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The General's Son Trilogy Boxset (Blu-ray) (3-Disc) (4K Remastering First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region All

Park Sang Min (Actor) | Shin Hyun Jun (Actor) | Kim Seung Woo (Actor) | Oh Yeon Soo (Actor)
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Although Korea was slowly coming to terms with democratization in the early 90s, Korean cinema was suffering its worst crisis to date: theater admissions were touching an all-time low, and the rapid growth of Hollywood's influence on the market after its liberalization in 1988 led many people to consider the film industry in Korea a lost cause. But one of the first signs of what would become an impressive boom came with a trilogy of films centered around a legendary figure, folk hero Kim Doo Han. For the first time since 1977's Winter Woman, a Korean film was finally able to reach 700,000 admissions in Seoul: it was Im Kwon Taek's The General's Son, the first of a famous trilogy that rewrote the book on commercial cinema and action films in Korea.

Kim Doo Han was a very familiar subject to Koreans even on the big screen, as Lee Dae Geun was protagonist of a long series about him in the 70s. Adapted from Hong Sung Yoo's novel of the same name, The General's Son trilogy is centered around a young man who leaves the dark alleys of Cheonggyecheon to become the king of Jong-ro during the colonial period, eventually rising in the ranks of the independence movement and fighting against the yakuza led by the ruthless Hayashi (Shin Hyun Joon). But more than a political drama looking at Korea's folk heroes during the Japanese occupation, the trilogy marked a breakthrough in Korean action cinema. Jung Doo Hong, the best action director in Korea, took his first steps here, and many stars like Kim Seung Woo (Woman on the Beach), Shin Hyun Joon (Marrying the Mafia 2) and Park Sang Min (Tube) made their debuts. The three films brought Director Im back to his roots, as he used to direct commercial fare in the the 60s and 70s before turning into one of the most famous and acclaimed arthouse directors in Asia. Im proved once again that he hadn't lost his touch for creating fun, adrenaline-filled action films.

This boxset includes all three films in the trilogy as well as a 36-page photobook and 12 postcards.

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Product Title: The General's Son Trilogy Boxset (Blu-ray) (3-Disc) (4K Remastering First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) The General's Son 三部曲套裝 (Blu-ray) (三碟裝) (4K Remastering 首批限量版) (韓國版) The General's Son 三部曲套装 (Blu-ray) (三碟装) (4K Remastering 首批限量版) (韩国版) The General's Son Trilogy Boxset (Blu-ray) (3-Disc) (4K Remastering First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 장군의 아들 3부작 (블루레이) (3디스크) (네가티브 4K리마스터링 초회 한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: 將軍之子 / 將軍之子2 / 將軍之子3 将军之子 / 将军之子2 / 将军之子3
Artist Name(s): Park Sang Min (Actor) | Shin Hyun Jun (Actor) | Kim Seung Woo (Actor) | Oh Yeon Soo (Actor) 朴相民 (Actor) | 申鉉濬 (Actor) | 金承佑 (Actor) | 吳延秀 (Actor) 朴相民 (Actor) | 申铉濬 (Actor) | 金承佑 (Actor) | 吴延秀 (Actor) パク・サンミン (Actor) | シン・ヒョンジュン (Actor) | キム・スンウ (Actor) | オ・ヨンス (Actor) 박상민 (Actor) | 신현준 (Actor) | 김 승우 (Actor) | 오연수 (Actor)
Director: Im Kwon Taek 林權澤 林权泽 イム・グォンテク 임권택
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2019-03-07
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Other Information: 3-Disc
Shipment Unit: 3 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1071969655

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장군의 아들 3부작 (블루레이) (3디스크) (네가티브 4K리마스터링 초회 한정판) (한국판)

*Screen format: 1.78:1 / 1080P FullHD
*Sound mix:Korean 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
*Extras:
장군의 아들
- Commentary (임권택/감독, 정성일/영화 평론가)
- 60만 돌파 기념행사(A Commemorative event)
- 예고편(Trailer)

장군의 아들2
- Commentary (임권택/감독, 김홍준/감독)
- 무술팀 시연(Martial arts rehearsal) (4분 47초)
- 예고편(Trailer)

장군의 아들3
- Commentary (임권택/감독, 김홍준/감독)
- 예고편(Trailer)


*Director:임권택

장군의 아들
천하의 소인배들앞에 우뚝섰던 우리시대 가장큰 자유인!
8세에 어머니를 잃고 고아가 된 김두한은 각설이 생활을 하다가 타고난 힘으로 우미관을 중심으로 한 종로 주먹계에 소속되고, 이 세계에서 실력을 인정받게 된다. 이때 학생주먹계의 대장 신마적에 의해 그가 김좌진 장군의 아들임을 알게 된다. 한편 일본인 야쿠자들이 세력을 확장하여 종로로 진출하자 김두한은 종로의 한국인 상점들을 보호해 주며 그들의 신임을 받는다. 이때 우미관계의 우두머리 김기환이 잡히고 김두한은 종로 주먹계의 공식적인 우두머리가 된다.


장군의 아들2
어두운 시대를 부수고 솟구쳐오른 남자. 그 야망의 인간기록!
일제 식민지시대인 1930년대 말엽에 김두환은 종로거리를 넘보던 하야시와 전면전을 벌여 승리한다. 하야시파의 오른팔인 김동회와 김두환은 송채환이란 여인을 사이에 두고 운명적 대립을 한다. 채환은 동회와 사랑에 빠지고, 괴로워하던 두환은 일본장교와 시비가 붙어 헌병대 취조실로 끌려간다. 채환은 두환을 구하려 헌병대장에게 몸을 바치고 자취를 감춘다. 두환이 아편밀수를 하는 왜놈들 회사를 습격하자 하야시파에 비상이 걸리고, 두환을 짝사랑한 일본기녀 세쯔꼬는 두환에게 하야시파의 습격계획을 알려준다. 조선상권을 지키려는 두환과 하야시파는 종로에서 일대격전을 벌인다. 헌병을 가격하고 도망하는 두환을 구하기 위해 종로상인들은 힘을 합해 헌병을 막는다.

장군의 아들3
신화를 창조해낸 그 사내... 이제 그가 신화이다!
두한은 종로를 떠나 원산으로 간다. 그곳에서 두한은 악극단 가수 장은실을 못살게 구는 시라이와 다투다가 만주로 가게 된다. 쌍칼과 재회한 두한은 그의 환대로 무위도식한다. 동희를 찾고 그의 밀수업을 도와주던 두한은 그의 보금자리가 종로임을 깨닫고 종로로 돌아온다.

그리고 두한은 다시 부하들을 불러 모은다. 한편 원산에서 헤어졌던 장은실은 인기가수가 되었고, 두한은 은실의 공연장에서 하야시패 우다를 패 쫓기다가 은실의 숙소에 숨는다. 두한과 함께 있음을 목격당한 은실이 체포되자 두한은 자수를 결심한다. 헌병대에 자수한 두한은 무술시합에 이겨 풀려나자 부하들을 소집한다. 그리고 두한과 하야시패의 마지막 대결이 이어진다.
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February 12, 2019

The General's Son films are amongst the most famous works of renowned director Im Kwon Taek, undoubtedly one of the most important and influential figures in modern Korean cinema. Although in the West he is perhaps most associated with art house cinema as a result of the success of films such as Chihwaseon, which won him the 2002 best director award at Cannes, Im has a long history of more commercial fare, something which is unsurprising considering that he has over a hundred films to his credit in a career that spans more than five decades.

The General's Son trilogy, which was based upon a novel by Hong Sung Yoo, certainly sees Im at the top of his game, being a great mixture of not only history, politics and themes of Korean national identity, but also of action and spectacle, packed with bloody, exciting fight scenes. Originally released back in the early 1990s when the Korean film industry was at a particularly low ebb, all three films in the trilogy were huge hits at the domestic box office, and provided a template for the country's new cinematic wave.

The trilogy is set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, and is based on the life of Korean independence activist and fighter Doohan (played by Park Sang Min, later in action blockbuster Tube), a young man who is actually the son of a famous general, and who rises to rule the Jong Ro area and to wage his own war against the brutal Japanese invaders. The three films chart his progress from a lowly beggar to street thug, and eventually to respected gang leader and folk hero of the independence movement, a long and difficult journey which sees him fighting countless battles against a variety of powerful foes. As the years go by and the Japanese, led by the cruel Yakuza Hayashi (Shin Hyun Joon), gradually tighten their grip, Doohan's struggle grows ever more difficult as he finds himself up against all kinds of evil schemes and betrayals, often with only with his own two fists to rely upon.

All trilogies need strong characters to keep viewers coming back, and The General's Son certainly has this in the form of Doohan. Far from being an idealised hero, the film never shies away from showing his flaws as well as heroic qualities, a fact which makes him all the more human, and ultimately more likeable. Thankfully, Im steers clear of the usual clichés of the rise to power genre, with Doohan's path taking many unexpected turns, being an epic tale which is unpredictable right up until its very end.

The supporting cast are equally effective and relatively free of lame stereotypes, with even minor characters having their own believable motivations, and Im never feels the need to throw in needless subplots or forced resolutions to the many narrative threads. Similarly, although there are a number of female characters who ostensibly act as romantic interests for Doohan, they too are surprisingly well written and play far more important and telling roles than simply falling into his arms.

Above all, Im is a great storyteller, and he allows Doohan's life to unfold at a good speed which is neither rushed nor languorous, and if anything the viewer is left at the end of the third film still wanting to follow him further. Im manages to pack a great deal into the films, and covers a lot of ground, not only in narrative terms but thematically as well. The depiction of the vicious Japanese colonisation never avoids the awful details, but also never reduces them to pantomime villains. As a result, whilst the three films are nationalistic affairs, they have a certain balance, being as concerned with Doohan's own personal conflicts as they are with that of the country.

Im's direction is wonderfully cinematic throughout the trilogy, really bringing the period to life, and he manages to combine a great eye for detail and visual flair with a basic commercial sensibility which helps to ground the films as entertainment rather than history lessons. The action direction from Jung Doo Hong, who was later acknowledged as one of the originators of the gritty Korean action style, working on the likes of Taegukgi and Public Enemy, is excellent, being brutal and inventive without any excess of style or slow motion nonsense. All three films feature a good number of bloody brawls, many of them involving multiple opponents, since poor Doohan has an unfortunate habit of finding himself up against rather unfavourable odds.

The General's Son trilogy is a must for any serious fans of Korean films who wish to explore beyond the popular new wave, as the three, and indeed most of Im's works, have had a major influence in shaping the country's modern cinema. Perhaps even more importantly, the three stand as an exciting and gripping saga filled with action and great characters, and should be enjoyed by viewers of all persuasions.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

November 28, 2005

This professional review refers to The General's Son
The General's Son is a re-release of the 1990 film by Im Kwon Taek, a director with over a hundred films to his credit and a career which has spanned more than five decades. Undoubtedly one of the most important and influential figures in modern Korean cinema, Im has been one of the first to receive recognition outside his native land, most notably with Chihwaseon, which won him the 2002 best director award at Cannes. The General's Son is one of his most popular films, the first part of a trilogy and a major box office success during its original domestic release.

The plot is based on the actual life of Korean independence activist and fighter Kim Doohan, beginning with his early years growing up as a beggar in the Jong Ro area, which many saw as being the symbolic heart of the country, during the Japanese oppression. Doohan becomes involved with the resident street gangs, moving rapidly up the ranks due to his considerable fighting skills and fierce bravery. It transpires that he is actually the son of a famous Korean general who is currently embroiled in struggles against the invaders, and Doohan himself gradually takes on a similar role, uniting the gangs, residents and student idealists, and fighting back against the cruel Japanese.

The film is obviously a heroic, patriotic piece, and as such is perhaps likely to mean more to Korean viewers, or those with knowledge of the history of the time. However, the plot itself is generic enough, based upon themes of courage and pride, which should give it a universal appeal. Although fairly predictable, and offering no real narrative surprises, The General's Son is nevertheless well told, and works both as a depiction of a man's personal battle to take his place in the world, and that of a nation attempting to throw off the shackles of tyranny.

The main problem with the narrative is that Doohan's character is never really explored beyond his actions, and some of his motivations and acts of bravery, though merited by circumstance, would have benefited from deeper exploration. This is a shame, as the character is an interesting figure, and his fascinating emergence from the violent gang world to become a statesman and political figure deserves more in depth examination. As a result, his character does not develop significantly during the film, and he is easier to sympathize with as a symbol rather than an individual, which robs the film of some of its emotional impact.

Similarly, a number of plot points and thematically important supporting characters are glossed over or mentioned only briefly, serving only to undermine the narrative. This is especially true towards the end, when a couple of plot twists are hurriedly introduced, to slightly confusing effect.

Although The General's Son is lacking in character development, and is rather clumsy in revealing some of its secrets, it is well paced, with a number of fight scenes to keep things interesting. The film comes across as a mixture of a serious, fact based historical drama and an action packed gangster film. This is an odd combination, which is surprisingly successful, and though perhaps not quite offering enough for purists of either camp, it is, in general, very entertaining.

Im directs with a rich cinematic flair and a great eye for period detail, which helps to bring the Jong Ro area and its inhabitants to life in a convincing fashion. The fight scenes are brief and somewhat one-sided, though exciting and shot from a number of interesting angles which give them a gritty, realistic feel. The director's style is measured and pleasingly unobtrusive, in sharp contrast to the flashy editing and gimmicky techniques of modern cinema.

The General's Son is a worthy film, and for the casual viewer, it's a good sample of the large body of work from its director. Whether taken as a slice of patriotic drama, or an action film with more depth than the genre usually offers, The General's Son deserves to be as well known outside Korea as some of the director's more artistically inclined and weighty efforts.

Movie Grade: 3.5/5

Review by James - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (4)

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June 18, 2008

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Very good Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
THIS IS A VERY GOOD EPIC OF A PRE JAPANESE OCCUPATION IN KOREA. NICE SETTING, GOOD ACTING, GREAT ACTION. THERE IS ONE OBSERVATION THOUGH. THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A PART 4.. BECAUSE I FIND THE FILM UN FINISHED. BUT OVER-ALL, ITS A GREAT BUY.
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February 29, 2008

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The General's son can fight! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Non-Koreans like me might take some time to find their footing in director Im Kwon Taek's "The General's Son". Due to the unfamiliarity of this historical setting, the many errors in the English subtitles, and the confusion caused by the casting of Korean actors (indeed, very distintly Korean-looking actors) as the Japanese characters, I'm sure that a fair amount of the story escaped me. However, the heart of the story is quite simple.

Set during Japan's occupation of Korea, "The General's Son" tells of the rise of Kim Doohan (Park Sang Min) from an imprisoned beggar to the head of a gang that appears to form the core of Korean resistance to the occupation. Kim's climb to the top is sustained by his incomparable fighting prowess. Park Sang Min is convincing as this tough guy with a heart of gold.

The story unfolds at a rapid pace; the movie really flies by. And the fight choreography is brutally spectacular. Im Kwon Taek clearly intended this film to be a rousing ode to Korean nationalistic pride. Judging by the film's box office receipts, he obviously succeeded. Fans of director Im's arthouse flicks should understand that "The General's Son" was intended to be a popular entertainment; it is as subtle as a sledgehammer.

Viewers also should note that this is the first installment in a trilogy of "General's Son" movies; the manner in which this film ends clearly is intended to set up the second movie. I can recommend this first installment highly and I look forward to watching the second and third films in the series.
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August 6, 2003

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Yain Shidae is #1 Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
Well this maybe the real thing or what not, but the real exciting one is Yain Shidae with Ahn Jae Mo. He is an awesome fighter
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November 5, 2002

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legendary Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this is the original korean gangster movie. forget all the fancy type..this is a true story about Kim Doo Han who was the greatest street fighter in korean history. must c!!
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