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Memories of the Sword (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Jeon Do Yeon (Actor) | Kim Go Eun (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor)
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A sword is not just a weapon but also a place to store past memories. Co-written and directed by Park Heung Shik (My Mother, the Mermaid), the martial arts period romance epic Memories of the Sword is a rousing tale of love, betrayal and revenge among swordsmen during the Goryeo era. The film features the esteemed cast lineup of Lee Byung Hun(Inside Men), Jeon Do Yeon (The Shameless) and Kim Go Eun (Coin Locker Girl), as well as 2PM's Lee Jun Ho (Twenty), Bae Soo Bin (26 Years), Lee Kyung Young (Assassination), Kim Tae Woo (The Pirates) and Moon Sung Keun (Haemoo).

For the sake of freedom and justice, Deok Gi (Lee Byung Hun), Seol Rang (Jeon Do Yeon) and Poong Cheon (Bae Soo Bin) led a rebellion against the king and his foreign allies. However, Deok Gi betrayed his comrades, resulting in the death of Poong Cheon. Seol Rang escapes with Poong Cheon's child and his sword, and warns Deok Gi that the child will become his biggest enemy.

Eighteen years later, Seol Rang is now blind and has changed her name to Wallso. Determined to take revenge on Deok Gi, now known as Yoo Baek, she teaches Seol Hee (Kim Go Eun) how to fight with the sword. After getting discovered by Yoo Baek in a sword sparring competition, Seol Hee successfully evades capture. However, on that same night, she learns how her father died and that Yoo Baek and Wallso are her destined enemies. She then leaves home and starts her long journey of revenge.

This edition comes with a 36-page photobook and special features including behind-the-scenes, interviews, action featurette, poster shoot and trailers.

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Product Title: Memories of the Sword (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Memories of the Sword (DVD) (雙碟裝) (首批限量版) (韓國版) Memories of the Sword (DVD) (双碟装) (首批限量版) (韩国版) メモリーズ 追憶の剣 (2DVD) (初回生産限定盤) (韓国版) 협녀, 칼의 기억 (DVD) (2디스크) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: 俠女:刀之記憶 侠女:刀之记忆
Artist Name(s): Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Jeon Do Yeon (Actor) | Kim Go Eun (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Kim Tae Woo (Actor) | Bae Soo Bin (Actor) | Lee Jun Ho (2PM) (Actor) 李秉憲 (Actor) | 全 度妍 (Actor) | 金高恩 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 金 泰佑 (Actor) | 裴秀彬 (Actor) | 李俊昊 (2PM) (Actor) 李秉宪 (Actor) | 全 度妍 (Actor) | 金高恩 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 金 泰佑 (Actor) | 裴秀彬 (Actor) | 李俊昊 (2PM) (Actor) イ・ビョンホン (Actor) | チョン・ドヨン (Actor) | キム・ゴウン (Actor) | ムン・ソングン (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | キム・テウ (Actor) | ペ・スビン (Actor) | イ・ジュノ(2PM) (Actor) 이 병헌 (Actor) | 전 도연 (Actor) | 김고은 (Actor) | 문 성근 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 김태우 (Actor) | 배수빈 (Actor) | 이준호 (2PM) (Actor)
Director: Park Heung Sik 朴興植 朴兴植 パク・フンシク 박흥식
Release Date: 2016-03-30
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place 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: Video Travel
Other Information: 2-DVD
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049215528

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협녀, 칼의 기억 (DVD) (2디스크) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35:1 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
*Extras: 74분 (화면비율:1.78:1) (음성트랙:한국어 Dolby Digital 2.0) (자막무)
* 레전드 탄생기 (01:58)
* 캐릭터 탄생기 (03:46)
* 인터뷰
_이병헌 (14:29)
_전도연 (14:14)
_김고은 (06:30)
_박흥식 감독 (11:44)
_크로스인터뷰 (04:00)
* 액션탄생기(02:12)
* 영화기자 극찬영상 (02:35)
* 포스터 촬영현장 (03:03)
* 풋티지영상 (05:18)
* 기대지수 급상승 영상 (01:33)
* 티져 (00:50)
* 예고편 (01:49)

*Director: 박흥식


작품설명

* 고려를 탐한 검 <유백> vs 대의를 지키는 검 <월소> vs 복수를 꿈꾸는 검 <홍이>!
* 고려 말, 세 검객의 피할 수 없는 숙명의 드라마! 11년간 공들인 <협녀, 칼의 기억> 드디어 세상의 빛을 보다!
* 이병헌 & 전도연 & 김고은 최적의 캐스팅이 빚어낸 환상적인 연기 앙상블!
* 이경영 & 김태우 & 이준호 & 문성근 & 배수빈 그 누구도 대적할 수 없는 막강 조연 군단 완성!


줄거리

칼이 곧 권력이었고, 천민도 왕이 될 수 있던 혼돈의 시대 고려 말
세상을 바꾸고자 뜻을 모아 민란의 선봉장이 된 세 검객 풍천과 월소(전도연), 그리고 유백(이병헌). 하지만 유백의 배신으로 풍천은 죽고, 월소는 풍천의 아이를 데리고 사라진다. 민란 또한 실패로 끝난다.

18년 후, 유백은 노비의 자식이라는 멸시와 세도가들의 계략에 맞서 살생도 서슴지 않으며 왕까지 떨게 만드는 최고의 권력자가 되었다. 그러던 어느 날, 자신이 개최한 무술대회에서 월소를 꼭 닮은 검술을 쓰는 소녀를 발견하고 그 뒤를 쫓는다.

한편, 유백의 배신 이후 두 눈을 잃고 세상을 등진 채 살아가던 월소는 홍이(김고은)가 유백의 무술대회에 나가 그와 마주쳤다는 사실을 알고 18년 동안 감춰왔던 진실을 털어놓는다.

“내가 네 아비와 어미를 죽인 원수다. 다음에 만날 때 너와 나 둘 중 하나는 반드시 죽어야 한다!”

배신으로 엇갈린 세 검의 이야기가 다시 시작한다.


[초회 한정 고급 3단 디지팩 + 2Disc + 36p 화보집 + 엽서 6종 1:1증정( 이병헌, 전도연, 김고은, 이준호, 박흥식감독 친필싸인엽서 1종 일부상품 랜덤 증정)]
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Professional Review of "Memories of the Sword (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

May 6, 2016

Vengeance and betrayal are very much the order of the day in Korean period drama Memories of the Sword, co-written and directed by Park Heung Shik (My Mother, the Mermaid). While its premise is certainly nothing new and the genre playing field is already more than overcrowded, the film does at least boast a top notch cast, headlined by Lee Byung-hun (Inside Men), Jeon Do-yeon (The Shameless) and upcoming talent Kim Go-eun (Coin Locker Girl), with a large and impressive supporting cast that includes Lee Jun-ho of 2PM, Bae Soo-bin (26 Years), Lee Kyung-young (Assassination), Kim Tae-woo (The Pirates) and Moon Sung-keun (Haemoo).

The film is set during the Goryeo era, when freedom fighters Deok Gi (Lee Byung-hun), Seol Rang (Jeon Do-yeon) and Poong Cheon (Bae Soo-bin) led a desperate uprising against the hated king. Things didn’t work out as planned, with Deok Gi having turned snake against his comrades in arms, leading to the death of Poong Cheon and forcing Seol Rang to flee with his young child and precious sword. A couple of decades later, Deok Gi is the head general of the army, haunted by the memories of the past though still keen to advance his position, while the now-blind Seol Rang has changed her name to Wallso, raising the child Seol Hee (Kim Go-eun) in secret and teaching her to fight. After Deok Gi uncovers her identity in a sword fighting competition, Seol Hee learns the truth about the death of her parents and sets out on a bloody path of revenge.

Although at its heart Memories of the Sword is essentially a fairly straightforward tale of vengeance, Park Heung Shik certainly packs in a great deal of plot, and there's really a lot going on. The narrative is complex and multi-layered, with hidden motivations, confused identities and all manner of scheming from the start, and the film does take a fair bit of patience and concentration. While the script is generally well written and intelligent, it's convoluted in places, taking a long time to explain itself and often falling back on clumsy exposition and an over-use of flashbacks. Still, there's a definite and pleasing ambition to the film, and Park does try hard to add depth.

Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Zhang Yimou's Hero were clearly the main inspirations, and the film recalls both quite closely in terms of story and character, focusing on generation gap dynamics and feisty female fighters. Superhuman jumping abilities, training scenes and bamboo grove battles add to the resemblance, though it's a pleasant kind of familiarity, and the film feels almost old-fashioned in its values. This is also true of the stylised and slow-motion heavy action scenes, and the film is frequently poetic and beautiful during its martial arts clashes, clearly having benefitted from a high-end budget. Though the characters' near-flying skills are initially a bit distracting, Park counters this by giving the film a hard and occasionally violent edge, with a decent amount of blood being spilled here and there.

The big name cast is the main draw here, and Lee Byung-hun in particular really delivers, on great form as the complicated Deok Gi. Although ostensibly the villain of the piece, he emerges as the most interesting and even sympathetic character, Lee making him into a very human, tormented figure, trapped and tormented by his own desperate strategies. Although Jeon Do-yeon does well with her role, it's Kim Go-eun who also stands out, playing Seol Hee as more than the usual angry martial arts revenge girl, and giving her a believable sense of conflict and confusion.

All of this is enough to lift Memories of the Sword several notches and to make it stand out from the crowd of similarly themed Korean historical dramas. Balancing action and strong character development, the film sees Park Heung Shik successfully trying his hand at something a bit different to his usual brand of heart-warming melodrama and should be enjoyed by fans of the form and cast.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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