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Tube (2004)

Seok-hun Kim , Sang-min Park , Woon-hak Baek  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Seok-hun Kim, Sang-min Park, Doona Bae, Oh-jung Kwon, Ju-bong Gi
  • Directors: Woon-hak Baek
  • Writers: Woon-hak Baek
  • Producers: Kyeong-seok Seo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GF2AQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,927 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tube" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-of featurette
  • Music video

Editorial Reviews

Elite Intelligence becomes a deadly weapon when former undercover agent, T (Sang-Min Park) unwittingly becomes the sacrificial bait in a deadly agency operation and watches his government turn against him. Determined to exact revenge, T takes a crowded subway hostage and threatens to exact one of history's deadliest acts of terrorism - taking the lives of 13 million civilians. As life and death hang in the balance, the single greatest act of courage falls to Detective Jay, who must face off with T in the deadliest showdown.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take the A Train May 15, 2004
Format:DVD
Let's get something straight right from the get-go: TUBE isn't SHIRI ... nor does it try to be. While Woon-Hak Baek is the genius behind both of these films, he's created two entirely different vehicles ... both with their own unique narratives ... and one shouldn't enter into the TUBE expecting the political firestorm that was SHIRI.
However, what one can expect is a great action movie that tries to hard to be something more than a great action movie.
The premise is simple: T (Sang-Min Park) takes control of a crowded subway train, loading it with explosives so that the authorities risk detonation if they try to stop it. However, Detective Jay -- vengefully hunting the terrorist who killed his fiance -- manages to board the train, and he spends the bulk of the film trying to outsmart (and, when necessary, outfight) someone he's always been one step behind.
So, yes, the film can clearly be compared to SPEED as well as DIE HARD, to a lesser extent, but what those films lacked in depth of character Woon-hak Baek goes to great lengths to create here. However, when the film slows down to focus on character, it slows down too much. Too many secondary characters are given a backstory (or a B plotline) that weighs down the narrative with some unnecessary emotional baggage (in SHIRI, Baek focused on principally three characters, hence the greater success). Inevitable choices still have to be made, so the emotional depth ends up being thrown in for the sake of ... well ... being thrown in, and the end result is a bit of a mess.
Character elements aside, however, TUBE moves along briskly as a convincing action vehicle with some solid special effects.
While the disc is slim on extras (there is a music video and a "making of" featurette that's far more promotional than it is informative), TUBE is still worth entering for the sheer thrill of the ride.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out John Woo - Woon-Hak Baek's "Tube" Rocks! April 8, 2004
Format:DVD
Korean auteur, Woon-Hak Baek made a splash in North American a few years ago with "Shiri" - a political thriller that grabbed the viewer and would not let go.
With "Tube," he does it again.
Think "Speed" - but on a train, and with a bad guy who has a genuinely good reason for being as bent and vicious as he is.
"Tube" is orchestrated almost like a piece of classical music: the opening five minutes is a violent set piece that introduces the villain, the hero and the female lead [who is not *quite* a romantic lead]. Then, the first act brings together the various characters and sets up the situation - much like the first act of a symphony introduces themes and develops them.
The second act finds hero, villain and not-quite-romantic female lead in the midst of the situation, and the third act resolves one situation, to discover that there are contingencies in place.
In the final act/coda, the final resolution is made and a brief tag underscores the bittersweetness of the final victory.
Baek's direction is elegant, calling to mind the balletic qualities of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo [though without the extravagant use of slo mo].
Seok-Hoon Kim's Jay is the unorthodox cop we all love, but with a tragic twist that moves beyond what we're used to. Doo-Na Bae, "Kay is the not-quite-romantic female lead - a real woman - not one of those exquisite creatures that Hollywood tries to pass of as one [and though she's not beautiful, she has a very powerful, charismatic presence]. Sang-Min Park plays renegade covert ops agent "T" as a vicious, evil thug who wasn't ever supposed to wind up that way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars TUBE April 23, 2004
Format:DVD
Woon-Hak Baek did NOT direct OR write "Shiri". "Tube" is his first and only film. The DVD cover for the R1 release of "Tube" from Columbia is therefore confusing, because it is misleading.
Otherwise though, this is a high-action movie that is worth at least a rental. Bae Du-na is wonderful as usual. However, there are many much better films coming out of South Korea these days that deserve more attention. Unfortunately, US companies seem to be mainly interested in action movies. Too bad.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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While I can't highly recommend it, TUBE is kind of fun, provided you don't think too much about the plot, which has a walking stereotype loose-canon cop (Kim Seok-hoon) battling a terrorist (Pak Sang-min) onboard a hijacked subway train. The terrorist is a former government eraser that the government tried, but failed, to erase, and he's taken the train, and Seoul's mayor, hostage to uhh, well, to apparently have the plan be doomed from the start.

Equal parts SPEED, TAKING OF PELHAM 123, MONEY TRAIN and DIE HARD, the film has few pretensions, which make it easy on the derriere. Poor Bae Doo-na gets one of the stranger film roles in film history, as a pickpocket who apparently knows she must LOVE the hero even before she KNOWS the hero, and creates all the necessary Korean histrionics along the way (as well as almost bearing more physical brutality than the hero!) while our glowering protagonist poses with a series of unlit cigarettes in his mouth (and which only one person will ever be allowed to light, care to guess who?).

The SPEED and TAKING OF PELHAM allusions are apt, as are slight nods to MONEY TRAIN (the hero's boss does his best crazy Robert Blake impersonation) and DIE HARD (or UNDER SIEGE 2 if you'd rather, since it's so blatantly name-checked on the U.S. package), but overall it's a victim of it's own weak (and often downright ridiculous) logic and begs a few too many questions.

Production wise, though, it's delivers the goods, with slick production values all the way, with some nicely handled chase and fight scenes. Turns out, if I read the docu-stuff on the Korean 2-disc set correctly, that the Korean subway trains don't even look as hi-tech as they do here, and the ones in the film were almost entirely CG apart from the sets for close-ups! Columbia Tri-Star's sleeve is highly reminiscent of the art for TRANSPORTER and, not entirely unexpectedly, substitutes a generic Asian face for that of star Kim Seok-hoon. Nice.
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Published 1 month ago by adrian k. york
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Good, Some Not So Good
Unless you absolutely can't handle watching films with subtitles, I must suggest watching the subtitled version of this over the dubbed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by William Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast action and great characters.
It is surprizing to find a Asian marital arts film that has such a detailed story line. You can watch it for both lines or all together. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Richard Ranta
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish There are People Like this Character
Movie jumps right into action. Good people and bad people are in this movie. And even the innocent ones. Love this move. So much that I have bought two.
Published 23 months ago by Mr Leroy L Beavers Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service
The dvd is high quality and I received it very fast. I am very pleased with the product and the service I received. I saw this movie on cable a while back and had it on vhs. Read more
Published on March 3, 2010 by Paulette C. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Korean action flick makes good entertainment.
I read so many bad comments that I had to watch this again. I still liked it the second time. Not an A film, just a B action with great suspense elements. Read more
Published on April 29, 2006 by John Lewis
2.0 out of 5 stars Untidy
This movie is literally a pared down version of "Speed". Instead of a runaway bus, we have a runaway subway instead. Read more
Published on January 16, 2005 by Ping Lim
2.0 out of 5 stars Korean 'Speed'?: So Many Borrowed Ideas Cooked Awfully
'Tube' borrows so many things so obviously that it looks like 'Let's spot it' pop quiz. Some call it Korean 'Speed'; I call is a hybrid of 'Speed ' and one neglected classic 'The... Read more
Published on November 17, 2004 by Tsuyoshi
2.0 out of 5 stars MEDIOCRE KOREAN ACTION FILM
A FORMER GOVERNMENT AGENT HOLDS A TRAIN HOSTAGE WITH A BOMB THAT'LL BLOW UP IF THE TRAIN STOPS AND IT'S UP TO A DETECTIVE TO STOP HIM AND FIND A WAY TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THE... Read more
Published on October 30, 2004 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
1.0 out of 5 stars not good at all
This movie was really not good at all sorry
Published on August 31, 2004 by yannick messaoud
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