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White Night (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Ko Su (Actor) | Han Suk Kyu (Actor) | Kang Woo Suk (Producer)
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Higashino Keigo's suspense novel Byakuyako, which inspired a 2006 TV drama in Japan, has been adapted for the big screen in Korea. Helmed by first-time director Park Shin Woo, White Night stars top actress Son Ye Jin and television star Ko Su (Will It Snow For Christmas?) as lovers who live in the shadow of murder, a teenage tragedy that continues to haunt and drive them over a decade later. Han Suk Kyu (An Eye for an Eye) plays the dogged detective who opens the Pandora's box, revealing a dark, harrowing, and emotionally compelling crime thriller.

Fourteen years ago, Mi Ho (Son Ye Jin) and Yo Han (Ko Su) committed a terrible crime to protect each other. The tragedies of their youth follow them into adulthood as they go to great lengths to keep their past a secret. While investigating a murder case, Detective Han (Han Suk Kyu) discovers a connection between his current case to another unsolved murder that has been eating at him for the last fourteen years. As the statute of limitations approaches, the dogged detective reopens the file, and follows the new crime trail back to the past, coming closer and closer to the grueling truth.

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Product Title: White Night (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 白夜行 (2009) (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 白夜行 (2009) (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 白夜行 - 白い闇の中を歩く (香港版) White Night (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Ko Su (Actor) | Han Suk Kyu (Actor) | Park Sung Woong | Lee Min Jung (Actor) 孫 藝珍 (Actor) | 高修 (Actor) | 韓石圭 (Actor) | 朴誠雄 | 李敏貞 (Actor) 孙 艺珍 (Actor) | 高修 (Actor) | 韩石圭 (Actor) | 朴诚雄 | 李敏贞 (Actor) ソン・イェジン (Actor) | コ・ス (Actor) | ハン・ソッキュ (Actor) | パク・ソンウン | イ・ミンジョン (Actor) 손 예진 (Actor) | 고 수 (Actor) | 한 석규 (Actor) | 박성웅 | 이민정 (Actor)
Director: Park Shin Woo Park Shin Woo Park Shin Woo パク・シヌ 박신우
Producer: Kang Woo Suk 康祐碩 康佑硕 佑硕 カン・ウソク 강우석
Release Date: 2010-07-29
Language: Cantonese, Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 135 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022942317

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A man recently released from prison is found brutally murdered. Tracing the murder back to case from 14 years ago, the criminal investigation team consults Dong-soo, the detective who was in charge of the old case. Dong-soo instinctively senses that this recent murder is related to Yo-han, the son of the victim murdered 14 years ago.

Si-young is an assistant to Seung-jo and is ordered to follow Mi-ho, Seung-jo's fiancee. Mi-ho seems perfect in every ways, but little by little suspicious traces of her past are uncovered. The horrifying truth of Yo-han's and Mi-ho's past is slowly exposed; the suspect of the past murder was Mi-ho's mother and the victim was Yo-han's father. The lives of Mi-ho and Yo-han have traveled in opposite directions, one towards a bright light and the other towards a dark shadow. Mysterious murders that go back to 14 years. What is the truth?
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Professional Review of "White Night (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 12, 2010

This professional review refers to White Night (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
The Japanese crime novel Byakuyako by author Higashino Keigo's gets its second screen outing with the Korean film White Night having already been adapted for a 2006 domestic television drama. This cinematic version of the dark, harrowing tale of murder and abuse marks the debut of Korean director Park Shin Woo, and stars popular and acclaimed actress Son Ye Jin (also in the likes of A Moment to Remember and The Art of Seduction) and television actor Ko Su (Will It Snow For Christmas?) in the lead roles, with support from Han Suk Kyu (An Eye for an Eye) and Lee Min Jung (Searching for the Elephant).

The film gets off to a hard hitting start, intercutting between a sex scene featuring the beautiful Mi Ho (Son Ye Jin) and her fiance and shots of a young man called Yo Han (Ko Su) committing a brutal murder. Although these two characters and scenes seem unconnected, as Detective Han (Han Suk Kyu) discovers, they are in fact linked to another killing that took place 14 years back, which is just about to pass beyond the statute of limitations. As Han digs further, his investigation reveals that Mi Ho and Yo Han share a horrific and tragic past, one which threatens to cause yet more bloodshed in the present day.

White Night is a deeply complex film with a powerful central mystery, and though it gets off to a slow, and often confusing start, once it gets its claws into the viewer it really refuses to let go. The film is one which doesn't spoon-feed its answers and which requires a fair amount of concentration, something which, in a time when dumbing down films is the accepted norm, makes for a refreshing and stimulating change. Often leaping around its timeframe without much warning, and featuring plenty of character reversals and murky motivations, it also benefits from focusing its plot not around who has committed the present day murders, but why. This leaves Park free from having to employ any unnecessary or artificial plot twists, and the film works not only as a highly intelligent detective thriller, but also as an involving and moving character drama, with both Mi Ho and Yo Han making for intriguing, ambiguous figures.

Since the two, and indeed most of the cast are tortured and emotionally damaged, with even Detective Han having sorrowful secrets of his own, the film does unsurprisingly head for some very dark places, and makes for grim viewing through to its bleak, downbeat conclusion. At the same time, director Park wisely never takes a judgmental approach to any of the characters or events, and this makes the film both morally challenging and heart rending, being ultimately about love and devotion, albeit in the most depression of fashions. All of the cast are up to the challenge of the material, with Son Ye Jin in particular turning in a brave, multi layered performance that effectively provides the film with its touching, yet twisted emotional core.

The film engages the eyes as well as the mind, with Park's direction being elegant and impressively stylish in the modern noir manner and featuring some impeccable and quite beautiful shot compositions. Such a handsome and deceptively quiet veneer works well to provide a comparison with the darkness lurking beneath the film's surface, as does the delicate classical music soundtrack. The film does pack in a lot of adult content, as befits its themes, with a fair amount of graphic sex, as well as some creative and gruesome murder scenes. This gives the proceedings a hard edge, as does the fact that the film is pleasingly ruthless with its characters, killing off a number of sympathetic figures at suitably unexpected moments. As a result, it makes for tense, exciting viewing, with the last forty five minutes providing genuinely edge of the seat entertainment.

All of this combines to make White Night one of the best Korean films of the last year, and certainly one of the few mystery thrillers not to patronise its audience with easy answers or comfortable resolutions. Directed and composed with a real sense of craftsmanship, the film grips from the first frame, and though it doesn't exactly make for cheerful viewing, it entertains and satisfies all the way to its admirably dark conclusion.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

numinair
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October 7, 2010

This customer review refers to White Night (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
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Intense and complex murder thriller Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
For a movie based on a complex Japanese novel this is certainly an intricately woven plot of deceit, adultery, abuse and murder. Although a quite simple premise of inter marital deception concerning the death and misdeeds of a pawnshop owner and of his wife’s own indiscretions, "White Night" is web-weaving stuff that leads viewers to ever more dangerous subplots. The crux of the doings and goings on relate to two children, Yo Han (Ko Su) and Min Ho (Ye Jin Son with her character's child part played by Se-young Lee who once was in the movie “Lovely Rivals”) who hide dark past secrets of sin and debauchery and become mentally mutilated by their elder’s promiscuous sexual relations. Yo Han and Min Ho’s dark secret stretches across 14 years, where a murdered pawnshop owner found dead on a boat is investigated by a detective Han (Suk Kyu Han), a cop finding that the boat death relates to another of his unsolved murder cases. Never uncovering solid evidence of the past unsolved murder, detective Han becomes obsessed with that case again by this new boat murder and racing against time to uncover the truth of a 14 year murder mystery link, could soon find his past case closed off for good by the statute of limitations. Fourteen years on Yo Han and Min Ho, still haunted by their own blighted pasts, settle into normal separate vocations. Min Ho is a teacher who ventures into the fashion industry and about to open her own large boutique store and Yo Han working as a wine bar attendant. Both constantly haunted by an evil tragic past.

As mentioned the plot is complex and intensely dialogue driven and the script certainly demands an audiences full focused attention (no going in the kitchen for a crafty quick brew with White Night). You really have to ‘listen’ to the goings on here and the initial 1 hour 20 minutes of this 2 hour 10 minute constantly shifts from characters and time zones (14 years ago concerning the pawnshop owners death on the boat), but you’ll be well rewarded by the final outcome and how everything, when finally revealed, all darkly fits together. Acting is the best you can appreciate here too (its common knowledge that Suk Kyu chooses his scripts carefully) and Ye Jin Son as gone another notch up the ladder by her intense role here. The two child actors also perform excellently. For murder thriller fans that love a good solid plot and good acting, this is a must! Highly recommended - if you can handle all the angst.
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Kevin Kennedy
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September 7, 2010

Twisted and twisting thriller Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"White Night" tells of long-buried sins and the desperate acts people in desperate situations may undertake. It has all of the elements of a gripping noir thriller. The story revolves around Min Ho (Son Ye Jin), Yo Han (Ko Su), and Detective Han (Han Suk Kyu). Min Ho is a lovely young teacher and fashion designer engaged to marry a man of great wealth. Yo Han is a reclusive bartender seemingly disconnected from any meaningful relationships. Detective Han has doggedly pursued a very cold case involving the murder of Yo Han's father, a pursuit for which Detective Han has paid a very dear price. Slowly Detective Han begins to connect the dots and the portrait they depict is of a generational curse born of twisted desires and warped lives.

From a technical perspective, "White Night" is brilliantly made. Its direction, cinematography, sound, and editing yield a work that is impressive to behold. The film, however, is overly complex, overlong, and told from a perspective that emphasizes the horror rather than the emotional power of the story. Consequently, "White Night" plods rather than sings. Nonetheless, the impressive performances by the film's three leads keeps the viewer fascinated to the very bitter end.
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