshi Kaneshiro is a star, no doubt about that. There are few actors that could take a preposterous, slight action-adventure like K-20: Legend of the Mask and make it so watchable, and Kaneshiro is one of them. Directed and written by Shimako Sato, K-20 takes place in 1949 in an alternate Japan where World War II never happened. Japan has continued beneath Imperial Japanese rule, with the upper and lower classes strictly separated, and tension existing between the haves and have-nots. Springing from the bubbling unrest is K-20 a.k.a. Kaijin Niju Menso or "The Fiend with 20 Faces", a cloaked thief who steals from the rich ostensibly to benefit the poor.

Opposing K-20 is Kogoro Akechi (Toru Nakamura), a renowned detective who solves crimes with the help of his teenage assistant Kobayashi (Kanata Hongo). Akechi is due to marry Duchess Yoko Hashiba (Takako Matsu), with their engagement being all the media rage. Amidst this, naive lower-class circus acrobat Heikichi Endo (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is asked to snap photos of Akechi and Yoko's engagement, with a large financial reward as compensation. Heikichi needs the money to pay for the circus ringmaster's (Fumiyo Kohinata) medical bills, so he agrees, but Heikichi is mistaken for K-20 at the scene and arrested. Realizing that he's been framed by the real K-20, Heikichi manages to escape with the help of thief and inventor Genji the Gimmick (Jun Kunimura). Heikichi is now a wanted man, and decides to find and do battle with K-20 in order to clear his name.

But how will Heikichi find K-20? Simple, he'll accidentally spot him on the rooftops when he's in the midst of his training. K-20's plot moves with utter convenience, sometimes stopping for static exposition before moving into action sequences set against CG-generated views of the Teito (a.k.a. Tokyo ) cityscape. The film takes flight during the scenes of Heikichi's training; he runs and jumps through the city using entertaining Parkour moves, with the filmmakers doing a decent job of switching between Takeshi Kaneshiro and his obviously more athletic stunt double. The film finds its footing there, managing a fun if ridiculous vibe that recalls a swashbuckling adventure or a live-action approximation of early Hayao Miyazaki. The steampunk trappings and cartoonish acting add to the live-action anime flavor.

A lot here is preposterous; people take far more punishment than they should, the humor is sometimes flat in its delivery, and the ultimate plot - the search for an electricity-controlling device created by famed inventor Nikola Tesla - is more convoluted than it needs to be. Director Sato hits a few bumps with her storyline, and the film grinds to a halt whenever anyone discusses anything serious. However, with an actor like Kaneshiro in the lead, suspension of disbelief is quite easy. Kaneshiro has star presence to spare, and is naturally charming and convincing as characters that could exist only in the movies. Kaneshiro effortlessly earns sympathy as the dopey and even clueless Heikichi, and when he's zipping across the Teito skyline like Spider-Man or Batman (Heikichi uses a nifty spring-loaded grappling gun), managing a smile is easy despite the ridiculousness of it all. This isn't really a superhero film - it's a live-action fantasy.

K-20 is based on the work of legendary mystery writer Edogawa Rampo, and The Fiend with 20 Faces was originally an arch-nemesis of master detective Kogoro Akechi, popularly known as the Japanese equivalent of Sherlock Holmes. Sato's screenplay (based on a novel by So Kitamura) departs heavily from Rampo's prolific work, making Akechi a supporting character and setting the whole thing in an imaginary world where World War II never happened. There's minor commentary here about class division, with Takako Matsu's spunky class-bridging heroine spouting corny, if well-meaning dialogue. The sentimentality in K-20 is of your standard commercial type, which means it's expected and completely unchallenging. However, the emotions ultimately prove quite tolerable, and at least reference familiar, universal concepts and not audience-polarizing nationalism.

The downside is that cynical audiences could have a field day with K-20. In this brave new cinema world of dark, complex superhero films, K-20 is as airy as a soap bubble, and as fragile too. Bursting K-20's bubble would be easy - the film has plot holes larger than Tokyo Tower and a convenient, largely illogical storyline. At the same time, playing the curmudgeon could also be quite cruel. For commercial entertainment, K-20 is quite agreeable, with likable characters, fun performances, and a positive, light tone that makes it decent family fare. Japanese films can often overcome cynical moviegoing expectations thanks to unflinching, wide-eyed optimism and characters who are exceptionally winning. Even if it doesn't completely convince, for two hours of time the film pays the entertainment bill. K-20 may be hard to totally buy, but it's ultimately quite easy to like.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "K-20: Legend of the Mask (DVD) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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July 30, 2009

This customer review refers to K-20 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Sheer eye-popping entertainment Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"K-20" is pleasing, Saturday afternoon popcorn fare, fun for the whole family. Takeshi Kaneshiro stars as Endo Heikichi, an acrobatic illusionist working in a circus in an alternate 1949 Japan, a Japan in which World War II never happened and Japan's imperial order persisted, leading to a sharp divide between a fascistic overclass and an impoverished underclass. A mystery man hires Heikichi to take photos of the wedding of Baron Akechi Kogoro (Nakamura Toru) and Duchess Hashiba Yoko (Matsu Takako). Heikichi takes the job to earn money for his ringmaster's medical care. However, the camera that the mystery man gave Heikichi triggers explosions that interrupt the wedding. Heikichi swiftly is arrested by master detective Akechi.

Akechi accuses Heikichi of being K-20, the notorious Fiend of Many Faces. Heikichi realizes that the photography job had been a trap; the real K-20 had set Heikichi up so he would be identified as K-20. After Heikichi escapes from the police, he throws in with petty thieves to learn the art of disguises and employ the skills of a thief in tracking down the real K-20. The scenes of Heikichi's training are thrilling, as he leaps from building to building, learning to overcome all physical obstacles. During the course of his training, Heikichi stumbles upon the real K-20 attempting to kidnap Duchess Yoko. K-20 believes that Yoko can lead him to a machine created by the inventor Tesla to harness massive amounts of energy, a machine that can be used for good or for devastating destruction.

"K-20" delivers delirious action sequences amidst Akechi's attempts to recapture Heikichi, Heikichi's efforts to track down K-20, and K-20's schemes to acquire the Tesla machine. Subsidiary themes explore Yoko's exposure to an underworld she didn't know existed and a growing romance between Heikichi and Yoko. Matsu Takako plays her role with wide-eyed wonder, Nakamura Toru oozes stylish menace, and Kaneshiro steals the show with his noble charm. The story effectively conceals a surprising plot twist that yields a gripping finish. And the movie ends in a fashion that, I suspect, will set up a series of sequels. For sheer eye-popping entertainment, "K-20" is hard to beat.
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