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Soo (DVD) (Thailand Version) DVD Region 3

Sai Yoichi (Actor) | Ji Jin Hee (Actor) | Oh Man Seok (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor)
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Renowned Korean-Japanese director Sai Yoichi makes his Korean-language film debut with the hardboiled, hard-hitting Soo. Sai, who is billed under his Korean name Choi Yang Il for this film, is of course no stranger to gritty action, having directed Blood and Bones. This time, he takes the action one step further with Soo, an unflinching tale of violence and vengeance. Based on a comic by Shin Young Woo, the film stars Ji Jin Hee (Old Garden) in his first action role, along with Kang Su Yeon (Springtime of Mimi and Cheol Su), Moon Sung Keun (Hanbando), Lee Ki Young (Marathon), and Oh Man Seok (A Cruel Attendance). In a marked departure from his previous films, Ji Jin Hee takes on the challenge of playing twin brothers, one of whom embarks on a brutal quest for revenge, a process apparently too bloody for the ratings board as the film only managed to pass on the third submission. Dark, raw, and harrowing, Soo depicts revenge without the romanticism, serving up an intense, haunting story and punishingly realistic and primal action.

Twin brothers Tae Jin and Tae Soo grew up in the streets together, but they get separated when Tae Jin gets caught by a gangster for stealing. Years later Tae Jin (Ji Jin Hee) has grown up to become a police officer, while Tae Soo (also Ji Jin Hee) is now a top assassin. The brothers finally reunite after two decades of separation, only for Tae Jin to be brutally murdered in front of Tae Soo's eyes. Determined to avenge his brother's death, the guilt-ridden Tae Soo assumes Tae Jin's identity and sets out on a blood-slashing path for revenge and redemption.

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Product Title: Soo (DVD) (Thailand Version) 壽 (DVD) (泰國版) 寿 (DVD) (泰国版) 寿
Artist Name(s): Sai Yoichi (Actor) | Ji Jin Hee (Actor) | Oh Man Seok (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) | Kang Sung Yeon (Actor) 崔 洋一 (Actor) | 池 珍熙 (Actor) | 吳 萬錫 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 姜成妍 (Actor) Sai Yoichi (Actor) | 池珍熙 (Actor) | 吴 万锡 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) | 姜成妍 (Actor) 崔洋一 (Actor) | チ・ジニ (Actor) | オ・マンソク (Actor) | ムン・ソングン (Actor) | カン・ソンヨン (Actor) 최양일 (Actor) | 지 진희 (Actor) | 오만석 (Actor) | 문 성근 (Actor) | 강성연 (Actor)
Release Date: 2010-11-25
Language: Korean, Thai
Subtitles: English, Thai
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 122 (mins)
Publisher: Thai CD Online
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023781799

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* Features :
- Photo Gallery
- Trailer

Director : Choi Yang-il

Twin brothers Tae Jin and Tae Soo grew up in the streets together, but they get separated when Tae Jin gets caught by a gangster for stealing. Years later Tae Jin (Ji Jin Hee) has grown up to become a police officer, while Tae Soo (also Ji Jin Hee) is now a top assassin. The brothers finally reunite after two decades of separation, only for Tae Jin to be brutally murdered in front of Tae Soo's eyes. Determined to avenge his brother's death, the guilt-ridden Tae Soo assumes Tae Jin's identity and sets out on a blood-slashing path for revenge and redemption.
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Professional Review of "Soo (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

July 20, 2007

This professional review refers to Soo (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Japanese-born Korean director Yoichi Sai has a bit of a conflicting reputation as a director in his native Japan. While his previous work was the unrelentingly brutal critical winner Blood and Bones, Sai also found commercial success in the same year with the cute puppy film Quills. However, Sai's Korean directorial debut Soo shows very clearly the type of reputation he wants to build in Korea. The violent revenge film required multiple cuts and went through multiple submission processes before it was approved by the censorship board. But even as a revenge action flick, Soo is definitely something different than what one might expect from Sai.

The title of the film comes from the protagonist's name Tae-Soo (Ji Jin-Hee). He has a twin brother Tae-Jin (also played by Ji), with whom he roamed around the fish market 19 years ago. One day, Tae-Soo tries to steal from a gang who end up catching Tae-Jin for the crime instead, leading to the brothers' separation. While Soo becomes an efficient mob fixer/assassin who is hated by police and rival criminals alike, Jin becomes a police detective, even though he once worked for the gang Soo stole from. One day, a mysterious call leads Soo to Tae-Jin, but just as the two brothers lock eyes and get ready for some brotherly bonding, Tae-Jin is killed. Overwhelmed equally by grief and rage, Tae-Soo sets himself on a straight line of revenge by doing whatever it takes to find his brother's killer, including impersonating Tae-Jin to infiltrate the police force. Then again, Tae-Soo doesn't have to do too much to find the killers, because the gang, thinking that he's Tai-Jin, intends on finishing the job they believe they failed to accomplish.

Soo sounds like it should be on auto-pilot from there, with Tae-Soo plowing down enemies one by one before finally getting his very bloody revenge. However, Sai doesn't take the route set by his contemporaries such as Park Chan-Wook, who made a trilogy of revenge films with dark humor and showy camerawork. Sai doesn't feel the need to reinvent the idea of vengeance; to Tae-Soo, the death of his brother destroyed his life's one goal, so he replaces it with the task of avenging his death - it's really that simple. On the other hand, Sai also strays from the raw brutal violence that he depicted with little emotions in Blood and Bones. In that particular film, viewers are shocked into sympathizing with anyone that falls under the iron grip of its key character. In Soo, Sai uses the violence as a tool for the perpetrator's satisfaction, not for inducing sympathy for its victims. Thus the director makes a conscious effort to build emotional attachment through cinematic touches such as music and unusually dark, atmospheric cinematography rarely seen in crisp, well-lit Korean films. The result is a work far more cinematic than his previous film, but also one that's more emotionally manipulative due to its disconnect from reality.

Soo also loses its impact towards the end when Tae-Soo arrives at the last stage of his revenge. While Sai presents the violence in a shocking and primal manner (the blade being the primary weapon of choice), he begins to dispose of logic in favor of getting to a predestined ending. Unlike Park Chan-Wook's revenge films, Sai doesn't stylize the combat scenes; they are often chaotic, emphasizing the desperation in the characters' will to survive. In one instance, Tae-Soo even rips out an enemy's eyeball without blinking an eye (no pun intended), with Sai placing his camera right in front of the act with an equal lack of hesitation. While that final 40 minutes replaces dialogue with a lot of blood, Tae-Soo's incredible survival skills begin to get over-the-top as he survives getting sliced and diced repeatedly by dozens of henchmen. We get that Tae-Soo is not undefeatable, but we don't get how he manages to survive past the 90-minute point.

Despite Sai's ability to satisfy the audience's bloodlust, he lacks a clear, straightforward narrative to earn sufficient motivation for his characters' actions. Even by the film's end, Tae-Jin's past remains sketchy at best, relying on the audience's connection to Tae-Soo to drive his revenge. We don't particularly care whether the scorned Tae-Jin deserved to die or not, especially when his death is suggested to be caused by a betrayal on his part. Even with the presence of Tae-Jin's girlfriend (Kang Seong-Yeon) to connect some of the dots, we only care about the revenge because Tae-Soo has been scorned, not because Tae-Jin was some kind of angel. This is especially unfortunate because Sai did depict the brothers' lives together before it went to hell. However, Tae-Jin lacks the development to make us believe that he was a man worth killing for.

Nevertheless, Soo's concept is somewhat successful on paper because it doesn't take the easy way to revenge. In execution, Soo is wildly uneven, moving between slow exposition scenes of plot development and raw, brutal fight scenes dominated by chaos. However, it remains a compelling and violent action film thanks to Sai's fluid camerawork during the action scenes and the performances of his actors. Special kudos go to star Ji Jin-Hee, who sheds his romantic leading man reputation to become a believable killer who can stab and punch his way out of a fight. Sai also sheds the expectations put on him after Blood and Bones by delivering an arthouse spin on a straightforward revenge film. Still, the film's ultimate effectiveness remains highly debatable.

By Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Soo (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (3)

Rhoda
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February 25, 2008

This customer review refers to Soo (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Hurrah Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
It's like watching a Die hard movie. Ji jin Hee suffered a lot but still fighting to his last breath. Certainly not likely to happen, but for the sake of the movie, it's very nice.

Brutal action, not for kids. Love the action and the thrill. Buy a copy.
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January 21, 2008

This customer review refers to Soo (VCD) (Korea Version)
very disappointing Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I thought this is a good film but bitterly disappointed after seeing it. It contains the American disease, ie. short of electricity because every scene is so dark you can't even see your own fingers. Also people are being knived and shot many times, yet they still get up and walk. The female lead is supposed to be a cop, but she didn't act like one till the end. I do not understand why scenes were being deleted because those scenes are actually shot in the light and they made the story a bit more complete, especially the end.
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July 11, 2007

This customer review refers to Soo (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Loved It! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i really, really enjoyed this movie! definitely realistic in its style & it really attracted my attention while watching, i had my video game face on the whole time (you know leaning forward, mouth wide open etc..)
i knew what type of film to expect knowing it was directed by the same director as 'Blood & Bones' (this being Yoichi Sai)
i have given this movie a 10/10, but thats not to say that every viewer would do the same, in fact i doubt alot of them would. but i have given this a 10 because i believe the style of the film & the way it wes shot in conjunction with the theme fit perfectly together.
So to all you skeptical buyers out there, i highly recommend this film to add to your collection
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