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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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  • Making-of featurette
  • Music video

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  • Actors: Seok-hun Kim, Sang-min Park, Du-na Bae
  • Directors: Baek Woon-Hak
  • Producers: Seo Gyeong-seok, Lee Chang-woo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GF2AQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tube" on IMDb

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By Edward L Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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Unless you absolutely can't handle watching films with subtitles, I must suggest watching the subtitled version of this over the dubbed. Unfortunately, the voice acting in the dubbed version changes the feel and mood of the film dramatically and not in a good way.

First and foremost, this is an action film, so don't expect deep subject matter or significantly stimulating conversational story telling. Additionally, themes widely and easily found in other films and media are reproduced here. However, this film is an example of who method and delivery can take old themes and present them in a way that remains fresh and entertaining. My favorite character is the female lead played by Bae Doo Na (Doona Bae in the credits). While her's is not as significant a role as that of the main protagonist, it's one of the elements that makes the film interesting and enjoyable to watch.

On the negative side, background on certain plot elements is lacking. There are flashbacks that are short and, while obviously designed to elicit an emotional response from the viewer, are disjointed enough that they lack clarity.

Overall, it's an enjoyable film and fans of this genre should not be disappointed.
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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. The translation into subtitles could be a tad better, but you won't lose anything watching the sub.
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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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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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