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The Exclusive: Beat the Devil's Tattoo (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Jo Jung Suk (Actor) | Lee Ha Na (Actor) | Lee Mi Sook (Actor) | Kim Dae Myung (Actor)
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Director Roh Deok (Very Ordinary Couple) contemplates the meaning of truth in her sophomore directorial effort The Exclusive: Beat the Devil's Tattoo. Screened at the 18th Udine Far East Film Festival, the crime thriller stars Jo Jung Suk (Time Renegade) as a journalist whose exclusive scoop about a serial murder case leads to even more crimes. Lee Mi Sook (Horny Family) plays the newsroom head and Lee Ha Na (R2B: Return to Base), the journalist's wife.

Television reporter Heo Moo Hyuk (Jo Jung Suk), who is suspended from his post, receives a handwritten note from the most-wanted serial killer. Based on the note, he writes an exclusive story about the murder case that will save his job. Without further investigation, newsroom head Baek (Lee Mi Sook) releases the story which causes a great sensation. Thanks to the scoop, Moo Hyuk quickly resumes his work but discovers that his article was based on misinformation. However, a murder case then actually occurs according to his exclusive story.

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Product Title: The Exclusive: Beat the Devil's Tattoo (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 奪命頭條 (2015) (DVD) (台灣版) 夺命头条 (2015) (DVD) (台湾版) 奪命頭條 (2015) (DVD) (台湾版) 특종: 량첸살인기
Also known as: 獨家報導:良辰殺人記 独家报导:良辰杀人记
Artist Name(s): Jo Jung Suk (Actor) | Lee Ha Na (Actor) | Lee Mi Sook (Actor) | Kim Dae Myung (Actor) | Bae Sung Woo (Actor) | Kim Eui Sung (Actor) | Tae In Ho (Actor) 曹 政奭 (Actor) | 李 荷娜 (Actor) | 李美淑 (Actor) | Kim Dae Myung (Actor) | 裴成佑 (Actor) | 金義城 (Actor) | 太 仁鎬 (Actor) 曹 政奭 (Actor) | 李 荷娜 (Actor) | 李美淑 (Actor) | Kim Dae Myung (Actor) | 裴成佑 (Actor) | 金义城 (Actor) | 太 仁镐 (Actor) チョ・ジョンソク (Actor) | イ・ハナ (Actor) | イ・ミスク (Actor) | キム・デミョン (Actor) | ペ・ソンウ (Actor) | Kim Eui Sung (Actor) | Tae In Ho (Actor) 조정석 (Actor) | 이하나 (Actor) | 이 미숙 (Actor) | 김대명 (Actor) | 배성우 (Actor) | 김의성 (Actor) | 태인호 (Actor)
Director: Roh Deok Roh Deok Roh Deok ノ・ドク 노덕
Producer: Han Jae Rim 韓在林 韩在林 ハン・ジェリム 한재림
Release Date: 2016-07-12
Language: Korean
Subtitles: 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, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 126 (mins)
Publisher: Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1050999922

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August 22, 2016

This professional review refers to The Exclusive: Beat the Devil's Tattoo (DVD + Photobook) (2-Disc) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
The Korean media comes under the spotlight in satirical comedy-drama The Exclusive: Beat The Devil's Tattoo, the second offering from female writer director Roh Deok. The film, which screened at the 18th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, is certainly a very different proposition from her 2013 rom-com debut Very Ordinary Couple, following the misadventures of a hapless journalist who gets caught up in a serial killer case, much to the delight of his newsroom boss.

The film stars Jo Jung-suk (Time Renegade) in the lead as down on his luck television reporter Heo Moo-hyuk, suspended from his job and on the verge of being divorced by his gallery owner wife Soo-jin (Lee Ha-na, R2B: Return to Base). Heo sees a chance to turn things around when he comes across a handwritten message from a serial killer terrorising the city, which newsroom head Baek (Lee Mi-sook, Horny Family) promptly releases without checking the facts. Although the note causes a media frenzy, Heo soon finds out that it was actually a fake, and he sets about trying to cover his track as the police investigate, led by the dogged Chief Inspector Oh (Bae Sung-woo, Inside Men). Things get worse when an apparent witness gets involved, and a real life murder is uncovered that seems to have been inspired by Heo's report.

It's never the easiest task to combine humour, social commentary and thrills, though with The Exclusive: Beat The Devil's Tattoo Roh Deok does a very satisfactory job. This is largely down to a clever and engaging script, which balances a scathing portrayal of the Korean media with character drama and an interesting, if somewhat scattershot serial killer story. Though it's been done before, the media theme is put to good use here, and Roh gets plenty of mileage both from amusingly cynical observations and from posing questions as to the nature of the truth and the ways in which it can be appropriated and manipulated. Whilst its conclusions might not be particularly biting, the film is worthy and at least vaguely challenging in this respect, and it does offer something different to the usual corruption conspiracy thrillers that continue to dominate Korean cinema.

The film basically operates as an increasingly chaotic and deadly comedy of errors, Heo's life quickly spiralling out of control, and though it feels a little random in places, it's generally tense and creative. This is undermined to an extent by an overly long running time, the second act being in need of judicious trimming, and an uncertain pace, Roh in places getting a bit tangled up with the many twists and turns of the plot. The final third edges a little too far into generic thriller territory, and while this does provide a welcome excuse for some bloody scenes, the serial killer clichés employed are at odds with the sharper content of the rest of the film.

This is alleviated by the fact that Heo makes for a very likeable protagonist, Jo Jung-suk turning in a great, everyman performance. Rather than being either this kind of slick high-flyer or tough anti-hero that might have been expected, he comes across as an average guy, simply trying to drag his life out of the toilet, spending most of the film clinging onto some semblance of control by his fingertips. This really helps anchor the film, and the viewer roots for him from the start, the suspense building as things get worse for the poor fellow despite his best efforts. While Lee Ha-na doesn't have much to do, Lee Mi-sook is great value for money as the ruthless and contemptuous station head, getting most of the film's best lines and chewing the scenery in enjoyable fashion.

There's more than enough here to make The Exclusive: Beat The Devil's Tattoo an entertaining watch and an effective piece of social commentary. Though lacking in focus at times, it's nevertheless a fine sophomore offering from Roh Deok, and marks her as a director worth keeping an eye on.

by James Mudge -

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