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Parties with hundreds of guests and foreign press, banner ads all over the Internet even when the film is still in production, bus and magazine ads for weeks, TV appearances and dozens of trailers. Those are normal marketing ploys in today's Chungmuro, but Kim Tae Kyung's The Puzzle decided to do things a little differently: it started and completed shooting without a single word written about it, no mention on TV or elsewhere. It certainly wasn't for lack of star power, as the crime thriller features Ju Jin Mo (Fashion Seventies), Moon Sung Keun (Princess Aurora, Hanbando), and famous TV personality Hong Seok Cheon. But after controversies over the increasingly powerful influence of marketing on a film's performance (or lack thereof), they decided to let the film speak for itself.

Hwan, Ryu, Noh, Jung and Gyu. Five people, no connections or previous knowledge of each other. The mysterious X asks these five people to steal an important document inside a bank, the reward too appealing to refuse despite the difficult mission. But beyond everything they have to go through, who is this X, orchestrating the pieces of this puzzle like a puppet master? The debut film of short film director Kim Tae Kyung, The Puzzle is not only interesting for its innovative marketing strategy, but earns points for the originality of its plot and its style itself, and is a worthy competitor for films of the genre released with much more fanfare.

This limited edition of The Puzzle includes the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Kim Tae Kyung, Moon Sung Keun, Hong Seok Cheon, Kim Hyun Sung, Park Joon Seok
  • Interview with the Cast
  • Making Of Documentary
  • Featurette about the Music
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reconstructing the Plot
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    Product Title: The Puzzle (DVD) (Korea Version) The Puzzle (韓國版) The Puzzle (韩国版) 頭脳遊戯プロジェクト、パズル (韓国版) 두뇌유희 프로젝트, 퍼즐 (DVD) (Korea Version)
    Artist Name(s): Moon Sung Keun | Ju Jin Mo 文盛瑾 | 朱鎮模 文盛瑾 | 朱镇模 ムン・ソングン | チュ・ジンモ 문 성근 | 주 진모
    Release Date: 2006-11-20
    Language: Korean
    Subtitles: English, Korean
    Country 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?
    Publisher: CJ Entertainment
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004559281

    Product Information

    * Screen Format : 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
    * Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 / dts
    * Extras :
    - Commentary with 김태경 감독, 문성근, 홍석천, 김현성, 박준석
    - 5인의프로
    - 시간의변증법 (메이킹)
    - 현(絃, 음악)
    - 티져
    - 예고편

    * Director : 김태경

    결과를 예측할 수 없는 완벽한 시나리오!
    끝까지 가봐야만 알 수 있다!!

    지금까지 보아왔던 스릴러 영화의 익숙한 설정을 뒤집는 신선한 발상의 영화 <두뇌유희 프로젝트, 퍼즐>

    범죄를 저지르고 성공하지만, 결국 서로에 대한 의심으로 동반 몰락하는 범죄 후일담… 실패로 이어지는 비극을 치밀한 구성으로 풀어낸 시나리오는 저 마다 개성이 뚜렷한 5명의 입체적인 캐릭터를 한정된 공간 안에서 충돌하게 함으로써 재미를 배가 시켰다. 단순히 시간의 순서대로 사건을 풀어가는 것이 아니라 시•공간을 자유자재로 넘나드는 드라마는 극의 내용을 풍성하게 했고, 그 누구도 예측할 수 없는 반전을 만들어내며 관객을 영화 속으로 끌어들인다.

    스타일리쉬한 영상! 감각적인 편집!
    눈과 귀와 두뇌를 사로 잡는 <두뇌유희 프로젝트, 퍼즐>

    <두뇌유희 프로젝트, 퍼즐>은 결과를 예측할 수 없는 탄탄한 시나리오 만큼이나 감각적인 비주얼을 선보인다. 한정된 공간 안에서 벌어지는 영화의 스토리상 어쩔 수 없이 반복되는 배경으로 인해 자칫 지루해 질 수 있는 한계를 스타일리쉬하게 극복해냈다. 두뇌유희를 넘어 눈과 귀, 감각으로 즐길 수 있는 새로운 영화를 만난다.

    블루, 그린, 화이트, 블랙 톤의 배경과 5명의 주연배우를 비롯한 배우들의 의상을 블랙&화이트의 모노톤 의상으로 맞추는 등 세련된 톤&매너의 색감들은 스타일리쉬한 비주얼을 선사한다. 시•공간을 넘나드는 독특한 화면 구성과 현재와 과거가 오가는 교차편집은 영화의 색다르고 흥미로운 세계에 더욱 빠지게 해줄 것이다.

    5인 5색! 개성 넘치는 캐릭터와 의상!!

    환, 류, 노, 정, 규의 입체적인 캐릭터는 문성근, 주진모, 홍석천, 김현성, 박준석 이라는 배우들의 인상적인 연기와 더불어 각자의 의상 스타일에서도 엿볼 수 있다.

    냉철한 판단력으로 나머지 인물들을 이끄는 환은 영화 내내 고급 정장차림으로 이성적인 캐릭터를 대변하고, 삶에 대한 모든 희망을 잃어버린 류와 자신의 감정을 드러내지 않는 정은 점퍼차림이지만 무채색 계열의 컬러를 택해 그들의 고독한 캐릭터를 표현한다. 가장 화려한 의상을 선보이는 노는 레드, 옐로우 등 강렬한 컬러의 가죽 쟈켓으로 의상에 포인트를 주어 다혈질의 성격을 느끼게 한다. 주인공들 중 가장 나이가 어린 규는 막내답게 펑키한 스타일의 티셔츠와 청바지 차림으로 자유스러운 규의 캐릭터를 보여준다. 하지만 개성 넘치는 의상으로 각각의 캐릭터를 대변했던 주인공들도 프로젝트를 거행하기로 한 D-day 에는 블랙 정장 차림의 선글라스로 의상을 통일해 프로젝트의 위험성과 그들의 긴장감을 여실히 보여준다.

    이렇게 주인공 5명의 캐릭터와 스토리에 따라 다양한 스타일을 선보이는 <두뇌유희 프로젝트, 퍼즐>의 의상은 영화를 보는 또 다른 즐거움을 선사해 줄 것이다.

    인의 프로가 인생의 한방을 노린다.

    전혀 알지 못하던 다섯 사람이 저마다 특별한 사연을 가지고 정체불명의 누군가에 의해 모이게 된다. 목적도, 이유도 모른체 함께 하게 된 그들은 프로젝트의 성공 후 꿈 같은 보상을 기대하며 프로젝트의 주체를 X로 명명하고, X의 계획에 합류한다.

    어긋나기 시작하는 조각들… 의심은 의심을 낳는다!

    드디어, D-day!
    치밀하게 준비해 은행에 도착한 류, 노, 정, 규. 환의 작전대로 모든 과정들이 일사천리로 진행되지만 예상치 못한 작은 실수가 계획에 오류를 만들고, 경찰에게 포위된 그들은 인질을 잡아 겨우 탈출에 성공한다. 그리고, 환과의 약속장소에 가지만 이미 환은 살해당한 후. 이들은 뭔가 잘못되어가고 있음을 깨닫게 되고 서로를 의심하기 시작하는데…

    과연 X는 누굴까…
    X는 대체 어떤 목적을 가지고 왜 이들을 부른 것일까…
    이 치밀하고 거대한 퍼즐을 누가, 왜 계획한 것일까…

    누가 그들을 모았는가? 조정하는 자 X는 누구인가?
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    Professional Review of "The Puzzle (DVD) (Korea Version)"

    November 2, 2006

    The Puzzle, which marks the debut of short film director Kim Tae Kyung, is interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that the production completely eschewed any kind of publicity, with a secretive shoot which kept the plot under wraps. Unfortunately this move, presumably designed to make some kind of statement about the massive amounts regularly spent on complex advertising campaigns in the modern Korean film industry, didn't pay off, and failed to intrigue the public enough to translate into box office takings. This should definitely not be taken as a reflection upon the quality of the film itself, as Puzzle is an entertaining, slickly-made mystery thriller that deserves to find an audience, arguably more so than some of the rather bloated productions which rack up success solely as a result of their marketing muscle.

    The film begins at full tilt, with a man being shot and burned by an unseen assailant in an abandoned factory, before rushing into a wonderfully efficient bank heist in which two robbers make off with a safety deposit box. The thieves, along with two other members of their gang arrive at the factory, only to be confronted by the sight of the corpse, which just happens to be that of another collaborator. Their plans thrown into turmoil, the men start to argue amongst themselves, with the details behind the robbery emerging in flashback, including the key facts that they are all complete strangers and that none of them actually know who they are working for, having been lured into the scheme by an unseen mastermind. Needless to say, the stress begins to show as they try to figure out what to do, and as the skeletons start to tumble from the closets, betrayal and violence inevitably ensue.

    It will probably take most viewers less than five minutes to realise that they are watching a Korean version of The Usual Suspects by way of Reservoir Dogs, though such comparisons are by no means detrimental, as Puzzle manages to provide an effective cinematic enigma of its own for the viewer to solve. Director Kim actively encourages this, throwing in all kinds of clues throughout and utilising a fractured narrative which gradually reveals the characters' motivations, as well as providing tantalising glimpses of what are obviously pivotal events. As a result, the film is engaging from the start, and makes for gripping viewing as the tension slowly mounts.

    As with most films which spend most of their running time building towards a supposedly shattering conclusion, the ending is somewhat anticlimactic and doesn't quite bring together all of the narrative strands in a truly satisfying manner, though it does at least manage to avoid feeling either forced or frustratingly ambiguous. Thankfully, although the film does feature a last scene twist, Kim manages to avoid hanging everything on the effectiveness of this one gambit, which itself works not only to provide an answer to the question of who is behind the plot's myriad schemes, but as a cipher with which to unlock the rest of the film. Indeed, even once the final credits have rolled, the viewer still has a fair bit of work to do before all becomes clear. This certainly gives Puzzle a cerebral boost, and Kim is to be applauded for making a film which actually requires some thought rather than following the usual practice of spoon-feeding answers and clumsily underlining every single aspect of the plot.

    His direction is stylish, without ever being too flashy, and there are a few good scenes of split screen work which actually work well to involve the viewer further in the events. Clocking in at just an hour and a half, the film is short and fast paced, and although most of the running time is taken up with scenes of characters trying to interrogate each other, there is a fair bit of action, some of which is surprisingly bloody. Most of the proceedings take place in the warehouse itself, which Kim makes good use of, shooting from a variety of angles to highlight the growing sense of claustrophobia felt by the increasingly trapped characters.

    In this way, Puzzle offers the viewer the best of both worlds, on one hand experiencing the bewildering and increasingly taut events of the film along with the characters, whilst on the other being invited to sit back and treat the proceedings more dispassionately as a riddle to be solved. It works well on both levels, with Kim managing to fashion what amounts to a genuinely captivating work of cinematic cunning.

    by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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