Seen in Jeonju

New DVDs for the week of Feb. 5-11

4th February 2012

siu

Last weekend, you may have noticed that this weekly feature did not appear on this site.  That is because there were no new DVDs of Korean films released then. But we are making up for it this week with five movies coming out on DVD. 

First we have S.I.U, which is short for The Special Investigation Unit. It was directed by Hwang Byeok-gook and starred Uhm Tae-woong (Uhm Jeong-hwa’s younger brother), Joo Won and Seong Dong-il.  Number of discs: 2/ Subtitles: Korean and English/ Rating: ages 15+/ Format: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/ Running time: 111 minutes plus 51 minutes of extras on disc 2/ Suggested Retail Price: 23,100 KRW/ Available: February 8

Picture above right is Always, directed by Song Il-gon and starring So Ji-seob and Han Hyo-joo.  Number of discs: 4/ Subtitles: Korean and English/ Rating: ages 15+/ Format: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/ Running Time: 105 minutes plus 150 minutes of extras.. Disc 2 contain footage of the making of the movie and standard ‘extras’, Disc 3 is a character profile of Jang Cheol-min (So Ji-seob) and Disc 4 is a look at Ha Jeong-hwa (Han Hyo-joo’s character)/ Suggested Retail Price: 27,500 KRW/ Available: February 8

family mart

Family Mart, directed by Kim Geon and starring Kim Yeon-soo, No Joon-ho and Kim Hyeon-sook, is a little bit obscure. It was made in 2008 and screened at the 2009 Jeonbuk Independent Film Festival. Later, it was granted a very small theatrical release in 2010, Number of discs: 1/ Subtitles: Korean and English/ Rating: for ages 18+/ Format: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0/ Running Time: 91 minutes/ Suggested Retail Price: 22,000 KRW/ Available: February 9.

The Journal of Musan made my and several other lists of Best Films in 2011.  It was directed by Park Jeong-beom who also plays the main character, a North Korean refugee from the town of Musan who finds life in South Korea less tolerant than he believed. It also features Jin Yong-wook and Kang Eun-ji.  Number of discs: 1/ Subtitles: Korean and English/ Rating: ages 15+/ Format: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0/ Running Time: 127 minutes/ Suggested Retail Price: 25,300 KRW/ Available: February 9.

Finally we have War of the Arrows directed by Kim Han-min and starring Park Hae-il, Ryu Seung-ryong and Kim Moo-yeol. Number of discs: 3/ Subtitles: Korean and English/ Rating: for ages 18+/ Format: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/ Running Time: 122 minutes (theatrical release), 128 minutes (director’s cut?, disc 2). The third disc is extras of unlisted length/ Suggested Retail Price: 29,700 KRW/ Available: February 9.

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