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Yoga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version) DVD Region 3

Park Han Byul (Actor) | Eugene (Yoo Jin) (Actor) | Kim Hye Na (Actor) | Cho Eun Ji (Actor)
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Discover the ugly side of the pursuit of beauty in the 2009 Korean horror Yoga from Whispering Stairs director Yoon Jae Yeon. Taking a break from her usual romantic offerings, popular actress Eugene (Romantic Island) leads a stunning lineup of actresses - Park Han Byul (Wishing Stairs), Cho Eun Ji (Forever the Moment), Kim Hye Na (Red Eye), Hwang Seung Eon (A Blood Pledge), and Lee Young Jin (Memento Mori) - who are dying to be beautiful. Beautiful's Cha Soo Yeon plays the eerie, ethereal yoga master whose class holds the secret to everlasting beauty - but at what price?

Home shopping channel host Hyo Jung (Eugene) and four other girls are enrolled at a mysterious yoga center that promises eternal beauty to one student after a week of intense training. To master the class, however, they must abide by the center's rules, including fasting, not looking at mirrors, and breaking contact with the outside world. As the week wears on, strange things begin to happen, and it becomes increasingly clear that there is something very wrong with the yoga center and its gorgeous young trainer (Cha Soo Yeon).

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Product Title: Yoga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version) 瑜伽學院 (DVD) (馬來西亞版) 瑜伽学院 (DVD) (马来西亚版) ヨガ教室 (マレーシア版) Yoga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version)
Also known as: ヨガ学院, ヨガスクール
Artist Name(s): Park Han Byul (Actor) | Eugene (Yoo Jin) (Actor) | Kim Hye Na (Actor) | Cho Eun Ji (Actor) | Lee Young Jin (Actor) | Cha Soo Yeon (Actor) | Choi Daniel 朴寒星 (Actor) | 柳真 (Actor) | 金蕙那 (Actor) | 曹恩智 (Actor) | 李姈真 (Actor) | Cha Soo Yeon (Actor) | 崔丹尼爾 朴寒星 (Actor) | 柳真 (Actor) | 金蕙那 (Actor) | 曹恩智 (Actor) | 李姈真 (Actor) | Cha Soo Yeon (Actor) | 崔丹尼尔 パク・ハンビョル (Actor) | ユジン(S.E.S) (Actor) | キム・ヘナ (Actor) | チョ・ウンジ (Actor) | イ・ヨンジン (Actor) | チャ・スヨン (Actor) | チェ・ダニエル 박 한별 (Actor) | 유진 (S.E.S) (Actor) | 김 혜나 (Actor) | 조 은지 (Actor) | 이 영진 (Actor) | 차수연 (Actor) | 최다니엘
Director: Yoon Jae Yeon 尹在妍 尹在妍 ユン・ジェヨン 윤재연
Release Date: 2010-04-07
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Malay
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: PMP Entertainment (M) SDN. BHD.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022724290

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Director: Yoon Jae Yeon

Hyo-jung ( Eugene ) is a star host at her home shopping network, until a younger and more attractive host suddenly threatens her throne. When her position becomes threatened, she begins to lose confidence and self-esteem. This is when Hyo-jung runs into an old high school classmate. Sun-hwa (Lee Young-jin), who used to be the most unattractive girl in school, has now transformed into an unbelievably beautiful woman. When Sun-hwa lets her in on secret spiritual training lessons, Hyo-jung soon finds herself standing in front of the yoga academy. At the yoga academy, Hyo-jung meets four other girls, each with their own desires and discontentment with their looks. Led by their mysterious yoga master, Na-ni, the five women swear an oath to follow the five harsh regulations of the academy and begin their secret spiritual training. Only the thrist for unparalleled beauty pushes them forward through the rigorous training sessions-until one by one, strange and eerie events begin to unfold at the yoga academy.
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Professional Review of "Yoga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version)"

March 19, 2010

This professional review refers to Yoga (DVD) (Korea Version)
Korean horror has tackled some pretty wacky subjects over the last few years, having dealt with haunted shoes, musical instruments, and even wigs. Now, director Yoon Jae Yeon takes things a step further with Yoga a film about supernatural stretching exercises, a premise sure to strike terror into the hearts of viewers everywhere. All flippancy aside, Yoon is certainly a proven success in the field, having helmed Whispering Stairs and the film features a very impressive collection of female stars, headlined by the gorgeous Eugene (Romantic Island), with Cha Soo Yeon (also in the disturbing Beautiful) in a creepy role, and with Park Han Byul (Wishing Stairs), Cho Eun Ji (Forever the Moment), Kim Hye Na (Red Eye), Hwang Seung Eon (A Blood Pledge), and Lee Young Jin (Memento Mori) in support.

The plot follows Eugene as Hyo Jung, the co-host of a shopping channel lingerie show. After she is bumped from her slot by a younger and more glamorous rival, she takes the advice of a newly beautiful friend and enrols in a week long intensive course at a strange, secluded yoga centre. There she and her four other classmates meet their stunning though sinister trainer (Cha Soo Yeon), who informs them that there are strict rules for the week, which if broken will have serious consequences. Soon enough, they find that she is quite correct, as they are tormented by threatening visions, coming to realise that their may be a heavy cost for the pursuit of perfection.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, although it does features plenty of the titular activity, Yoga isn't really a film about killer workouts, being another in the continuing line of Korean horrors dealing with vanity and the obsession with attaining perfect beauty. This having been said, the film is still a pleasingly bizarre and offbeat affair, and one which owes more to Italian maestro Dario Argento's classic Susperia than to other recent Asian horror or ghost tales. Indeed, the film shows a greater focus on effect than on explanations, with director Yoon attempting to immerse the viewers in the surreal and eerie situation, with sense and logic taking a definite backseat to sinister atmosphere. Things certainly do get strange very quickly, with the yoga school being more akin to an old haunted house, an ornate and creepy place with red walls, old fashioned furnishings, cobwebs and unexplained whispering voices. Add to this the fact that nobody seems to actually know where the place is (why isn't there a sign? Apparently "Those destined to come will find their way"), and the legend that only one of the women will be able to complete the course and meet the mysteriously unseen manager, and most viewers will be wondering from early on why the characters decide to stay, especially once their comrades start disappearing one by one.

To be fair, Yoon does a pretty good job of helping suspend disbelief and to distract from the inherent daftness of the premise, with the film's atmosphere effectively keeping the audience in the dark and unsure what is going on. The film does seem to take place in a dream world, with the characters and the viewer cut off from reality and at the mercy of strange hallucinations. There is a subplot of sorts that seems to be heading towards revelations, with Hyo Jung's boyfriend investigating a film director and a former and possibly dead actress who may have a connection to the yoga centre, though oddly this never really provides too much concrete reasoning for the film's weirdness. This all works quite well, and the cinematic angle, complete with flashbacks to a 1970s film set, is interesting, and adds another level rather than distracting. The film's central mystery is all the better for being unfocused, building slowly in engaging fashion and although its obvious that there will be a twist forthcoming, it does not arrive in the usual last act revelatory manner.

On a more basic level, the film does deliver a few frights, mainly during the later stages. There are a number of good creative and gruesome moments, and although there unfortunately isn't much in the way of grotesque body twisting, the frequent yoga scenes are eerie enough in themselves, with some sinister snake like sound effects and vaguely exotic music accompanying the stretching. The characters are generally simplistic and generic, serving mainly as yoga-fodder, and the film does throw in some pretty entertaining death scenes, which should keep fans happy enough. The film turns very weird and hysterical during the last half hour, and not necessarily in the way suspected, right through to its fittingly inexplicable ending.

Yoga really is a lot of fun, and one of the better Korean horror efforts of the last year or so. Although not wholly defying expectations, it does offer something a little different and a touch more imaginative and crazy to the same old long haired ghost scares or tales of supernatural revenge.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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