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SSunday Seoul (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Chung Ah (Actor) | Bong Tae Gyu (Actor) | Park Sung Hoon (Director)
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SSunday Seoul is an anthology of bizarre and humorous tales, strung together by the misadventures of two hapless heroes who seem blissfully unaware of their frequent brushes with the supernatural.

The first story, The Werewolf, follows high school student Do Yeon (Bong Tae Gyu, A Tale of Legendary Libido), who suffers regular humiliation at the hands of school bullies. He is not a good student, nor a good fighter, and he's even worse when it comes to the ladies. Do Yeon harbors a secret desire for the beautiful Ji Yeon (Ko Eun Ah, Swindler In My Mom's House), who sits in front of him in class - but has never had the courage to say anything. However, when he starts growing hair, claws and fangs, Do Yeon's world begins to change - especially when his parents tell him he's not the only one in the family ruled by the moon.

Proceedings take a dark and serious turn in The Visitor as a serial killer (Park Seong Bin) finds himself stranded on a pitch-black stormy night after his car breaks down. Seeking shelter, he ends up in a strange house, occupied by a family perhaps even more dangerous than him. But the light-heartedness returns for the final chapter, The Young Adventurer. Seeking revenge for the death of his father, a young man named Typhoon (Kim Su Hyeon) embarks on a journey to learn martial arts. This amusing episode deliberately plays on the formula of numerous kung fu movies from the 70s and 80s and features a number of knowing cameos.

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Product Title: SSunday Seoul (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 異想天開 (DVD) (台灣版) 异想天开 (DVD) (台湾版) サンデーソウル SSunday Seoul (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Lee Chung Ah (Actor) | Bong Tae Gyu (Actor) 李清娥 (Actor) | 奉太奎 (Actor) 李清娥 (Actor) | 奉太奎 (Actor) イ・チョンア (Actor) | ポン・テギュ (Actor) 이 청아 (Actor) | 봉태규 (Actor)
Director: Park Sung Hoon 朴成勳 朴成勋 Park Sung Hoon 박성훈
Release Date: 2008-09-01
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
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: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Sheng Chi Media (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1011885573

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導演:朴成勳

第一個故事《狼人少年》介於校園青春片和科幻片之間,講述被同學孤立的某高中生(奉太圭 飾)其實是狼人。第二個故事講述連環殺人魔(朴成斌 飾)的故事,是恐怖和喜劇集於一身的短片。最後一個故事《颱風青年》講述練武的青年(金壽賢 飾)和天才武術少女(李青雅 飾)的愛情故事,這是動作、喜劇和情節劇雜燴的短片。


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Professional Review of "SSunday Seoul (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

May 25, 2006

This professional review refers to SSunday Seoul
Park Seong Hoon makes his feature film directorial debut with Ssunday Seoul, which is pretty much a Korean take on a Tales from the Crypt/Twilight Zone-type omnibus film, albeit with a heavier emphasis on humor. Ssunday Seoul is comprised of three short "Weird Tales" with amusing vignettes scattered between them. Each story's premise veers toward the supernatural or the extraordinary, but as much promise as all of these tales possess, Ssunday Seoul fails to deliver the goods.

The English title of the first main story is "Teen Wolf," which immediately draws connections to the identically-titled 1985 Michael J. Fox werewolf flick Teen Wolf and to a lesser extent, the 1957 Michael Landon film, I Was A Teenage Werewolf. Sadly, neither is surpassed by this Korean re-imagining (or should I say rip-off?). This tale stars Bong Tae Gyu as Do Yeon, a meek bully magnet who spends most of his time fantasizing about Ji Yeon (Ko Eun Ah), the sexy "bad girl"-type who sits in front of him in class. As can be expected from the short film's title, Do Yeon finds himself going through all sorts of changes, including sprouting hair in weird places and developing some razor sharp fangs all on his way to full-fledged lycanthropy. Even though using the werewolf as metaphor for puberty is as obvious as it is cliché, if one considers the change of setting to Korea, there seems like a whole lot more could be mined from this well-traveled idea.

To its credit, "Teen Wolf" adds a romantic twist: just as Do Yeon learns of his heritage, he also discovers that he can only settle down with another werewolf. This revelation proves disappointing as he only has eyes for Ji Yeon, but then again, there's something about his dream girl that's a little "off," too - a reveal that will come as a surprise to absolutely no one in the audience. When all is said and done, "Teen Wolf" is an adequate, sometimes amusing interpretation of the werewolf legend, but it falters considerably due to its lack of any substantive conclusion - what happens to Do Yeon and Ji Yeon? The film doesn't say, instead settling for an ending that isn't really an ending at all. Even worse, despite what looks to be the beginning of An American Werewolf in London-style metamorphosis, complete with an elongated wolf nose, "Teen Wolf" doesn't even deliver a full-on transformation scene! When Do Yeon finally "wolfs out" he just has wild anime hair and fangs. Ho hum. Even 1941's The Wolf Man did better than that!

Although the second story, "The Visitor," maintains the supernatural vibe of "Teen Wolf," it's tonally inconsistent, as it is a bit too grim considering the more comedic touches of the other two stories in the anthology. The premise is simple: a serial killer (Park Seong Bin) makes a pit stop at a spooky-looking house after his car breaks down. Staying true to his nature, he murders the young woman inside. However, he soon discovers that the family is not at all what they seem. "The Visitor" is definitely Tales from the Crypt material in terms of premise. However, as with "Teen Wolf," it's no surprise what happens in the film, and it's a shame the writers didn't play the formula more for laughs. Instead, what you have is a tedious recitation of a horror cliché - a bad guy gets the tables turned on him by supernatural forces - without any innovation whatsoever. Unfortunately, "The Visitor" ends up bringing the film down even further from its so-so beginning.

Luckily for the filmmakers, the third story is undoubtedly the strongest of the bunch. Entitled "Young Blood Taepoong," it stands out in a different way, since it has nothing to do with horror at all - it's a martial arts-infused revenge film. Kim Su Hyeon plays Taepoong, a young man seeking the wisdom of a fabled master of the martial arts in the hopes that he will train him. His mission? To avenge his father's death! Of course, "Young Blood Taepoong," like the previous two stories, is a ridiculously clichéd storyline, but director Park actually gets this one right - he milks the formula for every conceivable laugh. Whether it's the exaggerated performances (Taepoong's memory/re-enactment of his father's death is hilarious, as is his father's nonsensical true identity), the Shaw Brothers parodies, the Kill Bill and Spaghetti Western references, or the general likeability of its characters, "Young Blood Taepoong" is what the other stories in Ssunday Seoul should have been. Short stories in these types of narratives always contain a twist, but this story is the first one that's actually a fairly funny surprise, although it makes you wish they had more time to develop the budding romance between Taepoong and the master's daughter (a charming Lee Chung Ah). Of all the films, this is the one that had the most potential to be a standalone feature film - an all-out martial arts parody flick that would put Kung Pow: Enter the Fist to shame.

Ultimately, there's not enough going for Ssunday Seoul, for me to give it a recommendation. However, if you're a fan of Shaw Brothers-style revenge flicks, the comic strengths of "Young Blood Taepoong" might be enough to merit a look. And despite the lackluster conclusion to "Teen Wolf," Bong Tae Gyu and Ko Eun Ah turn in fairly engaging performances. Still, the shoddiness of the scriptwriting and the over-reliance on clichés cannot elevate Ssunday Seoul beyond what it is - a passable diversion on a lazy Sunday.

By Calvin McMillin

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