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Old 12-07-02, 04:57 AM
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Happy End

Release by Universe Laser & Video Co. Ltd.
HK R3 (only)
NTSC Colour
100 Mins

AR 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (OAR 1.85:1)
Korean DD5.0 + DD2.0
English (Good), Simplified Chinese and Trad Chinese Subs

Extras (English)
- Trailer
- Cast and Director bios

A nice cleanish picture with decent blacks and contrast levels. No DVD-5 limitations visibly apparent. A good non-anamorphic print with clear sound. This is a HK exclusive no other version is available as of date.

Debut for director Jung Ji-woo and starring Choi Min-sik (Failan) as the husband, Jeon Do-yeon (No Blood No Tears) as the wife and Jin Mo-joo (Wanee and Junah) as her passionate lover. The film caused a sensation when it was released due to Jeon Do-Yeon's sensational sex scenes which I must admit enjoyed ... no fast stylish editing here just pure unadulterated sex. :norty:

OK before you get carried away with naked thoughts of the curvy Jeon Do-yeon who incidentally look like she has lost weight in comparison to her No Blood No Tears role, the movie has some fine performances of yearning, despair and hopelessness to lift this way above the usual "having an affair" movie. Daily routines similar to our own mundane/content livelihoods are played out on screen for us to relate too. You can't help but feel sorry for everyone and the situations we all share or hope never to experience ... but it happens ...

The film hasn't been talked about much simply because its not widely available on DVD and everyone seemed to have missed it on the big screen with only Darcy naming it in his favourite movie list that I happen to seek this one out ... a Cat III DVD in my eyes automatically means silly soft core porn be it made in HK or Korean so I would have probably ignored it.

The ending to this movie has the question "Happy End?" come up before the credits roll ... a fitting description as it leaves you pondering about what you just saw ...

... sorry to those people who may think I gave away the ending but I don't think you can really call that a spoiler ...

Buy it on cheap-ie HK DVD ...

Young - Don't kid yourself!
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Old 12-08-02, 06:04 PM
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Originally posted by cirrus888
Young - Don't kid yourself!
what's that dune movie quote? "he who can destroy a thing, controls that thing..." something like that. mwhahahahahahahaha
(just kidding)

cirrus, nice job. your reviews are much appreciated.
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Originally posted by cirrus888
Public Enemy
Director Kang Woo-seok (Two Cops 1 and 2, How To Top My Wife) one of the 90s more successful Korean directors gives us a competent mix of crime thriller and action comedy. Film about a corrupt cop played by SOL Kyung-gu (solid performance) and a heartless stockbroker played by LEE Sung-jae (icy).

....However, the movie is very watchable, well made and it doesn't drag. The transition from bad cop to good cop and the clean cut serial killer are all very Korean in flavour. So even though the unoriginality of the story could be criticised its still probably something you haven't seen before.
There's one scene that many Koreans found hilarious: he's sitting at his desk and writes 3 Chinese letters on an evelope in traditional vertical fashion. He writes what phonetically sounds like a word equivalent to what is translated as "resignation" but is actually isn't(I think that the first two characters are correct, but the last character, although phonetically sounding alike, is the wrong character). Kinda like writing "resignashun". Oh well, I guess that it's more funny if you can read chinese characters. Anyway, that's why the main character grins at what he wrote.
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Old 12-29-02, 08:54 AM
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My Korean Movie Top 10:

1. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance
2. Christmas In August
3. Il Mare
4. My Sassy Girl
5. Barking Dogs Never Bite
6. Failan
7. Take Care Of My Cat
8. Oasis
9. Art Museum By The Zoo
10. One Fine Spring Day
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