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Rainbow Eyes (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Rainbow Eyes (a.k.a. Mask) is one of many mystery thrillers released in 2007 in the wake of the box-office success of such films as Return, Shadows In The Palace, Seven Days, and Our Town. Director Yang Yun Ho (Holiday, Fighter In The Wind) steps behind the camera to tell a disturbing tale surrounding a string of murders and the manhunt for an elusive serial killer. Kim Kang Woo, who won both critic and audience approval with The Railroad and Le Grand Chef, returns to the silver screen to play a harried homicide investigator who struggles to make an arrest as the murderer insidiously masks his own trail. Playing Kim's partner is Kim Min Sun (A.F.R.I.K.A) who portrays a level-headed investigator with a razor sharp intuition. As the plot thickens, the identity of the serial killer is further shrouded in mystery and everyone becomes implicated in the murder case, including the man in charge of the investigation. Using state-of-the-art special effects and stunning camerawork, Rainbow Eyes captures every drop of thrill and suspense in the hair-raising chase which ultimately spirals toward a shocking revelation about the killer's true identity.

When two cases of murder with identical crime pattern take place at a sports complex, homicide detectives Jo Kyung Yoon (Kim Kang Woo) and Park Eun Joo (Kim Min Sun) are called in to investigate the matter. They soon learn the history behind the two victims - both are believed to be military buddies who were charged for assault a decade ago. Suspecting revenge as a motive, the police zoom in on the victim of the assault, Lieutenant Lee Yun Seo. But the investigation reaches a dead-end, when they learn that their wanted man has been missing in action after suffering from fits of delirium and attempting suicide approximately ten years ago. Even the suspect's mentally stricken sister is clueless of her brother's whereabouts. While the pressure mounts on the police to crack the case, the killer strikes again - this time the victim is the third offender involved in the same assault case. But the more the police target Lieutenant Lee as their prime target, the more disturbed detective Jo becomes of his own past secret. Eventually, he launches his own investigation, catching his partner's suspecting eyes. As he delves deeper and deeper into the case, he uncovers further secrets that lead to an unspeakably shocking conclusion.

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Product Title: Rainbow Eyes (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 詭面真相 (VCD) (香港版) 诡面真相 (VCD) (香港版) Rainbow Eyes (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 가면 (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Mask Mask Mask Mask Mask
Artist Name(s): Kim Gyu Ri (Kim Min Sun) (Actor) | Kim Kang Woo (Actor) | Lee Soo Kyung (Actor) | Kim Yoo Jung 金玟善 (Actor) | 金剛于 (Actor) | 李水京 (Actor) | 金 裕貞 金玟善 (Actor) | 金刚于 (Actor) | 李水京 (Actor) | 金 裕贞 キム・ミンソン (Actor) | キム・ガンウ (Actor) | イ・スギョン (Actor) | キム・ユジョン 김 규리 (Actor) | 김강우 (Actor) | 이수경 (Actor) | 김유정
Director: Yang Yun Ho 梁允豪 梁允豪 ヤン・ユノ 양윤호
Release Date: 2010-03-03
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 100 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022291300

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Director: Yang Yun Ho

Inspectors Kyung-yoon CHO and Eun-joo PARK have been an inseparable duo ever since their police academy days. One day, the two inspectors take on the case of a young rich sports center owner, violently stabbed to death. The only clue to the case is a piece of body hair with AB blood type found at the scene. The major suspect later gets brutally murdered in the same way. The police see the murders as serial murder case in revenge for the victim in an earlier case. But as the murderer's identity slowly unfolds, inspector Kyung-yoon comes across another shoocking mystery....
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Professional Review of "Rainbow Eyes (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 19, 2010

This professional review refers to Rainbow Eyes (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The recent renaissance of Korean mystery thrillers continues with the cryptically titled Rainbow Eyes from director Yang Yun Ho, who previously gave viewers the melancholy Holiday and martial arts drama Fighter In The Wind. Here, he follows in the wake of genre hits such as Seven Days, Voice of a Murderer and others with a complex, twisted labyrinth of a film that deals with some surprisingly adult themes and which takes viewers to some pretty dark and disturbing places.

The plot centres upon weary homicide detective Jo Kyung Yoon (actor Kim Kang Woo, who recently impressed in The Railroad and Le Grand Chef), whose life is thrown into disarray by an investigation into a couple of particularly brutal murders at a sports complex. He and his feisty partner Park Eun Joo (Kim Min Sun, A.F.R.I.K.A, For Eternal Hearts) discover that the victims have a connection, sharing a shady past relating to their time in the army together when they were involved in the sexual assault of a young soldier called Lee Yun Seo. With the killing of another past offender certain to take place, the pressure on Jo piles up and he starts to show the strain, not least since Lee was a childhood friend with whom he shared a distressing secret. Thanks to his wild behaviour, his relationship with girlfriend Soo Jin (TV actress Lee Soo Kyung) begins to deteriorate, pushing him even further over the edge.

A good example of modern noir, with a tightly spun web of deception, plenty of tortured psyches, the obligatory moody soundtrack, and a cast of strong women and weak men, if anything, Rainbow Eyes is even more complex and convoluted than its recent peers, though thankfully in a reasonably clever manner. Director Lee just about manages to keep the narrative under control, wisely pacing out the various revelations and keeping the viewer gripped throughout, if perhaps a little exhausted by the relentless pace. As such, it works very well as a mystery thriller, and shows a certain cunning intelligence, at least until the rather ludicrous last act when all the cards are flung onto the table in a manner that seriously challenges credulity. Still, this in itself does make for some entertaining hysterics, and the bizarre final twist is guaranteed to please fans of the far out and wacky, whilst somehow turning the film into a strangely moving statement about how everyone in the world deserves love.

The film actually also works very well as a disturbing slice of character drama, delving deeply into issues of repression and sexuality. Jo makes for an interesting protagonist, a man who quite obviously has more than his fair share of secrets and skeletons in his closet, some of which are pleasingly unpredictable. His various relationships with the other characters in the film are well thought out and fascinating, particularly those with his partner Park, an interesting masculine-feminine figure in her own right, and the far more traditionally girly Soo Jin. Through this, Lee touches on some pretty adult ground, examining societal attitudes towards homosexuality and the pain arising from gender confusion. As might be expected, it features some fairly frank sex scenes and some shockingly vicious murders, though none of these come across as being gratuitous, serving to underline the film's themes and in the case of the violence helping to illustrate the frustration and terrible anger of the killer.

Visually, the film is a boldly modern and striking affair, again very much in the noir fashion, with Lee employing a great deal of fancy trickery, shaky camera work and fast editing. This actually works surprisingly well for the most part, suiting the film's fast pace and edgy plotting, though there are certainly times when viewers may be forgiven for feeling a touch of motion sickness with all the bouncing around. He shows an interesting use of colour, painting the film with a lurid and contrasting mixture of washed out yellows, greens and pinks, at times to quite startling effect. This too works quite well given the context, and the off-kilter look fits well with the undercurrent of psychological trauma.

Although perhaps not as immediately accessible as other mystery thrillers, thanks to its complexity and more adult themes, Rainbow Eyes is arguably amongst the best examples of the form in recent years. Just about managing to fall the right side of believable whilst working in some decidedly left field twists and turns, it engages and entertains throughout. Lee directs with flair and challenges viewers by covering some uncomfortable ground, though at the same time still giving the proceedings a winning air of innocence and naivete despite all the flesh and blood.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Rainbow Eyes (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

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

Rhoda
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June 18, 2008

This customer review refers to Rainbow Eyes (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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WOW Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This suspense thriller movie is something different for me. This is the first time that i have seen something like this. I did not expect the ending but honestly that i love the twist. I suggest you people should watch see what i mean.
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June 9, 2008

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Rainbow Cries Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Apparently Min Sun Kim is nicknamed Bambi due to her eyes being quite moonish looking, and of course relating to the Disney character of the same name. So a Bambi Eyes in Rainbow Eyes here. Min Sun's certainly got a similarly spirited personality, full of pep and verve and I think all good reasons why she is liked so much. The very first item I bought from Yesasia was the superb "Memento Mori" film six disk extravaganza, and of which a role Min Sun as been highly appraised for, too. Any way, this film "Rainbow Eyes" as quite a bit of additional talent here to MSK, so slap my wrists for impassioned favoritism here, and is certainly one good and ultra fast suspense thriller not to let slip through your radar. With delicate plot revelations similar to "Seven Days", its a film you don't want to know much about before seeing either, so I'll emphasis at this point that this DVD is essential viewing and to get this before it sells out. So don't read any more, I can safely vouch if you love suspenseful crime thrillers (especially the recent "Seven Days") you should get this film also!

I did wonder, though, why this film was called "Rainbow Eyes", as it seems a less significant title here, concerning all the outcomes. Maybe its due to police detective Kyung Yoon's nail artist girlfriend Soo Jin having sensual multi colored fashioned nails, and by Kyung Yoon looking affectionately at her nails, makes him Detective Rainbow Eyes. I'm not sure about that, though, and I think maybe a more wider spectrum of meaning would be at hand. Kyung Yoon certainly didn't listen to the rock band Rainbow anywhere in this, so its not that either (and would be Rainbow Ears in that case, I suppose). Maybe something to do with related areas of on-line MMRPG Gaming like "Lineage" though (the rainbow worlds of computer graphics), and of where a lady avatar character in rainbow clothing Kyung Yoon could team up with as a medieval police detective, and then finding its a male player instead of a girl behind the avatar (even though her avatar looks like a cute pixy girl). But anyway, Kyung Yoon was too busy catching a killer to get immersed in any on-line gaming, and what does this have to do with "Rainbow Eyes", you ask? Better not say anymore about that actually. Whatever the colors of the spectrum, though, "Rainbow Eyes" certainly deals with the harsh power of love and of its unfortunate heart searing ways of causing actual bodily death. In fact, blood, revenge, death and love being the key conceptual here.

The film begins with a sensual and very sultry female singer seducing with a song and cutting back and forth alongside another steamy love scene with a couple at a sports center (which all starts off more like Rainbow Thighs, give or take a number of hues), that all eventually leads to a tragic and bloody murder afterwards of the sport's center owner. Main police detective Kyung Yoon (played excellently by Kang Woo Kim) alongside his friendly detective team mate Eun Joo (the lovable Min Sun Kim) and the rest of their Seoul Police department, are assigned to this homicide case. The only clue they have is some body hair they suspect to be the murderers, which is of AB type blood group. Kyung Yoon and Eun Joo investigate a few immediate suspects (who the police team constantly bicker about like Cagney and Lacey in cross fire office camaraderie), with leads on the sultry dance hall singer and a swimming instructor friend of the murder victim. Kyung Yoon, though, eventually discovers a connected serial killer pattern, when two other grisly murders linked to the case occur. At additional junctures, detective Kyung Yoon regularly visits the mentally sick sister of his old school friend named Yoon Suh, and of Yoon Suh's sister being ill over the tragic suicide attempt of her brother whilst he was in the military - and asks Kyung Yoon to find her brother after he had since gone missing. Kyung Yoon and Yoon Suh had been very close as boyhood school friends, and Kyung Yoon often having to protect his friend from rough neck school bullies, and had even swapped keepsakes in their youth. Kyung Yoon having a cigarette lighter from his friend as a keepsake. Alongside all this pulse racing schematic, Kyung Yoon's police partner, the punch-you-in-the-arm-chummy-mate Eun Joo (Min Sun) as a bit of female sensitivity towards Kyung Yoon, and finding quite a space in her heart for him. But due to his on going situation with the girl named Soo-Jin (sounds like a Johnny Cash song that) and her over-the-rainbow nails, and of who Kyung Yoon's team have to protect from a sexual predator incident situation also (and where Min Sun smacks the offender in the chops for all women offender victims), make any romantic occurrence with Eun Joo unlikely. Eventually, the murder case proceeds towards three men who were in the military, which two are victims in the murder case, and who had also 'bullied' Kyung Yoon's friend Yoon Suh. These three men were also suspiciously re-posted just before their military duty was to finish. This, though, is where I'll leave the plot synopsis.

Like the recent Korean movie "Seven Days" this film is wonderfully photographed and edited, but with a pace of a super speed racer and having some of the most frenetic and jerky psychedelic visual editing yet. By the constant and fast on the spot flashbacks and of their frantic and eyeball melting manic visual style, you would think this movie had been guzzling a large supply of fizzy energy drinks in pre-production. Although this cranks the tension up to a high degree, some viewers may find this editing style a bit to head splitting. In fact its almost like watching a movie version of the computer game Audiosurf. Violence is also a bit hack and slash, too, in places where the grisly murders occur (well, yes, I guess it wouldn't have been a pillow fight). But the murders happen so fast, that by the time you could reach for the sick bag (if you needed one of course), these gruesome incidents of rage and mayhem are soon done and dusted, and the film has quickly moved on to the more settled and sedated scenes of the frantic police team arguing with each other over not protecting a possible murder victim enough. So, its bloody horror, but flashes past your eyes quicker that a Wonder Girls dance club laser disco event. The plot is tightly paced and keeps you transfixed throughout, and if you settle back and just watch this without too much seconded guess work, you should enjoy all of this. The final sequence with a car chase finishes it all off with a good dose of action and thrills. Mainly this hard core police procedural film is like other Korean movies such as "A Moment of Silence", "Seven Days" and "Memories of Murder", with a "Bourne" action film hippy tripping editing technique. It has a very touching and emotional ending, too. There are a small number of blips in the story that could make it seem a little incredulous, but I can't say any more here as it would spoil the outcome. One things for sure though, actress Soo Kyung Lee as Rainbow Nails is far Oh-too-much-of-a-pretty-thing is this. As mentioned, and as you can well suspect by default now in most Korean flicks, the acting is top quality stuff and actor Kang Woo Kim (who looks a little like that other Kang Woo fella) as the police detective is a good gritty and impassioned performance. Young actress Soo Kyung Lee (are Korean names 'twinned' together on purpose in Korean films I wonder) is just so pretty, and if I had a motorbike (action scene ref at the conclusion) she (she!!) would be great companion to travel the wind in. Min Sun is great, and she shows her usual high spirited camaraderie with the guys (on and off set). I did like the last movie "For Eternal Hearts" she appeared in too. Certainly this film could be another one to spring board Min Sun into more future movies. I certainly hope so, as her passionate and likable spirit (and her Bambi eyes!) are just too great to miss out on!

Overall, "Rainbow Eyes" is a very edgy, cut and thrust crime movie not to miss, with some fast and furious visuals and great acting. The only aspects of this film that could mar it for some, is the frenetic (probably a little bit over the top) jumpy and shaky editing effects (with flashbacks moving faster than Scrat the Prehistoric squirrel in "Ice Age"), which you will either be happy with or you will feel Rainbow Eyes sick after watching. But with Min Sun Kim in another movie (hurray! get your pray mats out and be thankful!) this is got to be a winner! The haunting and quite touching conclusion says it all too, even considering the nature of the deaths in this, and Min Sun's final teary look at the object of her feelings, just before it burns away, is a very sweet but sad closure. As is the main touching element (although not recommended)! Yes, everyone should have someone to love in life, no matter who they may be to each other. But for that love to cause so much heartache, distress and destructive oblivion is where it really goes wrong and the crucial downside of it all here.

Highly recommended. One note also - the actual film DVD is region ALL, but the extras disk is a R3, so you may feel easier about getting this one. Do get this while you can though, as remember how fast "Seven Days" disappeared off the shelves in months (although this probably won't happen with "Rainbow Eyes" now I've said that). This set also has a nice little booklet inside regarding the film. Not that that matters really, when you have got Min Sun Kim here.
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