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The Pirates (2014) (Blu-ray) (US Version) Blu-ray Region A

Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Kim Nam Gil (Actor) | Sulli (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor)
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Strap in for a Jolly Roger good time at the movies! Following their collaboration in the television revenge melodrama Shark, Son Ye Jin (The Tower) and Kim Nam Gil (Portrait of a Beauty) pair up on the silver screen for the decidedly different period action blockbuster The Pirates. Taking on her first action role, for which she won Best Actress at the 51st Daejong Film Awards, Son Ye Jin stars as the fiercely loyal captain of a pirate crew, while Kim Nam Gil plays the soldier-turned-outlaw leader of a squabbling bandit clan. The two hit the high seas in pursuit of the ultimate bounty – a giant whale that has swallowed the king's royal seal!

Directed by Lee Seok Hoon (Dancing Queen), the swashbuckling action adventure features a supporting cast that includes Yu Hae Jin (Tazza: The Hidden Card), Lee Kyung Young (Kundo: Age of the Rampant), Kim Tae Woo (The Face Reader), Oh Dal Soo (The Thieves), Lee Yi Kyung (White Night) and f(x)'s Sulli. The Pirates won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor (Yu Hae Jin) at the 51st Daejong Film Awards.

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Product Title: The Pirates (2014) (Blu-ray) (US Version) 海賊:汪洋爭霸 (2014) (Blu-ray) (美國版) 海贼:汪洋争霸 (2014) (Blu-ray) (美国版) The Pirates (2014) (Blu-ray) (US Version) 해적: 바다로 간 산적
Also known as: 海盜:奔向大海的山賊 海盗:奔向大海的山贼
Artist Name(s): Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Kim Nam Gil (Actor) | Sulli (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Lee Yi Kyung (Actor) | Kim Tae Woo (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (Actor) | Park Cheol Min (Actor) | Ahn Nae Sang (Actor) | Shin Jung Geun | Jo Dal Hwan 孫 藝珍 (Actor) | 金南佶 (Actor) | 雪莉 (f(x)) (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 李伊庚 (Actor) | 金 泰佑 (Actor) | 劉海鎮 (Actor) | 吳達庶 (Actor) | 朴哲民 (Actor) | 安內相 (Actor) | Shin Jung Geun | 趙達煥 孙 艺珍 (Actor) | 金南佶 (Actor) | 雪莉 (f(x)) (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 李伊庚 (Actor) | 金 泰佑 (Actor) | 刘海镇 (Actor) | 吴达庶 (Actor) | 朴哲民 (Actor) | 安内相 (Actor) | Shin Jung Geun | 赵达焕 ソン・イェジン (Actor) | キム・ナムギル (Actor) | ソルリ (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | イ・イギョン (Actor) | キム・テウ (Actor) | ユ・ヘジン (Actor) | オ・ダルス (Actor) | パク・チョルミン (Actor) | アン・ネサン (Actor) | シン・ジョングン | チョ・ダルファン 손 예진 (Actor) | 김남길 (Actor) | 설리 (f(x)) (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 이이경 (Actor) | 김태우 (Actor) | 유해진 (Actor) | 오달수 (Actor) | 박철민 (Actor) | 안내상 (Actor) | 신정근 | 조달환
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: 2015-01-20
UPC Code: 812491015995
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: South Korea
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Rating: Not Rated
Duration: 130 (mins)
Publisher: Well Go USA, Inc.
Package Weight: 81 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038073065

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Professional Review of "The Pirates (2014) (Blu-ray) (US Version)"

March 31, 2015

This professional review refers to The Pirates (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Maritime movies proved popular with Korean audiences in 2014, as seen in the likes of Haemoo and The Admiral: Roaring Currents, the latter now ranking as the biggest domestic box office hit of all time. The Pirates, from Dancing Queen director Lee Suk Hoon was another riding the wave to great success, and though it couldn't quite match the mighty haul of The Admiral, the film pulled in some eight million plus admissions. A lighter, popcorn style affair, the film's pulling power was boosted by an appealing lead pairing in Son Ye Jin (The Tower) and Kim Nam Gil (Portrait of a Beauty), who also starred together in the television drama series Don't Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus.

Set on the eve of the founding of the Joseon Dynasty, the film opens in unlikely fashion, with the Emperor's Royal Seal being swallowed by a giant whale while en route to the new seat of power. Various factions are soon hunting down the seal in hopes of fame and fortune, including Jang Sa Jung (Kim Nam Gil), a former royal soldier turned outlaw who now leads a rough and ready mob of bandits, hoping to pay back his former comrades for a vicious betrayal. Also after the seal is sea-faring pirate Yeo Wol (Son Ye Jin), a righteous sort who gets pulled into the hunt with her loyal crew, pursued by her evil former captain So Ma (Lee Kyung Young, Kundo: Age of the Rampant). Jang takes a shine to Yeo Wol, and the two join forces on the quest for the whale, trying to keep one step ahead of So Ma and the ruthless troops of the government.

The Pirates has been compared by many to the Hollywood Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and it's easy enough to see why, the film being a big budget swashbuckler that similarly mixes action, comedy, romance and derring-do on the high seas. As he showed with the crowd-pleasing Dancing Queen, Lee Suk Hoon is a director with a deft commercial touch, and his approach fits the material perfectly here, the film coming across as unpretentious merriment, blissfully unconcerned with its essential daftness. There's a pleasingly old-school, almost innocent air to the buccaneering, and this similarly helps to suspend disbelief and do away with scepticism, Lee's exuberance pulling the viewer along for the slight, though highly enjoyable ride. Featuring some excellent cinematography by Kim Young Ho (who also worked on a variety of other large scales productions like The Tower and Haeundae) and top notch visuals throughout, the film certainly delivers in terms of spectacle, boasting some above average special effects work and its Best Technical win at the Blue Dragon Film Awards being well deserved. The action similarly impresses, packing in lots of set pieces, maritime battles and sword fights, all of which is solidly choreographed and suitably flamboyant - the scenes with the whales are also a nice touch.

One area in which The Pirates definitely approves upon Pirates of the Caribbean is in its not being smothered by the presence of Johnny Depp, with much more of an ensemble feel and real chemistry between its leads and the rest of the cast. Son Ye Jin (who won Best Actress at the 51st Daejong Film Awards for this, her first proper action role) and Kim Nam Gil make for an attractive and charismatic couple, and though their blooming romance is inevitable, there's plenty of amusing banter in the build-up. The two both seem have been having a good time, throwing themselves into their roles with aplomb, and this further ups the fun factor considerably, as do the likeable supporting players. Though his Best Supporting Actor win at the Daejong Film Awards is a little odd, Yu Hae Jin (Tazza: The Hidden Card) does well in a comic turn as a pirate who gets caught up with the bandits, and Lee Kyung Young gnashes his teeth effectively as one of the film's chief villains.

While there's nothing new about The Pirates, or sensible or terribly accomplished, it's one of those rare blockbusters where pretty much all the elements click. Bright and breezy viewing throughout, the sumptuous looking film compares favourably to similarly themed Hollywood efforts, and stands as one of the best Korean popcorn flicks of 2014.

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Customer Review of "The Pirates (2014) (Blu-ray) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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March 23, 2015

This customer review refers to The Pirates (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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Beards, eye patches, swashbuckling...The Pirates! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I enjoyed ‘The Pirates’ more than I expected. Previously viewing a few trailer scenes I wasn’t sure how all of this would pan out, but after watching this entire epic Joseon period pirate tale it is one rollicking good movie. For sure this is partly serious with sword clashing violence and some mean rope swinging moments but mostly its a humorous satire (a Joseon King’s royal seal swallowed up by a massive whale at the time of the founding of the Joseon period, nearly as ‘serious’ as Jonah being swallowed up by a whale) with a bunch of dorky pirates and buffoonery bandits that make for an old school good comedy period pirate sea drama that doesn’t bore. At times it is stupidly funny, too, with some sharp witty dialogue and situation comedy that works well - especially with the scenes of NamGil’s Sa-jeong and his bandits harpooned ‘shark chase’, the mountain bandits highway blooper when they try to siege and thieve a party of passing travelers but end up on the receiving end of many soldiers on horseback - and YJS’s water chute and giant water ‘wheel of fortune’ bit at the 50 minute mark. These and other madcap quirky adventure scenes (like Sa-jeong and his bandits getting their ship stuck in the middle of two cannon firing pirate ships) are like old Hollywood period movies or Indiana Jones escapades mixed with a marital arts period films flavour (or maybe Planet Moon developer video games).

And its all good - the aesthetically pleasing cinematography and excellent costumes, convincing CGI effects aplenty that make this all an enjoyable Big Adventure ride. NamGil’s ex-soldier mountain bandit hero and his merry band of daft bandits alongside Hae-jin Yoo’s AWOL pirate storyteller Cheol Bon, make for some very good camaraderie moments (that transition well). Tae-woo Kim’s anti-hero ‘boo-hiss’ bad guy Ho and Kyeong-yeong Lee’s face tattooed pirate also make for a complimentary duo of adverse powers. And of course the lovely Ye-jin Son from classic romancer now finally to action girl mode. Diving into the sea at the beginning with the big whale is YJS finally getting her Angelina Jolie/ Lara Croft moment (what wold Eun-joo Lee think of this?). Or Ji-Hyun Jun. Here though a pirate woman with a compassion and childhood love for two hounded whales, water victims of political machinations.
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March 23, 2015

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A pirate woman saving the whale Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Ye-jin is becoming more epic lately with also the blockbuster movie The Tower under her belt. Here YJS is good alongside NamGil’s bandit charmer (doing some nifty and scary pirate woman routine) - the niggle though that the two don’t get much together character development time (apart from one ‘romantic’ cave scene...if you can call being chained to the wrist together and needing a pee in the sea shore romantic, that is). But maybe there could be a Pirates 2 (but I’m only guessing). And of course f(x)’s Sully makes a pop up here, too. Overall YeJin’s pirate girl and her band of folly warriors trying to overcome the political greed of supreme control with the help of a sacrificing whale is all good fun with some things to think about. Certainly a movie that can be watched a number of times.

I have this DVD special edition, which is good, but mostly the packaging box overkills the content. Its a nice great big heavy weight fold out card box (to shiver the timbers of your DVD shelf for sure), but like many ‘ordinary’ special editions it sports only a set of character/scene postcards and a slim photo scene booklet. But it is a very nice packaging box nevertheles. And I enjoyed The Pirates a lot!
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