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The Neighbors (2012) (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Kim Yoon Jin (Actor) | Cheon Ho Jin (Actor) | Lim Ha Ryong (Actor) | Kim Jung Tae (Actor)
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One rainy night, a young girl (Kim Sae Ron) is brutally murdered on her way home from school. Unbeknownst to all, the killer (Kim Sung Kyun) lives right downstairs. In the ensuing days, the victim's stepmother (Kim Yoon Jin) and various people in the neighborhood start noticing signs of things amiss and begin to suspect the identity of the killer...

Based on a comic by Kang Pool, The Neighbors spins a tense character-driven thriller from a devastating crime. Kim Yoon Jin leads the ensemble cast as the guilt-ridden mother haunted by the death of her stepdaughter, played by child actress Kim Sae Ron (The Man From Nowhere) in dual roles. Kim Sung Kyun follows Nameless Gangsters with another memorable performance as the killer, which earned him a Best New Actor win at the 49th Daejong Awards. Cheon Ho Jin, Jang Young Nam, Do Ji Han, Ma Dong Seok and Lim Ha Ryong make up the rest of The Neighbors. The film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Kim Whee, whose writing credits include Haeundae and Midnight FM.

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Product Title: The Neighbors (2012) (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 鄰居們 (2012) (DVD) (首批限量版) (韓國版) 邻居们 (2012) (DVD) (首批限量版) (韩国版) 隣人 (DVD) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 이웃사람 (DVD) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: 惡鄰拼圖 恶邻拼图
Artist Name(s): Kim Yoon Jin (Actor) | Cheon Ho Jin (Actor) | Lim Ha Ryong (Actor) | Kim Jung Tae (Actor) | Kim Sae Ron (Actor) | Ma Dong Seok (Actor) | Jang Young Nam (Actor) | Kim Sung Kyun (Actor) | Do Ji Han (Actor) 金允珍 (Actor) | 千虎珍 (Actor) | Lim Ha Ryong (Actor) | 金宗泰 (Actor) | 金賽綸 (Actor) | 馬東石 (Actor) | 張英南 (Actor) | 金成均 (Actor) | 都枝寒 (Actor) 金允珍 (Actor) | 千虎珍 (Actor) | Lim Ha Ryong (Actor) | 金宗泰 (Actor) | 金赛纶 (Actor) | 马东石 (Actor) | 张英南 (Actor) | 金成均 (Actor) | 都枝寒 (Actor) キム・ユンジン (Actor) | チョン・ホジン (Actor) | イム・ハリョン (Actor) | キム・ジョンテ (Actor) | キム・セロン (Actor) | マ・ドンソク (Actor) | チャン・ヨンナム (Actor) | キム・ソンギュン (Actor) | ト・ジハン (Actor) 김 윤진 (Actor) | 천호진 (Actor) | 임하룡 (Actor) | 김정태 (Actor) | 김새론 (Actor) | 마동석 (Actor) | 장영남 (Actor) | 김성균 (Actor) | 도지한 (Actor)
Director: Kim Whee 金輝 金辉 キム・フィ 김휘
Release Date: 2013-01-09
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Eos
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032208719

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이웃사람 (DVD) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1,코멘터리(감독&배우)
*Extras: 메이킹,인터뷰(김윤진),예고편

*Director: 김휘

* 전국관객 250만명이 극찬한 공감 스릴러 !!
* 긴장감 넘치는 스토리 라인,입체적인 캐릭터 2012년 최고의 웰메이드 작품!!!
* 김윤진,마동석,김새론,천호진,장영남!대한민국 명품 연기파 배우들의 강렬한 카리스마 열전!!
* 죽은 소녀도, 살인마도, 그를 막는 사람들은 모두가<이웃사람>

● Synopsis
202호 소녀의 죽음, 그리고 열흘 간격으로 발생하는 연쇄살인사건 범인의 실마리는 잡히지 않고, 강산맨션의 이웃사람들은 공포에 떤다. 그러던 중 이웃사람들은 수십 만원대의 수도세, 사건발생일마다 배달시키는 피자, 사체가 담긴 가방과 똑 같은 가방을 사 간 102호 남자를 의심하기 시작한다. 그리고 살인마 또한 이웃사람들을 눈치채기 시작하고, 두 번째 소녀의 죽음을 막기 위한 마지막 대결이 시작되는데…
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Professional Review of "The Neighbors (2012) (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

February 26, 2013

The Neighbors is another Korean serial killer drama in which a psycho snatches children and keeps them imprisoned in his basement, an enduringly popular subject on the country's screens. Based on an internet comic by Kang Pool (Hello Schoolgirl), the film was directed by first timer Kim Whee, who previously scripted the popular thrillers Haeundae and Midnight FM. Aiming for suspense and clever plotting rather than homicidal gore, the film proved popular with critics, actor Kim Sung Kyun following up his award winning turn in Nameless Gangster with success at the 49th Daejong Awards.

The film follows a fractured, flashback laden narrative which revolves around the murder of a young girl called Yeo Seon (child actress Kim Sae Ron, who impressed in the awesome The Man from Nowhere), whose mutilated body is found stuffed into a red suitcase near her apartment complex. With the residents living in fear, the killer (Kim Sung Kyun) goes about his business right under their noses, cleaning up any evidence that leads back to his basement downstairs. While Yeo Seon's stepmother (Kim Yoon Jin, Heartbeat) grieves, blaming herself for not picking her up from school on the fateful night, her neighbors start to suspect that the murderer is living in the building, a pizza delivery boy (Do Ji Han, My Way), security guard with a secret (Cheon Ho Jin, The Unjust), convicted thug (Ma Dong Seok, Nameless Gangster) and the salesman who sold him the body dumping suitcase (Lim Ha Ryong, Good Morning President) slowly piecing together the puzzle. Meanwhile, the killer starts stalking his next victim, another young girl who lives in the same building and who bears a striking resemblance to Yeo Seon (also played by Kim Sae Ron).

The Neighbors is quite similar in many ways to Kang Pool's APT, brought to the screen with reasonable success by Ahn Byeong Ki back in 2006, dealing with the same theme of evil lurking in an innocuous seeming residential complex and the same kind of twists and character revelations. Though the film is very much a high concept affair, basically hinging on the suspense generated by the question as to when someone will uncover the killer's identity, Kim does a great job of working in lots of subplots, for the most part keeping things taut and gripping. Playing on a Hitchcockian sense of dark dramatic irony, the film is at its best when bringing its characters tantalisingly close to the truth or to danger, keeping them in the dark while allowing the viewer full knowledge of its horrors from the start. Though there's a fair reliance on coincidence, the script is pleasingly intelligent and well-constructed, and throws in some interesting moral dilemmas as the various players pull things together and face up to their own troubles. This adds some welcome depth, or at least a few extra twists, and though there's little doubt where things are heading, it makes for an entertaining ride and even works in a few surprises, which is more than can be said for many other similarly themed efforts of late.

Kim doesn't quite manage to push the film up from being good to great, mainly due to his insistence on delving a little too deeply into some rather obvious guilt symbolism, visions of poor dead Yeo Seon haunting several of the characters a few times too many. This tends to slow things down here and there, and the film would certainly have been better served by sticking to drama and tension. This aside, Kim's direction is solid and effective, showing good knowledge of the thriller genre by serving up a few solid shocks, splashes of gore and ruthless deaths along the way. The cast also help to give the material a lift, as while most of the characters come across mainly as pieces on Kim's chessboard, all are on good form, Kim Sung Kyun in particular convincing as the slimy and sinister murderer, a wretched brute far removed from the glamourized serial killer types who often populate such films.

All of this is enough to mark The Neighbors as an above average Korean serial killer outing, and an intelligently plotted piece of genre fun. Though Kim Whee makes a couple of first time director type errors, the ensemble cast and complex script help to keep the viewer ensnared, and it's definitely one worth checking out for fans.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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February 27, 2013

Ensemble All-Kill
The Neighbors begins with Kim Yoon Jin trembling in fear in the kitchen as a drenched schoolgirl (Kim Sae Ron) timidly enters the apartment. We learn that the girl is Kim Yoon Jin's stepdaughter – and that the poor girl has been coming home every night since she was brutally murdered. The culprit is revealed early on to the audience as the creepy downstairs neighbor, played by Kim Sung Kyun, who may murder again very soon.

Just as the title implies, The Neighbors is an ensemble drama revolving around different people in the neighborhood who begin to realize that the killer is amongst them. Red flags pop up here and there during unsettling interactions with the killer, and the seeds of doubt and suspicion are quietly planted in the minds of various locals, from the pizza delivery boy to the security guard who has some skeletons of his own. As the characters gradually act upon their suspicions, the killer reacts by increasing his planned body count. There is no mystery but plenty of tension and buildup as more and more lives are thrown into danger and the truth descends on different characters at different times. The Neighbors is also at times darkly humorous, as we spend quite a bit of time with the killer and witness his frustration over the way his peace and killing keep getting disrupted by unknowing neighbors barging into his lair and messing with his mind.

Top actress Kim Yoon Jin naturally leads the cast as the mother torn by guilt, fear and grief, but the film is very much an ensemble effort overall, with reliable actors like Cheon Ho Jin, Lim Ha Ryong, Ma Dong Seok and Jang Young Nam bringing depth to their brief but important screen times. Not exactly a conventional pick for stardom, theater actor Kim Sung Kyun made a sudden name for himself last year with Nameless Gangster and The Neighbors, and his award-winning performance here shows why he's fast on his way to becoming one of Korea's more well-known character actors. Director Kim Whee also makes a solid directorial debut with a smart script, purposeful pacing and a pronounced but non-showy style that's far more subtle than the 2010 serial killer thriller Midnight FM which he co-wrote. Having Kang Pool for the original source material probably helped.

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