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The Himalayas (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Jung Woo (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Lee Seok Hoon (Director)
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In 2004, a mountaineer embarked on a hazardous journey to recover the bodies of climbers who died on Mount Everest. Eleven years later, director Lee Seok Hoon (The Pirates) put the story on the silver screen. The adventure drama The Himalayas brings together the mountaineering team of Hwang Jung Min (Ode to My Father), Jung Woo (C'est Si Bon), Jo Sung Ha (The Suspect), Kim In Kwon (The Divine Move) and Ra Mi Ran (The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale), who picked up Best Supporting Actress at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards.

Experienced mountaineer Um Hong Gil (Hwang Jung Min) is assembling a team to climb Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain. Eager to join, young climbers Park Moo Taek (Jung Woo) and Park Jung Bok (Kim In Kwon) beg Hong Gil to accept them as team members. Though they are rejected by Hong Gil at first, they soon prove themselves qualified after vigorous training and become essential members of the team over time. After a leg injury forces Hong Gil to finally hang up his boots, Moo Taek decides to lead another team into Mount Everest, but tragically, he and his fellow climbers get stranded on the mountain. To retrieve their bodies, Hong Gil comes out of retirement and leads an expedition team into the mountain's oxygen-deprived "death zone."

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Product Title: The Himalayas (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 喜馬拉雅: 絕地救援 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 喜马拉雅: 绝地救援 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 喜馬拉雅: 絕地救援 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 히말라야
Also known as: 喜馬拉雅: 返家之路 喜马拉雅: 返家之路
Artist Name(s): Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Jung Woo (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Kim In Kwon (Actor) | Jo Sung Ha (Actor) 黃 政民 (Actor) | 鄭宇 (Actor) | 羅美蘭 (Actor) | 金仁權 (Actor) | 趙成夏 (Actor) 黄政民 (Actor) | 郑宇 (Actor) | 罗美兰 (Actor) | 金仁权 (Actor) | 赵成夏 (Actor) ファン・ジョンミン (Actor) | チョンウ (Actor) | ラ・ミラン (Actor) | キム・イングォン (Actor) | チョ・ソンハ (Actor) 황 정민 (Actor) | 정우 (Actor) | 라미란 (Actor) | 김인권 (Actor) | 조성하 (Actor)
Director: Lee Seok Hoon 李錫勳 李锡勋 イ・ソクフン 이석훈
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2016-07-08
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 125 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1050737731

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In the 22 years since he first scaled the Himalayas in 1985, Korea’s leading alpinist Um Hong-gil completed 38 excursions in the mountain range. From 2000-2002 he climbed the peaks Kangchenjunga, K2, Shishapangma and Everest together with his younger comrade Park Moo-Taek, becoming like a brother to him in the process.

But in 2005, while descending from the peak of Everest, Park Moo-Taek lost his life in an accident. In order to recov er the body, Um Hong-gil led a historically unprecedented expedition 8,750m above sea level, to the Death Zone of Mt. Everest. A touching drama based on the true story of famed mountaineer um Hong-gil.
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Professional Review of "The Himalayas (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 30, 2016

This professional review refers to The Himalayas (2DVD + Photobook) (Digipack Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Top Korean actor Hwang Jung-min (Ode to My Father) heads for the roof of the world in The Himalayas, directed by Lee Seok-hoon, who recently scored a box office megahit with historical caper The Pirates. Based on the 2004 true story of a courageous mountaineer who scaled Everest to recover the bodies of fellow climbers, the film also stars Jung Woo (C'est Si Bon), Jo Sung-ha (The Suspect), Kim In-kwon (The Divine Move) and actress Ra Mi-ran (The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale), and was a huge domestic success, managing to out-gross Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Hwang Jung-min plays revered climber Um Hong-gil, the film opening with him pulling together a team to climb the third highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga. While assembling his crew, he finds himself being plagued by two enthusiastic young climbers called Park Moo-taek (Jung Woo) and Park Jung-bok (Kim In-kwon), who plead with him to take them along despite their lack of experience. Eventually Um agrees, and the two surpass his expectations, proving themselves skilled and dedicated climbers, becoming his close comrades and trusted team members. Some years later, Um is forced to retire due to a leg injury, and leaves Moo-taek to head up an expedition to climb the mighty Mount Everest. Unfortunately, a fierce storm strands and decimates the party, and Um makes the difficult decision to try and bring their bodies back from the mountain.

While The Himalayas has a pretty standard plot, the true story element adds an extra layer of interest, and there's certainly something to be said for a Korean take on the subject of mountaineering, currently popular in western blockbusters and documentaries. Lee Seok-hoon does a good job of preventing the film from becoming the kind of Hwang Jung-min vehicle that might have been expected, giving plenty of screen time to the rest of the cast, and dividing things up helps hold the attention, even if some of the subplots are a little pointless, the scenes back in Korea in particular serving no real purpose. The pace is slow in places as a result, undermining the natural human drama and physical challenges at the heart of the film, though things do pick up during the many mountaineering scenes and the high-stakes final act.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, as is often the case with Korean cinema, there's a marked focus on melodrama throughout, Lee playing on themes of camaraderie, duty and family – even by the standards of the form there’s an incredible amount of crying, hugging, wailing and noble speeches in the face of icy death. While this might well turn off some non-local audiences unused to this kind of over the top emotional outpouring, there's no questioning the earnestness of it all, and for fans who know what they're getting into, there's nothing too offensive. Things are helped by some good performances from the cast, Hwang on likeable and benevolent form as ever, and Jung Woo and Kim In-kwon managing to develop their characters from comic relief in the early stages to something more sympathetic. Ra Mi-ran also does well as the team's female member, and while Lee misses the chance to delve into any gender commentary, the actress more than holds her own, being worthwhile of her Baeksang Arts Awards win for Best Supporting Actress.

The main strength of The Himalayas is the fact that it looks spectacular, Lee making grand use of the amazing mountain scenery. Boasting some gorgeous panoramic shots and some skilful blending in of CGI, the film is one of the most visually impressive from Korean of the recent year, and the towering peaks and vast snowy landscapes hammer home the theme of human beings being at the mercy of nature. The film’s convincing look also ups the threat and tension, Lee working in some tense set pieces that, while consisting of the usual avalanches, crumbling rocks and cast members hanging on the end of fraying ropes, inject some welcome thrills and excitement.

This distracts to a degree from the gratuitous melodrama, if possibly not enough for some viewers, and The Himalayas stands as a solid Korean blockbuster. While it's hard not to feel frustrated at the thought of what a more tightly edited and less hysterical take on the material might have achieved, Lee Seok-hoon nevertheless offers up a couple of hours of polished entertainment, which is likely to earn extra marks from fans of Hwang Jung-min and the rest of the cast.

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