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Kong Hyo Jin (Actor) | Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Lee Yeon Hee (Actor) | Lee Myung Se (Director)
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Memories of first love never fade away. Filmmaker Lee Myung Se collaborates with his favorite leading man, Kang Dong Won (Duelist), to paint a romantic mystery about one man's journey through time and space in desperate search for his first love. Kang steps into his role with much austerity, portraying a man caught between remembrance and oblivion. Aptly titled M for Mystery, Memory, and Min Woo (Kang's character), director Lee's latest effort merges the tender delicacy of First Love and My Love, My Bride and the powerful punches of Nowhere To Hide and Duelist. Whilst his fusion period drama Duelist bursts with color and dynamic action, the stylistically dazzling M draws illumination from darkness, bringing back the bittersweet memories of first love with abstract neo-noir flair.

Bestselling novelist Han Min Woo (Kang Dong Won) is riding high in his career. Popular and revered not only for his literary accomplishment, but also for his good looks, Min Woo is about to marry his attractive, wealthy fiancée Eun Hye (Kong Hyo Jin, Happiness). His life seems all too perfect until one day he reaches a dead end in his writing that almost drives him neurotic. His troubling mind is soon put to rest thanks to Mimi (Lee Yeon Hee, A Millionaire's First Love), a mysterious girl he meets at a bar one night. But the next morning, Min Woo cannot remember anything about the night except for blurred images. The mystery starts to unfold when he attends his old schoolmate's wedding and discovers that Mimi is his first love from 11 years ago. But the more he tries to find her, the deeper he falls into the twilight zone between reality and subconsciousness.

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Product Title: M (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 夢鎖幽情 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 梦锁幽情 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) M (香港版) M (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kong Hyo Jin (Actor) | Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Lee Yeon Hee (Actor) 孔孝珍 (Actor) | 姜東元 (Actor) | 李研熙 (Actor) 孔孝珍 (Actor) | 姜东元 (Actor) | 李研熙 (Actor) コン・ヒョジン (Actor) | カン・ドンウォン (Actor) | イ・ヨニ (Actor) 공효진 (Actor) | 강동원 (Actor) | 이연희 (Actor)
Director: Lee Myung Se 李明世 李明世 イ・ミョンセ 이명세
Release Date: 2009-10-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021456296

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Director: Lee Myeong Se

A prominent pu-and-coming author Min-woo readies his new much anticipated follow-up novel while suffering from frequent nightmares and hallucinations. This unexplainable condition affects both his personal and professional life. Soon he can't differentiate reality from fantasy and continues to have feelings of being chased. His own paranoia leads him to a cafe in a dark, unassuming alley and encounters a charming young woman named Mimi, Min-woo starts to wonder how he and this girl in front of him are connected and traces long-forgotten momories of his first love.
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Professional Review of "M (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 1, 2008

This professional review refers to M (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
M is the latest effort from critically acclaimed Korean director Lee Myung Se, who has won praise both at home and abroad for his highly stylised works that tend to overflow with cinematic flair. With this, his eighth film, he seems to be in reflective mood, combing the themes of bittersweet love and loss seen in his earlier works such as First Love and My Love, My Bride with the flashy, dynamic techniques used to bring the more recent Nowhere to Hide and Duelist to life. As might be expected, the result is a film which, though on the surface may appear to be the simple tale of a man delving into the memories of his first love, actually works, impresses, and indeed baffles on a number of different levels.

The film takes a while to settle into a plot, basically following a frustrated mystery writer called Han Min Woo (played by Kang Dong Won, who has frequently featured as the director's leading man, and has also starred in the likes of Voice of a Murderer) who is trying and failing to complete his first novel. Part of the problem is that he doesn't feel right with his beautiful fiancee Eun Hye (actress Kong Hyo Jin, also in Happiness), despite the fact that she is both attentive and supportive. The viewer is also introduced to Mimi (Lee Yeon Hee, A Millionaire's First Love), a young girl who is following Min Woo around the streets, musing upon her love for him although they don't actually seem to know each other, and who is herself being pursued by a sinister dark figure. One night, growing increasingly paranoid, Min Woo ducks into a bar on a shadowy lane and the two finally meet. The night passes like a dream, though the next morning Min Woo can't seem to remember exactly what happened or indeed whether Mimi was real. A gathering with old friends at a wedding seems to suggest that she may be a figure from his past, and he begins to delve into his own memories in search of her identity.

M is certainly difficult to categorise, being part detective story, part supernatural mystery, and part nostalgic romance. Ultimately though, it is perhaps best viewed simply as the latest chapter in director Lee Myung Se's ongoing passionate love affair with the cinematic form. Certainly, he makes the most of his vast library of flashy tricks from his previous films, throwing in slow motion, speeded up film, odd fades and edits, still shots ?and pretty much every other kind of technique imaginable. The film boasts gorgeous colours and a skilful use of light and shadow, giving it a unique neo-noir look, mixing old 1930s Hollywood motifs with modern smoke and neon. As a result the film is a truly breathtaking visual tour de force, which keeps the eyes glued to the screen throughout the running time.

This is not to suggest that M is an example of style over substance, as there is a great deal going on beneath its glossy surface. Though the characters are a little vague, the film still has a surprisingly potent emotional impact, mainly due to a pair of likeable, expressive performances from Kang Dong Won and Lee Yeon Hee. Beyond the love story, the film is a searching exploration of memory from a decidedly cinematic perspective, treating the past as broken reels of film and fading photographs. From this internal journey, the film seems to be about the director's own relationship with the creative process itself, and as such feels like a deeply personal, intimate statement.

To an extent this is a film that relies upon individual interpretation, and undoubtedly it may alienate some viewers, especially those looking for coherent plotting or spoon-fed answers and character motivations. Indeed, some may be left as perplexed as poor Min Woo, thanks to a slew of cryptic dialogue and the fact that the film is frequently subject to sudden bouts of randomness, feeling at time almost like a more cheerful version of one of David Lynch's head-scratching works, complete with odd moments of slapstick. However, the film is arguably designed as a piece of visual poetry and as such makes all the sense that it needs to. Certainly, this is a case where some things are all the more powerful for not being spelled out in bold caps. Thankfully, the fact that the film is so obsessively cinematic and hopelessly romantic means that it is strangely unpretentious, and for all its ponderousness is never inaccessible or obtuse.

M in this case is an apt title, potentially standing for a number of key themes in the film such as memory, mystery, mirrors, muse, and ultimately, masterpiece. Although this may perhaps not hold true for those who have been less than impressed with the director's excesses of style in the past, for devotees it stands as his best work to date, and an exquisitely moving experience.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.5 out of 10 (4)

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May 22, 2008

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Dream Sequences Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
'M' - Min Woo...Memory, Mirror, Mist, Motion, Movie, Mystery, Maiden, Malady, Metamorphosis...Mimi

It was interesting to read recently, that director Myung Se Lee had also received a dream inspiration for a short story, that eventually metamorphosed into 'M', and a genuine catalyst in birthing Min Woo's dream love quest here. As 'first love' is the core focus to this mysterious enigmatic film, a great deal of romanticism is entrenched into the myriad dream sequences here, and many neoimpressionist references from literature, music and visual art reflect the force of 'M's essential dream symbolic metaphor. But although there are effectual references (even one from Harry Potter by the hint at Remus Lupin, when Min Woo confronts his old school friends), and especially the literature work of Maurice Leblanc and of his gentleman thief character Arsene Lupin (whose portrait on the Lupin Bar sign is a symbolic key for 'memory' here, and also of him being a sort of 'shadow man' constantly tailing Mimi), this film's scenario is mostly carried by the sublime art visual work of Myung Se Lee and cinematographer Kyung Pyo Hong - and is one intriguing dreamlike conundrum of yearning love. All beautifully portrayed in a 1930s Noir landscape, accessed via an 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' dreamscape. Light, colour, art, glass (fragility), memory fragments, all fused into this dark romantic two hour lucid dreamscape of Min Woo's perceived separated love.

Fragments. High profile author Min Woo needs to write his new novel for imminent publication, but suffers a form of writer's block, frustrating his creativity. He lives with his girlfriend Eun Hye, who assists Min Woo's needs, but seems to find herslef fading more into the background of Min Woo's creative thought. Dream. A girl dressed in lupin purple, who Min Woo loves deeply somewhere, keeps emerging within his mind, enticing Min Woo to find her through his own dream and creativity. Who dreams who? So, one night in a neon lit 1930s bar, Min Woo meets up with this girl, and thereafter becomes plagued by deep yearning memories of her, that he is unable to reach. He's also afraid of something, paranoid that what he may have forgotten and had, is lost forever to him. Innocence. Mimi is in love with Min Woo, she follows him through crowded streets, bars and smoke, as Min Woo searches for his memories of her within his dream. Mimi reaches a personal bar called Lupin, a neon lit drinking place where maybe Min Woo's 'Memory' of her is stored. Mimi is innocent, pure, childlike, but afraid of something that chases her every move - a shadow man in the alleyways and dark streets, who hinders her reaching discernibly into Min Woo's consciousness. A love theft?

'M' is like a gentle nightmare of frantic searching for lost memory, where you constantly enter Min Woo's repetitive daydream, as he frustratingly tries to write his new novel, and also decipher a means of reaching a memory of Mimi he loved in his youth. As Min Woo's emotions of yearning are invigorated, he finds himself within a romanticized and meditative subconscious embrace, as he erratically envisions his innocent sweet days of youth 11 years previous - where Mimi exists, and which dominates over his adult relationship with girlfriend Eun Hye. Mimi comes to Min Woo as pure childlike ghost memory (in a purple dress with purple lit rays of dream - purple depicting loving compassion, kindness, devotion), and her re-evoked past innocence disturbs Min Woo's present, where he feels he could have lost (or maybe had stolen) his own innocence he once 'shared' with Mimi.

Looking Glass Mirror. The difficulty in 'M' is ascertaining where the characters are located. Many re-looped scenes of Min Woo and Mimi get replayed like an over used editing machine, as Mimi and Min Woo move through the purple lit alleyway and into glass mirrors of the soul, that lead them to the Lupin Bar. Scenes of them in seeming wakefulness and romantic settings with the projection of light in a cinema into the warm orange glow of a sunset. Its like dreams within dreams, or infinite picture frames within picture frames. Simultaneously, Min Woo constantly tries to type out his new novel, his poetic 'doorway' and 'diary book' called 'M', that connects him to Mimi, all within his elaborate glass type apartment home he shares with Eun Hye. Neurotically, Min Woo phases into constant reverie, trying to re-locate Mimi in his dream again and again,after 'meeting' her in the Lupin bar. 'M' as a 'movie' too, is projected by the film's visual techniques - 'flashbacks', 're-runs', 'freeze frames', that are used to imitate the re-played over fogged memories of Min Woo's mind, or fuse the happiness and emotions of Min Woo and Mimi. Like where Min Woo is seen with Mimi in a succession of freeze frame 'photos' showing them both laughing and emotionally happy together - 'pictures' taken from a 'memory' at the Lupin bar that is 'memory' of 'emotion'. Min Woo struggles, as he broaches thoughts of oblivion in his mind. Trying to write his book in his apartment of glass. His memory, like a picture frame flick book that reflects old rephotographs in a family album. Scenes that change and alter, just like dreams and memory, by constant re-view and thought.

Emotion. But is Mimi real or an object of love? 'M' is certainly a love story. But anything fragmented and uncertain as memory and dreams, could make Mimi be either a real memory or a projected figment of Min Woo's ideal love. 'M' is never out of the dream, and Min Woo's past love could be an idee fixe (a fascination and obsession with an ideal love either from reality or dream - which Mimi could represent), that was a thematic with French composer Berlioz and of his work "Symphony Fantastique". 'M', also relating to 'Alice Through the Looking Glass', and of the motif of glass depicted here in water, glass decor and mirrors, not only symbolizes the transference of dream mirroring reality or the 'mirror self', but also the fragility of love and memory.

Eventually, within this 'Matrix' ether world, Min Woo finds Mimi within a stream of sentimental 'past' consciousness - and scenes that become very more like a traditional K-drama. Min Woo as an observer watches Mimi wash his hair from a window, and a memory from his past. He sees them both riding a bike together and watching a film in a cinema. Youth. Lucid memories triggered from Min Woo's nostalgic emotions. The catalyst for his muse, is Mimi herslef - her presence fires Min Woo's need to find her. Love. But Mimi is also a mirror of Min Woo as both 'souls' are likened to similar thinking. Mimi could be Min Woo's idee fixe, his muse, his girl friend from his youth, as each are alterable fragments of his memory. The Lupin matches, bar and the alleyway hold a firm importance with those fragments, and are the symbols within powerful emotive dreams, where a 'place' can keep re-emerging in dreams as a representation of someone you love. In the Lupin bar, you find Min Woo re-visiting this area to constantly 'find' his memory of Mimi. Mimi is also infatuated with Min Woo from a distance, as she searches for him like an affectionate teenager (or is she a mirror of Min Woo's search for Mimi?). But she is also plagued by this shadow man that constantly trials her every motion towards Min Woo, as if some force was trying to stymie a possible bond ship of love between them. Or maybe the reasons of why the memories of Mimi are buried in Min Woo's mind. This shadow man, actually a complex metaphor relating to the sign outside the Lupin bar, and of Arsene Lupin himself, the gentleman thief. Due to Mimi herself also having a purple dress reflecting a wild perennial lupin, could suggest lots here. But as Alice would say 'this is all too much of a much ness', so I'll leave Mr Lupin as food for thought.

The character of Eun Hye of course plays a significant part here, but as Min Wool becomes inwardly frustrated by his need to write and increasingly submerged in thought. This loss of focus puts Min Woo at a dispossession of Eun Hye, and becomes increasingly unaware of her presence around him. Eun Hye constantly attends his meals, house work, gives him his coffee stimulants, getting him cigarettes as he 'types', but becomes blurred and faded into Min Woo's sublime background and of the 'mental furniture' in the mind/room of his musings. Min Woo is always afraid of losing his focus on Mimi. Like mist and water droplets, they each fade into oblivion, and Min Woo when he is 'with' Mimi, holds on tightly to her hands, as of afraid he will never see her again. He wakes in sweating panic at the thought, and it seems as if the dream as been broke. The falling water of realizations of loss at one point, are his sweat and tsunami of buried thoughts 're-awaking' Min Woo. Like director Myung Se mentions, Mimi is like an elaborate muse similar to looking at old photos of loved ones who have left us in the past, that can all be awakened again in the purple ray of dream.

You certainly get a good cast with Dong Won Kang, Yeon Hee Lee and Hyo Jin Gong here. For Dong Won, this film could be the equivalent of Rain appearing in "I'm a Cyborg" or Daniel Wu being in "Ming Ming", not the usual film to see your hero in. But considering that Dong Won as been in less conventional roles of late ("Voice of a Murderer" and "Maundy Thursday"), and wishes to tackle more similar challenging parts, this could be the norm for him in future. I certainly didn't find 'M' monotonous and empty (although falling asleep watching 'M' would be apt....dream), and enjoyed it as a whole. Essentially, 'M' reflects things about memories of loved ones lost, or emotions to things never really experienced, but only in dream (and also music helps to convey) that touch us and have meaning - like melancholic yearnings; which 'M' touches likewise in its own obscure way. After all, its ourselves that fill in the missing pieces into the mysteries of life. And by 'M's evocativeness, can help fire additional thinking. 'M' could be seen to show how dreams can free up blocked thought from mental stress, unlocking certain types of emotions from our memories, and helping us to stream forward the way we should. Overall, Myung Se hasn't made a bad little expose here, and it all certainly looks pretty. Interesting, too, with 'M's purple colour pallet, as the last thing I saw with Dong Won was the Korean TV drama "Magic", which also had a purple cover and titling with the letter M! Gorgeous DVD set here, too, which is well worth getting while you can.
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March 23, 2008

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great colors that's all Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
The movie was very confusing at the beginning for me. It made me lose interest from the start; and I didn't want to finish it. However, I made an effort to view it until the end a week later. I thought the last 20 minutes of the film was good when it reveals of what the movie is all about. The only thing I like about the movie is the superb color that the director used in the film. He sure knows how to make it look pretty with his choice of color.
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March 17, 2008

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M!............................ Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I just watched this film two days ago and I want to give you my comments base on two qualities that I like best about it. The director is no doubt very artistic when it comes to the usage of colors and I think he is probably the best in the Korean film industry in that respect. His choice of color is influenced by Van Gogh, Georgia O'keefe and to a lesser extent the earlier work of Monet and I'm sure other artists that I don't know of. I'm not into abstract modern arts and not really that impressed with the flash backs of the different art works in Min Woo's (Kang Dong Won) dream at the beginning of the film. (Morrison might be one of the artists, but I'm not sure.) The second thing that I like about M is the realistic feelings and love portrayed between Mimi (Kang Dong Won's first love) and Min Woo. The film is no way near perfect and it kind of turned me off when it comes to the episode as to what happened to Mimi 10 years ago. I think it was borrowed from my favorite drama series. From that point on, I have no incentive to watch the movie again to find out who is the Monster and the episodes that I could have missed because I did fall asleep once or twice during the film. And this brings me to criticize the heavy usage of darkness in the film, e.g. the darkness of the apartment which is not reasonable even though this film is bordered on dream and reality. The only reason that I could think of is the director kind of stuck at the point of the looking glass (in the apartment) and he did not delineate further into the story. I think this is the juncture where he gave up an opportunity to make this into a greater film or make his mark as a truly great film maker who leaves you a lasting impression. But watch the street scene in front of Mimi's shop and inside the bar where Min Woo and Mimi met. They are atmospheric and absolutely most beautiful in terms of color.

Watch this film if you are a fan of Kang Dong Won and the pretty actress. Kang Dong Won did an excellent job in this film. At first I thought he overacted in the episode with the publisher and I realized it was just a satire later on.


I would recommend watching this film if you are an art buff, a believer in first love stories and someone who appreciates a little satire and comical presentations and forgives whatever flaws in a film. If you are into psycho-analysis or an expert in Alice in Wonderland and demand something more intellectual, then forget it. The director probably studied fine arts and films in France, Italy or the U.S. He is excellent but I think he needs to refine his skills in editing and perhaps gives more depth in his works in order to become a great director. So, watch the film to find out more about him and see if you agree with me on certain things. Lastly, the OST you can just forget about it!
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January 29, 2008

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I've seen it! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I already got the dvd. Its a very good movie actually. The director and the writer of this movie i really like their style of making this movie. If your a big fan of Kang Dong Won & Lee Yeon Hee then i recommend you to get this! :D
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