Ode to My Father (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3
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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.
This edition includes audio commentary by director and actors.
|Product Title:||Ode to My Father (DVD) (Korea Version) 半世紀的諾言 (DVD) (韓國版) 半世纪的诺言 (DVD) (韩国版) 国際市場で逢いましょう (DVD) (韓国版) 국제시장 (DVD) (보급판) (한국판)|
|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|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1071482107|
*Sound mix:한국어 Dolby Digital 5.1
*Screen format:2.35 : 1 아나몰픽 와이드스크린
- 1,145만 관객 동원한 <해운대> 윤제균 감독
- 진정성의 아이콘 황정민, ‘국민 아버지’로 돌아오다!
- 김윤진, 오달수, 정진영, 장영남, 라미란, 김슬기 등
대한민국 대표 배우와 스크린 기대주의 최강 앙상블!
- 윤제균 감독, 황정민, 오달수가 펼치는 코멘터리!
- <도둑들> 최영환 촬영감독, <괴물> 류성희 미술감독,
<관상> 이병우 음악감독, <명량> 권유진 & 임승희 의상감독,
한태정 VFX 슈퍼바이저
대한민국 영화계를 대표하는 스페셜리스트 총출동!
- Commentary by 윤제균 감독, 황정민, 오달수
‘가장 평범한 아버지의 가장 위대한 이야기’
1950년대 한국전쟁 이후로부터 현재에 이르기까지 격변의 시대를 관통하며 살아온 우리 시대 아버지 ‘덕수’(황정민 분), 그는 하고 싶은 것도 되고 싶은 것도 많았지만 평생 단 한번도 자신을 위해 살아본 적이 없다. ‘괜찮다’ 웃어 보이고 ‘다행이다’ 눈물 훔치며 힘들었던 그때 그 시절, 오직 가족을 위해 굳세게 살아온 우리들의 아버지 이야기가 지금부터 시작된다.
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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.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com