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Love Phobia (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Kang Hye Jung (Actor) | Cho Seung Woo (Actor) | Kang Shin Il (Actor) | Kang Ji Eun (Director)
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Love Phobia (DVD) (Korea Version)
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Cho Seung Woo (Marathon, The Classic) and Gang Hye Jung (Welcome To Dongmakgol, Old Boy) star in this curious romantic drama that spans decades. One sunny day, a young boy named Jo Kang meets a curious young girl, dressed in a bright yellow raincoat. Jo Kang instantly becomes friends with Ari, and falls instantly in love with the beautiful but rather strange young girl - only for her to one day disappear!

The story jumps to ten years later, and Jo Kang is now in high school. One day, completely out of the blue, Ari contacts him and asks to meet again. Although they have not seen each other in a decade, they have a wonderful time together, and the love between them begins to grow once more. But then, Ari disappears once more, leaving Jo Kang devastated. Can Jo Kang track down his true love? Will he ever discover why Ari keeps disappearing? Will he be able to do anything about it? All will be revealed in the tender story of Love Phobia.

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Product Title: Love Phobia (DVD) (Korea Version) 相思光年 (DVD) (韓國版) 相思光年 (DVD) (韩国版) とかげの可愛い嘘(韓国版) 도마뱀 (DVD) (Korea Version)
Also known as: 蜥蜴 蜥蜴
Artist Name(s): Kang Hye Jung (Actor) | Cho Seung Woo (Actor) | Kang Shin Il (Actor) 姜 惠姃 (Actor) | 曹承佑 (Actor) | 姜信一 (Actor) 姜 惠姃 (Actor) | 曹承佑 (Actor) | 姜信一 (Actor) カン・へジョン (Actor) | チョ・スンウ (Actor) | カン・シニル (Actor) 강 혜정 (Actor) | 조 승우 (Actor) | 강신일 (Actor)
Director: Kang Ji Eun 姜智恩 姜智恩 カン・ジウン(監督) 강지은
Release Date: 2012-12-18
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
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?
Publisher: CJ Entertainment
Other Information: 2-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004318702

Product Information

* Screen Format : 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 / dts
* DVD Type : N/A
* Extras :
DISC 1
- 음성해설 : 강지은 감독, 원정심 프로듀서, 강혜정, 조승우, 정성화

DISC 2
- 사랑, 꿈꾸는 사람들의 그 무엇 : 메이킹 필름
- 도마뱀 꼬리 with 강지은 감독 음성해설 : 삭제장면
- 조강 & 아리, 그리고... : 배우 인터뷰 모음
- 서클 만들기 : 미스터리 서클 장면에 대한 메이킹
- 사랑의 색과 빛 : 촬영, 조명, DI
- 사랑의 기억 : 음악감독 인터뷰
- 포스터 촬영현장
- 뮤직 비디오
- 예고편

* Director : 강지은

소년 ‘조강’, 소녀 ‘아리’를 만나다.

구름 한 점 없이 맑은 날, 학교로 향하는 조강 앞에 노란색 우비를 입은 소녀 아리가 나타난다. 아리를 본 순간 조강은 찌릿찌릿 전기가 통하는 것을 느끼고 신기하게도 둘은 같은 반 짝궁이 된다. 자신은 지구인이 아니라서 노란 우비를 입어야 저주를 막을 수 있다며 당돌하게 말하는 아리. 그런 아리가 무서운지 아이들은 피하기 바쁘지만 조강만은 그녀의 든든한 짝이 되어 준다. 이제껏 도마뱀만이 유일한 친구였던 아리에게 처음으로 조강이라는 친구가 생긴 것이다. 소나기가 내리던 어느 날, 아리는 비에 젖은 조강과 우비를 나눠 쓰고 처음으로 살이 닿는다.
다음날 조강은 홍역을 앓고, 아리는 연기처럼 사라져 버린다. 그렇게, 연락이 끊긴 채 10년이라는 세월이 흐른다.

열 여덟, 두 번째 만남

10년이 지나 어느덧 고2가 된 아리와 조강.
갑자기 연락해 온 아리를 보기 위해 조강은 공부를 핑계 삼아 암자로 찾아가고, 십 년이란 세월이 무색할 정도로 둘은 즐거운 시간을 보낸다. 집으로 돌아가기 전날 밤, 조강은 절에서만 지내는 아리를 위해 서울에서 초밥을 가져와 선물하고, 그런 모습에 아리는 깊이 감동하지만 다음날 또다시 연기처럼 사라져 버린다.

세 번째 만남 그리고 이별

아리가 말없이 사라진 후, 또 다시 긴 시간이 흐르고 조강은 은행원이 되어있다.
탐정까지 고용해 찾아봤지만 흔적도 없이 사라진 아리. 그러던 어느 날 아리가 조강 앞에 나타난다. 환한 미소로, 마치 어제 만났던 사람처럼.
당황스럽고 기쁜 순간도 잠시, 8년 만에 나타나 고작 8시간을 함께 보냈을 뿐인데 그녀는 미국으로 떠난다고 한다. 그녀를 바래다 주던 공항에서 조강은 차마 아리를 잡지 못하고…
다음날, 조강은 아리를 닮은 여자를 발견하지만 그녀는 조강을 알아보지 못한다. 그런 그녀를 보고 조강은 혼돈에 빠지는데…

그녀는 왜 자꾸 떠나기만 하는 걸까?
아리와 조강은 다시 만날 수 있을까?
두 사람에겐 과연 무슨 일이 벌어지는 걸까?
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Professional Review of "Love Phobia (DVD) (Korea Version)"

June 26, 2006

"Pure Love" is a concept that gets a great deal of play in the movies, and Korean cinema may just be the most frequent purveyor of it these days. Although such a focus can sometimes result in schmaltzy movies with unrealistically or annoyingly chaste lovers (to protect the squeaky clean images of its stars, no doubt), "Pure Love", as it is explored in Kang Ji Eun's offbeat rom-com/drama Love Phobia, actually works. Formula isn't always bad, especially in the hands of an expert.

In this decades-spanning tale, two childhood friends embark on a hit-and-miss love affair as adults: they're both crazy about each other, but the girl in question has a strange knack for disappearing. The film begins one sunny day with young Cha Jo Kang (child actor Park Geon Tae) riding on the back of his father's bicycle. As father and son ride and sing, Jo Kang spots a young girl in a yellow raincoat, Lee Ari (Byeon Joo Yon), and is immediately smitten. Later, Ari shows up at Jo-Kang's school and she's dressed in the same yellow raincoat he saw earlier, only this time she's accompanied by her pet lizard.

Upon introduction, Ari proves to be a bit of an eccentric, claiming with a straight face to be a princess from the planet Epsilon. Furthermore, she's been cursed - anyone who touches her is sure to suffer some sort of harm. The raincoat, it seems, is purely a safety precaution. Of course, her sensational story immediately scares the bejeezus out of her more impressionable classmates, save Jo Kang, who is eager to befriend her. The two quickly become the best of pals, but when Jo Kang falls ill with a case of the measles, Ari seemingly blames herself and withdraws from school. After that, Jo Kang can't seem to get in touch with her, and before too long, his family leaves the village and moves to Seoul.

Flash forward ten years later, and the high school-aged Jo Kang (now played by Marathon's Cho Seung Woo) still hasn't stopped thinking about Ari. Luckily, she calls him out of the blue to offer him a tutoring session. In the intervening years, she has matured into a beautiful young woman (Gang Hye Jung, from Old Boy and Welcome to Dongmakgol), and he into a handsome young man. But as times change, Ari's belief in aliens and her curse remains the same. Still, in their reunion, the two eventually find themselves embarking on a tender, funny romance that culminates in a kiss. But just as before, Jo Kang gets sick - this time with a bad case of the flu - and once more, Ari disappears from his life.

Eight more years pass, and Jo Kang is still haunted by her memory. After hiring a private eye, who is unsuccessful at tracking her down, he's at a loss at what to do. Should he move on? Or hold out hope for another reunion? But wouldn't you know it? The elfin-like Ari walks right back into his life at the opportune time. She still speaks of aliens, spaceships, and curses, just as she did before. And she's still prone to the occasional disappearing act. But this time, Jo Kang won't be deterred. He loves her, and he's sure that she loves him, so what's the deal? Are her stories of aliens true? Is Ari simply a compulsive liar? Or do her tall tales mask a deeper secret? Jo Kang will soon learn that the truth is far more tragic than he might imagine.

While there's plenty of talk of E.T.s and crop circles, Love Phobia leans less toward out-and-out sci-fi and more towards realistic drama throughout the majority of its running time. Things take a very, very serious turn towards the film's final act, one that avid viewers of Korean cinema won't exactly be shocked by. But what's even more surprising is how the film eventually ends, a storytelling decision that some viewers may have trouble going along with, despite having been prepared for it all along.

Whatever the case, I suspect that most viewers would be more than happy to take that plunge based solely on the charm of the film's leads, real-life couple Cho Seung Woo and Gang Hye Jung. Not only are they both intensely likeable actors, but the two of them give their respective roles a texture and a weight that prevent their characters from coming across as generic character types. In fact, the filmmakers' willingness to allow its main characters to simply play around in a delightfully aimless way early on is a testament to their faith in Cho and Gang as actors, and thankfully, the two deliver in spades.

While this is certainly a melodrama not too far removed from the kinds we've seen time and again in Korean cinema and television, Love Phobia has enough humor and plot innovation to make it stand out from the rest of the pack. Thanks to solid performances from its two leads, Love Phobia is an involving, cute, if slightly little nutty date movie. Fans of Cho Seung Woo and Gang Hye Jung will not be disappointed.

By Calvin McMillin

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Customer Review of "Love Phobia (DVD) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (3)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (5)

Kevin Kennedy
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March 20, 2010

This customer review refers to Love Phobia (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

A deeply romantic tale Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Love Phobia" begins with an adorable girl named Ari heading to school wearing a yellow raincoat, although it is a sunny day. She wears the coat because she believes that she is an alien from another planet and that terrible things will befall anyone who touches her. Jo Kang, a young boy on his way to school, sees Ari and is smitten; they become fast friends and Jo Kang will do anything for Ari. However, after the kids touch, Jo Kang falls ill. Ari then, without explanation, disappears. Ten years later Jo Kang is studying for his university entrance exam when, out of the blue, Ari calls him. They meet and quickly renew their friendship. Jo Kang dreams of spending his life with her when she disappears again. Ten years further on, Ari enters the bank at which Jo Kang works. He has been dreaming of this moment and seeks to ensure that she will not leave him again. However, Ari's behavior continues to baffle Jo Kang until we learn her secret and her seemingly erratic behavior all begins to make sense.

Cho Seung Woo and Kang Hye Jung are attractive and convincing as the young couple. The film's story kept me guessing and kept me interested, so interested in fact that the movie's almost two hour running length seemed to fly by. While "Love Phobia" sometimes flirts with becoming overly cute and sentimental, its humor, heartbreak, and romance captured my heart.
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KiraChi
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February 12, 2007

It's been done too many times Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
From the out set I knew how this was going to end..which in many ways ruined it for me. This kind of story has been done so many times.

The story is very sweet to start with and at first I did find myself not minding knowing the ending but as the film progressed I found that the movie dragged and was, at times, a little boring. All the cliched scenes started to come in and I lost intrest. By the end of the film I felt no emotion or compassion for the stars.
Worth a watch once but I wouldn't watch it again
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Rhoda
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January 5, 2007

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Nice love story Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
It's wierd love story because the lead actress here cannot be touch by anybody because they have bad luck. It worth a watch tough. These on & off screen lovers real look good together.
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August 21, 2006

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Love Phobia Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
excellent movie! not as superb as my sassy girl but then again.. very few can get even close to that movie. I enjoied this movie from beginning to end. definately reccommend to watch it!
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August 1, 2006

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Very good movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Simply put, this movie is very funny, cute, and sad. If you want to watch an above average Korean romance drama (there's so many Korean romance movies and many of them are just so-so or bad) then this should be it. Kang Hye Jeong is definitely one of the best Korean actresses right now, and this movie shows that she is great in the Romance genre too. The male lead is also a very good actor and together they are a great pair.
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