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The President's Last Bang (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region All

Han Suk Kyu (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) | Kim Yoon Ah (Jaurim) (Actor) | Cho Eun Ji (Actor)
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Written and directed by Im Sang Soo, The President's Last Bang has amounted to perhaps the most controversial film in recent Korean memory. In addition to facing considerable opposition from conservatives within the country, the filmmakers were forced by the Seoul Central Court to remove around four minutes of footage from the film's running time! The main concern was over the movie's slippery mixture of fact and fiction in telling this highly contentious story of political intrigue and scandal.

Part thriller, part comedy, The President's Last Bang is based on the 1979 assassination of former president Park Chung Hee (Song Jae Ho, Too Beautiful To Lie) by Kim Jae Gyu (Save the Green Planet's Baek Yoon Shik), the director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency at the time. Han Suk Kyu (The Scarlet Letter) rounds out the cast with a darkly comedic turn as a KCIA chief. So ultimately, does The President's Last Bang result in a de facto character assassination, an astute political commentary, or a highly entertaining piece of historical fiction? The truth, it seems, may fall somewhere in the mix...

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Product Title: The President's Last Bang (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The President's Last Bang (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韓國版) The President's Last Bang (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韩国版) The President's Last Bang (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) 그때 그사람들 (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)
Also known as: 那時代那些人 那时代那些人
Artist Name(s): Han Suk Kyu (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) | Kim Yoon Ah (Jaurim) (Actor) | Cho Eun Ji (Actor) | Kim Eung Soo (Actor) | Bong Tae Gyu (Actor) | Kim Sang Ho (Actor) | Song Jae Ho (Actor) 韓石圭 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) | Kim Yoon Ah (Actor) | 曹恩智 (Actor) | 金應洙 (Actor) | 奉太奎 (Actor) | 金相浩 (Actor) | 宋在河 (Actor) 韩石圭 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) | Kim Yoon Ah (Jaurim) (Actor) | 曹恩智 (Actor) | 金应洙 (Actor) | 奉太奎 (Actor) | 金相浩 (Actor) | 宋在河 (Actor) ハン・ソッキュ (Actor) | ペク・ユンシク (Actor) | キム・ユナ (Jaurim) (Actor) | チョ・ウンジ (Actor) | Kim Eung Soo (Actor) | ポン・テギュ (Actor) | キム・サンホ (Actor) | Song Jae Ho (Actor) 한 석규 (Actor) | 백윤식 (Actor) | 김 윤아 (Actor) | 조 은지 (Actor) | 김응수 (Actor) | 봉태규 (Actor) | 김상호 (Actor) | 송재호 (Actor)
Director: Im Sang Soo 林常樹 林常树 イム・サンス 임상수
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2019-06-27
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese
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)
Publisher: Studio A (KR)
Other Information: 1-Disc
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1074788202

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그때 그사람들 (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)

*Screen format:2.35:1 / 1080P FullHD
*Sound mix:한국어 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

*Director:임상수 (Lim Sang-Soo)

- Commentary_ 임상수 감독, 백윤식, 씨네21 이종도 기자
- Commentary_ 김우형 촬영감독, 고낙선 조명감독

- 1979.10.26, 그 영화의 시간 (87분 24초)
- 그때 그 사람들 (41분 34초)
- 시대와 공간 (16분 44초)
- 숨어있는 사람들 (4분 5초)
- 2005.02.05, 관객들 (9분 43초)
- 항변 (5분 7초)

- 예고편모음
· 극장용 예고편 (2분 3초)
· 해외 프로모션 영상 (4분 3초)
· TV SPOT (30초)
- 뮤직비디오
· Ver.1 (3분 28초), Ver.2 (3분 31초), Ver.2 (3분 36초)
- 스틸갤러리 (3분)

그날, 전대미문의 사건을 벌인
그때 그사람들

1979년 10월 26일!
“세상은 변하는거야. 오늘 변한다! 내가 쏘면 행동개시야”

“오늘이다. 내가 해치운다!”
헬기에 자리 없다고 대통령과의 행사에 함께 가지 못하고 병원을 찾은 중앙정보부 김부장은 주치의로부터 건강이 안 좋으니 잠시 쉬라는 권유를 받는다. 집무실에서 부황을 뜨던 중 대통령의 만찬 소식을 전해 들은 김부장, 잠시 생각에 잠기지만 이내 수행 비서 민대령과 함께 궁정동으로 향한다. 만찬은 시작되고, 오늘따라 더 심한 경호실장의 안하무인스런 태도에 비위가 상한다. 심각한 표정으로 앉아 있던 그는 슬며시 방을 나와 오른팔 주과장과 민대령을 호출하여 대통령 살해계획을 알린다.

“뭐 뽀죡한 수 있겠어? 오케이! 가봐!”
김부장의 오른팔 주과장. 오늘도 여러가지 골치 아픈 일들을 수습하느라 여념이 없는 그는 이런 일들이 이제 지긋지긋하다. 게다가 갑작스럽게 들려온 만찬 소식에 투덜거리지만 뭐 별 수 있으랴. 함께 할 손님들을 섭외하여 만찬장에 도착한다. 잠시 후, 자신과 민대령을 호출하여 “오늘 내가 해치운다”며 지원하란 김부장의 명령에 잠시 머뭇거리던 주과장, 별 뾰족한 수도 없는 듯 명령에 따르기 위해 바삐 걸음을 옮긴다.

“까라면 까야지… 한 몫 잡을거래잖아, 과장님이”
경비실로 들어온 주과장은 부하 네 명에게 작전을 명령하고 무장시킨다. 명령이라면 무조건 복종하는 충직한 부하 영조와 순박한 준형, 비번임에도 불구하고 끌려나온 경비원 원태, 그리고 해병대 출신이란 이유 하나만으로 지목된 운전수 상욱까지. 영문도 모른채 주과장의 명령에 따라 각자 위치에서 대기중인 부하들. 침을 꼴깍이며 잔뜩 긴장한 채로 김부장의 총소리를 기다리는데…

모두가 아는 사건이지만, 아무도 모르는 ‘그사람들’의 이야기는 여기서부터 시작이다!
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Professional Review of "The President's Last Bang (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)"

September 4, 2007

This professional review refers to The President's Last Bang (DVD) (Single Disc) (Korea Version)
The dark Korean satire The President's Last Bang might sound like a film that requires some political knowledge for enjoyment; however, everything you need is spelt out right at the beginning. President Park Chung-Hee was an authoritative president who took a hard stance against any opponents, even to the point of brutality and human rights violations. On October 26, 1979, he was assassinated during a private dinner gathering at the Blue House, and that faithful night is the focus of the film. Writer/director Im Sang-Soo unsurprisingly puts Park's assassination at the central focus, but the surprise is that he places it right at the midway point. This isn't a spoiler, by the way - The President's Last Bang may be a fictional take on that fateful night, but Park's death has been in the history books for years. While some might appreciate the film's political satire of that particular period (apparently, Park's son was uncomfortable enough to take the filmmakers to court over it), the genius of the film lies in the fact that one can know nothing about Korean history and still find this film immensely entertaining.

To those who don't expect the "spoiler", the film seems to open with three central characters: President Park (Song Jae-Ho), the chief of the intelligence agency KCIA Director Kim (Baek Yun-Shik), and the KCIA chief agent Ju (Han Suk-Kyu). Park has a penchant for all things Japanese, and enjoys drinking parties with female entertainers, and beating up university students; Kim is a faithful civil servant whose health has deteriorated quickly because of the job; and Ju is a hard-ass field agent that is tired of mundane jobs such as getting rid of girls that Park has bedded and chauffeuring girls that Park will soon bed. All three will come under the same roof that night, with Kim losing yet another struggle over the stance the government should take against protesters. Humiliated, he decides to order Ju and his right-hand man colonel Min to gather up men to kill Park once and for all.

However, The President's Last Bang doesn't end at the assassination. In an unconventional two-act structure, Im splits the film between the events leading up to the assassination and those occurring afterwards. The opening sets up the internal politics amongst those under Park and the events leading up to the assassination. Once the deed is done, the film shifts to Kim attempting to control the cabinet (for democracy, he claims) while his underlings struggle to deal with the mess he made. In fact, Park doesn't even have more than 20 lines of dialogue in the whole film, despite the fact everything that happens surrounds him. While men in black suits double-crossing each other may not sound like your idea of entertainment, Im places plenty of sharp satire and dark comedy throughout. Perhaps the absurdity of the satire, such as the fact that no soldier seems to know what their superiors look like, does go a little overboard for a subject that isn't so far removed in history, but the effectiveness of the comedy is what makes The President's Last Bang stand out from your usual over-serious historical film.

As shown by the balance of comedy and compelling characterization, Im's writing is sharp, but Im also shows that he is an accomplished visual director as well. The director employs several extended sweeping long takes within the house, showing the film's central stage with impressive technique. In one particular shot, the camera moves from Park's party to the rooms next to them, showing every obstacle that would stand in the assassins' way. It would be considered showy if Im had just left it at that. However, he brings things full circle by showing the same rooms in another long take from a different angle, this time depicting the bloody aftermath. It's a simple visual motif that shows how much creativity and thought was put into every single aspect of the film.

It's rare that I give such consistent praise to one film, but even the acting is stellar in The President's Last Bang. Baek Yun-Shik's deadpan performance as Director Kim is a hybrid of a delusional sociopath and a puppy whose pride has been hurt. The image of him running around the lawn screaming for a gun in the middle of the assassination is one of the film's comedic highlights. On the other hand, Han Suk-Kyu continues to shed his good guy image with a fun performance as a fixer with a mean streak. Despite his introduction as a cruel and possibly deadly secret agent (think a very bitter James Bond with no supervillain to stop), he eventually becomes the closest thing to the film's moral compass. As Ju grows increasingly trapped by his situation, the more he sheds his cruel persona, showing traces of the honorable man inside. Kim may be the center of the film, but Han's performance as Ju is the highlight.

Perhaps I am unqualified to fully appreciate a film like The President's Last Bang. I felt like I picked up a sufficient portrait of the times, with shots of torture rooms and streets emptied by martial law. However, I also know that one does need to be fairly familiar with history not covered by the film to understand the multiple layers of the characterizations. On the other hand, that is also its greatest cinematic strength; Im doesn't need to explain beyond the opening subtitles for audience to "get" what he is trying to convey (though restoring the 4 minutes of black and white historical footage the court ordered to be eliminated would've helped). Nevertheless, internal politics and the ineffectiveness of government are universal themes that Im exaggerates to the point of absurdity. In fact, some of the film's events are so absurd that one can't possibly believe The President's Last Bang to be more than a work of fiction. Then again, stranger things have happened in the course of history.

By Kevin Ma

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