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Public Enemy (Hong Kong Version) VCD

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Public Enemy (Hong Kong Version)
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A wealthy fund manager murdered his parents in a gruesome fashion. When an ill-mannered, violent cop begins to suspect him of the crime, a chaotic game of cat-and-mouse ensues! Sol Kyung Gu fights violence with violence in the 2002 crime action blockbuster Public Enemy. The acclaimed actor delivers a hard-hitting performance as an angry and corrupt cop who meets his match in Lee Sung Jae.
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Product Title: Public Enemy (Hong Kong Version) 喪警狂徒 (香港版) 丧警狂徒 (香港版) 公共の敵 (Public Enemy)(香港版) Public Enemy (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Lee Sung Jae | Sol Kyung Gu | Kang Woo Suk 李誠宰 | 薛景求 | 康祐碩 李诚宰 | 薛景求 | 康佑硕 佑硕 イ・ソンジェ | ソル・ギョング | カン・ウソク 이 성재 | 설 경구 | 강우석
Release Date: 2005-04-18
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: II
Duration: 135 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003998481

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導演︰康祐碩
Director: Kang Woo Suk

榮獲大鐘賞最佳男主角

  一個躁狂的警察,一個無跡可尋的戀態殺手,誰才是人民公敵?

  滂沱大雨的晚上,老差骨與身穿雨衣的神秘人在小巷撞上了,兩人若無其事地離開。一星期後,有人發現一對老夫婦被利器插死,案發地點就在小巷的附近,警員認為雨衣怪人與此案有莫大的關連,發誓要將這擦肩而過的人找到。這時,另一宗兇案發生了,手法與之前一宗同樣兇殘。警員誓要找到蛛絲馬跡,緝捕這狂徒…

  Ruthless cop Chul-joong and a merciless killer in raincoat run into each other in a small alleyway and form a fatal bond. A free-for-all fight occurs by coincidence on a rainy street. A week later, the dead bodies of an old couple are discovered with multiple stab wounds. Chul-jong suddenly recalls the night he met the man in the raincoat. Chul-joong meets the old couple's son CHO Gyoo-hwan. He has an intuition that CHO is the murderer but has no clue. In the meantime, another murder takes place in the same fashion. The showdown between a dirty cop and a killer unfolds, as things get more personal.
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Professional Review of "Public Enemy (Hong Kong Version)"

December 20, 2002

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When Public Enemy was released early this year, it was well received at the box office. The critical response was generally positive too. One of the major factors that leads to its success is probably the brilliant cast - Sol Kyung-Gu and Lee Sung-Jae. In fact, Sol did manage to capture the Blue Dragon best actor award with his outstanding performance in this film.

Featuring a typical "catch the thief" storyline, the plot does not consist of too many surprising elements. Detective Kang (Sol Kyung-Gu) is a violent cop who prefers to investigate in an extreme manner. His enemy is Cho (Lee Sung-Jae), a witty and composed murderer who is terribly cold-blooded. The two characters are a total opposite. Kang has a dirty mouth and a broken family, while Cho always acts like a gentleman and has a lovely family. The movie spends a lot of time on some seemingly unrelated and fragmented events to build up the personalities of Kang and Cho and intensify the comparison of these two characters. In the first forty minutes, the movie doesn't seem to have a focus at all, we are only exposed to detective Kang and Cho's daily activities, that it may even appear quite boring for some people. But it is instead a setup, it is like a time lock for the clash at the end. The conflict of the two characters are developed gradually from these scenes which results in the powerful and intense duel at the end.

Unlike most detective movies in which the focus is always the case itself, this film utilizes a great portion to depict the characters, especially detective Kang. This character is taken care of to the finest details. He is the pivot of the movie, almost all the supporting characters are employed to complement and balance his character. Detective Kang is glamorous because he never says die. Even though his behavior is outrageous and he does not like to follow rules and orders, his dedication to his job is honorable. It is such dedication that makes his character lovely and captivating.

I am not sure if director Kang Woo-Suk is a fan of Hong Kong cinema or not, but without doubt some scenes seem to have drawn some inspiration from Hong Kong movies. For instance, the scene when the knife expert is demonstrating his dexterity of handling knife is taken directly from Mr. Boo: Private Eye in which Sam Hui does the exact same move in a mini bus; The camera angle of some shots during the last duel also reminds me of what Bruce Lee does at the end of Big Boss. As a matter of fact, the creation of a violent cop is also a hallmark of Hong Kong cops movies. Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Danny Lee have all been casted as such roles many times before. If you are a fan of Hong Kong cinema, you should find this movie intimate and enjoyable.

Honestly speaking, the plot structure and the character development of this film do not actually provide too much surprise for me. It is definitely not as superb as I expected. Nevertheless, Public Enemy still has very high entertaining value as the director was able to turn some cliche-ridden characters and a mundane plot into something that is eye catching and glamorous. It simply has the power to keep you engaged. I have to admit that even though I did not find it surprisingly good or innovative, I did enjoy watching this movie and was fully engaged during the screening... In short, my little piece of advice is, don't expect too much and you will enjoy this movie more!

Cool guy(s) - Sol Kyung-Gu, Lee Sung-Jae

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (2)

Anonymous

December 26, 2003

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great movie Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
this is a great movie to see, it has the action comedy aspects to it while never defiling its actual strengths. You don't see racial jokes, nor do you see the main character sitting there cracking out 1 liners all over the place. public enemy is a great action movie with almost everything going for it (shower... ewww)
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September 2, 2002

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Funny Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Public Enemy is the second most popular Korean film in Korea this year (as of September). 2,987,900 viewed national wide in Korea. I was already impressed with Seol-KyungKoo in Peppermint Candy. He is an execellent actor.

I watched it on video, and I have to say that it is as funny as (if not more) My Sassy Girl and My Gangster Wife. Besides the humor, it is also funny to observe the transformation the main character goes through during the movie. I didn't expect at all what he was going to do with what he found at the beginning of the movie. You will have to see the movie to know find out what I am talking about.
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