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Pluto (2012) (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Lee David (Actor) | Sung Joon (Actor) | Kim Kkot Bi (Actor) | Jo Sung Ha (Actor)
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Pluto (2012) (DVD) (Korea Version)
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Garnering strong reviews at the Busan Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival, the blistering indie youth thriller Pluto takes high school bullying and academic competition to its cruel extreme. Directed by Shin Su Won (Passerby #3), the film is set at an intense prep school that holds many dark secrets. When the school's balance of power is disrupted, the consequences may drive everyone over the edge.

From the day Kim Joon (David Lee, Poetry) transfers into an elite boarding school, he becomes engulfed in a pressure-cooker of intense studying and grade competition. He is an outsider and underachiever in this insular world ruled over by a cruel clique of rich top students led by his cold, brooding roommate Yoon Jin (Sung Joon, Gu Family Book). These top-ranked students have access to special classes and study sheets that help them score high and Kim Joon desperately wants in. To join the study group, he must fulfill various missions. There is more to these missions than Kim Joon realizes, however, and when Yoon Jin turns up dead, he becomes the prime suspect for murder.

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Product Title: Pluto (2012) (DVD) (Korea Version) 冥王星 (2012) (DVD) (韓國版) 冥王星 (2012) (DVD) (韩国版) 冥王星 (DVD) (Korea Version) 명왕성 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: 冥王星
Artist Name(s): Lee David (Actor) | Sung Joon (Actor) | Kim Kkot Bi (Actor) | Jo Sung Ha (Actor) | Sun Joo A Lee David (Actor) | 成俊 (Actor) | 金花雨 (Actor) | 趙成夏 (Actor) | Sun Joo A Lee David (Actor) | 成俊 (Actor) | 金花雨 (Actor) | 赵成夏 (Actor) | Sun Joo A イ・ダウィ (Actor) | ソン・ジュン (Actor) | キム・コッピ (Actor) | チョ・ソンハ (Actor) | Sun Joo A 이다윗 (Actor) | 성준 (Actor) | 김꽃비 (Actor) | 조성하 (Actor) | 선주아
Director: Shin Su Won 申秀媛 申秀媛 Shin Su Won 신수원
Release Date: 2013-10-28
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: Eos
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034364799

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명왕성 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
*Sound Mix: Dolby SURROUND 5.1CH
*Extras: 감독,배우 오디오코멘터리,VIP시사회 영상,예고편

*Director: 신수원

* 제63회 베를린영화제 특별언급상
제11회 피렌체 한국영화제 심사위원상
전세계를 먼저 사로잡았다!
해외 평단의 극찬에 이어,
국내에서 ‘가장 기대되는 감독’으로 주목받은 신수원 감독!
* 이다윗, 성준, 김꽃비
대한민국 영화계의 블루칩이 모였다!
차세대 배우들의 연기 앙상블이 만들어내는 거대한 시너지
* 당신이 지금껏 외면해 온 진실!
대한민국 사회에 거대한 반향을 일으킨다!
충격적인 교육현실에 대한 날카로운 통찰력

● Synopsis
명문사립고 1등 유진(성준)이 학교 뒷산에서 사체로 발견되었다.
현장에 떨어진 핸드폰과 학생들의 증언으로 가장 유력한 용의자로 지목된 준(이다윗).
그러나 이내 증거불충분으로 풀려난다.
“우리 스터디 아무나 들어올 수 없어!”
유진이 이끌었던 비밀 스터디 그룹에 들어가기 위해
비윤리적인 입단 테스트로 고통받았던 준은
자신을 스터디 그룹의 일원으로 인정하지 않고
용의자로 몰아세운 멤버들을 찾아간다.
명문대 수시입학 축하파티를 앞둔 그들을 인질로 잡고,
우등생이란 가면 뒤에 숨겨진 추악한 본 모습을 하나씩 공개하면서
지금껏 외면해온 진실이 밝혀지는데…
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Professional Review of "Pluto (2012) (DVD) (Korea Version)"

November 11, 2013

Pluto is a grim Korean indie dealing with elitism, bullying and murder amongst high school students, directed by Shin Su Won (Passerby #3). Revolving around a ruthless clique of rich, fiercely competitive classmates who manipulate the school for their own benefit, the film stars David Lee (Poetry) as a new student desperate to join their circle, who gets slowly but surely pushed over the edge for his trouble. The film went down very well with critics, playing to acclaim at a variety of festivals including Busan, Berlin and Edinburgh, and has been picked up for release in the UK by Third Window.

The film opens with David Lee as June, a student at a top boarding school being arrested for the murder of classmate Yoon Jin (Sung Joon, Gu Family Book), whose body is found in a nearby forest. Released by the police after questioning, June immediately returns to the school, and takes several other students prisoner in a hidden basement. The hostages are members of an elite cabal of rich kids, who effectively control the school, lording it over the other pupils and doing whatever it takes to maintain their near perfect exam scores, and who were led by Yoon Jin until his death. June's story gradually unfolds in flashback, showing how he worked his way into the group, undergoing a series of trials and tasks, becoming a cruel and violent monster himself in the process.

Given the subject matter, it shouldn't be much of a surprise to learn that Pluto really is a dark and depressing film, though thankfully it's bleak in a creative and intellectual manner rather than just heaping on the unpleasantness. Recalling in parts Nakashima Tetsuya Confessions and Yeon Sang Ho's animation The King of Pigs, the film nevertheless has its own character, offering a slightly different take on the usual bullying and high school homicide themes. As much a conspiracy thriller as it is a murder mystery, the film has some very interesting touches, making entertaining use of its secret societies, hazing rituals and academic politics. Shin Su Won uses this to paint a very damning picture of Korean society, the education system being portrayed as wholly corrupt and controlled by the rich, who enjoy countless advantages and the freedom to abuse their less fortunate peers. The script is tight and well-written, and the flashback structure works well, allowing Shin to successfully build the tension, leading to a fittingly downbeat (if perhaps predictable) finale. While it does feel a little familiar, the film is gripping and effectively paced throughout, with more than enough twists and ill scheming to keep the viewer involved, boosted by some very solid performances from the impressive young cast.

The film's only real possible fault is in that Shin might have done too good a job in underlining the wickedness of his characters and the brutal hopelessness of their situation, and though the film is never less than engaging, it's a cold, almost emotionless affair at times. June's journey to self-destruction is undoubtedly fascinating and believable, though as a sympathetic protagonist he's a bit of a hard sell, even at the start being not much better than the villains of the piece. Yoon Jin is a more interesting, though equally unlikeable young man, becoming increasingly detached and indifferent to the suffering his gang are causing. Coupled with the inevitability that things are never going to end well, this makes for a viewing experience that might well be a little too heavy going for those looking for easy answers or cheerful platitudes - Shin never pretends to offer anything other than a cruel tale of cruel people doing cruel things. Though there's not much violence or anything graphic on show, the film is frequently very shocking, and features a good few gut punches, both emotional and visceral, which again may push it a little too far into the abyss for some.

For those who enjoy such desolation and spite, however, Pluto is a highly accomplished and thought-provoking film, and while unlikely to leave a smile on anyone's face, it'll certainly leave its mark. Though its subject matter might not sound like anything new, it's one of the best and most philosophically minded entries in the genre of late, not to mention one of the most hard-hitting Korean indies of the year.

by James Mudge -

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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The Great and lesser divide Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
‘Pluto’ a high school themed crime movie has a rather brutal edge not a million miles from the human dividing tensions of Lindsay Anderson's 60s movie ‘If.…’ But the cosmic title of Su Won Shin’s ‘Pluto’ is a metaphor representing outsider student and planet gazer June Kim (David Lee), who strives to join an elite special class at his boarding school to appease is working class mother. But doing so June discovers a sinister sect of indifferent rich kids, who coldly intimidate and use secretive methods of initiation and even murder, to harass any would be top student desiring to prove themselves better in ranking than themselves. On the onset June is arrested for murder at his school when his roommate Yoo-jin (Sung Joon), one of the top special students with excellent aloof skills, is found dead in a forest. But with no solid evidence June was the culprit, he’s released by the police. But returning to school June makes his way to a secret basement, rumoured to have been used by the Korean Secret Service as a torture unit, there confronting the other special class students who shocked to see June accuse him of killing Yoo-jin in their forest chasing ritual, as they light candles in remembrance of Yoo-jin.

But in the basement June recollects in flashbacks the dark secrets of Yoo-jin and the other students. June studied cosmology specialising on the planet Pluto, but determined to join Yoo-jin in the special class. But belittled and mocked for his academic opinions and class background, June is told by Yoo-jin that if he wishes to join the elites he would have pass their dangerous ritual tests. But after discovering that Yoo-jin had sexually harassed a high-ranking female student who then committed suicide, June decides to take revenge. After finalising his chemistry experiment with explosive nitro-glycerine, a test by the elite squad for June to join their club, he takes this new skill to threaten the remaining cabal students. ‘Pluto’ as an obsessive plot with eerie alienating and ominous music and paranoid birds eye view camera angles - ambivalently reflecting an unnatural form of obsessive ambition and cruel control within higher education. Its a dark fiction with a maniacal murder plot, but aside to that ‘Pluto’ reflects the intense pressure students have in competing with fellow students, as if a marathon race towards an hierarchical ladder of knowledge and perfection is deemed more important than learning.
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Room at the Top is a lonely place Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This ‘Pluto’, its bitter monochrome tale of fragile power class is more like a crime horror than anything. But it freakily reflects how high school life is compartmentalized into either restricted or special tutor classes, the latter division obtained by wealthy parents who thrust children into an elitist cabal, the dark side of privilege. In ‘Pluto’ top down hierarchy kids intimidate less privileged students as a means of subconsciously siphoning out their heartfelt freedoms, teachers rig exam questions to stimulate confusion, so this well-informed special elite hold on to their needful status. But the ‘lesser’ students outside of the special elite are taught to compete for such top student goals, but simultaneously denied it - not by any limited intelligence or skill but lack of money, privilege and especially cold obedience; a hard control that shifts true knowledge and of its importance away from the needs of the many to an elitist education machine, indifferent to freedom and diversity. After all if believing higher status is chasing a white rabbit to kill it and then drink its blood, its fear and death.

But top class student Yoo-jin has a nervous demanding background, put upon to satisfy an officious parent. Learning positive skills for good practical use for humanity this ain’t, but ‘Pluto’ is reactive psychological emotion to such restrictive pressures of oppressive control (putting it mildly considering June’s mad reactive decision) of parental authority stressing kids into new automaton contributors to the Great Social Machine. I imagine University life in great halls and architecture and true friendships to be a rewarding experience and there are amazing works from intelligent people to discover (cosmology is a fine thing and even paranormal activity can be studied). But higher education as its shadow side where loyal students who sincerely do good, are economically drained and systematically cherry picked for Uni and social status. On the partial cosmic level I recently read sci-fi author Robert Reed’s novel ‘Marrow’ about a planet-sized ship and ambitious military captions striving for important positions but head towards a great big black hole. Anyway unlike real HE, Pluto’s dark fictitious and cleverly amplified madness is surely how not to venture into high school elite clubs, especially ones with nasty rabbit rituals, sexual abuse and parents cheating indoctrinated scions into cold playground masters. Highly recommended!
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