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Ode To My Father (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Kim Yoon Jin (Actor) | Yoon Je Kyun (Director) | Jung Jin Young (Actor)
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Blockbuster director Yoon Je Kyun (Haeundae) pays tribute to his parents and the sacrifices of their generation with Ode To My Father, a big-budget epic melodrama charting the ups and downs of one family against the tumult of modern Korean history. Acclaimed actor Hwang Jung Min (Fists of Legend) plays a simple, warmhearted man who travels far and wide and experiences myriad trials and tribulations, all for the sake of his family and a childhood promise that would shape a lifetime. Spanning from the Korean War to the present day, the heartfelt tearjerker was a massive hit with audiences and turned into the second biggest Korean film of all time. Besides Hwang Jung Min, the film also co-stars the award-winning lineup of Kim Yoon Jin (The Neighbors), Jung Jin Young (Gangnam Blues), Jang Young Nam (A Werewolf Boy), Oh Dal Soo (Miracle in Cell No. 7) and Ra Mi Ran (Hope). Ode to My Father swept the top prizes at the 52nd Daejong Film Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

In December 1950, Duk Soo (Hwang Jung Min) and his family were one of many fleeing south in the wake of the Korean War. During the evacuation, Duk Soo, a young boy at the time, loses sight of his little sister. His father stays to search for her, and entrusts the rest of the family in Duk Soo's care. From that day on, Duk Soo would become the head of the household, toiling endlessly at all kinds of jobs in order to support the family and to keep his promise with his father. That promise would bring him as far as the coal mines of Germany and wartorn Vietnam, as he bears all in the hopes of providing his family a better life.

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Product Title: Ode To My Father (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 半世紀的諾言 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 半世纪的诺言 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 国際市場 (2014/韓国) (DVD) (香港版) 국제시장
Also known as: 國際市場 国際市場
Artist Name(s): Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Kim Yoon Jin (Actor) | Jung Jin Young (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (Actor) | Jang Young Nam (Actor) | Kim Seul Gi (Actor) | Jung Yun Ho (TVXQ) 黃 政民 (Actor) | 金允珍 (Actor) | 鄭進永 (Actor) | 羅美蘭 (Actor) | 吳達庶 (Actor) | 張英南 (Actor) | 金瑟琪 (Actor) | 允浩 (東方神起) 黄政民 (Actor) | 金允珍 (Actor) | 郑进永 (Actor) | 罗美兰 (Actor) | 吴达庶 (Actor) | 张英南 (Actor) | 金瑟琪 (Actor) | 允浩 (东方神起) ファン・ジョンミン (Actor) | キム・ユンジン (Actor) | チョン・ジニョン (Actor) | ラ・ミラン (Actor) | オ・ダルス (Actor) | チャン・ヨンナム (Actor) | キム・スルギ (Actor) | チョン・ユンホ 황 정민 (Actor) | 김 윤진 (Actor) | 정진영 (Actor) | 라미란 (Actor) | 오달수 (Actor) | 장영남 (Actor) | 김슬기 (Actor) | 유노윤호 (동방신기)
Director: Yoon Je Kyun 尹 濟均 尹 济均 ユン・ジェギュン 윤제균
Release Date: 2015-07-14
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 126 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044335872

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When the Korean War breaks out in 1950s, the young firstborn Duk-soo (Hwang jung-min) vows to take care of the whole family in place of his missing father. As Duk-soo matures, he becomes the breadwinner of the household and devotes himself to the risky coal mines of 1960s Germany, and even into the deadly jungle of the Vietnam War in 1970s ….. Duk-soo’s lifelong promise spans over half a century, guiding him through a monumental journey of hope, dedication, and personal sacrifices.
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August 14, 2015

This professional review refers to Ode to My Father (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Yoon Je-kyun, director of several massive box office smashes including Haeundae, Miracle on 1st Street and others, returns with another blockbuster in the form of melodramatic epic Ode to My Father. As its title suggests, the big budget film is a salute to Yoon's father and the generation which witnessed decades of change and strife for both Korea and the world, undergoing great suffering and trials as they fought to survive and protect their families. Headlined by award-winning actor Hwang Jung-min (New World), the film also boasts an impressive supporting cast that includes the likes of Kim Yoon-jin (The Neighbors), Jung Jin-young (Gangnam Blues), Jang Young-nam (A Werewolf Boy), Oh Dal-soo (Miracle in Cell No. 7) and Ra Mi-ran (Hope). Yoon again proved himself to have the winning touch and the film was a huge success, pulling in more than 14 million admissions and ranking as the country's second biggest hit to date.

Framed by scenes in the present day with the elderly Duk Soo (Hwang Jung-min) looking back over his life, the film begins with the evacuation of Hungnam in December 1950 during the Korean war, in which his father and younger sister were tragically lost. Settling in Busan with his mother and other siblings, the young Duk Soo takes on the mantle of the head of the household, doing any jobs he can to support his family, backed by his faithful friend Dal Gu (Oh Dal-soo). Determined to earn enough money to send his brother to university, he and Dal Gu head to Germany to work in the coal mines, where he meets beautiful nurse Young Ja (Kim Yoon-jin), who eventually follows him back to Korea. The two marry and have children, but financial difficulties again force Duk Soo to again go on his travels after the outbreak of the Vietnam War. Still haunted by the loss of his father and sister, his hopes of finding them are rekindled in the 1980s when families torn apart are reunited on live television as part of a nationwide campaign.

It's easy to see why Ode to My Father did so well in Korea, as it covers a variety of popular bases, including melodrama, romance, modern history and nationalism, with a strong focus on family values. These are all themes which Yoon Je Kyun has tackled before, most recently in tidal wave disaster tearjerker Haeundae, though thankfully he does a far better job here, having honed his technique considerably, dropping most of the cheap manipulation and shoddy plotting. While Ode doesn't really have much narrative drive, essentially leaping between key period in the past and the present day, it's well-structured and engaging, being one of the few films to actually make flashbacks work. As an overview of recent Korean history from the point of view of an everyday man the film is very effective, being at once intimate and sweepingly epic, Yoon switching gracefully between the two and always keeping the human element front and centre - something which proves a wise move, helping to ground the film while deflecting from (perhaps justifiable) accusations of it avoiding any kind of politics or criticism of the regimes of the periods it covers.

Although any film with such an ambitious historical and social scope runs the risk of its main character becoming a mere cypher, thanks in no small part to a fantastically likeable performance from the ever-versatile Hwang Jung-min, Duk Soo remains a believable and sympathetic figure throughout. Treated with obvious affection and respect by Yoon, Duk Soo's dogged dedication to his family and his willingness to make endless sacrifices mean that he's easy to root for, and this goes some way to explaining the film's appeal. The rest of the cast are similarly great, Kim Yoon-jin impressively understated as a reminder of the role of women during these tough times, and Oh Dal-soo again showing why he's one of Korea's most in-demand character actors. The quality of the cast, coupled with Yoon's more streamlined approach to melodrama make the film very moving, even for those who don's know much about Korean history, successfully tapping into some very universal emotions and concerns. Needless to say, the final act does go for the usual deluge of tears, though for once the heartstring tugging feels earned and genuine, showing a finesse rarely seen in the Korean genre.

What's perhaps most surprising about the film is how effective and spectacular its action scenes and set pieces are, comparing favourably with those in many recent big budget Korean war or disaster blockbusters. Thanks to the film's solid emotional core, these all come with a real sense of threat and urgency, and never feel like cheap trailer-friendly inserts or gratuitous excuses to knock off cast members. The special effects and production values are top notch and convincing, and Yoon wins extra points for not being afraid to let things get violent and grim when needed, underlining the chaos and cruelty of the times.

All of this not only makes Ode to My Father one of the best Korean melodramas of recent years, but one of the few which should appeal to those who understandably steer well clear of the genre. Well-deserving of its success, the film is arguably Yoon Je-kyun's best to date, and a worthy take on modern Korean history as seen through the eyes of an average family man.

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