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The Terror Live (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | Choi Jin Ho (Actor)
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A television news anchor has the most important live broadcast of his life in The Terror Live. Written and directed by Kim Byung Woo (Written), the blockbuster thriller stars Ha Jung Woo (The Yellow Sea) as a disgraced former television news anchor who unwittingly takes a call from a terrorist on his live radio show. When the terrorist's threat proves to be frighteningly real, the host decides to use the unfolding incident as his way to get back in the spotlight. Kim keeps his audience at the edge of their seats, barely stopping with a tense story that unfolds in real time. However, The Terror Live is more than just a simple thriller, as Kim also uses his film to condemn inept politicians and a broken system.
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Product Title: The Terror Live (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 恐怖攻擊直播 (2013) (DVD) (台灣版) 恐怖攻击直播 (2013) (DVD) (台湾版) 恐怖攻擊直播 (2013) (DVD) ((台湾版) 더 테러 라이브
Also known as: 死亡「動」新聞 / 恐怖直播 死亡「动」新闻 / 恐怖直播
Artist Name(s): Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | Choi Jin Ho (Actor) | Lee David (Actor) 河政佑 (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 (Actor) | 崔鎮鎬 (Actor) | Lee David (Actor) Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 (Actor) | 崔镇镐 (Actor) | Lee David (Actor) ハ・ジョンウ (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | チョン・ヘジン (Actor) | チェ・ジノ (Actor) | イ・ダウィ (Actor) 하정우 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 전혜진 (Actor) | 최진호 (Actor) | 이다윗 (Actor)
Director: Kim Byung Woo 金秉佑 金秉佑 Kim Byung Woo 김병우
Release Date: 2021-11-19
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 98 (mins)
Publisher: Catchplay
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1039389193

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導演:金秉祐 Kim Byung-woo

  一位剛被降職而轉為主持廣播的主播尹榮華(河正宇 飾),某天在LIVE現場接到聽眾CALL IN威脅要炸掉大橋,原以為只是無聊民眾的玩笑,沒想到就在他掛掉電話後,辦公大樓旁的跨海大橋即遭炸毀、造成無數傷亡!尹榮華推測這通來歷不明的電話,極可能是最近連環爆炸事件的主謀所為,於是他緊急和電視台協議,入主直播電視節目獨家報導這場爆炸案,企圖藉機提高收視率,好讓自己重拾主播工作。但所有的如意算盤,卻在直播的分秒過程中漸漸失控…

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Professional Review of "The Terror Live (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

January 20, 2014

This professional review refers to The Terror Live (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
The Terror Live is the second feature from Korean writer director Kim Byung Woo, following up on his oddball 2007 indie Written. The film is a high concept thriller, with an entertaining story revolving around a radio host who ends up caught in a deadly cat and mouse game with a terrorist during a live broadcast. With actor Ha Jung Woo (The Yellow Sea) in the lead, the film uses its premise for social commentary as well as excitement, and went down well with the public and critics, pulling in more than 5 million admissions despite being released on the same day as Bong Joon Ho's highly anticipated blockbuster Snowpiercer as well as winning Kim Best New Director at the Blue Dragon Awards.

Ha Jung Woo plays Yoon Young Hwa, a former top news anchor, who after a public disgrace now works as a radio talk show host, much to his bitterness and anger. One day, he receives a call from a man threatening to blow up Mapo Bridge in Seoul, right outside his offices, which he dismisses as a prank. However, the terrorist follows through, and in the aftermath of the explosion, with the authorities and press trying to score the story and nail the criminal, Yoon gets him back on the line, seeing it as a chance to get his career back on track and to impress his ruthless producer (Lee Kyung Young, A Company Man). With the government and politicians getting involved and the bomber demanding an apology from the president for an industrial accident during the construction of the bridge, the stakes are quickly raised - not least since he claims to have planted another bomb in Yoon's earpiece.

As a thriller, there's a lot to like about The Terror Live. Kim Byung Woo puts in some very solid work as both writer and director, with a tight script that plays out in real time, making the very most of its central gambit and wringing every last ounce of tension from it. Taking place mainly in the confines of the broadcast studio, there's a skilfully manipulated sense of sweaty claustrophobia throughout, which helps to accentuate Yoon's growing desperation and to put the viewer in his shoes. Things escalate with near manic speed, and the film is fast moving enough to distract from its various plot holes and more implausible moments, its short running time of an hour and a half ensuring a fairly breathless viewing experience. Despite its setting, there's still plenty of action, or at least the illusion of action (thanks to plenty of fast editing and creative camerawork), and enough scenes of violence and destruction to give it the kind of edge it needs.

All of this is impressive enough, if fairly standard, and what sets The Terror Live apart somewhat is its social conscience and sense of anger. Though on the one hand for some viewers its plot might eventually go a little too far in hammering home its message, there's definitely something to be said for its proud cynicism, and as a commercial production it's remarkably anti-authoritarian in its aims and beliefs. Without giving anything away, cover-ups, corruption and greed are very much the order of the day, and the film has an enjoyably anarchistic streak that Kim's not afraid to follow through on. Fittingly, there are no real heroes here, and though Yoon does develop from his cocky and smug persona of the opening act, he's not much more than a puppet being pulled around by a series of self-serving puppeteers, entirely as a result of his own arrogance and ego. Pretty much every character, his fellow reporter ex-wife aside, is underhanded to one degree or another, though Kim's script and direction are slick enough to make the film engaging while operating in a murky moral grey area and without giving the viewer anyone obvious to root for.

Though The Terror Live is perhaps not quite as clever as it thinks it is, and though its message and ambitions might not click with all viewers, it's great to see an action film that ticks all the right genre boxes while actually having a point. Kim Byung Woo is clearly a talented director and a man with ideas, and it's be interesting to see what he does next, as based on the evidence here, he's clearly one to watch in the future.

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Customer Review of "The Terror Live (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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

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January 17, 2014

This customer review refers to The Terror Live (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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News Broadcast of Terror (A) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Yeong-hwa (Jeong-woo Ha), a sacked news anchorman and now phone in radio talk show host, gets an ominous phone in call on his politically heated talk show by a man who calmly tells Yeong-hwa he intends to blow up Seoul’s Mapo bridge, unless Yeong-hwa arranges for S Korea’s president to publicly apologise on his radio show for the death of bridge workers who had died several years before, due to political negligence. The caller himself, also one of the bridge workers, relates to Yeong-hwa how hard workingmen had died on Mapo bridge at the time of a political summit, the labourers offered a paltry $25 bonus to augment a weakness in Mapo bridge’s structure, so to safeguard the summit’s crossing motorcade. But set to a deadline some worker’s lost their lives when accidentally falling into the Han river on the day of the summit, and ignored by rescue teams, too busy tending to the political summit to save humble lives.

Yeong-hwa at first regards the caller a prankster. But as Yeong-hwa continues on with his radio phone in show, an explosion is heard from the nearby Mapo bridge and a threat now forming into an horrific reality. A whole chunk of the Mapo bridge now blown away and plumes of smoke rising into the blue sky. But desperate lives on the line seem not to be of importance, as Yeong-hwa and his ex-boss executive Cha (Kyeong-yeong Lee) race like maniacs to put Cha’s TV news station on air so to be the first to portray the bombing situation, using live broadcast of Yeong-hwa back in the helm to interview by phone the Mapo bomber. Yeong-hwa is certainly self interested and eager to get back into the TV news anchor seat and cannot let this opportunity go lightly. But things get tense and complicated as other major news stations get inevitable wind of the tragic situation and Yeong-hwa’s ex-wife, also a TV journalist, gets trapped on the damaged bridge. But worst of all the bomber (somehow) also craftily manages to place an explosive device inside Yeong-hwa’s TV communication earpiece. If Yeong-hwa tries to swipe the earpiece quickly away or doesn’t satisfy the bomber’s wishes by getting the president in the TV studio to apologies in good time, Yeong-hwa could literally lose his head. But Yeong-hwa having to keep calm with a bomb (and a bomber voice) in his ear is manipulated and twisted into none compliance by the police, Cha and high authorities who use Yeong-hwa like a puppet, as he’s cued and manipulated to distract the bomber for time.
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News Broadcast of Terror (B) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
‘The Terror Live’ is no doubt a very well acted and intensely made movie that brings the fear factor of TV media news alongside money and power struggles for top TV news ratings. For most countries daily TV news bulletins are mostly negative stories about dangerous things, be it war on terrorism, the ever possibility of a pandemic virus, general heath scares, another economic crisis, high unemployment, crops that might turn humans into zombies, global temperature warnings (warm or freeze, take your pick), pollution and anything else dire to get you propping up the pharmaceutical industry with worry pills about normal existence. Or in a nut shell the Daily News (nothing much ‘new’ about it though). And in the satellite age News increasingly perpetuating the same hardball systematic information with coverage that’s mainly about world leader’s agenda for the masses, and seemingly preferential entertainment and media information. This all reminds me of ‘Channel Zero’ by punk band Antisect crying out about what positive TV information could be. Generally television reduces itself down to a propaganda dissemination game and nothing much reflecting our true souls and inner nature and what people really can be. TV could be more positive, loving and soul rewarding.

The bomber character doesn’t represent people as a whole or any cause, but one man in total desperation when his emotional life is broken down into fractured pieces by the pressures of life and system. (There’s more about the plot/bomber but that would be a spoiler). The film’s futile depressing ending, too, pins Yeong-hwa’s stress insanity into a pretty well choice less action about elite power and unfairness. But this latter part of the plot tends to go a bit overkill (reminded me of a situation Nathan Drake got into in ‘Uncharted 2’ by that dodgy building) to the point of fuelling melodrama. But the message is worthy of good merit. Injured souls cry out sometimes about unfairness with the lower self, but the dodgy bit for me here is that it can depict the working fella as a wild mutation for geneticists to ‘fix’, that stress and work related rebellion is ignorance that endangers society. Even so Jeong-woo’s stressed to the limit anchorman is brilliantly performed and Byung-woo Kim’s movie is an excellently tense driven one. I like movies and things of ‘choice’ that do contradict our heart’s lives. But one day maybe soul’s will change ‘news’ channels when the ‘Sea’ of life is much less dense.
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