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Midnight F.M. (2010)

Ji-tae Yoo Su Ae  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ji-tae Yoo Su Ae
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: CINEMA ASIA RELEASIN
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008QOH1L8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sun-young is a popular radio DJ with for a cinema music program that is aired live at midnight. She is a perfectionist who has built a successful career for the past 5 years, but when her young daughter needs a surgical operation overseas, the single-mom decides to quit. She prepares for her final show from song selections down to the smallest details. During the show, she receives a call from a listener named Dong-soo. He tells her that she must follow his orders while she hosts her live radio show, or her family's lives will be at stake, and threatens that she can't tell anyone.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Like the acting, but not the plot March 29, 2014
By Sarah
Korean actors never fail to amaze me with their gifted acting abilitys. Though I did like the acting in this movie, the storyline didn't really reel me in much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Brooding Korean Drama June 11, 2013
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Soo Ae still has good acting chops, but the material, as some other Korean dramas, is dark , cruel, and anti-social. Is this the image of Seoul after dark? Moody, atmospheric, well made, but sooo dark. You cheer when the psycho get his, if only to end the movie sooner. Seeing children deal with killings and a psychopath makes this a like, not love movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed April 4, 2013
I would first off like to state that I am a huge fan of films from South Korea. I've enjoyed A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters, JSA, Oldboy, Shiri, Lady Vengeance, I Saw the Devil, Sympathy for Mister Vengeance, I'm a Cyborg, The Host, Memories of Murder, Mother, Chaser, Thirst, The Good The Bad The Weird, and numerous others. However, I did not like this movie. The one five star review that was on here at the time of this writing made me think that it was going to be a truly great film. I was less than pleased. I believe I should point out any positive traits first and then move on to the negative. Yu Ji-tae is amazing. He's really intimidating in this film. If there is one reason to watch this film, it's for his performance. That's it.

Now on to the negative bits. There are two things about this film that every time I've watched it bother the crap out of me. I would like to state that I've watched it in full once and half way through on three separate occasions, I can't make it through again because of these problems. The first problem is cinematography. I understand that when you don't show something that it is more powerful. However, you must at least set up what it is you're not showing. There are certain points where something happens but they don't set it up and then they show what happened. An example of this is at the beginning when Ji-tae's character breaks into the house and hits a character with a hammer. This scene looks really weird because we know he's not near her head and he swings down and she passes out. There are other examples of this but I'm not going to waste the whole review picking them out. There are other shots throughout the movie that just look terrible and often have you wondering what's going on. It can be too dark at times as well.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Korean Thriller In Recent Years August 29, 2012
There have been a handful of South Korean thrillers that have earned a bit of hype over the past few years: "The Chaser" (2008) and "I Saw the Devil" (2010) being the two obvious choices, though "Mother" (2009) could also be considered if one classifies it as a dramatic thriller. I recently posted an IMDb user comment on "No Mercy" (2010), which I personally enjoyed more than the aforementioned films in terms of pure entertainment value. However, "Midnight F.M." (2010) has now ascended to my top spot.

Here's a reworded plot summary from AsianMediaWiki: Popular TV anchorwoman & late night radio host Sun-Young (Soo Ae: "Sunny" 2008, "Once in a Summer" 2006) prepares to work her final radio program, after which she will prepare to take her daughter to America the following morning. During the radio show Sun-Young receives a startling text message from a man named Dong-Su (Yoo Ji-Tae: "Oldboy" 2003, "One Fine Spring Day" 2001), who has broken into her apartment and taken hostages. Dong-Su then sends the text message to Sun-Young instructing her to follow his directions and not to tell anyone.

Oh man, this is non-stop suspense from start to finish, with efficiently constructed tension and very good performances by everyone. The conventional premise is outshined by its sheer execution and avoidance of any and all dull filler material. At first the protagonist is forced to retrieve specific information from her previous shows and duplicate those moments on the air, but the storyline branches out in a variety of ways and eventually introduces themes of vigilantism and media responsibility. Soo Ae gives an inspired, energetic performance. This thriller is extremely exciting and a lot of fun to watch, relying more on pure suspense instead of graphic violence. A must see for everyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The plot was not logical enough. When you call ... July 30, 2014
By Tsakhi
The plot was not logical enough. When you call your sister who is baby sitting two little girls in the middle of the night and a MAN answers the phone, you don't do anything and just keep working? I just couldn't continue it.
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