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Like a Virgin (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Ryu Deok Hwan (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor)
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Most young boys dream of becoming a pilot, a police officer, a baseball player, or the like, but Oh Dong Gu (Ryu Deok Hwan) is a bit different. His lifetime dream is to become Madonna! Or at least a superstar like her. The problem, of course, is that he's a teenage boy, so to pay for his sex change he needs a lot of money. Lady Luck knocks at the door in the form of a ssireum (traditional Korean wrestling) contest, the answer to all his dilemmas. Just ten years ago, a subject like this would have raised huge controversies, but Lee Hae Joon and Lee Hae Young focused on comedy and quirky characters in writing and directing their debut Like a Virgin.

With long careers spent writing in all sorts of genres - from comedies (Kick The Moon) and coming of age (Conduct Zero) to modern wuxia (Arahan) and melodrama (Au Revoir, UFO) - Lee Hae Joon and Lee Hae Young show their creativity hasn't waned by starting their directorial careers with an innovative and irreverent comedy. Other than casting super talented veterans like Baek Yoon Shik (Save The Green Planet) and Kim Yoon Seok (Tazza), the film banks on young Ryu Deok Hwan (the youngest North Korean soldier in Welcome To Dongmakgol), who gained over 20kg for the role. There's even a cameo from Japanese star Kusanagi Tsuyoshi of the popular group SMAP, as a Japanese teacher who Oh Dong Gu bears a crush on! One of the most unique films of the year, Like a Virgin was a resounding critical success. Lee Hae Joon and Lee Hae Young won for Best New Director at the 5th Korean Film Awards, Best Screenplay at the 43rd Baeksang Awards, and Best Screenplay and Best New Director at the 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards, while Ryu Deok Hwan won the Best New Actor award at both the Daejong and Blue Dragon Film Awards.

This edition of Like a Virgin includes the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary with Directors Lee Hae Young and Lee Hae Joon
  • Audio Commentary with Ryu Duk Hwan, Kim Yoon Seok, Park Young Seo, Lee Eon, Yoon Won Seok, Kim Yong Hoon
  • Writer Becoming Directors
  • Characters Featurette
  • Making Of Documentary
  • Directors' Commentary (Location, Music, Special Effects, Ssireum Matches)
  • Discussion with Director Kim Dae Woo - Discussion with Viewers
  • Transgender Kim Bi's Story
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes with Director's Commentary
  • Promotion (Teaser Trailer, Theatrical Trailer)
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    Product Title: Like a Virgin (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Like a Virgin (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韓國版) Like a Virgin (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韩国版) ヨコヅナマドンナ (Blu-ray) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 천하장사마돈나 (블루레이) (초회한정판) (한국판)
    Also known as: 小肥子麥當娜 小肥子麦当娜
    Artist Name(s): Ryu Deok Hwan (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) | Cho Yi Jin (Actor) 柳德煥 (Actor) | 金允錫 (Actor) | 草彅剛 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) | Cho Yi Jin (Actor) 柳德焕 (Actor) | 金允锡 (Actor) | 草彅刚 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) | Cho Yi Jin (Actor) リュ・ドクファン (Actor) | キム・ユンソク (Actor) | 草なぎ剛 (Actor) | ペク・ユンシク (Actor) | Cho Yi Jin (Actor) 류덕환 (Actor) | 김윤석 (Actor) | 초난강 (Actor) | 백윤식 (Actor) | 조이진 (Actor)
    Director: Lee Hae Joon | Lee Hae Yeong 李海準 | 李海英 李海准 | 李海英 イ・ヘジュン | Lee Hae Yeong 이해준 | 이해영
    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: 2013-02-22
    Language: Korean
    Subtitles: English, Korean
    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)
    Publisher: Stone Music Entertainment (CJ E&M)
    Other Information: 1-Disc
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032361841

    Product Information

    천하장사마돈나 (블루레이) (초회한정판) (한국판)

    *Screen Format: 2.35:1 AVC 1080p
    *Sound Mix: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48khz-24bit)
    *Extras:
    -Commentary by 이혜영 감독, 이해준 감독
    -Commentary by 류덕환, 김윤석, 박영서, 문세윤, 이언, 이윤석, 김용훈
    -작가, 감독이 되다
    -감독, 시나리오 속 캐릭터 만들다
    류덕환, 동구가 되다.
    캐릭터, 배우를 통해 구현되다.
    -천하장사 마돈나 촬영현장
    -해설
    공간
    음악
    시각효과
    씨름 결승전
    -대담
    작가 출신 감독의 영화 만들기
    관객과 대화
    -트랜스젠더 김비의 이야기
    -Deleted & Alternate Scenes (Commentary by 이해영감독, 이해준 감독)

    *Director: 이해영, 이해준

    -CJ E&M의 27번째 한국영화 블루레이 [천하장사마돈나]
    -초회한정 스페셜 패키지
    -2006년 최고의 수작!! 블루레이로 만나다.
    -독특한 소재, 폭발적 웃음!
    -성장영화의 새로운 가능성을 보다.
    -공동 작가 출신의 감독 데뷔 1호작

    Synopsis
    女子가 되고 싶은 少年 | 뒤집기 한 판이면 여자가 된다 | 씨름은 남자만 하는 줄 알았다 - 경원고 씨름부 일동 –

    척 보기엔 뚱보 소년, 마음만은 마돈나. 우리의 오.동.구. 고등학교 1학년. 뚱보 소년 오동구. 육중한 몸매와 달리 자신이 여자라고 생각하고 있는 그의 장래희망은 ‘진짜’ 여자가 되는 것이다. 그것도 마돈나처럼 완벽한 여자가 되어 짝사랑하는 일어 선생님 앞에 당당히 서는 것!
    뒤집기 한 판이면, 여자가 될 수 있다?! 여자가 되려면 수술비가 필요하고, 가진 거라곤 엄청나게 센 힘 하나뿐인 동구에겐 딱 500만원이 부족하다. 그런 어느 날 날아든 낭보! ‘인천시 배 고등부 씨름대회’ 우승자 장학금이 500만원. 뒤집기 한판이면 마침내 여자가 될 수 있다! 하지만 동구는 죽을 맛이다. 하필, 남학생들과 웃통 벗고 맨 살 부대껴야 하는 씨름이라니!, 마돈나가 되기 위해,천하장사부터 되어야 하는 뚱보 소년 오동구의 ‘여자가 되는 길’은 험하고 아찔하기만 한데...


    ▣ <천하장사마돈나>초회 한정판 Blu-ray 패키지
    : 아웃박스 + 고급 디지팩 + 이미지보드
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    Professional Review of "Like a Virgin (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

    January 31, 2007

    This professional review refers to Like a Virgin (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
    The feminine male character is usually the comic relief in Korean comedies such as Sex is Zero and My Boss My Hero, but in Lee Hae Yeong and Lee Hae Jun's Like a Virgin, he takes the spotlight in the form of Oh Dong Gu, a gay high school boy who strives to make money to afford a sex change operation so he can become his idol Madonna. Certainly one of the strangest mainstream comedies of the year from anywhere, Like a Virgin isn't just another "confused teen finds self" type of coming-of-age film; it's also a violent portrait of a decaying family, and even a somewhat affecting sports film.

    Ryu Deok Hwan, in one of the bravest performances of the year, plays Oh Dong Gu, a chubby high-schooler working low-paying part-time jobs in order to save up the 5 million won he needs for his operation. However, he has other things to worry about, such as his mother who ran away from home years ago and now lives a satisfying life peddling products at a theme park; his unpredictably violent father, whose lost boxing career has made him angry at the world and himself; his detached younger brother, who is becoming more and more like his father everyday; his crush for his Japanese teacher (Japanese pop group SMAP member Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, in a hilarious cameo); and his general unpopularity at school due to his appearances. One day, Dong Su learns from his best friend (who amusingly takes up a new hobby in every scene he's in) that he can earn a large sum of money towards his operation if he wins at an Ssireum tournament - a form of traditional Korean wrestling not unlike sumo. Supported by his lazily detached coach (Baek Yun Shik), Dong Gu makes friends with his teammates after showing his impeccable dancing skills (of female pop acts, of course), but he still has to prove himself to the ambitious captain Joon Woo.

    In a conservative country such as Korea, homosexuality and transsexuals are not exactly themes that would make a hit film, but the filmmakers walk a tightrope, replacing serious social commentary with oddball humor for an easier approach of the topics. Considering that a film that has a character with an oversensitive armpit also features a scene where a father beats his son to a bloody pulp, that balance isn't always achieved, but at least the filmmakers always treat their protagonist with respect. Dong Gu may not always make the best decisions, and not everyone may even be comfortable with his character, but his commitment to his dream and his unabashedly proud approach to it make him an easy character to root for.

    Naturally, Ryu Deok Hwan plays no small part in achieving that. Faced with one of the most challenging characters in recent memory, Ryu, who gained 20 kilograms for the role, gives a star-making performance by disappearing completely into Dong Gu. Ryu could've played Dong Gu in an over-the-top fashion, succumbing to stereotypes, but Ryu takes a more subtle approach - he cries silently, holding back the tears as his nose trembles; he stutters when he's nervous, but doesn't hold back what he wants to say; and he expresses his joy with a simple smile. It's no wonder that Ryu deservedly got the best newcomer award at the Blue Ribbon Awards; it's definitely a performance worth rewarding. Even Baek Yun Shik, who gave an intense performance in the darkly comedic Save the Green Planet, is amusingly laid-back as a coach who spends more time coaching his team in a toilet stall than under the team tent.

    Despite its not-so-mainstream-friendly subject matter, Like a Virgin garnered a respectable gross and much critical acclaim during its theatrical run thanks to its strange sense of humor that's often left for independent cinema (it even features an unusual musical score to highlight its eccentricities). Despite its respectful handling of the protagonist, the filmmakers of Like a Virgin rely a little too much on humor. It may lighten up the proceedings, but it's often done at the expense of the plot; some serious issues raised in the film, such as Dong Gu's little brother's troubled personality, are completely forgotten and never resolved in order to deliver a happy ending. Even though the filmmakers, established screenwriters of commercial films such as Conduct Zero, Arahan, and Au Revoir UFO, should be applauded for raising issues rarely discussed in Korean society in such creative fashion, they are just as guilty in raising the issues to merely get a few laughs. Nevertheless, Like a Virgin remains one of the most original comedies to come out of Korea in 2006, and worth checking out for Ryu Deok Hwan's performance alone.

    by Kevin Ma

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    Customer Review of "Like a Virgin (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

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

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    May 23, 2007

    This customer review refers to Like A Virgin (Korea Version)
    1 people found this review helpful

    Not Bad! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    This is a coming of age movie for a young boy. Not a lot about him being gay the movie gives hints but nothing graphic. It is pretty good, a bit boring in some spots but overall not bad!
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