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Man On High Heels (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Cha Seung Won (Actor) | Oh Jung Se (Actor) | Esom (Actor) | Park Sung Woong (Actor)
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Teaming with director Jang Jin for the third time after Murder, Take One and My Son, Cha Seung Won takes on the challenging role of an anguished transgender detective in Man on High Heels, an unconventional crime actioner laced with brutal fight scenes and Jang's signature humor. Cha Seung Won plays tough homicide detective Yoon Ji Wook, who is legendary in the force for his crimebusting record and fistfighting prowess. While the outside world sees him as the epitome of masculinity, Ji Wook has actually struggled with his gender identity for most of his life and yearns to be a woman. Just when Ji Wook has finally decided to undergo a sex change operation, his dream for a new life is derailed by a gang bent on getting revenge against him at all costs.
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Product Title: Man On High Heels (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 高跟神探 (DVD) (台灣版) 高跟神探 (DVD) (台湾版) ハイヒール (DVD) (台湾版) 하이힐
Artist Name(s): Cha Seung Won (Actor) | Oh Jung Se (Actor) | Esom (Actor) | Park Sung Woong (Actor) | Go Kyung Pyo (Actor) 車勝元 (Actor) | 吳政世 (Actor) | Esom (Actor) | 朴誠雄 (Actor) | 高庚杓 (Actor) 车胜元 (Actor) | 吴政世 (Actor) | Esom (Actor) | 朴诚雄 (Actor) | 高庚杓 (Actor) チャ・スンウォン (Actor) | オ・ジョンセ (Actor) | イ・ソム (Actor) | パク・ソンウン (Actor) | コ・ギョンピョ (Actor) 차 승원 (Actor) | 오정세 (Actor) | 이솜 (Actor) | 박성웅 (Actor) | 고경표 (Actor)
Director: Jang Jin 張 鎮 Jang Jin チャン・ジン 장진
Release Date: 2015-02-18
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 125 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038370193

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導演:張鎮 Jang Jin

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Professional Review of "Man On High Heels (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

December 22, 2014

This professional review refers to Man On High Heels (DVD) (2-Disc) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Jang Jin is a writer and director who really should be better known in the west, having been responsible for an impressive list of blockbusters and creative genre bending hits, including the likes of Righteous Ties, Murder, Take One, Romantic Heaven and others. Jang's latest, Man on High Heels is another unconventional offering, seeing him team for the third time with popular actor Cha Seung Won as a tough transgender detective whose tangles with the mob jeopardise his plans for a sex change operation.

The homicide detective in question is Yoon Ji Wook, a hard as nails cop known for ruthlessly taking down criminals with violent methods, famous for his fighting skills and general manliness. However, Yoon hides a secret from his admiring colleagues, struggling with his gender identity and having long nursed a desire to become a woman. Though he finally decides to take the plunge and fly to the US to have a sex change operation, matters are complicated when a brutal gang boss (Oh Jeong Se, How to Use Guys with Secret Tips) launches an all-out revenge crusade against him, an unfortunate young woman called Jang Mi (Esom, The Gifted Hands) getting caught in the middle.

Like everything Jang Jin does, Man on High Heels is very hard to categorise or pigeonhole, in the best possible way, being at once a moody action noir, queer cinema, soul-searching character drama and an oddball comedy. Very few directors are as talented as Jang when it comes to playing around with different forms, and the film again sees him subverting cliches while at the same time revelling in them, deconstructing the genre before presenting it in a manner which is both fresh and familiar. What stands out the most however is the way in which the film treats Yoon, being one of the only recent actioners to really try and explore the psychology of its protagonist, providing the tried and tested story not but with a twist, but more importantly with a strong emotional anchor. Pleasingly, Yoon's sexuality and transgender yearnings are never played as a cheap gimmick, and Cha Seung Won is excellent in the lead, bringing pathos and believability to a challenging role. Through this, the film offers one of the most interesting takes on perceptions of modern masculinity in memory, and without ever letting things get too ponderous explores its subject matter with surprising sensitivity.

At the same time, Man on High Heels is a very funny film indeed, Jang getting a great deal of comic mileage out of misunderstandings and the over the top ways in which Yoon is praised and respected by the rest of the cast for what amounts to being the very archetype of violent manliness - Oh Jeong Se's crime boss in particular is hilarious in this respect. Thankfully, Jang manages to work in humour without trivialising the film's basic premise or undermining Yoon's ever-present anguish, and most of the jokes are all the more amusing for being played with a straight face. This having been said, the film does have an odd tone at times, frequently shifting suddenly between delicately emotional moments or farce and extreme violence. As a noir or action film, it's one of the bloodier and most savage of late, packed with knife fights, bludgeoning and sadism, not to mention some really quite horrendous behaviour from its villains. Though it may prove a little too much for some viewers, this hard edge combines well with Jang's immaculate direction and use of colour, giving the film the feel of a true modern noir.

Man on High Heels is another fine effort from Jang Jin, which again underlines his talent and willingness to take risks and to attempt to offer viewers something new. Hopefully a film which will be embraced by open-minded audiences, it's a heady mix of violence, laughs and gender issues, though one which Jang keeps a steady hand on things throughout, ensuring that it's not only coherent, but engaging, thrilling and moving.

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