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Minority Opinion (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor)
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On January 20, 2009, 40 tenants living in Korea's Yongsan district were evicted from their homes due to urban renewal redevelopment. Five demonstrators and a police officer died in the ensuing riot. Based on Son Ah Ram's same-titled novel inspired by the incident, Blood Rain producer Kim Sung Je's directorial debut gives voice to the protesters and allows audiences to listen to the Minority Opinion. Yoon Kye Sang (The Bacchus Lady) stars as a rookie lawyer seeking legal justice for Lee Kyung Young's (Inside Men) protester, who is accused of murdering a policeman. Yu Hae Jin (Luck-Key) and Kim Ok Bin (11 A.M.) also co-star in the courtroom drama. Screened at the 2015 Busan International Film Festival, Minority Opinion (a.k.a. The Unfair) was named one of the Top 10 Films of the Year at the 2015 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, and won Best Screenplay at the 2015 Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Buil Film Awards. Lee Kyung Young was also awarded Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 Buil Film Awards and the 2016 Baeksang Arts Awards.

An urban renewal project is given the green light and residents are forced to move. Park Jae Ho (Lee Kyung Young) and other tenants refuse to leave, resulting in a riot that leads to the death of Jae Ho's 16-year-old son and a police officer. Jae Ho is accused of murdering the policeman but he insists that he unintentionally killed the policeman out of self-defense in order to protect his son from being beaten. Young attorney Yoon Jin Won (Yoon Kye Sang) is assigned to defend Jae Ho and becomes suspicious of the case. With the help of passionate reporter Gong Soo Kyung (Kim Ok Bin) and fellow lawyer Jang Dae Seok (Yu Hae Jin), Jin Won vows to look for the truth.

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Product Title: Minority Opinion (DVD) (Korea Version) Minority Opinion (DVD) (韓國版) Minority Opinion (DVD) (韩国版) 国選弁護人ユン・ジンウォン (DVD) (韓国版) 소수의견 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: The Unfair 少數意見 少数意见 The Unfair The Unfair
Artist Name(s): Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Kwon Hae Hyo (Actor) | Kim Eui Sung (Actor) 尹 繼尚 (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 金玉嬪 (Actor) | 劉海鎮 (Actor) | 權海孝 (Actor) | 金義城 (Actor) 尹 继尚 (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 金玉嫔 (Actor) | 刘海镇 (Actor) | 权海孝 (Actor) | 金义城 (Actor) ユン・ゲサン (GOD) (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | キム・オクビン (Actor) | ユ・ヘジン (Actor) | クォン・ヘヒョ (Actor) | Kim Eui Sung (Actor) 윤 계상 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 김옥빈 (Actor) | 유해진 (Actor) | 권해효 (Actor) | 김의성 (Actor)
Release Date: 2017-07-06
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country 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: DMA Entertainment (Korea)
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1060423368

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소수의견 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format:1.85:1아나몰픽 와이드스크린
*Sound Mix:한국어 돌비 디지털 5.1

*Director:김성제

- 강제 철거현장, 열여섯 철거민 소년과 스무 살 의경의 죽음. 당신의 판결은?
21세기 대한민국의 냉철한 보고서 <소수의견>
- 다윗과 골리앗의 싸움, 치열한 법정 공방, 국가배상청구소송 청구금액 100원!
국민참여재판까지! 눈을 뗄 수 없는 긴장감! 법정드라마 본연의 재미 <소수의견>
- 피고 이경영, 변호인단 윤계상과 유해진. 검찰 김의성, 재판장 권해효,
기자 김옥빈, 피해자 아버지 장광, 증인 엄태구, 큰손 김종수. 강렬 앙상블 <소수의견>

“피고는 경찰이 아들을 죽였다고 하고, 검사는 철거용역이라고 한다
원고 국민, 피고 대한민국을 상대로 진실을 묻다!”
지방대 출신, 학벌 후지고, 경력도 후진 2년차 국선변호사 윤진원(윤계상). 강제철거 현장에서 열여섯 살 아들을 잃고, 경찰을 죽인 현행범으로 체포된 철거민 박재호(이경영)의 변론을 맡게 된다. 그러나 구치소에서 만난 박재호는 아들을 죽인 건 철거깡패가 아니라 경찰이라며 정당방위에 의한 무죄를 주장한다.

변호인에게도 완벽하게 차단된 경찰 기록, 사건을 조작하고 은폐하려는 듯한 검찰, 유독 이 사건에 관심을 갖고 접근해오는 신문기자 수경(김옥빈). 진원은 단순한 살인 사건이 아님을 직감하고, 선배인 이혼전문 변호사 대석(유해진)에게 사건을 함께 파헤칠 것을 제안한다.

경찰 작전 중에 벌어진, 국가가 책임져야 할 살인사건, 진압 중에 박재호의 아들을 죽인 국가에게 잘못을 인정 받기 위해 진원과 대석은, 국민참여재판 및 ‘100원 국가배상청구소송’이라는 과감한 선택을 하는데…
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Professional Review of "Minority Opinion (DVD) (Korea Version)"

September 21, 2017

Also known as The Unfair and based upon the novel by Son Ah-ram, Minority Opinion is a Korean legal drama inspired by a real-life incident involving a forced urban eviction that resulted in several deaths. Directed by Kim Sung-je, making his debut after having served as producer on the likes of Blood Rain, No Blood No Tears and others, the film was a controversial affair due to its harsh and close to the bone view of the government, and perhaps as a result didn't make it to cinemas until nearly two years after it wrapped shooting in 2013, only making it to Korean DVD in 2017, despite it having won a list of prestigious awards on its original release.

The film opens in January 20th 2009, with residents of a building in Yongsan district being forcibly evicted to make way for an urban renewal development scheme. Some of the tenants resist, and violence ensues when the police are sent in, resulting in the death of one officer and five demonstrators, including the son of Park Jae-ho (Lee Kyung-young, Inside Men), who claims to have accidentally killed the policeman in self-defence. His case is assigned to a reluctant rookie public attorney called Yoon Jin-won (Yoon Kye-sang, The Bacchus Lady), who quickly comes to realise that there's more going on, and he joins forces with reporter Gong Soo-kyung (Kim Ok-bin, 11 A.M.) and colleague Jang Dae-seok (Yu Hae-jin, Luck-Key) to uncover the truth, whatever the personal cost might be.

The Unfair is arguably a more fitting title than Minority Opinion for Kim Sung-je's debut, as it's a film whose raison d'être is to expose the corruption and impenetrable bias at the heart of the Korean governing and legal structures, something it carries out with admirable, unflagging dedication. Kafkaesque is an oft-used phrase, though it certainly applies here, depicting Yoon Jin-won coming up against barrier after illogical barrier, the rules and supposed ethics of the system seeming to be in place purely to frustrate his efforts, and by extension those of everyday people wishing to question the ruling order. Like all good films of its type, the plot finds his targets having airtight protection or exemption from prosecution, all being connected behind the scenes, and while things start out focused on the murder case, a wide-reaching conspiracy involving the government is soon revealed.

While on the one hand the film is not particularly cinematic, Kim's down to earth approach makes things more grounded, and what it lacks in the more popcorn style entertainment of say Yang Woo-Seok's 2013 Song Kang-ho starring hit The Attorney, it makes up for in believability. It's this which gives the film its power and sense of justifiable anger, almost to the point of it feeling like an activist work, and it's easy to see why it was named one of the Top 10 Films of the Year at the 2015 Korean Association of Film Critics' Awards, as well as winning Best Screenplay at the 2015 Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Buil Film Awards.

The downside to this is that the film is very dialogue-heavy and dense, most of the two hours plus running time being taken up with conversations revolving around legal issues and jargon – a knowledge of or interest in the Korean legal system isn't a prerequisite, though it'll certainly help viewers hoping to get the most from the film. As a result, for some audiences, while the hampering of Yoon's attempts to break the case may entertain to a point, the complexities and bare-faced openness of his enemies’ tactics and chicanery will likely stretch credulity, even if this is partly down to some less than wise lawerly choices by Yoon himself. The courtroom scenes do drag in places, some of them going on for a fair amount of time, and while this is very much in-keeping with Kim’s aims and take on the material, it means that the film will be more engaging for some viewers than others, and is undeniably a bit dry.

Some fine performances help alleviate this, with Yoon Kye-sang successfully carrying the lead role and making Yoon more sympathetic and engaging than the usual lawyer with a growing conscience type of protagonist – while there are life lessons to be learned, the film has enough moral grey areas top keep things interesting. While both Yu Hae-jin and Kim Ok-bin are rather wasted in roles which basically exist to inject a little humour and to keep the plot moving, Lee Kyung-young impresses as Park Jae-ho, being awarded Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 Buil Film Awards and the 2016 Baeksang Arts Awards for his efforts. While the deaths of his son and the police officer drift into the background somewhat, his earnest turn as the tortured man gives the film emotional weight, preventing it becoming too much of a procedural.

Minority Opinion is exactly the kind of film that usually gets described as being 'worthy', and it's certainly deserving of praise for its pursuit of justice and tackling of controversial subjects. While Kim Sung-je's debut isn’t exactly entertaining in the usual cinematic sense of the word, there's much here for patient viewers to get to grips with, and it's good to see a film being brave in the face of reduced commercial prospects.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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