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Park Shin Yang (Miss Conspirator) leads an unlikely double life in the blockbuster comedy Man on the Edge from My Wife is a Gangster director Cho Jin Gyu. Park stars as Kwang Ho, a tough gangster trusted by his boss and his underlings alike. His fate dramatically changes, however, when a knife wound alters his palm line. Suddenly, he's haunted by nightmares and spirits and led to shaman Myung (Uhm Ji Won, Romantic Debtors), who tells him that he's been chosen. Kwang Ho has no choice but to receive the spirit and become a shaman on the side. No one can know about Kwang Ho's double identity, but rival Tae Joo (Kim Jung Tae, He's on Duty) is set on exposing his secrets and bringing him down! Park's comedic performance as a shaman by day and gangster by night was a big hit with audiences, garnering the offbeat supernatural gangster comedy over 3.8 million admissions at the box office.
|Product Title:||Man On The Edge (2012) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 老大靈不靈 (2012) (DVD) (台灣版) 老大灵不灵 (2012) (DVD) (台湾版) 拍手ごろつき (2012/韓) (DVD) (台湾版) 박수건달|
|Also known as:||神漢流氓 神汉流氓|
|Artist Name(s):||Park Shin Yang (Actor) | Uhm Ji Won (Actor) | Jung Hye Young (Actor) | Kim Jung Tae (Actor) | Kim Sung Kyun (Actor) 朴申陽 (Actor) | 嚴智媛 (Actor) | 鄭惠英 (Actor) | 金宗泰 (Actor) | 金成均 (Actor) 朴申阳 (Actor) | 严智媛 (Actor) | 郑惠英 (Actor) | 金宗泰 (Actor) | 金成均 (Actor) パク・シニャン (Actor) | オム・ジウォン (Actor) | チョン・ヘヨン (Actor) | キム・ジョンテ (Actor) | キム・ソンギュン (Actor) 박 신양 (Actor) | 엄지원 (Actor) | 정혜영 (Actor) | 김정태 (Actor) | 김성균 (Actor)|
|Director:||Cho Jin Gyu 趙真奎 赵真奎 チョ・ジンギュ 조진규|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Eagle International Communication CO.,LTD|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1045008487|
主演 : 【巴黎戀人】朴信陽、【還想結婚的女子】嚴智媛
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Gangster comedies have been only too common in Korean cinema for more than a decade now, so it's not too surprising that the genre has of late been running out of steam both in terms of audience interest and creativity. Attempting to remedy the situation is director Cho Jin Gyu, responsible for the first and third entries in the popular My Wife is a Gangster franchise, adding a wacky shamanistic twist with his latest outing Man on the Edge (a.k.a. Gangster Shaman). Mixing supernatural shenanigans in with the usual comedy and melodrama went down very well indeed with Korean audiences, the film exceeding expectations and pulling in nearly 4 million ticket sales, marking it is one of the year's biggest hits.
Actor Park Shin Yang (Miss Conspirator) headlines as Kwang Ho, a top mobster and the right hand of his boss, feared and respected by his men. After one day injuring his hand in a knife fight with his sworn rival Tae Joo (Kim Jung Tae, He's on Duty), his life undergoes an odd change, with a chain of strange events leading him to the door of fortune telling shaman Myung (actress Uhm Ji Won, Romantic Debtors). Myung informs him that the wound has changed his fate and that he is now possessed by the spirits and doomed to become a shaman. Plagued by visions, Kwang Ho eventually gives in and dons shaman robes, trying to juggle his gangster life with his new calling, while Tae Joo senses something is up and tries to expose his secret.
As a high concept means of freshening up the Korean gangster comedy genre and injecting a little imagination, Man on the Edge really isn't too bad. Cho Jin Gyu certainly knows his stuff, and applies the same approach he took with his My Wife is a Gangster entries, successfully combining broad comedy, melodrama and the odd flash of violence here and there, and while it's fair to say that the film doesn ultimately deviate much from the tried and tested formula, it's familiar in a pleasing and comfortable rather than hackneyed fashion. Though Kwang Ho's encounters with the supernatural are similarly nothing new, basically resulting in him having to help a number of friendly ghosts fulfil their last wishes, the expected heartstring tugging doesn't really materialise until the final act, and there's nothing too offensive on show. As a result, despite being far too long at over two hours, and bloated by a meandering and often meaningless plot, the film does manage to entertain for the most part and without ever pushing out the boat ticks the required boxes for a piece of unpretentious commercial fluff.
Wisely, Cho never takes any of it too seriously, and there are some funny and reasonably effective scenes as Kwang Ho tries to come to terms with things, thanks in no small part to a game and daftly deadpan performance from Park Shin Yang. Though scarcely credible, Park does a good job of making Kwang Ho a likeable protagonist whose many sufferings are amusing to watch, the film calling for him to be in female drag (Shamans in Korea generally being women) for most of the running times and having to undergo a long list of humiliations in the name of duty. Uhm Ji Won also does a decent job, and while her role kind of dips in and out of the plot, her usual brand of comedy fits well with the film's easy going feel, and her scenes with Park are generally the most enjoyable. The film is all the better for not shoehorning in any needless romance between the two, and while some of the many subplots involving Kwang Ho and the ghosts don't really have much emotional impact, none of it feels too forced.
All of this works to make Man on the Edge a pleasant, unchallenging bit of fun, which in its own modest and unambitious way does manage to offer a diverting twist on the increasingly generic Korean gangster comedy. Cho Jin Gyu clearly knows what he's doing, and there's plenty here for fans of the form to enjoy, so long as they don't feel the particular need for anything new.
by James Mudge