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Love (DVD) (Japan Version)
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Product Title: Love (DVD) (Japan Version) Love (DVD) (日本版) Love (DVD) (日本版) 愛 サラン Love (DVD) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Ju Jin Mo | Joo Hyun | Kim Min Joon 朱鎮模 | 朱鉉 | 金敏俊 朱镇模 | 朱铉 | 金敏俊 チュ・ジンモ | チュ・ヒョン | キム・ミンジュン 주 진모 | 주 현 | 김 민준
Director: Kwak Kyung Taek 郭暻澤 郭暻泽 クァク・キョンテク 곽경택
Release Date: 2009-02-27
Publisher Product Code: AVBF-29020
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Avex Marketing
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1013998906

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
チュ・ジンモ / パク・シヨン / クァク・キョンテク (監督)

ピクチャーレーベル

[特典情報]
映像特典:インタビュー、メイキング、日本版トレーラー/初回特典:ポストカード3枚封入

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
本編101分+特典36分
製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)
公開年 : 2008

[ストーリー]
一見粗暴なチェ・イノ(チュ・ジンモ)は、一目惚れしたミジュ(パク・シヨン)に初恋を告白するまで7年もかかった純朴な17歳。「俺が彼女を守ってやる」そう誓ったイノは、彼女のために暴力団員を刺し刑務所へと入る。7年後、音信不通となった彼女への想いを胸に刻み、釜山の波止場で肉体労働するイノは地元の有力者ユ会長に認められ、会長のもとで働くことになる。恩人である会長に全てをささげようと決めた時、思いがけずミジュと再会するのだが、彼女はもはや届かぬ愛となっていた。イノは叶わない愛情に翻弄されていく…。

[解説]
『友へチング』のクァク・キョンテク監督が初恋の女性を守るために命を懸ける孤独な男の闘いを描いた話題作

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Professional Review of "Love (DVD) (Japan Version)"

January 14, 2008

This professional review refers to A Love (DVD) (Special Edition) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Although though he is not as well known internationally as the likes of Park Chan Wook and Bong Joon Ho, director Kwak Kyung Taek is one of the biggest and most successful film makers in Korea, having been responsible for such blockbusters as Friend, Mutt Boy, and Typhoon. He returns here with his latest effort A Love, which on the surface at least seems like a bit of a departure, being more romantically inclined than his previous works, all of which have tended to be decidedly macho affairs. Although the film actually turns out to cover a lot of familiar ground for the director, this slight shift proved popular with local audiences, managing an impressive one million admissions at the Korean box office within the first eight days of its release.

The film begins with the childhood meeting of Chae In Ho and Min Joo, which sees the young lad irrevocably smitten before the object of his affection is cruelly swept away by unfortunate circumstances. Fast forward a few years and their paths cross again as In Ho (now played by actor Ju Jin Mo, last seen in 200 Pounds Beauty) falls foul of her troubled brother, swearing that he will love and protect her forever. This is soon put to the test as Min Joo (Park Si Yeon, recently in The Fox Family) is threatened by a particularly nasty gangster, which of course leads to violence, and the two are parted once more as he ends up in jail and she goes overseas to stay with her father in Japan. After he gets out, having heard nothing from her for years, he starts working for the chairman of a large corporation, taking care of all the dirty work and rising up through the ranks. Fate strikes once again as Min Joo reappears as the chairman's new mistress, pushing In Ho towards another life changing and indeed life threatening decision.

Although A Love is certainly a romantic and overtly melodramatic film, it is also a resolutely macho and male-oriented one, with the relationship between In Ho and Min Joo basically being that of a tough, though vulnerable and softly spoken protector and his wide eyed damsel in distress. Given this, whilst Kwak strives to put his protagonist into a variety of difficult situations, it is always obvious what choices he will make, and the film is inherently predictable throughout.

Still, this is by no means a criticism, and to an extent this feeling of inevitability lends the film a genuinely tragic air. Kwak is certainly a master of male angst, and is ruthless when it comes to putting his characters through the emotional wringer, piling on the misery as the film builds towards its downbeat climax. Thankfully, this is all handled with a sense of dignity, and the film never descends into histrionics or too much howling, coming across almost as a more fleshed out and depressing version of Kim Ji Woon's A Bittersweet Life rather than a mere retread of Friend.

Unsurprisingly, there are tear filled eyes a-plenty and many scenes of characters staring off into the distance or exchanging yearning glances, though to criticise a film like A Love for this would be like complaining that an action thriller had too many gun battles or explosions. Kwak is an old hand at the genre and plays it to the hilt, knowing all too well that the best route to the viewer's heart is through a set of well drawn and sympathetic characters, which he does he best to deliver. In Ho and Min Joo are both likeable enough, even though it is hard to shake the feeling that most of their troubles could have been solved with a few frank conversations, and it would take a jaded soul not to be moved by their plight, self made or not. Whilst it is pretty grim for the most part, A Love is certainly an emotional experience, and is hard to fault as a slice of tortured romantic drama.

Thankfully the film is not all doom and lovesick gloom, as Kwak wisely spices things up by injecting a fair amount of brutal violence, never allowing In Ho to spend too much time wallowing or crying alone in his room. As well as helping to keep things moving along at a good pace, this also serves to reinforce the film's testosterone fuelled core, again underlining that this is a love story told from a traditional male perspective.

As a result, A Love is a film that should be enjoyed by all viewers and not only by fans of Korean melodrama. Whilst Kwak does not try to reinvent the wheel or even to add much to the genre, it works well on all levels and confirms that he is still one of the best directors when it comes to honest character drama and explorations of modern masculinity.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Love (DVD) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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March 18, 2008

This customer review refers to A Love (DVD) (Special Edition) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
awesome actor, average film Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
I thought the movie was very average. I had high expectation on this movie because of the main actor. He did a wonderful job in 200 Pounds Beauty, so I wanted to see more of his acting. He did a pretty decent job as a tough guy/bodyguard character, but I think he plays a better role in a comedy movie. I blame half on the average story line of this movie. Maybe the plot didn't portrait a good image of him. Overall, it was just an average film for me. Don't expect it to be a gangster movie with lots of fighting.
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January 14, 2008

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TV drama in miniature Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
What you have here is decently made film that at times can be quite brutal, but is mainly a romantic story under all the hard crust of social trysts and fighting. About two young people in love (although angeled from the almost autobiographical viewpoint of In Ho's life), who struggle through hardships, gangsters and violence after Min Joo (Si Yeon) is orphaned when her parents are killed and In Ho, being a long term survivalist and friend of Min Joo's brother, decides to look after Min Joo in her time of need. Thus begins a romantic film. Although a romance, to categorize this, though, is to place it alongside more grittier and violent K-movies, and also by the nature of its plot structure, is somewhat similar to certain types of TV dramas, but truncated into miniature. Due to its violent side, though, this may not be all together agreeable with some K-fans of TV and movie dramas. All this though, features tremendous acting from lead man Ji Moo Joo, which this film is definitely his here, and his role as In Ho is fantastically hard edged and sharp acting (its amazing that this is also the same actor I watched in "Wanee and Junah"). There are also some really impressive supporting roles, too. Si Yeon Park (who is fondly remembered from "My Girl") does well here, too, as the orphaned Min Joo, and this certainly must be one her most grittiest ventures to date.

I did think, though, that Si Yeon's character Min Joo wasn't 'fleshed' out enough (and featured enough) to support the two character's emotional situations that emerge at the finale. This movie is essential a romance (the glue of the pursuits of destiny here) and even though you can sympathize with In Ho and Min Joo' s dire circumstances, there doesn't seem to be enough substantial characterization to enable you to 'emote' sympathetically towards the two lovers - especially when they grasp each other in tearful reunion at one point. The trouble with "A Love" is that the main characters are separated too quickly mid way through, with the middle section focused on In Ho's situation as a shipping company heavy and protecting cargo from sabotage, and the romantic elements put on hold, making the character / emotions development muted when they get back together again. The middle section is a valid plot line, its just that Si Yeon is absent too much here, I thought! TV dramas can add loads of sub plots and pull emotional characters away from each other, add more 'situations' along the line, as there is more room in TV drama episodes to include more substantial emotion building. But due to a movies time limit, when driving a plot through a larger set if circumstances, can leave (in this case) the romance element far too diluted. And this dilution here spoils a really good film.

Still, Si Yeon's character's loneliness gets the audiences sympathy here and I'll say (albeit the diluted romance part) that the ending is a tragic and somber conclusion to leave a tear in your eyes. Si Yeon fans are sure to be left with a taste of metal, though, by this film's dark themes, violence and grim surroundings, that is quite the pendulum swing from Si Yeon's more sweeter roles - but a good role for her her to move into, though.

Overall, not a bad film, but the plot lacks additional 'fillers' to make this 'love of the heart' work properly in the end. So, about 7/10 if that helps with a score - but if the middle part of the plot hadn't moved too much from In Ho and Min Joo's relationship, instead of having too many transitions in the story - it would certainly be a 9! There would have been more leg room in a TV drama with a story like this, but its difficult to add plot developments from a characters childhood beginnings to school years to prison to separations with lover to high job prospects etc., in a 101 minutes and still hold the romance together, and unfortunately, this lacked some crucial unifying areas with the main characters, to make the final bit work properly.

Extras wise: I was intrigued why Si Yeon got a bit tearful in her interview bits. Can any Korean speakers enlighten here on what she was saying?
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