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My Brilliant Life (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Song Hye Kyo (Actor) | Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Kim Kap Soo (Actor) | Beck Il Sub (Actor)
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Directed by E J Yong (Behind the Camera), the touching melodrama My Brilliant Life stars popular actors Kang Dong Won and Song Hye Kyo as the parents of a child with advanced aging disorder. Based on Kim Ae Ran's best-selling novel, the heartrending tearjerker fills its story of love and family with warmth and gentle humor, anchored by a mature-beyond-his-years performance by child actor Jo Sung Mok.

Dae Su (Kang Dong Won) and Mi Ra (Song Hye Kyo) became parents when they were only teenagers, and at times, the hardworking couple still come across as immature. They have, however, the world's most mature child. Born with a rare genetic disorder, Ah Reum (Jo Sung Mok) ages far faster than everyone else. At age 17, he has the frail body of an 80-year-old. As his birthday nears, Ah Reum, sensing that he may not have much time left, prepares a gift for the parents who have raised him with such love and care.

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Product Title: My Brilliant Life (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 噗通噗通我的人生 (2014) (DVD) (台灣版) 噗通噗通我的人生 (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) ドキドキ私の人生 (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) 두근두근 내 인생
Also known as: 我的忐忑人生 我的忐忑人生
Artist Name(s): Song Hye Kyo (Actor) | Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Kim Kap Soo (Actor) | Beck Il Sub (Actor) | Lee Sung Min (Actor) | Jo Sung Mok | Chae Seo Jin | Heo Jun Seok (Actor) 宋 慧喬 (Actor) | 姜東元 (Actor) | 金 甲洙 (Actor) | 白日燮 (Actor) | 李聖旻 (Actor) | Jo Sung Mok | Chae Seo Jin | 許 俊碩 (Actor) 宋 慧乔 (Actor) | 姜东元 (Actor) | 金 甲洙 (Actor) | 白日燮 (Actor) | 李圣旻 (Actor) | Jo Sung Mok | Chae Seo Jin | 许 俊硕 (Actor) ソン・ヘギョ (Actor) | カン・ドンウォン (Actor) | キム・ガプス (Actor) | ペク・イルソプ (Actor) | イ・ソンミン (Actor) | チョ・ソンモク | チェ・ソジン | Heo Jun Seok (Actor) 송 혜교 (Actor) | 강동원 (Actor) | 김 갑수 (Actor) | 백일섭 (Actor) | 이성민 (Actor) | 조성목 | 채 서진 | 허 준석 (Actor)
Director: E J Yong 李在容 李在容 イ・ジェヨン 이재용
Release Date: 2015-01-28
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 116 (mins)
Publisher: Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)
Package Weight: 115 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038221308

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Professional Review of "My Brilliant Life (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

February 24, 2015

This professional review refers to My Brilliant Life (2014) (DVD) (Korea Version)
Director E J-yong follows his delightful Korean film industry mockumentary Behind the Camera with something far more traditional in My Brilliant Life, dealing with the ever-popular subject of incurable illness. Based upon the best-selling novel My Palpitating Life by Kim Ae-ran, the film has a top pair of leads in the form of popular television actress Song Hye-kyo, who also featured in the pan-Asian blockbuster productions The Grandmaster and The Crossing, and Kang Dong-won, recently in Kundo: Age of the Rampant, who star alongside young actor Jo Sung-mok as the unfortunate boy at the centre of the story.

Kang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo play husband and wife couple Dae Su and Mi Ra, who had a rocky start to adulthood after having a baby at the painfully young age of 17. Unfortunately for them, life has been even more difficult, with their child Ah Reum (Jo Sung-mok) being born with Progeria syndrome, an incurable condition which sees him aging at a rapid rate. The film begins with Ah Reum aged 17 but with the body of an 80 year old man, facing up to the fact that he may not live to see his 18th birthday, while Dae Su and Mi Ra struggle to raise money for his hospital fees and to deal with the fact that their son will soon be leaving them. After a television crew makes a documentary program about Ah Reum, he starts to receive emails from another sick child, a young girl whose messages give him comfort and hope.

Considering the subject matter, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that My Brilliant Life really is an all-out tearjerker, E J-yong leaving no heartstring untugged in his quest to bring on the waterworks. Obviously this means that the film is aimed directly at a certain audience demographic, and indeed, it's not one for all viewers, though judged on its own merits and against the standards of the genre, it does manage to tick all the right boxes. What it might lack in realism, in particular when it comes to the oddly comfortable middleclass living standards enjoyed by Dae Su and Mi Ra despite their many problems, the film definitely make up for in niceness, with pretty much every character being good-hearted and decent - even the one or two vaguely villainous figures turn out to have tragic backstories of their own. Thankfully E J-yong prevents the film from ever being too cloying or over the top, and it comes across as having a valuable and moving sense of sincerity rather than being marked with the cheap-shots that often let others of the type down. Though the tragedy is laid on thickly towards the end this was always going to be the case, and the final act has by this stage at least earned the right to pull out the stops in eliciting tears from the viewer, which is, after all, why most will have chosen to watch the film in the first place.

To his credit, E J-yong boosts the film by working in a few subplots here and there, and the television show angle and the mystery of the emails Ah Reum receives in particular are solid in helping to make it somewhat more than a straightforward tale of woe. A later narrative strand involving Dae Su having to balance working a new job with spending time with his son before the end isn't quite so engaging, but the film does try to use this to keep things grounded, dealing with themes of guilt and responsibility to reasonable effect, the contrast between different types of maturity emerging as a key theme. A development revolving around Ah Reum writing a story about how his parents met and fell in love also adds touches of nostalgia and romance, making sure that the film really does cover all possible bases, and again Yong proves himself a skilful enough storyteller and judge of character to ensure that it doesn't feel tacked on or out of place.

For a film whose point is to make the viewer cry, My Brilliant Life is more substantial than most, and E J-yong has done a creditable job here of taking a potentially exploitative story and turning it into something genuinely touching. Though hard to recommend to anyone not interested in seeing a plucky young boy inch towards death while his well-meaning parents try to cope, it should certainly be appreciated by fans of the form or anyone fancying a couple of hours of holding back the tears.

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Customer Review of "My Brilliant Life (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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

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February 18, 2015

This customer review refers to My Brilliant Life (2014) (DVD) (Korea Version)
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A very brilliant movie (A) Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A mix of humorous melodrama and tearjerker sentiment, ‘My Brilliant Life’ has excellent credits going for it. Seong-mok Jo is excellent as the progeria (age accelerating disease) suffering Ah-ruem; Seong-mok’s incredibly life like aging effects to make him look 80 years old; the emphasis on Ah-ruem’s mature character, him facing a very short life. All this could seem a depressing tale, which in sad sentiment it is at the finish, but illuminating how Ah-ruem endeavours on ‘poetically’ in his mature self (with understandable frustrations) through adversity by his rare rapid aging condition. But sadness is contrasted by the part immature parent characters of Dae-soo (Dong won Kang) and Mi-ra (Hye-kyo Song), who certainly help make this a heart warming movie. Dae-soo and Mi-ra are a couple of endearing plonkers by their past teen exploits, Mi-ra getting pregnant from Dae-soo at 17 and then getting labelled ‘s**t-head princess’ by her disappointed father, bonking Mi-ra over the head with a stick. Dae-soo getting chased by angry locals for putting Mi-ra in the club – that sort of thing. Of course Dae-soo and Mi-ra love each other in only the kooky way they can and their love - it’s all so natural. As, too, like when both had first met. At that time lonely Dae-soo wished the wind goddess would send him a girlfriend as he bathes naked in a woodland water pool – and then out of ‘nowhere’ Mi-ra jumps in the pool to escape a swarm of bees after she had inadvertently blundered into their nest. The winds of fate and ‘coincidence’ had been accomplished!

Mi-ra though had dropped into despair over her unexpected pregnancy and blamed herself for Ah-ruem’s rare condition. If only Mi-ra hadn’t wished the baby to never be born, maybe Ah-ruem wouldn’t have suffered his progeria. Speculation and with the exceedingly mature minded Ah-ruem attending regular hospital visits and taking so much medication for his ever weakening condition, his main objective is writing poetry on his computer. Poetry about the people he loves - his caring doofus parents, his best friend neighbour old Mr Jang (Il-seob Baek), who Ah-ruem laughs and talks ‘old people stuff’ to, to pass the time with and also a girl who contacts Ah-ruem to help keep his spirits up. A girl like Ah-ruem with a sever bone marrow condition. But Ah-ruem is also a celebrity regularly interviewed on a weekly TV show helmed by producer Seung-chan (Joon-seok Heo) to fund money for Ah-ruem’s hospital care.
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February 18, 2015

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A very brilliant movie (B) Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Ah-ruem feels by the TV show a way he can pay back his parents for their burden of looking after him. But Dae-soo and Mi-ra live in denial that Ah-ruem as only a month to live. But with Ah-ruem's 17th birthday nearing, his parents are determined to make their son’s final day’s happy ones. But Ah-ruem, too, has only compassionate thoughts for his parents in his last poetic words for them.

There’s always something positive being revealed beneath the surface overlay of misunderstood helplessness. Progeria is a rare condition (around 100 or so born with the condition worldwide?) and the life expectancy seems to be around the age of 17. But its interesting how Ah-ruem has an incredible positive mind, and people with progeria can also be likewise. But why do such things happen like this? Although not born with progeria, physicist Stephen Hawking, highly intelligent about the scientific universe, is blighted by a crippling ALS condition? Again having such life restrictions seems not to cripple the mind or intellect as SH is happy to project his fortitude and positive mind and inner brilliance. Are some of us are born ‘ill’ to put pause to others concerning the speed of life? Suffers like these seem to be ‘teachers’ of some sort. But does a new born soul crystallize into a physical form that the body then takes on the soul’s condition - that DNA is then subject to that soul? But why rapid aging or sudden body lock? One day I guess we can find out.

My Brilliant Life works well blending Ah-ruem’s age condition with mirth and optimism through adversity. If needing to get better in life, laughter, light and happiness surely merit. If this movie was one big depressing show of suffering, it can then only project that...suffering. Dae-soo and Mi-ra hold exuberant parental roles of their youth as adults and bring balance to the sad story, but they love their son Ah-ruem dearly. Ah-ruem and Mr Jang’s tete-a-tete are also very humbling, humorous and endearing. And there is also a guest appearance of Girls’ Generation TTS (TaeYeon being one of Ah-ruem’s favourite things). The cinematography of green is also good - trees, water and life. Dong won is also good to see back in movies again. He just doesn’t seem like he’s left.

This DVD edition of the movie is all regions (1- 6) and a movie certainly worth seeing.
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