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SINGLES (Japan Version)
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Product Title: SINGLES (Japan Version) SINGLES (日本版) SINGLES (日本版) シングルス SINGLES (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Uhm Jung Hwa | Lee Bum Soo | Kim Joo Hyuk | Jang Jin Young 嚴正花 | 李凡秀 | 金柱赫 | 張真英 严正花 | 李凡秀 | 金柱赫 | 张真英 オム・ジョンファ | イ・ボムス | キム・ジュヒョク | チャ・スンジェ(製作) | クォン・チリン(監督) | チャン・ジニョン 엄정화 | 이 범수 | 김주혁 | 장 진영
Director: Kwon Chil In 權七仁 权七仁 鎌田敏夫(原作) | クォン・チリン 권칠인
Release Date: 2005-07-22
Publisher Product Code: OPSD-S366
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Geneon Universal Entertainment
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004013440

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タイトル:シングルス
出演:チャン・ジニョン/オム・ジョンファ/イ・ボムス/キム・ジュヒョク
監督:鎌田敏夫(原作)/クォン・チリン(監督)/チャ・スンジェ(製作)

テクニカル・インフォメーション
:カラー
画面:Vista-16:9LB
言語/音声:韓国語:ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド

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製作年:2003
著作権:(C) GENEON ENTERTAINMENT INC.
備考:1枚組
初回特典:アウターボックス付
日本小売価格:¥4800

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Professional Review of "SINGLES (Japan Version)"

September 5, 2005

This professional review refers to Singles (DVD) (US version)
Four glossily attractive folks try to cope with the rigors of modern life in Singles, the hit 2003 romantic comedy from director Kwon Chil In. Although it features an ensemble cast, the film centers on Na Nan, a mousy, girl-next-door type played by the cute-as-a-button Chang Jin Yeong (from The Foul King and Sorum). On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Na Nan watches helplessly as her life takes a dramatic downturn. In a puzzling twist of fate, she gets demoted from her position as a designer and gets reassigned to - get this - a crap job at a Chili's restaurant. Who knew that Chili's manager was the bottom rung on the corporate ladder? Things don't get much better when Na Nan's boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, a move that leaves the pixyish heroine a complete emotional wreck.

Luckily, she's got a couple friends who'll listen to her problems. First, there's her best gal pal Dong Mi (Uhm Jeong Hwa, from Marriage is a Crazy Thing), a serial dater who's also looking for love and isn't afraid to give Na Nan a piece of her mind with regard to her views on love, life, and relationships. Dong-Mi lives with her platonic male roommate Jeong Joon (Lee Bum Su, from Wet Dreams), and the two share a classic love-hate relationship. They bicker like an old married couple, a fact that should signal to even the most naïve audience that sparks are about to fly between the two. But Jeong Joon has problems of his own as well. He's fallen completely in love with his young girlfriend (Han Ji Hye in a quick cameo) whose cutesy demeanor masks a more venomous persona underneath. Dong Mi tries to warn Jeong Joon about her, but he won't listen. Jeong Joon is too nice a guy, and nice guys in these situations tend to get hurt. Jeong Joon is no exception. The fallout of this relationship will have dramatic consequences for the two once-platonic roommates who finally succumb to the feelings that have been bubbling under the surface for a long time.

Meanwhile, Na Nan's dire job and boyfriend situation attracts the attention of Su Hyeon (Kim Ju Hyeok), a blankly good-looking, all-around nice guy who's obviously got a crush on our leading lady. Although she seems to rebuff his every attempt, Su Hyeon, in his own weird way, tries his best to win Na Nan's heart. After some effort, he seems to succeed and summarily offers Na Nan everything she's ever wanted: marriage, a stable future, and a chance to study fashion in New York. But is that what Na Nan really wants? Or does she want to grab her future on her own terms? And how will Dong Mi and Jeong Joon deal with the consequences of their one night of passion?

The way the narrative ultimately answers these questions is unconventional to be sure, but not entirely unexpected. This breaking of formula should appeal to viewers who don't necessarily need or want everything tied up neatly by story's end. But those looking for a sense of definitive closure may be a little disappointed. Even so, Singles seems to be a film that tries, in its own way, to be different than the rest of the pack. Although not as overt in its mocking as the hilarious romantic comedy Someone Special would later prove to be, Singles also gets some mileage out of parodying certain conventions prevalent in Korean melodramas. In many ways, it's not just these specific references, but what the film doesn't resort to using that makes it an effective commentary on the falsity of resolution in some romances, Korean or otherwise. Although the film is certainly plotted, there's the sense that it's trying to provide "a slice of life" in presenting its tale of four very different, but connected souls. The movie's open-endedness suggests that there's still more of the story to be told and that whatever the protagonists have decided, there's no guarantee that everything will work out - much like what happens in real life. We live with the choices we make and simply do the best we can.

Although the film possesses a seeming double plot, the relationship between Na Nan and Su Hyeon takes precedence over the intriguing turn of events that occurs between Dong Mi and Jeong Joon. This is an unfortunate storytelling decision, if for no other reason than the roommates' storyline is infinitely more compelling than the other couple's romance. Lee Bum Su and Uhm Jung Hwa share a winning chemistry, and their fateful one-night stand is handled with a surprising maturity and wit, although the resolution of their storyline leaves something to be desired. It's clear what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish; it's just a shame to see that a character is ultimately left in the dark about some very important things. The film's implicit open-endedness, along with the fact that the two propose to remain friends, leaves the door open for more interaction between them, but sadly, that story is not present in Singles. Certainly the film would have benefited immensely from not putting so much weight on Na Nan and her fateful decision (which isn't that surprising), and split its focus more evenly among its four cast members. The film's title is Singles in the plural after all, not Single Korean Female. Even so, Chang Jin Yeong proves to be an effective leading lady more than worthy of her Best Actress prize at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Unlike many young actresses, she is able to make her character instantly loveable and charming without being overly cutesy or cloying.

But even with my complaints about the muted subplot between Dong Mi and Jeong Joon, there's a whole lot to like about Singles. Although the film examines such serious issues as love, marriage, career choices, and unplanned parenthood, Singles is by no means a sober look at urban life in Korea. In the end, it's simply a breezy little film about people who realize they've been drifting through life, and that now it's finally time to make a change. Thanks to its immensely likeable cast, Singles is a charming film that, unlike a lot of the tiresome, formulaic romantic comedies out there, proves to be a worthwhile viewing experience.

By Calvin McMillin - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "SINGLES (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.9 out of 10 (15)

Kevin Kennedy
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September 6, 2007

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1 people found this review helpful

Glossy trash Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
"Singles" collects all of the foolishness, loose morals, and bad advice of contemporary urban middle class life, wraps them in a shiny bow, and offers them as light entertainment. Traditional concepts of dating, courtship, and marriage are cast aside and replaced with an "if it feels good, do it" ethic.

The director of "Singles" described it as "a growing up film." I couldn't disagree more. The films' two female leads from start to finish are driven by their momentary whims. They show no growth whatsoever. Their giddy optimism at film's end is foolishly misplaced.

Jang Jin Young and Uhm Jung Hwa provide very nice eye candy and there are some engaging and funny individual scenes in "Singles". But at its dishonest heart, this movie is selling a self-destructive lifestyle. I cannot recommend it.
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Rhoda
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September 1, 2006

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Not my type Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
Indeed, there is a story but this is not actually taste. I bought this film because i wanted to see Hyuk after i've seen him in Lovers in Praguq, unfortunately this is not a exciting film. Pacing slow... must have sleep while watching.
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Anonymous

July 18, 2005

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it's cool~ Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This movie is pretty cool...actor/actress, storyline, producing....especially movie touched me with story.
29 yr old women's life and their concern between career and Love..Diector's cool editing and great casting...Impressived by Um jung Wha(one of main actress)'s sense of acting.I think this movie is pretty much Modernistic. It is Cool~
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Peter
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July 6, 2004

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1 people found this review helpful

It's cute, but why the deletion? Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Haved seen this movie reviewed on many Korean TV Entertainment shows, I decided to get it. I found it rather odd that Uhm Jung Hwa's whipped cream (yogurt) scene was left on the cutting room floor. The two reviews showed it part of the movie. You can still see it, but it's an extra on the 2nd DVD. At least you get the great Music Video by Loveholic -- also on the 2nd DVD.
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Anonymous

May 13, 2004

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Don't miss it Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This is one of the excellent film that I have seen. This film is full of energy, especially the energy of 29. All Four artist has a great performance, especially Chang Jin Young. She can totally illustrate the characteristic of a modern lady life style ==> individual and optimestic, but lack of confident to love.
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