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Ryu Seung Soo (Actor) | Esom (Actor) | David Cho (Director)
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Premiering at the 2010 Pusan Film Festival, Second Half is the first feature written and directed by David Cho, the chairman of Sponge Entertainment and the producer of many films including A Frozen Flower, Rough Cut, Dream, Antique, and My Dear Enemy. Appropriately enough, the hero of Cho's film is a producer named Cho In Sung (Ryu Seung Soo, The Front Line). After yet another box office flop, the struggling, heavily indebted producer leaves Seoul for a coastal town in Gangwon province, a place he visited back in his college days. He encounters a waitress (Esom, Hindsight), who reminds him greatly of a woman he slept with twenty years ago. The more time he spends with her, the more he suspects that she is his daughter. Hitting the right notes with its subtle acting, observant script, and meandering charm, Second Half goes a long away with a small story.
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Product Title: Second Half (DVD) (Korea Version) Second Half (DVD) (韓國版) Second Half (DVD) (韩国版) おいしい人生 (DVD) (韓国版) 맛있는 인생 (DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Ryu Seung Soo (Actor) | Esom (Actor) 柳承修 (Actor) | Esom (Actor) 柳承修 (Actor) | Esom (Actor) リュ・スンス (Actor) | イ・ソム (Actor) 류승수 (Actor) | 이솜 (Actor)
Director: David Cho 曹聖奎 曹圣奎 チョ・ソンギュ 조성규
Release Date: 2011-10-21
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: DS Media (KR)
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1025059925

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맛있는 인생 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
*Sound Mix: DOLBY DIGITAL 2.0CH

*Director: 조성규


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답답한 인생, 탁 트인 바다가 보고 싶었다!
만드는 영화마다 망하는 충무로의 전설적인 제작자 조대표(류승수).10월의 마지막 금요일, 거래처 전화들에 시달리다 무작정 바다가 보고 싶어 강릉으로 향한다. 홀로 바닷가 주변을 어슬렁거리다 낯이 익은 젊은 여자, 민아(이솜)를 만난다. 그런데 이게 웬일인가! 조대표가 제작한 영화의 팬이라며 조대표를 먼저 알아보는 민아. 조대표는 시나리오 작업차 강릉에 왔다고 말하며 민아에게 가이드를 부탁한다.

20년 전 원나잇 로맨스, 미스터리로 돌아오다!
강릉일대의 맛집들과 오래 전 기억 속의 옛 동네를 둘러보고, 민아가 아는 동네 사람들과 어울리며 조대표는 20년 전 강릉에서의 기억을 떠올린다. 조대표는 당시 피서지 로맨스로 작업을 걸었던 그녀가 민아의 엄마라는 것을 알게 되자, 민아가 자신의 딸일지도 모른다는 불안감에 사로잡힌다. 한편, 서울에서는 느끼지 못했던 편안함과 여유, 우연한 만남이 가져오는 묘한 떨림에 들뜨게 되는 조대표. 어느덧 헤어질 시간이 다가오고 조대표는 조심스레 20년 전 진실을 말하려 하지만, 그 순간 민아에게 충격적인 고백을 듣게 된다. 조대표는 민아에게 속 사정을 밝히게 될까?
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Professional Review of "Second Half (DVD) (Korea Version)"

November 15, 2011

Second Half is a Korean indie film with an interesting pedigree, being the debut feature from writer director David Cho, who just happens to be the chairman of Sponge Entertainment and the producer of a long list of popular commercial and art house films, having worked on the likes of A Frozen Flower, Rough Cut, Dream and more. Unsurprisingly the film, which premiered at the 2010 Pusan Festival, sees Cho drawing on his own experiences by featuring a film maker as its protagonist, reflecting on life and love in whimsical and often alcohol soaked fashion.

The film follows film producer Jo In Sung (Ryu Seung Soo, recently in war epic The Front Line, who after the latest in a line of box office failures results in his mountain of debts piling even higher, decides to flee Seoul and visit a small coastal town in Gangwon province where he spent time during his college years. On his first evening in the hotel, he comes across a young waitress (Esom, Hindsight), whose face seems strangely familiar. Thinking back on his past, Jo recalls a woman he had a one night stand with some twenty years back, and comes to the conclusion that the girl might in fact be his daughter. As a means of finding out more about her, he conjures up a story that he is writing a film script set in the area, and persuades her to show him around.

Downbeat film maker protagonists are a favourite with Korean indie directors, as seen in several Hong Sang Soo outings such as HaHaHa and Like You Know it All, and here Cho certainly makes good use of the premise, filling the film with authentic touches and dialogue about the stress of life in the industry. Cho obviously knows his stuff, and this aspect of the film is very interesting, coming across as genuine without being explicitly autobiographical. Crucially for this kind of film, Jo does make for a basically likeable figure, thanks in part to an appealingly low key performance from Ryu Seung Soo, bumbling along in cheerfully immature and unreliable fashion.

The film as a whole is pretty similar to its main character, with a leisurely, unforced pace and following a gentle rhythm that holds the interest thanks to a strong script and some believable, engaging conversations, avoiding the kind of purposeful quirkiness that sometimes taints indie productions. Drinking plays a big part in the proceedings, with a great many scenes of Jo and the rest of the cast sinking beers, staggering around or talking nonsense to each other. This plays nicely into the theme of things being misremembered, which is what really drives the whole question as to whether the girl is his daughter as opposed to any kind of dedicated investigation on his part. Rather than a drama, the film unfolds more as a pleasant road trip, with some nice coastal locations and plenty of local colour and food, Jo amiably wandering around, content just to hang around with her for most of the running time until the issue finally comes to the fore during the last act.

The ambiguous relationship between the two works well, and is arguably more interesting than the usual romantic shenanigans. Though Cho steers away from anything artificial or contrived, there is a definite spark between Ryu Seung Soo and Esom, and he does a good job of building dramatic tension. However, this generally takes a back seat to the film's breezy, naturalistic progression, and never really drives the narrative. Backed by a classical score, Cho's direction is playful and humanistic throughout and he goes some way to giving the film an unobtrusive, intimate feel, almost as if the viewer were simply spending time with the characters.

As such, Second Half is more than charming enough for the viewer to overlook the fact that it's not really about anything much, and like its protagonist just kind of muddles along. Entertaining and genuine, it's an accomplished character piece which marks Cho as one of the better indie writer directors working in the genre.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Second Half (DVD) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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February 28, 2013

2 people found this review helpful

A romantic sojourn (+ plenty food and drink) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Having a war movie bomb at the box office and his film company owing large amounts of money, film producer In-sung (Ryu Seung Soo) decides to drive to Gangwon coastal resort, to re-charges his batteries by soaking up some Gangwon sea air, eat and get drunk and harnesses his worries by nostalgically re-treading his youthful past. But staying at a classy hotel, In-sung meets young waitress Mina (Esom), who instantly recognises In-sung, being familiar with his movies. Also a budding photographer, Mina when finishing her work shift, offers to show In-sung her photography skills and show him new places around Gangwon (as In-sung tells Mina he’s there to produce a romantic new movie) and so obliquely both begin to ‘date’ on eat and drink fests – both talking about movies, fish foods, In-sung’s past in Gangwon, 80’s Korean pop singers, ambition, love, regret, local fish markets and other natural warm moments. But niggling In-sung’s conscience is that Mina resembles a woman he had a sexual tryst with in Gangwon 20 years ago after getting drunk, and thinks Mina may be his own daughter. So In-sung with false pretence about his ‘romantic’ movie, begins filming Mina with his HD camcorder, as she instinctively takes snaps of him.

“Second Half”, musically back dropped by Schubert piano pieces, is like a holiday ‘romance’ and as if you’re invisibly walking along with In-sung and Mina, sharing their many eating and drinking haunts and conversations, and listening in to group talk at whatever bar or food place the two frequent, as In-sung and Mina’s eat/drink sessions are frequently shared (like when Mina sings with two local lads she knows in a folk rock band). The realism is very natural here. You could imagine yourself sitting at an adjacent table and suddenly join in the character’s conversations (odds on you’d end up drinking soju-beer mixes and get very drunk). Of course an expected, or tradition conformed, distance is kept, as In-sung could be Mina’s father, although the fatherly is also reflected by a coffee bar owner, deeming himself Mina’s father protector. But although In-sung and Mina have worries, concerns, regrets and the like, this is funny, enchanting, gently poignant, very Korean and mature in its outlook (considering the father/daughter aspect). Sponge indie films are generally very good and although this won’t cause a paradigm shift where attitudes to emotional divisions are concerned, it’s very identifiable and warming and, yes, even romantic.
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