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The Cat (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Park Min Young (Actor) | Kim Dong Wook (Actor) | Lee Chang Dong (Producer) | Byeon Seung Wook (Director)
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Cats aren't so cute in the 2011 Korean horror The Cat. Popular television actress Park Min Young of City Hunter and Sungkyunkwan Scandal fame leaps to the silver screen as the heroine of this eerie summer horror entry. Directed by Byun Seung Wook (Solace), the film also co-stars Kim Dong Wook (Romantic Heaven) and famous child actress Kim Sae Won's little sister Kim Ye Ron in her acting debut.

Pet groomer So Yeon (Park Min Young) has suffered from claustrophobia ever since she was a child. One of her customers is found dead in an elevator, leaving behind her cat Bidan. At the police's request, So Yeon takes in Bidan for the time being, but strange things begin to happen. So Yeon has recurring nightmares about a little girl, and her friend Bo Hee (Shin Da Eun, Midnight FM) dies of mysterious circumstances soon after adopting a cat. Fearing that she may be the next victim, So Yeon and police officer Joon Suk (Kim Dong Wook) investigate the mystery, and discover that there is much more to the cats.

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Product Title: The Cat (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 貓:看見死亡的雙眼 (DVD) (台灣版) 猫:看见死亡的双眼 (DVD) (台湾版) 猫:死を見る二つの目 (DVD) (台湾版) 고양이 : 죽음을 보는 두개의 눈
Also known as: 貓眼見鬼 猫眼见鬼
Artist Name(s): Park Min Young (Actor) | Kim Dong Wook (Actor) 朴敏英 (Actor) | 金 東昱 (Actor) 朴敏英 (Actor) | 金 东昱 (Actor) パク・ミニョン (Actor) | キム・ドンウク (Actor) 박민영 (Actor) | 김동욱 (Actor)
Director: Byeon Seung Wook 邊勝旭 边胜旭 ピョン・スンウク 변승욱
Producer: Lee Chang Dong 李滄東 李沧东 イ・チャンドン 이창동
Release Date: 2012-05-11
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 105 (mins)
Publisher: Eagle International Communication CO.,LTD
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030892598

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導演:邊勝旭

  死亡 是最仁慈的懲罰 這次要血債血償……

  素妍因幼年時的某個刺激得了幽閉恐懼症。成年後,她成了一名寵物美容師,只有和可愛的動物在一起,她才感覺格外幸福。一天,素妍幫一隻寵物貓做美容,貓的主人回家後在電梯裡發生了意外。恐怖氣氛頓時散佈開來,而目擊整件神秘可怕事件的只有那隻雪白的貓。素妍接受了員警的囑託,將失去主人的貓暫時帶回自家飼養,自此就開始看到一個神秘的小女孩反復出現。儘管素妍一直努力克服自己的幽閉恐懼症,卻仍然無法阻止噩夢造訪。她隱約的感受到這隻不祥的貓將會帶來意想不到的悲劇。幾天後她看到自己的朋友也遭遇了不幸……
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Professional Review of "The Cat (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

November 14, 2011

This professional review refers to The Cat (2011) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Korean horror takes a furry, feline turn with The Cat from writer director Byun Seung Wook (Solace), pitting television actress Park Min Young (City Hunter, Sungkyunkwan Scandal) against a killer kitty and the usual requisite vengeful ghost. Another of the summer 2011 genre hits, the film also stars Kim Dong Wook (Romantic Heaven) and Sin Da Eun (Midnight FM), and marks the debut of Kim Ye Ron, sister of top child actress Kim Sae Won.

Park Min Young plays pet shop worker So Yeon, a young animal-loving woman whose life has been blighted by the claustrophobia she has suffered since childhood. After one of her customers mysteriously dies in an elevator, she is given her cat Bidan to take care of, and soon enough is being plagued by visions of a weird little girl. She confides in her best friend Bo Hee (Shin Da Eun), who promptly ends up dead, and so with the help of police officer and former crush Joon Suk (Kim Dong Wook) sets out to investigate, convinced that the deaths are somehow linked to the cat.

For many viewers, cats are sinister creatures at the best of times, and director Byun certainly goes out of his way to exploit this, with the feline members of the cast spending most of the running time hissing, yowling, scratching, and generally not acting like cute and cuddly pets. The cats certainly do suffer themselves, not only being put to sleep, but even worse, are subjected to all manner of indignities, being dressed up, given makeovers and fur colourings - likely making the death scenes seem like justified revenge for some viewers. The cat related shocks are combined with more traditional Asian ghost film motifs, with a bob-haired child ghost providing most of the scares and sudden jump frights. Although this is pretty familiar stuff, the ghost is actually one of the more creepy spectres of late, with cat eyes, top rated sneaking skills, and an uncanny strength which allows her to pull victims into closets, under beds and even into furnaces.

In general terms, the scares themselves are fairly obvious and telegraphed, but Byun does a good job of creating an ominous atmosphere and manages to throw in enough spooky action to keep genre fans happy. There are also a few gruesome moments and effective jolts scattered throughout, with some pretty decent death scenes as the more unlikeable cast members get bumped off in satisfying manner. These give the film a real lift and ground its sense of threat, with a couple of neatly staged mass feline attack sequences and the ghost getting the chance to use some nasty looking face shredding claws.

At the same time, the film does make an effort to add a little depth and character development, linking the deaths and hauntings to So Yeon's claustrophobia. Although the mental illness aspect and her pill popping aren't really explored in much depth, they do at least make for a certain ambiguity, and this bolsters the central mystery as to the identity of the ghost and the reason behind the cat carnage. Byun also throws in a bit of melodrama through her relationship with Joon Suk, though this is more of an unrequited crush rather than a romance, and thankfully the film doesn't waste too much time on it, using it mainly to paint her as even more of a sad figure, as do a few hints of a dark secret in her past. Park Min Young is good in the lead role, making So Yeon a sympathetic protagonist despite her flaws and basic passivity, and turns in a quiet though effective performance.

All of this works pretty well, and whilst the plot meanders a bit and has a few slow spots, it's refreshingly free of any sudden grand twists, its investigation not really beginning until the final act. This having been said, the film does drop the ball a little with its clumsy use of an old woman who randomly wanders in and out of the plot, being called crazy by most of the cast despite quite obviously being on hand for exposition and flashbacks. Still, this isn't too major a crime, and the film is for the most part an engagingly moody affair, though one with enough eccentric touches to help it attain a much needed sense of identity amongst its many peers.

As a result, whilst by no means outstanding, The Cat is a perfectly solid and entertaining piece of Korean horror, and one which should go down well with genre fans. With competent handling from Byun Seung Wook and Park Min Young successfully making the transition to the big screen, it has plenty to recommend it, for cat lovers and haters alike.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "The Cat (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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October 17, 2011

This customer review refers to The Cat (2011) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
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ClAusTrophobia – Sad Cats and Scary Girls Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Working in a pet shop So-yeon (Min-young Park) gives white cat Silky a makeover, even colouring the cat’s cheeks pink. But when Silky’s lady owner collects and takes Silky outside from the shop, So-yeon sees a bob haired child stroking the white cat, but instantly disappears (just like a ghost!) after a passing car blocks So-yeon’s vision. In the shop, So-yeon is then startled by hand/cat prints on a window and terrified as a child’s face with yellow cat eyes and bobbed hair stares menacingly at her. But So-yeon believes the odd intrusions symptoms of her claustrophobia, always fearing enclosed spaces since a childhood trauma. She even as her apartment doors removed for fear of being locked in. Visiting a psychiatrist, So-yeon discuses her visions, but is told that the strange girl So-yeon ‘sees’ is herself; So-yeon having had a bob hair style as a child. To stop the ‘visions’ So-yeon should face her fears. But hearing about the death of Silky’s cat owner from policeman Jun-seok, an ex-boyfriend of So-yeon’s friend Bo-hee, So-yeon’s fears begin to project odd coincidence. For one, Silky’s owner mysteriously dies in an enclosed elevator, one of So-yeon’s fear places. Police study CCTV footage, but only see a woman dying of a panic attack. Jun-seok is unconvinced, but asks So-yeon to look after Silky for a while.

So-yeon takes Silky to her apartment (her boss not wanting a ‘bad luck’ cat in his shop), but as the ghost follows Silky, the ghoulish cat-girl jumps out at So-yeon from under her bed, then disappears. Shaken, So-yeon still believes the frights are all in her head. Silky, though causes Bo-hee to ask So-yeon for a cat for grooming, so both visit a desolate, snow covered animal shelter. Inside the grim ‘sanctuary’ Bo-hee adopts a chinchilla named Dimwit, named by a similarly grim male worker. But So-yeon gets temporally locked in the cat ‘sanctuary’, triggering her claustrophobia, as a pursing ghost presence expresses hate vibes to the animal shelter’s prison condition. At home, feisty Bo-hee annoyed at Dimwit scratching her, angrily chases her cat into a storeroom where the door swings shut and the cat-girl appears scaring Bo-hee to death. So-yeon helps Bo-hee but suffers an ordeal in an hospital lift, seeing the cat-girl appear on Bo-hee’s face. Eventually So-yoen visits the husband of Silky’s owner, who tells So-yeon to give away Silky, believing the cat cursed due to his dead wife previously having visions of a bob haired child.
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Cat Intruders - Sad and scary Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Troubled by déjà vu, So-yeon sets Silky free in a local park, but there encounters a lost old woman with Alzheimers, who later asks So-yeon to find her lost granddaughter at an apartment block. As the plot delves deeper and So-yeon believing the ghost to be more than fear imagination, Jun-seok and So-yeon try to find the truth behind the mysterious deaths in enclosed places, seemingly by a ghost child who hates anyone harming cats. But returning to the animal shelter for info about Bo-hee’s cat, another grim discovery in an enclosed space is found, causing more concern for So-yeon. I found “The Cat” an interesting ghost movie. It as a strange out of reality ambience as you follow So-yeon’s psychological fear and cat horror towards a final connected outcome. Although mutation ghost girl scare clichés are revisited, they’re interestingly adapted for the cat theme. It’s not too gory, although there’s some freaky cat imagery here (heads in jars) and ironically some cat attacking victim scenes may seem humorous. The atmosphere (or catmosphere) is well littered with ‘menacing’ cats, their slit eyes gleaming in the shadows and clustering about like cat versions of Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. But here cats have good reason to be concerned, victims of neglect and slaughter. These feelings empathised with a little girl who only ever sees death all around her.

Although a moderate horror, it could be disturbing for cat lovers, especially an incinerator bit and when Dimwit is ‘put down’. Of course no real cats are harmed, but even so. The parallel of the cat-child ghost and So-yeon’s claustrophobia make for an interesting psychological mix and the sad end also as soul redeeming features. Min-young acts well as the fun filled but troubled So-yeon, coping with all the inner turmoil and outward metaphysical disturbance. The thing about invisible ghosts, what is ‘seen’ as outside phenomena in horror scares, is imposed in the mind of the protagonist. But “The Cat”, its physical (the child ghost as deadly claws!) and innocence calls the vengeance shots when the origins of the cat-child are revealed. Little actress Ye-ron Kim, the sister of Sae-ron Kim (“The Man From Nowhere”) does well with her ghost menace. Scare effects are also nicely done, like the cat’s eyes turning around under So-yeon’s bed and a birds eye view apartment block stair flight; the clichés not too passé, the cat theme quelling expectations into unusual menace. A sad one, though, at the finish.
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