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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), 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), 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 Ssunday Seoul Ssunday Seoul Ssunday Seoul 썬데이 서울
Artist Name(s): Lee Chung Ah | Bong Tae Gyu 李清娥 | 奉太奎 李清娥 | 奉太奎 イ・チョンア | ポン・テギュ 이 청아 | 봉태규
Release Date: 2006-06-22
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: Cinema Service
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004439285

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* Supplement :
- 까메오 열전
- Deleted Scene with 커멘터리

썬데이서울은 신선함이다

영화의 장르, 내용과 형식, 제작환경 등 모든 면에 있어서 ‘고정관념 탈피!’
- 다양함과 새로움이 엿보이는 <썬데이서울>의 즐거운 도전!

장르를 국한시키지 않는다! 장르를 넘어선 신(新) 장르! <썬데이서울>에는 ‘장르의 종합선물세트’라고 할 정도로 많은 장르가 모여있다. 평범한 짱개 청년 덕규와 진수의 눈을 통해 비춰진 기막히고 황당한 ‘썬데이서울스러운’ 세상은 공포와 SF, 액션과 코믹, 로맨스를 오가며 다채롭게 보여진다. 엉뚱하고 기발한 상상력으로 점철된 <썬데이서울>이기에 제한을 두지 않는 장르의 합집합은 당연한 것일지도 모른다. 여타 다른 영화에서 찾아볼 수 없는 <썬데이서울>의 버라이어티한 장르 스타일은 관객들에게 다양한 맛을 느낄 수 있는 즐거움은 물론, 색다른 재미를 안겨줄 것이다. 영화의 장르가 다양하다는 것은 그 만큼 풍성한 이야기가 담겨 있다는 것일터. 클로쉐는 커녕 전개되는 내용을 전혀 짐작할 수 없는 스토리와 영화의 형식, 촬영부분 등에서도 <썬데이서울>만의 신선함은 빛을 발한다. 특히, 상업영화 최초의 ‘선개런티’ 제작환경은 충무로 영화계를 들썩이게 한 혁신적인 사건으로 화제를 모았다. 또한, 신세대배우와 은막의 스타 등 영화사상 가장 다채로운 캐스팅까지 <썬데이서울>은 기존에서 찾아볼 수 없는 요소들을 모두 갖춘 새롭고 패기 넘치는 영화다.

당신이 상상한 모든 것이 뒤집힐만한 기묘하고 즐거운 세상이 펼쳐진다!

평범한 고교생 덕규와 짱개 청년 진수의 눈에 비친 믿을 수 없는 사건들의 연속...

우연히 목격한 엽기 커플의 잔혹한 사랑담을 시작으로 생긴 것도 억울한데 왕따까지 당하는 반 친구 도연(봉태규 분)에게 일어난 엄청난 신체적 변화, 자장면 배달 갔던 사건현장에 처참하게 살해당한 채 버려진 연쇄살인마(박성빈 분)에게 일어난 끔찍한 사건, 그리고 고독과 번뇌 속에 무술을 연마하는 한 청년과 천재무술소녀(이청아 분)의 가슴 아픈 사랑을 차례차례 목격하면서 덕규와 진수는 자신들이 알고 있는 현실 이상의 것과 마주하게 되는데...
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Professional Review of "Ssunday Seoul "

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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