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The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Kim Suk Hoon (Actor) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor) | Lee Won Jong (Actor)
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Prepare for all-out gang war, Joseon-style, in the period action comedy The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (a.k.a. Riot in a Gibang in 1724). Set in 1724 Korea, this fusion fighter from writer-director Yeo Gyoon-dong (Silk Shoes) packs in sprawling action and raucous humor amid beautiful costumes and elaborate sets. Appearing in his first film since 2005's Typhoon, Lee Jung Jae stars as the loud, accidental gangster opposite Kim Suk Hoon (Tube) as his comically villainous nemesis and Kim Ok Bin (Dasepo Naughty Girls) as the gisaeng (female entertainer) whose beauty launched a thousand brawls.

Ace fighter and trouble magnet Chun Doong (Lee Jung Jae) falls in love at first sight with enchanting gisaeng Seol Ji (Kim Ok Bin) but alas, their rendezvous is too brief as her underworld-connected boss Man Deuk (Kim Suk Hoon) warns him off and whisks her away. Still pining after Seol Ji, Chun Doong unexpectedly becomes the new boss of the Jakgwi gang when he accidentally kills the gang's head. As luck would have it, all the big bosses of the region are soon called together for a pow wow at Man Deuk's bar. Chun Doong uses the opportunity to rescue Seol Ji from Man Deuk's grasp, setting off a huge riot and gang war in the process.

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Product Title: The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 1724年妓房動亂事件 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 1724年妓房动乱事件 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) 1724 妓房乱動事件 (台湾版) 1724 기방난동사건 (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Kim Suk Hoon (Actor) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor) | Lee Won Jong (Actor) 李政宰 (Actor) | 金錫勛 (Actor) | 金玉嬪 (Actor) | 李元宗 (Actor) 李政宰 (Actor) | 金锡勋 (Actor) | 金玉嫔 (Actor) | 李元宗 (Actor) イ・ジョンジェ (Actor) | キム・ソックン (Actor) | キム・オクビン (Actor) | イ・ウォンジョン (Actor) 이 정재 (Actor) | 김 석훈 (Actor) | 김옥빈 (Actor) | 이원종 (Actor)
Director: Yeo Gyun Dong 呂均東 吕均东 ヨ・ギュンドン 여균동
Release Date: 2010-07-01
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022924728

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Professional Review of "The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

December 3, 2009

This professional review refers to The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (DVD) (Korea Version)
Riot in a Gibang in 1724 also known by the longer, though no less awkward moniker of The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan sees director Yeo Gyoon Dong trying something very different to his low budget road movie Silk Shoes. Despite its period setting, the film is a kinetic affair, fast paced and frantic, working street fights, comedy and romance together into a wildly entertaining mixture that manages to pull off the impressive feat of offering a fresh take on the usual historic gangster shenanigans.

Set in Korea in 1724, the film begins as lowly street brawler Chun Doong (actor Lee Jung Jae, making his first appearance since the 2005 hit Typhoon spots gorgeous courtesan Seol Ji (Kim Ok Bin, Dasepo Naughty Girls) during a fight. After a misunderstanding, she ends up not at the high class establishment she was meant for, but at his grandmother's shabby bar, where the two instantly strike up a rapport of sorts. Sadly, she is soon sent back to her original destination, run by vicious though camp local gang boss Man Deuk (Kim Suk Hoon, Tube). Through a wacky series of circumstances, Chun Doong becomes the leader of a rival gang, and uses his newfound status to try and win her back, with his incompetent actions leading to an all out turf war that engulfs the whole neighbourhood.

It takes only a few seconds to realise that Riot in a Gibang in 1724 is a rather unique proposition, combining the period setting with flashy modern visuals. Yeo's direction is highly stylised to say the least, and the technical trickery, fast editing and flashes of CGI initially seem a little jarring, as does the distinctly contemporary soundtrack, which features electro, pop and hip hop music. However, the viewer soon gets used to this high energy, high octane approach, and it actually works wonders, breathing excitement and vitality into the proceedings and giving the form a much needed shot of adrenalin. Gimmicks aside, the film is generally a good looking affair, being both colourful and suitably gritty, with Yeo working in plenty of cartoonish touches, very much in the style of Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle which it certainly resembles. Although the plot is straightforward, it makes for a rousing underdog story, with the central relationship between Chun Doong and Seol Ji being surprisingly endearing. This is mainly due to Lee Jung Jae's excellent performance, and he effectively carries the film with his dogged determination and reluctant but fitting rise to claim the mantle of gang boss.

The laughs come thick and fast, with lots of slapstick pratfalls and sight gags, and although as usual, when a film adopts a quick fire approach like this a few get lost in the mix, the overall humour hit rate is impressive. The straight-faced delivery certainly helps, and the film effectively pokes fun at the form and period dramas in general in frequently hilarious fashion. Whilst a number of the jokes are a little groan-worthy, the film shows a real sense of creativity and imagination, with a colourful supporting cast and bizarre villains.

The film also delivers in terms of action, with lots of martial arts and street brawling, most of it over the top and boisterous. The choreography is solid, with a few oddball touches to keep the viewer entertained, and Yeo throws in fight scenes with enough frequency to ensure that the pace never drops. Things do get somewhat more bloody and violent towards the end when the plot turns serious, and this adds a welcome visceral edge that helps the film progress from its early sillier scenes. The final battle itself is worth a mention, being a unique, CGI enhanced clash of the titans which really stands out and is both stylish and hard hitting.

This scene quite neatly sums up the appeal of Riot in a Gibang in 1724 and demonstrates exactly why it works so well, with its modern approach giving it a very different appeal and transforms what could have simply been yet another period set gangster tale into something far more fresh and entertaining. Certain to be enjoyed by viewers looking for a fast paced slice of action comedy, it shows that there is still life in the genre, at least for those directors brave enough to shake things up a little.

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Customer Review of "The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

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

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May 2, 2009

This customer review refers to The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Riot in a Gibang in 1724" finds a fresh way to tell a traditional tale of two hearts striving against adversity to find true love. One day courtesan Seol Ji (Kim Ok Bin) is delivered to work in a run-down brothel in a run-down neighborhood. Chun Doong (Lee Jung Jae), the street-fighting grandson of the brothel's owner, immediately falls head over heels in love with the beautiful courtesan. But two events are about to turn Chun Doong's grimy little world upside down.

First, by landing one lucky punch he manages to send the leader of the famous Big Ear Gang into a ten-year long coma; against Chun Doong's will, the gang makes him their new leader. Second, we learn that the courtesan Seol Ji was delivered to his grandmother's brothel by mistake; she soon is fetched and redelivered to the fancy brothel to which she was originally bound, a brothel run by the powerful leader of the evil Big Gun Gang.

Obviously, we are headed for a big showdown, as Chun Doong seeks the return of Seol Ji. The story is told with touches of wild humor, loads of CGI-enhanced fights, sumptuous period costuming, rock and hip hop music, and rich romanticism. These dischordant elements can create some jarring juxtapositions that may undercut the emotional power of the film's love story, but create a virtual feast for the eyes and ears. I've never seen anything quite like this film and I recommend it highly.
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