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Typhoon (Japan Version)
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A man without a country finds himself caught between the forces of a divided Korea in Typhoon, the latest film from director Kwak Kyung Taek, the man behind the 2001 box office smash Friend and his 2002 follow-up Champion. In this story of a dangerous game of cat and mouse between two adept adversaries, director Kwak reteams with his Friend leading man, Jang Dong Gun and adds Lee Jeong Jae (from Oh! Brothers) to the mix as the nemesis of Jang's character. In this tense, pulse-pounding adventure, Jang portrays a pirate by the name of Myeong Shin, a rebellious upstart who defects from North Korea only to find himself turned away by South Korean authorities.

Furious at this blatant snub, the fanatically motivated Myeong Shin decides to exact vengeance on South Korea, engaging in a level of terrorism that could very well result in numerous deaths across both Koreas. Myeong Shin's opponent in this high seas adventure is Kang Se Jong (Lee Jeong Jae), an honorable naval officer who'll do whatever it takes to bring Myeong Shin to justice. Much in the same spirit as the hit film Taegukgi, Kwak Kyung Taek's latest is a big budget blockbuster that seeks to comment on North and South Korean tensions, but here the emphasis is not on the bonds of brotherhood, but on the inescapable showdown that will befall these two protagonists! As the highest budgeted film in Korean Cinema history, with numerous locations including Pusan, Thailand, and Russia, Typhoon is one blockbuster that's sure to make waves among audiences everywhere!

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Product Title: Typhoon (Japan Version) 颱風 (日本版) 颱风 (日本版) タイフーン Typhoon (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Jang Dong Gun | Lee Mi Yeon | Lee Jung Jae | Kim Kap Soo 張東健 | 李美妍 | 李政宰 | 金 甲洙 张东健 | 李美妍 | 李政宰 | 金 甲洙 チャン・ドンゴン | イ・ミヨン | イ・ジョンジェ | キム・ガプス | シン・ソンイル 장 동건 | 이 미연 | 이 정재 | 김 갑수
Release Date: 2006-09-08
Publisher Product Code: ASBY-3480
Language: Japanese, Korean
Subtitles: Japanese
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 125 (mins)
Publisher: Amuse soft Entertainment
Other Information: 2DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004428006

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
クァク・キョンテク (監督) / チャン・ドンゴン / イ・ミヨン / イ・ジョンジェ

[特典情報]
特典ディスク付/映像特典収録

製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)
公開年 : 2005

[ストーリー]
核ミサイル用の衛星誘導装置を極秘輸送中の米軍貨物船が、正体不明の海賊に強奪されるという事件が発生。朝鮮半島を挟んで核戦争が起こることを恐れた韓国は、海軍大尉カン・セジョンを極秘捜査官に任命し、独自の調査を始める。そして捜査線上に浮かんだのが、東南アジアを根城にする海賊グループのリーダー・シンであった。カン・セジョンはシン追跡の過程で、彼が20年前に北朝鮮から逃れ、亡命しようとした韓国から拒絶された一家の末弟チェ・ミョンシンであることを知る。姉を除く家族全員が処刑され、さらに姉とも離れ離れになってしまったシンは、絶望と怒りを胸に秘め、衛星誘導装置と引き換えにロシアから核廃棄物30トンを手に入れ、朝鮮半島に死の雨を降らそうとする。友情にも似た気持ちを抱きながらも命を懸けて彼の計画を阻止しようとするカン・セジョン。2つの巨大な台風《タイフーン》が発生し、荒れ狂う海で、宿命の対決が今、始まる!

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Professional Review of "Typhoon (Japan Version)"

February 7, 2006

This professional review refers to Typhoon (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Typhoon, the latest effort from Friend director Kwak Gyeong Taek, was very much a flagship release for the domestic South Korean market, having the highest budget in the nation's history and having been shot in various locations, including Pusan, Thailand, and Russia with a partly international cast. Unfortunately, despite being a deeply personal and uniquely Korean film, based upon and shot through with the tension resulting from the conflict between the North and South, it flopped at the box office.

The plot follows Sin (Jang Dong Gun, who also played the lead role in Friend), a North Korean who as a child attempted to defect to the South with his family but was betrayed, resulting in the deaths of his parents. Plotting genocidal revenge, Sin takes up with a group of Thai pirates, and steals a U.S. ship carrying nuclear devices which have been secretly manufactured in Taiwan. He is pursued by Kang Se Jong (Lee Jeong Jae, also in the 2000 romantic hit Il Mare), a naval officer who attempts to bring Sin to justice, but gradually comes to understand, and even sympathize with his foe.

Although from the above synopsis Typhoon may sound like a simplistic thriller, it is actually a complex and densely plotted affair, gradually revealing its secrets after a bewildering first act. The film does tend to jump around a great deal, with a large supporting cast of minor characters and the action taking place in a number of different countries. Once things settle down, this works well, giving the proceedings an almost epic feel. Although it does fall back upon what is a fairly unconvincing plot device, which seems to have been included mainly as a set up for the climatic scenes, the film is mostly intelligent and gripping.

It is not too hard to see why Typhoon failed to set the box office alight. It is a fairly dark and depressing film, and far from the Hollywood-style blockbuster many may have expected. Although, like previous Korean hits Silmido and Taegukgi, it focuses on the North/South Korea conflict, it treats violence and bloodshed as an inescapable, disastrous outcome, acting more as a guilt-soaked tragedy or cautionary tale. The film has a bleak, nihilistic view of governments of all countries, particularly those of South Korea and the U.S. (who are, as usual, portrayed as hell-bent on simply blowing everything up to solve problems), with politicians held responsible for the suffering of the Korean people.

Director Kwak spends most of the film exploring the character of supposed villain Sin, with numerous flashbacks depicting his ordeals and the sad fate of his family. Unfortunately this makes Sin the only fully fleshed out role in the cast, so the viewer naturally comes to sympathize with him, especially since the nominal hero Kang is a blank-faced and indistinguishable robot who mainly just follows orders and spouts the odd line of patriotic dialogue. This does leave the viewer in a fairly uncomfortable position, since, despite his undeniable humanity, Sin is quite obviously a homicidal psychotic with a frankly daft nuclear scheme.

As such, the film is devoid of the usual heroics, and Kwak wisely eschews explosive action and shootouts, opting instead for slow but intense espionage scenes and sudden bursts of violence. This does make it rather slow moving at times, and it does feel somewhat overstretched. Though never dull or boring, Typhoon is likely to disappoint those expecting a different type of film. In a way, the fact that its high budget has been highlighted is something of a misnomer, as most of the money was probably spent on shooting in different countries, rather than on pyrotechnics or special effects.

However, this actually works in the film's favor, as it is questionable whether the subject matter would have lent itself to brain dead bravado or exploitative entertainment. As it stands, Typhoon is a moving, genuine film which attempts to make a very personal case for the suffering caused by the North/South Korean divide, and more generally, by governments and politicians the world over.

Movie Grade: 3/5

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Typhoon (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (6)

Matt Walker
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January 8, 2007

This customer review refers to Typhoon (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Excellent Film Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I've never seen a bad film with Jang Dong Gun acting in it. He's such a great actor, and this film was top notch! The film touches on so many issues, and it was a tear jerker. Great film!
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Rhoda
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September 10, 2006

This customer review refers to Typhoon (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Great action film Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Jang Dong Gun | Lee Mi Yeon both compliment in this great action film. The typhoon they did is not at far compared to that hollywood movie.

The setting was taken in four countries, Taiwan, Thailand,Russia, of course Busan, South Korea. I just hated it they put those scars in Dang's face...but still handsome. His acting when he got to me his lost sister, was really touching...made me cry. The ending of the movie shows that the kids where happy as they rejoined their parents and friends in the next life.
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KingX
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July 23, 2006

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Too Slow Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Well I have heard different opinions about this film some says it good some says its bad.

I personally thinks this movie had wya to little action in it to lift it up from the masses of film.
Even if the stars in this film all does a great job of acting that can't deny the fact that this film is rather boring. When it is action is well done and sound and visuals is top notch.

Don't expect a god action movie because its not.
Instead you get a movie that has good acting along with a script that is pretty good but nothing fantastic.
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Jaclyn
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June 17, 2006

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2 people found this review helpful

10/10 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This was my first Korean movie that i've watched in a cinema this year and i have to say i was blown away by this show.Superb acting from both Jang Dong Gun and Lee Jong Jae where it epitomise between revenge and doing what was right in protecting and sacrificing for the country.Full blown action movie and the fighting sequence was whoa !

One of the must buy movie.Never knew that Korea was capable of coming out good movies which is at par with some of the notoble Hong Kong movies.
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Michelle
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June 14, 2006

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3 people found this review helpful

It's Awesome!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This was one of the best movies of the year! Jang Dong Gun, Lee Jong Jae and Lee Mi Yeon gave awesome performances! The movie has excellent story line, well-executed action scenes and perfect performances from its 2 main actors. We haven't seen Lee Jong Jae in a while, but he delivered one powerful performance. This is a must movie for your DVD collection!
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