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The Classic a.k.a Love Story (Standard Edition) DVD

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THE CLASSIC is about two love stories that are divided by a gap of three decades, one in the 1960~70s' period and the other in the present time. Other films set in the past, such as BET ON MY DISCO and WET DREAMS have employed the kitsch code and are too childish, but THE CLASSIC distinguishes itself from these films with a sophisticated and composed depiction of both past and present. It aimed thus to help the audience experience nostalgia and to deliver to them the visual images of a beautiful and innocent love.

Product Details

  • Actors: Son Ye Jin 손예진, Cho In Sung, Cho Seung Woo
  • Directors: Kwak Jae Yong 곽재용
  • Format: DVD Region, NTSC, Subtitled, Color
  • Subtitles: English, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bear Entertainment
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NYJD7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on July 16, 2010
"A rainbow is the door to heaven."

Few films of today can compare with the tenderness of pure romantic love displayed in silent film, or the depth and glow sound brought to romance during the classic film era, but over the past decade, South Korea has blended something wonderful from both art forms and captured a transcendent beauty unmatched. A sense of longing for love and happiness just out of reach hangs over many of their finest romanticist efforts giving them an emotional ache not felt when watching anything else. An epic love story, The Classic is a beautiful river, filled with love and longing, promise, and dreams shattered by fate and circumstance. Like all rivers, it keeps flowing, eventually returning to where it began, completing a circle.

Son Ye-jin gives a tender and beautiful performance in a dual role as two love stories are played out over time, intertwined and connected in ways which only become clear in the final heartbreaking moments. Jo Seung-woo as Joon-Ha, and Lee Ki-woo as his friend, Tae-Su, make a considerable contribution to the story of Joo-hee (Son Ye-jin), told in flashback. Son Ye-jin also portrays the daughter of Joo-Hee, Ji-Hae, during the present day. Jo Ing-sung as Sang-Min, and Lee Soo-in as her possessive friend, Su-Kyeong, round out the modern day triangle as letters and diaries of her mother help her understand the present. Written and directed by Kwak Jae-yong with great sensitivity and understanding, the director of My Sassy Girl and Windstruck gets everything perfect here, right down to the music. Everything from Beethoven to The Swinging Blue Jean's Hippy Hippy Shake is used to wonderful effect. Most beautiful, however, is the haunting Saranghamyon halsoorok (If We Are in Love, Then..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Maharaj on January 25, 2009
The Classic is just that; a love story set in Korea during two time periods. Present day and what appears to be late 60's early 70's Korea.

A quick comparison is the Notebook in terms of emotion and feeling when watching this movie for someone looking for a comparison. The story beautiful, music is exceptionally choosen and those looking for a nice date movie, get this. This does have the usual as I call it, Asian ending...so be prepared for tears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Y Young on December 31, 2013
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This was a favorite of a lot of my friends so I decided to watch it. It was great. I enjoyed it very much. The music was haunting. The characters were well developed and easy to relate to and like. The story is about two couples from different eras. Even the scene-jumping from present to past was very clear and fell together. And I love happy endings, though I cried buckets of tears in-between.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By serichou on September 12, 2010
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This is one of my favorite films. It arrived perfectly packaged with a fold-out cover including extra pictures (although the title is written in Japanese). My only complaint is that some of the subtitles do not show up, displaying a red X instead. I kept the DVD anyway, however, because no major dialogue is missed.
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By kc on January 22, 2013
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it came earlier than expected so I was able to give it to my husband on christmas day. We both loved watching it again after about 10 yrs since the first time.
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