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Ji Jin Hee (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | Lee Jong Hyuk (Actor) | Park Byung Eun (Actor)
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Do lives repeat themselves over generations? Best described as The Hours meets Seven Days, the exciting mystery-thriller Parallel Life supposes that people can live similar lives across generations, with events repeating on the exact same day in different years. It's a race against time as Ji Jin Hee (Soo) has to find his wife's murderer and figure out whether his life really does parallel another tragic life from 30 years ago. Writer Han Jeung Ae and director Kwon Ho Young balance the film's creative high concept with plenty of chills and thrills, keeping the audience at the edge of their seats.

Suk Hyun (Ji Jin Hee) is a promising young judge with a loving family and a promising future ahead. However, his life is shattered when his wife is murdered in cold blood. The case appears to be closed when Su Yung (Ha Jung Woo, The Chaser), who has a grudge against Suk Hyun for a previous case, is arrested and charged as the prime suspect with the help of prosecutor Gang Sung (Lee Jong Hyuk, Crush and Blush). However, a reporter approaches Suk Hyun and proves to him that he may be living the parallel life of another young judge from 30 years ago. If what the reporter says is true, then Suk Hyun has 16 days before Su Yung escapes from jail to kill him and his daughter.

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Product Title: Parallel Life (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Parallel Life (DVD) (初回限量版) (韓國版) Parallel Life (DVD) (初回限量版) (韩国版) パラレルライフ (初回限定版)(DVD) (韓国版) 평행이론 (DVD) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: 平衡理論 平衡理论 平行理論
Artist Name(s): Ji Jin Hee (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | Lee Jong Hyuk (Actor) | Park Byung Eun (Actor) | Yoon Se Ah (Actor) | Oh Ji Eun (Actor) 池 珍熙 (Actor) | 河政佑 (Actor) | 李 鐘赫 (Actor) | 朴秉恩 (Actor) | 尹世雅 (Actor) | 吳智恩 (Actor) 池珍熙 (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | 李 钟赫 (Actor) | 朴秉恩 (Actor) | 尹世雅 (Actor) | 吴智恩 (Actor) チ・ジニ (Actor) | ハ・ジョンウ (Actor) | イ・ジョンヒョク (Actor) | パク・ビョンウン (Actor) | ユン・セア (Actor) | Oh Ji Eun (Actor) 지 진희 (Actor) | 하정우 (Actor) | 이종혁 (Actor) | 박병은 (Actor) | 윤세아 (Actor) | 오지은 (Actor)
Director: Kwon Ho Young 權澔映 权澔映 Kwon Ho Young 권호영
Release Date: 2010-07-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place 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: CJ Entertainment
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022896671

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평행이론 (DVD) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1, NTSC
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
*Extras:
- 음성해설 : 권호영 감독, 지진희, 이종혁, 장원석 프로듀서
- 오디오 코멘터리
- 평행이론 Making Docu
- 권호영 감독 단편”그의 결혼식”
- 리허설
- 예고편

*Director: 권호영

- 누군가의 과거가 현재 진행형으로 반복된다! 긴박감을 더하는 신선한 소재, 평.행.이.론!
- 탄탄한 스토리, 스피디한 전개... 보는 재미를 더한다! 미드 스타일의 스릴러 영화 “평행이론”!
- 누군가의 삶이 내게 반복되고 있다! 30년 전 사건의 반복, 예견된 죽음. ‘평행이론’의 비밀을 풀지 못하면, 16일 후 나와 아이마저 죽는다!
- 실력파 제작진의 열정이 만났다! <살인의 추억>, <추격자>의 스탭과 <스파이더맨3>,<고스트 라이더>의 음악감독 참여!
- 100% 완벽한 캐릭터 매칭! 부드러운 카리스마의 지진희, “평행이론”에 휘말리다!


줄거리 (Synopsis)

누군가의 삶이 내게 반복되고 있다!
최연소 부장판사로 출세가도를 달리던 석현(지진희). 미모의 아내와 귀여운 딸까지 남부러울 것 없는 삶이지만 어느 날 그의 아내 ‘윤경’이 끔찍한 변사체로 발견되면서 혼란에 빠진다.
석현의 법대동기이자 ‘윤경’을 짝사랑해왔던 ‘강성(이종혁)’은 사건을 자진해 맡게 되고, 석현의 판결에 불만을 품어 온 ‘장수영(하정우)’을 살해범으로 검거해 서둘러 사건을 종결 짓는다. 한편 실의에 빠져 있던 석현은 사건담당 여기자로부터 석현이 과거의 인물인 한상준 판사와 똑 같은 삶을 살게 되는 ‘평행이론’에 휘말렸으며, 범인으로 검거된 ‘장수영’이 탈주해 석현과 석현의 딸을 살해할 것이라는 충격적인 경고를 듣게 된다.
서울대 법대 수석졸업, 최연소 부장판사임명, 미모의 아내 살해까지… 자신이 한상준과 30년의 시차를 두고 날짜까지 똑같은 삶을 살고 있음을 알게 된 석현은 점차 평행이론을 확신하게 되고, 30년 전 한상준 사건을 파헤치기 시작한다.

16일 후, 나와 내 딸마저 죽는다!
예견된 운명인가, 조작된 음모인가!
하지만 누군가 30년 전 자료를 의도적으로 파기하고 수사를 돕던 여기자마저 목이 졸려 살해당한 채 발견된다. 설상가상 윤경 살해범으로 체포됐던 장수영마저 30년 전 범인과 같은 날 도주하는데...
‘평행이론’대로라면, 16일 후 석현과 하나뿐인 딸마저 죽는다.
그는 ‘평행이론’에 숨겨진 비밀을 파헤치고, 예견된 결말을 바꿀 수 있을 것인가!

2월 18일, 당신이 믿었던 모든 것이 흔들린다!


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Professional Review of "Parallel Life (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

August 26, 2010

Parallel Life is a film with an interesting concept, that certain people can find themselves repeating the lives of others from years gone by, following the same series of events towards the same fate. Inevitably, director Kwon Ho Young and writer Han Jeung Ae use this idea to propel their protagonist, played by actor Ji Jin Hee (recently in the violent Soo) into an increasingly desperate situation, and as such the film is an interesting attempt to mix thrills and philosophy.

Ji Jin Hee plays Suk Hyun, a young judge rising fast up the ladder, who is known for making tough and uncompromising decisions. His carefully ordered life is thrown into chaos after his wife is brutally murdered, apparently by a former criminal called Su Yung (Ha Jung Woo, The Chaser) with a grudge against him for a past ruling. It soon becomes apparent that the case is far from closed, as a reporter contacts Suk Hyun, informing him that his life appears to be following the exact same path of another judge some 30 years back - a prediction which means that Su Young will shortly escape from jail to murder him and his daughter. With the help of prosecutor Gang Sung (Lee Jong Hyuk, also in the superb Crush and Blush), he desperately tries to stop this from happening whilst uncovering the dark truth behind the death of his unfortunate predecessor.

Parallel Life gets off to an engaging start, disorientating the viewer and dropping plenty of ominous hints as to the coming storm. It quickly becomes clear that writer director team Han and Kwon are aiming for a more thoughtful thriller than average, and they achieve this very well, keeping the film moving along at a good pace, whilst spending a fair amount of time exploring the central premise. The whole parallel life theory itself is quite fascinating, playing upon themes of coincidence and fate, and it helps to build tension and feelings of paranoia as the layers of the plot and its various conspiracies are skilfully unwrapped. Even if the viewer doesn't buy into this gambit, it still gives the film an involving structure and a definite momentum as it rushes towards its climax, with plenty of revelations and twists. Some of these don't quite work, and the film does try to pack in a few too many obviously Hitchcockian character reversals and red herrings into the last third, though it remains entertaining and gripping even when straining belief somewhat. Ji Jin Hee does a solid job in the lead role, with his initially unlikeable judge becoming gradually more sympathetic as the film goes on, not least due to the never ending series of trials and torments which befall him.

Kwon's direction is tight, and the film's action scenes help to add some well handled excitement that nicely offset its more ponderous moments, mostly in the form of chase scenes, with a few sudden shots of violence. As the film picks up speed during its latter stages, the camera work gets more kinetic, with some fast editing that thankfully never overdoes things with needless flashiness. The film does get pretty dark once all cards are on the table, and although the ending itself is fairly predictable, it still manages to end on a satisfyingly grim and ambiguous note, enough so to keep the viewer thinking after the credits have rolled.

All of this combines to mark Parallel Life as a superior suspense thriller, and as a film which proves that it is perfectly possible for genre efforts to be both exciting and thought provoking. Kwon Ho Young and writer Han Jeung Ae prove to be a potent team, turning what in other hands could have been a fairly silly high concept actioner into something far more rewarding.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Parallel Life (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

Rhoda
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November 15, 2010

1 people found this review helpful

A bit confusing Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
At first, will you have a hard time understanding the story....but as the movie progresses, it will show you two different time of two different people. What happened several years ago happened again in the same exact order.

I actually liked the twist of the story... it is only in the end that you will be able to understand the true killer of the film. I give am 8/10.
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October 11, 2010

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A Dark Replay of Events Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
“Parallel Life” isn’t a mere story of murder repeating itself due to a personal grudge or a type of psychological serial murder (although partly the case, too), but a parapsycholical thriller of 'parallelism' where dark events repeat themselves each side of a 30 year time line. Seok-hyun Kim (Jin-hee Ji) is appointed presiding judge due to his youthful fresh ideologies and celebrates his new career move with his wife Yoon-kyeong (Se-ah Yoon), little daughter Ye-jin (Sa-rang Park) and working associates at his home. But at the celebration Seok-hyun receives a sinister phone call by a man who threatens the lives of his family, and after the celebration, Seok-hun’s wife is found murdered at a local mountain range. Seok-hyun also meets a female reporter who later tells him about another young judge named Han in 1979 whose wife had also been murdered on the same date and time 30 years ago. Seok-hyun’s fate then begins to tragically duplicate, in minute details, the same pattern as the young judge Han in 1979, paralleling all situations of Seok-hyun’s darkest hours. Seok-hyun receives more threats from the sinister phone caller, later caught by the police and named as Soo-yeong (Jeong-woo Ha in ‘baddy’ mode again) who as a grudge against Seok-hyun’s professional judgement. But Seok-hyun learns that in ‘79 an arrested assailant connected to Han’s wife’s murder was later released by the police and murdered judge Han at his home. Fearing his own fate will end the same, Seok-hyun endeavours to prove Soo-yeong’s guilt and protect his little daughter at all costs, until a blighting dark secret is revealed turning everything in Seok-hyun’s life upside down.

Pulse racing moments here (a bit K-movie “Seven Days”) with a plot to keep you gripped to the very twisted end. As with most thrillers, crucial information is left out till the finish with only a revealing succession of bite sized revelations concerning judge Han’s full murder in 1979, to keep Seok-hyun’s ‘parallel’ situation suspenseful. No doubt “Parallel Life” as food for thought about life itself as being a mere mystery thriller with a twist. Does the past replay itself through people for a reason or does even the past itself really exist? Thoughts of the implicate as much as the explicate I think (you’ll have to read David Bohm books to know what I mean there). An unusual mystery thriller with well-crafted acting by Jin-hee Ji, Kang-seong Lee and Byeong-eun Park. Highly recommended!
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