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Now and Forever (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-away Version) DVD Region 3

Choi Ji Woo (Actor) | Jo Han Sun (Actor) | Choi Sung Kook (Actor)
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Now and Forever (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-away Version)
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The always lovely Choi Ji Woo (Stairway To Heaven and Everybody Has Secrets) and handsome Jo Han Sun (Romance Of Their Own) come together for this moving tale of romance and fate. Min Su (Jo) is your typical Korean playboy. As far as he is concerned there is no such thing as true love - it is all just a game - and women are the prizes. Until that is, he crosses paths with the enchanting beauty, Hye Won (Choi).

Choi has just escaped from an oppressive hospital when she runs into our skeptical hero - only for her to make an instant impression on him. The second time they meet is when Hye Won seeks refuge in the hospital men's room, hiding from a nurse! Who should be in there, but Min Su who is now captivated by this bold and unique woman. But Hye Won resists his advances, and is in fact harboring a tragic secret. She is in fact suffering from a terminal illness and is not expecting to live much longer. She couldn't possibly allow Min Su to fall in love with her - only to then watch her die. Or could she?

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Product Title: Now and Forever (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-away Version) 連理枝 (DVD) (香港版) (Give-away Version) 连理枝 (DVD) (香港版) (Give-away Version) 連理の枝 Now and Forever (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-away Version)
Artist Name(s): Choi Ji Woo (Actor) | Jo Han Sun (Actor) | Choi Sung Kook (Actor) 崔 智友 (Actor) | 趙漢善 (Actor) | 崔成國 (Actor) 崔 智友 (Actor) | 赵汉善 (Actor) | 崔成国 (Actor) チェ・ジウ (Actor) | チョ・ハンソン (Actor) | チェ・ソングク (Actor) 최지우 (Actor) | 조 한선 (Actor) | 최성국 (Actor)
Release Date: 2015-03-23
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
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: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1039020797

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Now and Forever (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-away Version)

* Screen Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1

導演︰金成中
Director: Kim Seong-jung

  民洙是個不相信愛情的男人,他認為愛情只是遊戲,每次都要搶先說分手。惠媛是個樂觀快樂的女孩子,但她的生命快將走到盡頭。在一個雨夜,兩個性格迥異的人偶遇,掀開一段淒美愛情故事的序幕……

  慶民是民洙的同事兼好友。每次見到心上人,他都會變得很害羞、扭扭捏捏。化妝師秀真是惠媛的好友,談起愛情來理論多多、似是看透男女關係的本質,其實只是虛有其表。

  這兩對男女都害怕受傷、不敢放膽去愛,但他們慢慢學懂忠於自己的感覺,最後勇敢迎接愛一個人跌宕悲喜,譜出兩段超越時空、刻骨銘心的戀曲。

  Min-su goes through meaningless relationships, thinking that love is nothing but a game. On the other hand, Hye-won is a happy, optimistic, and innocent girl who has a limited time left to live. On a rainy day, they run into each other like magic, which leads into a heartwarming love.

  Kyung-min is both a friend and colleague of Min-su. He becomes shy and timid before a girl that he likes. Su-jin, a makeup artist, is a friend of Su-jin's. She knows everything there's to know about love in theory. In reality, she's a stranger to love.

  Beginning of an heartwarming love - Now and Forever These two couples hesitate before love, afraid of giving and receiving broken hearts. But as they become more honest with their feelings, they finally open their eyes to true love, helping each other in times of both happiness and pain.
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June 19, 2006

This professional review refers to Now and Forever (DVD) (Korea Version)
Lee Min-su (Jo Han Sun) awakens early in the morning and, leaving the bed that he shares with a young woman, dresses for work. On the way he takes a call from a young woman who's falling in love with him but whom he dials off with a story about leaving the country and being en route to the airport. The girl that he leaves behind in the bed asks why he lied to her. "I didn't", he says, clearly doing so again. As he leaves for the office, a third lie escapes his lips, one in which he asks the woman with whom he's spent the night not to change her phone number so he can call her the minute that he returns. Opening the door to go no further than to work, he says goodbye but, this time, he would appear to mean it.

On his way into the city where the games company that he owns with Kyung-min (Seong-guk Choi) has its office, he flirts with the driver of a sports car in the next lane but crashes into the back of the vehicle in front when the lights unexpectedly change. With Kyung-min worrying about the effect that whiplash might have on the value of the company, in spite of it crossing the all-important threshold of ten thousand simultaneous users of their online software, he persuades and drives Min-su to the hospital, unaware that his partner will treat it with none of the seriousness that it deserves. For Min-su, life is no more than a string of opportunities to meet women and to make money. And so it proves once again, with Min-su asking Kyung-min to stop to offer Han Hye-won (Choi Ji Woo) a lift to the hospital, where, through a coincidence it would appear, they both have appointments.

Parting at the door, Min-su finds that Hye-won has left her mobile phone in the car and through his charm, cockiness and not inconsiderable wealth, as well as her mobile handset, he goes about wooing her. But she's not awfully impressed, telling him that they will not be anything other than friends until he apologises to and earns the forgiveness of every woman that he's ever treated poorly. But in doing so, she keeps a secret from Min-su, one that he may not be able to forgive her for. At least not until they find a love that, at first, escapes them.

A lightly comic romance is, one imagines, a difficult type of film to successfully pull off. Make it too funny early in the film and the audience might refuse to come with the makers as they attempt to add moments of pathos. Make the scenes of heartbreak too plentiful and audiences might wonder if the comedy is entirely suitable. It may well be difficult to truly terrify an audience - note the number of horror films that fail miserably at doing just that - but one can argue that to strike the fine balance between comedy and tragedy is equally demanding, even of the finest filmmakers. As such, there's something of a celebration even if a film only gets some way there, as Richard Curtis did with the sometimes-mawkish Love, Actually, but it's something that director Kim Seong-jung has accomplished with ease with Now And Forever.

Without giving much away, the fine comedy of the first third of the film gives away to utter sadness as Now And Forever plays out. Much happens in it that I won't describe here, nor have I described above, as Kim Seong-jung holds something back, only to reveal them during the playing of the film. One, which comes late in Now And Forever, comes out of the blue and is genuinely shocking, leaving the audience questioning whatever conclusions they had previously drawn. Others are more obvious. We know, for example, that from her being a patient at the hospital, Hye-won is not well but the freedom that she enjoys suggests that she is on the mend. Or is she? When she and Min-su enjoy a meal at a restaurant to celebrate her birthday, is she really one year older or does the twinkle in her eyes suggest that this, like so much else, is simply her way of having fun. And how much of what she draws Min-su into is just that, the enjoying of an uncomplicated relationship so long as it lasts.

Kim Seong-jung does well to wrap his film in light comedy, some of it with Hye-won and Min-su, but a large part of it coming from the other relationship in the film, that of Kyung-min and Soo-jin (Seo Young Hee). Definitely the supporting actors, there's still a wealth of funny, surprising moments in their affair, probably none better than when Soo-jin gets Kyung-min a part in a film that she's working on, only for him to plunge himself into it with a seriousness that his bit-part doesn't deserve. The shot of the three stars of Now And Forever laughing along with Kyung-min and his performance in this film as it receives its premiere is one of the warmest in the film, the initial awkwardness between the four giving way to love and friendship.

But for all the laughs, Now And Forever eventually gives way to swooning romance, and its last twenty minutes is hard to beat for allowing one to enjoy a good cry. Try as one might, so heartbreaking is Now And Forever, that one has no choice to simply give in to it, swallow one's pride and let the tears flow. The manner in which the early comedy gives way to moving drama is impressive indeed, leaving Now And Forever a remarkable film and one deserving of a larger audience in the West.

A/V
A perfectly acceptable disc, Now And Forever is not a film that depends on a startlingly beautiful transfer but almost has one nonetheless. Initially, though, it's quite an ordinary one but occasional scenes, such as the meal in the restaurant to celebrate Hye-won's birthday, stand out as being particularly good and one then begins to notice just how good this film is. Granted, it tends to be the more intimate scenes that work best on the disc, where it shows a clarity that's lacking in the busier scenes. With that in mind, the final third of the film looks best on the DVD with the rural setting suiting the transfer better than the earlier, urban setting.

This Limited Edition comes with a choice between DD5.1 and DTS audio tracks and good though both are, the latter is excellent, having clarity, subtlety and a good dynamic range. It is particularly excellent in the later scenes set in the countryside during a visit that Hye-won pays to her father, when it allows the ambience of the small fishing village to be heard over the wash of the sea. It is really rather good throughout, though, with this being a highlight in a transfer that's of a very high standard.

Finally, there are English and Korean subtitles.

Extras
The film comes with a Commentary by the director and music director, but it is in Korean and not subtitled, leaving it something that offers little to those who are not fluent in that language. On to the second disc and the producers of this DVD seem to have taken an international audience into account in their planning of the features with several of the extras entirely without a language track but are, instead, scored by music from the soundtrack. The Making Of (19m34s), for example, doesn't really offer any interviews with the cast and crew but, instead, provides behind-the-scenes glimpses of the production with the actors on location and pre-shooting talks with director Kim Seong-jung.

Fun! Fun! NG Parade (14m10s) appears to be a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of eleven scenes in the film, which often break down in the manner of bloopers, whilst the OST Mini Concert (15m20s) is just that, footage of a concert where the soundtrack was performed shot from high in the stands and intercut with interviews with the cast, who appear between songs. Poster Shooting Place (5m55s) is, as the title describes, a behind-the-scenes look at the photographic session that produced the lovely poster art and shows how the on-set fooling around compares to the final image.

The next section of the extras disc is concerned with promotion and features a Press Conference on the Production (2m47s), a Press and VIP Premiere (3m41s) and a Press Interview and Premiere in Japan (6m43s). All of these are in Korean and are without English subtitles but the second of them is completely without dialogue even, oddly, during a question-and-answer session. This is followed by five interviews with Choi Ji Woo (2m12s), Jo Han Sun (2m28s), Choi Sung Kook (5m11s), Seo Young Hee (2m53s) and music director Park Kyoung Jin (9m22s). All of these interviews are in Korean and are without English subtitles. The final bonus features on the second disc in the set are a Stills Gallery (2m24s), a Music Video (4m29s) and a Trailer (2m58s).

However, the best extra material in this three-disc set is probably the bonus CD that comes with the two DVDs, which contains the Official Soundtrack to the film. A mix of instrumental music and songs, this works best soon after a watching of the film when it prods one's memory to the unbelievable sadness of Now And Forever's final scenes. Finally, there is a pack of five postcards and a small strip of, in my set, four film cells. It is, though, a beautifully packaged release, even amongst the best that I've seen, which probably counts for something when deciding on how to rate this Limited Edition for extras.

Overall
A superb film in a simply gorgeous package, this is a fine example of what a Limited Edition ought to be like, being eminently collectable. Granted that some of the extra material has little appeal to an English-speaking audience but the film and the soundtrack CD more than make up for that, leaving Now And Forever a wonderful romantic comedy that becomes an equally wonderful romantic drama.

by Eamonn McCusker - DVD Times

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Customer Review of "Now and Forever (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) (Give-away Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (17)

Kevin Kennedy
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September 2, 2010

This customer review refers to Now and Forever (2006) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
If your girlfriend lives in a hospital, ask why Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
"Now and Forever" introduces us to playboy Min Su (Jo Han Sun) and his shy buddy Kyung Min (Choi Sung Kook) who meet pretty Hye Won (Choi Ji Woo) when their car splashes water on her as she waits at a bus stop. Min Su offers to give the soaked girl a ride, then takes advantage of the opportunity to hit on her. Hye Won's resistance to his advances only encourages Min Su to try harder. Soon quirky Hye Won has won Min Su's heart and even shy Kyung Min is beginning a romance with Hye Won's best friend Soo Jin (Seo Young Hee).

The opening scenes are played as very broad (perhaps overbroad) comedy before the film settles into a very entertaining romantic comedy groove. The friendship between the two male characters rings true, as does the relationship between the female leads. The romances that develop between the pairings are very sweet and spiced with plenty of good laughs, particularly in a sequence in which Kyung Min visits a film set at which Soo Jin is working only to find himself pressed into service as an extra, an assignment he takes very seriously indeed.

The film takes a sharp turn to the maudlin when it is revealed that Hye Won has a terminal illness. The viewer is left to ponder why Min Su never bothered to ask Hye Won why she resides in a hospital; it seems a rather obvious question! While the film's cast skillfully plays the melodramatic elements to the hilt, the film simply became too manipulative for me, as one woe is piled atop another. Instead of bringing tears to my eyes, the movie's last reel had me squirming in my seat. In sum, there are plenty of good moments in "Now and Forever", but the film's overcooked ending put me off.
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July 7, 2007

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choi ji woo does it agen Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Choi ji woo does it agen as she captivates the audience with her simple smile and optimistic energy. But the story is that of a typical kmovie, nothing really special, no beautiful ppl except choi ji woo. I don't highly recommend this as much as "The Restless", but as a choi ji woo fan it is a movie to be added to your list of must sees. i give 7/10
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April 23, 2007

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love the movie. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love sad movie the most for some reason. And this one falls in that category. If you have seen The Classic, then this one is a must-see in my opinion. Both characters did a splendid job in their acting. I love the way the story flow together. If you like sad movie, then this one is for you. And the Limited Edition set is aweseome as it contains a digipack with a film cell.
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March 31, 2007

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Another Korean Formula Film Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
This is just another korean formula film ...of course somebody gets to die... but the twist in the end is truly unecessary. its not even shocking or heartbreaking anymore. I hope I get to watch cho ji woo in a diffrent kind of movie like sassy girl. ...
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October 14, 2006

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depressing movie Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Now and Forever it is a depressing movie. sure in the begin of the movie Choi Ji Woo and Jo Han Sun look cool and cute together. there are some funny scenes in the first part. then it starts to slowly get depressing and to the very end. the end of it is very twisted and depressing. notice the title is Now and Forever. that should give you hint of how depressing it is. the two fall in love and it is forever. at first it is happy and then it gets depressing.
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