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Though a penniless street artist with no straight visions in life, Hee Do (Shin Ha Kyun) is quite happy having his girlfriend Eun Ah at his side. One day, he receives an anonymous phone call followed by a visit from a wealthy middle aged woman Hye Rin (Lee Hye Young, No Blood No Tears). Soon, Hee Do is whisked into a big mansion where he meets an old financial tycoon Kang Noh Sik (Byun Hee Bong) who challenges him to a devious little game. The catch is if Hee Do loses the game, he must trade his youth to the old man in exchange for three billion won. Not only does Hee Do lose the bet in a flash, but also squanders everything he once had including his youthful body. Now, in a tight battle of wits, Hee Do must find a way to get his own life and body back before Noh Sik erases all traces of the past.
Approximately 1.5 million moviegoers flocked to the theatres over the 2008 Lunar New Year holiday season to see this high-octane thriller loosely based on a Japanese comic book Change. Though thick with tension, The Game exudes an undercurrent of playfulness, delivering more charm and wit than typically expected from a genre thriller. A complex, character-driven morality play, The Game provides an insightful look at how life's tragedies can be fueled by simple greed and avarice.
|Product Title:||The Game (VCD) (Korea Version) The Game (VCD) (韓國版) The Game (VCD) (韩国版) ザ・ゲーム (VCD) (韓国版) 더게임|
|Artist Name(s):||Shin Ha Kyun | Lee Hye Young | Byun Hee Bong 申河均 | 李慧英 | 邊希峰 申河均 | 李慧英 | 边希峰 シン・ハギュン | イ・ヘヨン | ビョン・ヒボン 신 하균 | 이혜영 | 변희봉|
|Place of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1011910905|
공원에서 사람들의 초상화를 그려주는 거리의 화가 민희도(신하균 분)는 가난하지만 사랑하는 연인 은아(이은성 분)와 함께라면 작은 일상마저 소중하다고 느끼는 평범한 청년. 어느 날, 그에게 정체불명의 전화가 걸려온다. 그리고 비밀스럽고 거대한 저택으로 초대된 그에게 금융계의 큰 손이라 불리는 강노식(변희봉 분)은 거액이 걸린 일생 일대의 내기를 제안한다. 그의 무모한 제안에 흔들리던 희도는 결국, 사랑하는 사람과 행복했던 자신의 평범한 일상을 지키기 위해 노식의 제안을 받아들이고 인생을 건 최대의 도박을 시작한다.
Round 2 - 단 한번의 게임으로 모든 것이 달라졌다
가난한 거리의 화가 민희도와 금융계의 전설적 대부 강노식. 단 한번의 위험한 게임으로 그들의 인생은 완전히 뒤바뀌게 된다. 한 순간에 자신의 전부나 마찬가지인 젊음과 몸을 송두리째 빼앗겨 버린 희도, 그리고 부와 명예뿐만 아니라 한 청년의 모든 것인 젊음과 몸까지 갖게 된 노식. 모든 것을 잃고 한 순간에 나락으로 떨어진 희도는 삼촌 태석(손현주 분)의 도움을 받아 노식의 부인이었던 혜린(이혜영 분)을 찾아간다. 그리고 그녀는 희도에게 뒤바뀐 운명을 되찾을 방법을 제시하는데..
Round 3 - 마지막, 목숨을 건 승부를 시작한다.
모든 것을 되돌리기 위해 다시 한번 위험한 게임을 준비하는 희도. 그는 강노식의 몸을 가지고 다시 한번 마지막 승부수를 던지기 위해 음모를 꾸민다. 과연 마지막 승자는 누가 될 것인가?
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Body swapping has always been a popular cinematic theme, with the idea of being someone else offering the chance for escapist wish fulfilment and fantastic thrills. While The Game from Korean director Yun In Ho (responsible for When I Turned Nine and Mayonnaise, and who also worked on Hollywood films such as Apollo 13 and French Kiss) uses this basic premise, like John Woo's Face Off, it takes things in a darker and more sinister direction. Based upon a Japanese manga called Change, the film certainly proved popular with domestic audiences, managing an impressive 1.5 million admissions during the 2008 Lunar New Year holiday.
The drama starts as street artist Hee Do (cult favourite actor Shin Ha Kyun, also in No Mercy For the Rude, Save the Green Planet, and Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance) receives a mysterious phonecall and a visit from a rich older woman called Hye Rin (Lee Hye Young, No Blood No Tears). Agreeing to her request to meet her ailing husband, he follows her to a fabulous mansion, where he is offered a bizarre bet with elderly billionaire Kang Noh Sik (Byun Hee Bong, also in The Host) - if he wins, he takes home a fortune, though if he loses, he gives up his body. Desperate to pay off his girlfriend's debts, he takes the wager, only to lose and to wake up to find that his brain has been transplanted into the old man's dying form. While Noh Sik eagerly grabs his second chance at youth, reclaiming control of his company, romancing Hee Do's unsuspecting woman and generally living it up, the poor young man tries to find a way to reclaim his body before time runs out.
Although The Game may sound like a high concept cat and mouse thriller, it is actually more of a character drama than might have been expected, with director Yun choosing to focus mainly on the human elements of the story. Indeed, he certainly takes his time, exploring in depth the moral and philosophical implications of the situation, though thankfully not in a heavy-handed manner. The film splits its time between the two men, following them as they face the various challenges and complications of their new bodies, and the different ways in which they react makes for interesting viewing. Yun's humanistic approach also gives the basically daft story not only a solid emotional core, but also a certain sense of believability, with the well-developed characters having sympathetic motivations and goals. Wisely, although Noh Sik is clearly labelled as the bad guy, he is never allowed to degenerate into an overt villain as such, and his journey is arguably every bit as interesting as that of Hee Do, with both of them learning plenty of life lessons along the way. Crucially, both of the lead actors deliver marvellous performances in their dual roles, making the film far more convincing than it might otherwise have been.
This is not to say that the film doesn't pack in its fair share of twists and turns, and although it is pretty clear from the start where it is going Yun manages to keep the viewer gripped with a number of reasonably clever plot developments and a nice line in playful humour. This serves well, not only to notch up the tension, but to help distract the viewer from the many gaping holes in the plot and from the fact that the film is rather over-stretched and drawn out. Certainly, the middle section could have done with some trimming, being mainly comprised of characters taking far too long to anything and with the scenes of Noh Sik trying to woo Hee Do's silly damsel in distress girlfriend lacking any real weight. The third act is by far the most exciting, when Hee Do finally decides to take action, and the film effectively shifts up a gear for a taut finale. Even then, Yun sticks to his guns, never allowing things to stray too far into thriller territory, and although he almost drops the ball with a pointless tacked on surprise revelation, the film's conclusion is satisfying from both a narrative and thematic point of view.
This caps the film off nicely, and The Game stands as a solid piece of crowd-pleasing entertainment. Although the character driven approach doesn't quite deliver the excitement promised by its wacky premise, it benefits from being surprisingly substantial, and the well-told story and interesting protagonists are more than enough to keep the viewer hooked through to the end.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com