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Midnight FM (2010) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Yoo Ji Tae (Actor) | Soo Ae (Actor) | Ma Dong Seok (Actor) | Kim Sang Man (Director)
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Tonight is late night radio host Sun Young's (Soo Ae) final show. The next morning she will be flying to the States with her ill daughter. During the program, she receives a shocking phone message: her family has been taken hostage. Threatening to kill her family if she doesn't do as he says, the caller (Yoo Ji Tae) sends her instructions, starting with requests for obscure songs. Sun Young has two hours to save her family - and her live broadcast cannot stop.

Directed by Kim Sang Man (Girl Scout), Midnight FM takes its suspenseful standoff to the airwaves for a tightly wound thriller that enthralls from beginning to end. Acclaimed actor Yoo Ji Tae (Old Boy) delivers another versatile performance as the increasingly unhinged psychotic caller, but it's Soo Ae (Sunny) who truly shines on screen and on air as the embattled heroine who fights back with everything's she got.

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Product Title: Midnight FM (2010) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 深夜FM (2010) (DVD) (台灣版) 深夜FM (2010) (DVD) (台湾版) Midnight FM (2010) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 심야의 FM
Also known as: 殺錄直播 杀录直播
Artist Name(s): Yoo Ji Tae (Actor) | Soo Ae (Actor) | Ma Dong Seok (Actor) 劉 智泰 (Actor) | 秀愛 (Actor) | 馬東石 (Actor) 刘 智泰 (Actor) | 秀爱 (Actor) | 马东石 (Actor) ユ・ジテ (Actor) | スエ (Actor) | マ・ドンソク (Actor) 유지태 (Actor) | 수애 (Actor) | 마동석 (Actor)
Director: Kim Sang Man 金相滿 金相满 キム・サンマン 김상만
Release Date: 2015-09-04
Language: Korean, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 103 (mins)
Publisher: Eagle International Communication CO.,LTD
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1046274963

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【深夜FM】第31屆青龍獎最佳女主角 秀愛大螢幕精湛演技眾望所歸
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“今天是和大家話說告別的日子。接下來和大家一起度過的兩個小時,我將永遠記在心中”擔任了5年深夜電台直播節目《深夜FM》主持的DJ高善英(秀愛 飾)是圈內有名的完美主義者,為了照顧健康狀況惡化的女兒,她決定辭職。為了和支持自己的聽眾好好道別,善英和往常一樣精心準備節目,卻收到一個來歷不明的聽眾韓東秀(劉智泰 飾)的來電威脅:已經綁架她的女兒和妹妹高雅英(申多恩 飾),必須和他單獨連線,在兩個小時裡按照他的話進行最終集節目才能救回家人的性命。本來是與聽眾完美說再見的兩個小時卻變成人生中最可怕的噩夢!秀愛與喪心病狂的歹徒隔空鬥智鬥勇,又能成功救出家人嗎?
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Professional Review of "Midnight FM (2010) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

March 17, 2011

This professional review refers to Midnight FM (DVD) (Single Disc) (Korea Version)
Midnight FM is a Korean suspense thriller with real star power in the form of leads Soo Ae (Sunny) and Yoo Ji Tae (Old Boy), who come together in a homicidal cat and mouse tale as a radio DJ is stalked by a crazed fan. The film was helmed by director Kim Sang Man, who follows up the action comedy of Girl Scout with another story of a female protagonist taking matters into her own hands. The film certainly has all the necessary ingredients for a tense thriller, with an engaging premise and a plot that features plenty of twists and turns as it attempts to keep the viewer on the edge of the seat.

Soo Ae stars as late night radio show host Sun Young, a former television presenter known for her outspoken views on the criminal justice system. On the night of her final show before she leaves for the US, where she is taking her young daughter for an operation, the broadcast takes a turn for the sinister when she receives a call from a fan claiming that he has her family hostage. After it becomes clear that the maniac (Yoo Ji Tae) is telling the truth and that he has her daughter, along with her sister and her child in his evil grasp, he starts making requests for bizarre songs from the past, insisting that she say exactly the same words to introduce them that she did years ago. With the time to the end of the broadcast ticking down, Sun Young has to find a way to try and save her family while working out what the madman is really planning.

Midnight FM is a film which starts off at a fast pace, and only accelerates from thereon in. Director Kim makes sure that there is a great deal going on, and keeps the viewer in a breathless state of suspense by notching up the tension and turning the screws in merciless fashion. The film is quite neatly split into three acts, serving well to escalate events, which play out in close to real time with pleasingly little in the way of filler material. The film is a lean affair in this regard, never dwelling too much on trifles such as character development or subplots, and though painted with rather broad strokes, it makes for thrilling viewing, with a number of genuine surprises along the way to its high octane final showdown.

A large part of the film's success is down to the superb performances from the two leads. Soo Ae is excellent as the heroine, with her protagonist nicely and quite believably developing from a not particularly sympathetic damsel in distress to a woman clearly willing to do whatever it takes to protect her loved ones. Yoo Ji Tae is very enjoyable as the psycho, and offers excellent value for money with a great over the top performance, wide eyed, hysterical, full of theatrical rage, and prone to unpredictable explosions of violence. The viewer is kept in the dark as to whether he actually has a scheme or if he really is just a lunatic, something which is made all the more difficult to guess given his hilariously flamboyant clothes, which incorporate a bizarre huge fur coat and ripped skin-tight red trousers.

Although the film starts off with Sun Young effectively trapped and helpless in the DJ booth, it soon spreads its wings, and Kim uses this to introduce more action into the proceedings. The film is pretty violent in places, with the psycho wielding a mean wrench that he seems to really quite enjoy beating people to death with. There are a fair few car chases and shoot outs scattered throughout, along with some tense set pieces as Sun Young's deaf daughter tries to conceal her presence from the killer, and all of these help to keep things moving at a good clip. The plot itself is reasonably complex and well thought out, and though the film does eventually wrap up in unsurprisingly unconventional fashion it manages to ask a few interesting questions about morality and responsibility en route. Film fans will enjoy some pretty obscure cinematic references as Sun Young plays songs from a variety of soundtracks ranging from Casablanca to Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher. The film eventually settles on being a wacked out take on Taxi Driver which works well enough, despite being hard to take seriously whenever Yoo Ji Tae whips back on his fine oversized fur coat and starts raving again.

This gives Midnight FM an entertainingly lunatic edge, and the film deserves extra points for really going all out for thrills and suspense without worrying too much about plausibility. Certainly, director Kim's enthusiasm makes up for any lack of originality, and thanks to a fine script, fast pace and the efforts of the headlining stars, it stands as one of the best and most fun Korean thrillers of the last year or so.

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Customer Review of "Midnight FM (2010) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

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April 18, 2011

This customer review refers to Midnight FM (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
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Midnight Caller (A part) Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
In “Midnight F.M.” Sun-young (Soo Ae) is a midnight radio DJ (previously a TV news anchor woman), and airs her final show, needing to retire from her radio job so to focus on her sick little daughter. However, a disgruntled ‘fan’ (well, troubled psycho stalker to be exact) decides that Sun-young hanging up her professional headphones is not a good idea, so at midnight heads over to Sun-young’s plush apartment where her sister is baby sitting her own daughter and Sun-young’s little daughter Eun-Soo, while Sun-young grooves her last night on the airwaves. The Killer (Ji-tae Yoo), in fur coat and red trousers (a fan of Lady Gaga in Liberace mode?) breaks in and takes Sun-young’s sister and the kids hostage (Tsk. No 1 fans, eh?). Ji-tae is certainly in hard core psychopathic serial killer mode, his character having a penchant in murdering criminals (a la Taxi Driver) and besotted and infuriated with Sun-young, who he believes by Sun-young’s patronising words of ‘criminal society’ needing a ‘hero’ to correct wrongdoings, inspires his own twisted need to correct society. The killer’s big mad problem though, is that by Sun-young deciding to end her radio job, in his ‘eyes’ she’s reneging from her ‘inspiring monologue’ of ‘wisdom’.

At the beginning Sun-young’s radio slot replacement (a young woman) is brutally murdered by the killer (his disapproval of Sun-young leaving the midnight show) and a police hunt is put in process. As Sun-young drives to work for her final show with a female colleague, she witnesses a car collision and a man then beating a woman concerning the accident. Sun-young refutes her friends suggestion for intervention and accepts it as yet another violent situation by the ‘scum of society’, and too dangerous to interfere upon. Sun-young then calls her little daughter Eun-soo at home, her being baby sat by her sister. But the killer later breaks into Sun-young’s apartment, holding them hostage (although Eun-soo hides in a upstairs cupboard). The killer then calls Sun-young at her radio station; making crazy demands for her to play songs on a list he’d faxed her and speak exact words she’d used on previous shows (without re-mixing them!). If Sun-young fails to do so, he threatens to kill her sister and her daughter. He proves his intent by showing himself and her tied up sister via cell-phone camera. So Sun-young frantically tries to find library music the killer demands. But she cannot remember her past radio show words! Tension mounts!
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April 18, 2011

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DJ Sun-young’s got scary believers! (B part) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Luckily another besotted and geeky fan, who likes to hang out at Sun-young’s radio station, as a memory like an elephant and can repeat verbatim Sun-young’s forgotten words and song lists. But the killer relates only to Sun-young’s words/songs, which are related to his ‘cause’. So he demands Sun-young to play on her last show the theme song from the movie “Taxi Driver” and the Leonard Cohen song “Everybody Knows” and repeat her past radio monologue about a ‘hero’ who would cure the city of criminal activities, all mirroring the killer’s own twisted anger of ‘sick society’ and his perceptive lack of human empathy. Pity Sun-young in anger didn’t play him “Yes Sir, I Will” by Crass or “Killer” by Van Der Graff Generator. But Sun-young dare not put a foot wrong for her sister and kids sake, and franticly keeps to the killer’s faxed song list demands.

No doubt this is an intense horror-thriller with little pause for breath, and Ji-tae’s ominous and schizophrenic serial killer role, along with Soo Ae’s frantic and determined Sun-young, makes for good acting viewing and pulse racing stuff. The plot does get a bit absurd though, like Sun-young frantically trying to remember her exact monologue from a previous radio show, only for the ‘geeky fan’ using his library sized elephant memory to help sort part of that tense matter out. As the plot unfolds this geeky fella also becomes a sort of ‘hero’, which satirizes the intensity. Also when Sun-young is immersed in a car chase after the killer, she swerves her car so to not hit the rear boot of the killer’s car, as he mentions via cell phone her daughter is locked in his boot, (Eun Soo hiding in the cupboard gets foiled!) and crashes into a mass of parked motorbikes. This angers a drinking biker crowd who then join the chase, like Keystone Cops. So, yep, it’s a bit daft at times. Certainly though, with gritted teeth and determination, Sun-young fights tooth and nail (mostly in the emotional sense) to get her abducted daughter Eun-soo back from the killer’s clutches. Midnight FM’s edgy seat thriller mode certainly relates somewhat to films “Play Misty For Me” and “Taxi Driver”. Jae-tae plays well the ominous and disturbed killer (even in a fur coat :/) and Soo Ae, likewise, excels as a frantic and determined mother needing to protect her abducted daughter. Ending’s befitting, but sad. Music score is good, including Leonard Cohen and 4 Minute’s “I My Me Mine” which is quite a contrast.
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