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Typhoon (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Jang Dong Gun (Actor) | Lee Mi Yeon (Actor) | Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Kwak Kyung Taek (Director)
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Product Title: Typhoon (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 颱風 (VCD) (香港版) 颱风 (VCD) (香港版) Typhoon (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) Typhoon (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jang Dong Gun (Actor) | Lee Mi Yeon (Actor) | Lee Jung Jae (Actor) 張東健 (Actor) | 李美妍 (Actor) | 李政宰 (Actor) 张东健 (Actor) | 李美妍 (Actor) | 李政宰 (Actor) チャン・ドンゴン (Actor) | イ・ミヨン (Actor) | イ・ジョンジェ (Actor) 장 동건 (Actor) | 이 미연 (Actor) | 이 정재 (Actor)
Director: Kwak Kyung Taek 郭暻澤 郭暻泽 クァク・キョンテク 곽경택
Release Date: 2006-08-24
Language: Cantonese, Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIB
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004487535

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導演:郭璟澤
Director: Kwak Kyung Tack

** 榮獲「第43屆大鐘獎電影節」- 最佳電影、最佳男主角(張東健、李政宰)三項提名

橫行東南亞的海盜Sin(張東健),是令亞洲各國頭痛的悍匪大盜。Sin出生於北韓,童年時與家人逃亡到南韓後,卻遭拒絕入境,母親不幸喪生,更與被逼流落至俄羅斯的姊姊崔明珠(李美妍)失散。故此,Sin對南韓一直懷恨在心,南韓政府也對他深存戒心,誓要緝拿這位危險人物,防止他突擊南韓作報復行動!當局遂派出海軍之中的精英─姜世宗(李政宰)遠赴俄羅斯,追蹤正在當地尋找姊姊的Sin。Sin苦心逃避世宗的追捕,逃到曼谷……在這場殺與捕的無間角力,兩位硬漢立場雖然不同,卻惺惺相惜……

The plot centres on an attempt by a North Korean pirate (JANG Dong-Gun), to make a nuclear attack on the Korean Peninsula, and efforts by a South Korean agent (LEE Jung-Jae) to stop him.

The agent comes to sympathize with the pirate, who grew up penniless in China after witnessing as a child the massacre of his family after a failed attempt to seek asylum in the South.

Shot on locations in Thailand, Korea and Russia, Typhoon is South Korea highest budget film made at US$20 million.

Typhoon sets 5-day Box Office record for the year 2005 in Korea drawing in 1.8 million people.
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Professional Review of "Typhoon (VCD) (Hong Kong 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 (VCD) (Hong Kong 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

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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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