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The Yellow Sea (2010) ( Hwanghae ) ( The Murderer ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, Blu-Ray, Reg.B Import - United Kingdom ]

3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player, or on standard US Blu-Ray player. You need multi-region Blu-Ray player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Korean ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Korean ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), Uncut, SYNOPSIS: Scorsese and Schrader's iconic portrait of God's Lonely Man hangs over this thrilling intense film, an electrifying crime thriller from the director of The Chaser. Gu-nam, a debt-ridden taxi driver, follows his missing wife on the illegal immigrant trail from China to South Korea as he prepares to murder a Seoul businessman. Gu-nam spends his time drinking and gambling as he attempts to blot out the wreck his life has become. His wife has crept over the border into South Korea and lost contact with him. His gambling debts are spiraling out of control. His selfrespect is non-existent. As the pressure mounts Gu-nam's desperation escalates. Eventually he can see no way out other than to accept the offer of local crime boss Myun to follow his wife to Seoul where he must murder a businessman. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Yellow Sea (2010) ( Hwanghae ) ( The Murderer )

Product Details

  • Actors: Jung-woo Ha, Yun-seok Kim, Seong-Ha Cho, Chul-Min Lee
  • Directors: Hong-jin Na
  • Producers: The Yellow Sea (2010) ( Hwanghae ) ( The Murderer ), The Yellow Sea (2010), Hwanghae, The Murderer
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Director's Cut, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Run Time: 140.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SDDDCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a horribly edited, watered down version of the film. Apparently Fox Studios thought it was too much for American audiences to handle so they literally edit and completely take out some of the films most defining, and intense scenes. This film is NOT worth owning with this cut. They basically take the movie from NC-17 to PG-13. I know it's R, but they even dumb down some of the dialogue to not make the movie be so grim. This is a non-Western action movie, and it's very obvious. So much so, Fox EDITED out everything that makes Korean films Korean. If you're a fan of The Chaser, I Saw the Devil, Oldboy or any of the other great Korean thrillers out there. Imagine all the action being cut out. You don't see the raw, realistic, horrific killings. You don't get the full fight scenes. You're watching a product stripped of its artistry and soul because Fox doesn't think you can handle it. What's worse, they didn't even release a BLU-RAY of this movie yet THEY MADE Korea's blu-ray release NOT include English subtitles to prevent people from around the world from importing it. They do that, and then don't even give you the actual product. Please, torrent this movie with soft coded subtitles or wait for UK's blu-ray to come out. It'll require a multi-region blu-ray player, but you'll get to see the film in high def and as the director intended. Not as Fox intended.
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Director Na Hong-jin's "The Chaser" shattered several box-office records in Korea and even won two major film awards in the 2008 Grand Bell Awards (best director and best film). Now, almost four years after its release, Na Hong-jin's follow up film finally gets released in the U.S. by Fox. "The Yellow Sea" was originally released in 2010 and received some coverage in the Cannes film festival. Those who have seen Na's first movie would remember "The Chaser" as a tightly-wound thriller that channels a lot of emotion and was a film based on a true story. "The Yellow Sea" may not be based on a true event, but rather based on the Joseonjoks in a region between China, Russia and Korea.

There has been some confusion as to what is the director's cut of this movie since the film originally debuted as a 156 minute movie in Korea while the director's cut is 140 minutes long. The U.S. Dvd being released by Fox only has a runtime of 137 minutes. I have done my research and the shorter, tighter 140 minute version is indeed Na Hong-jin's director's cut. This review is based on this 140 minute version, and honestly, it is so hard to spot the difference between the 140 and 137 minute versions. Perhaps it is because the U.S. NTSC Dvd was converted from the U.K. PAL format? I have no idea.

In the Yanbian province of China, Gu-Nam (Ha Jung-Woo), an ethnic Korean or a Joseonjok, is a disadvantaged cab driver whose evenings are mostly consists of hanging around gambling halls and drinking. He is also neck-deep in debt as he had taken a loan from gambling sharks in order for his wife to be able to legally migrate into Korea. To make matters worst, he has not heard from her since she left and is tormented by nightmares of her extra-marital affair while being hounded by his debt collectors.
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As the previous reviewer, Jarrett "2cC," has warned, the American version of this film by Fox is not the version to view or purchase. Instead, you can currently obtain the blu-ray Korean director's cut from yesasia.com, complete with the director's commentary.
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Officially, there are two releases of the film: A Theatrical Cut which was released in Korean theaters and clocks in at 156 minutes; A Director's Cut which was released internationally and clocks in at 140 minutes. The Theatrical Cut is only available in S. Korea on DVD and BR and is one of the few Korean releases which does not have English subtitles thanks to Fox International stipulations. The Director's Cut just received a DVD and Blu-ray release in the UK. Unfortunately, both are region-coded. The latter is not a problem if you have a region-free DVD/Blu-ray which can be had for a reasonable price nowadays.

As for this particular release, not only did Fox International skip the Blu-ray format, they made their own edits to the Director's Cut of the film by removing three minutes from it. I have seen the full cut of the film and I can assure you the violence in it is not any worse than what you'd see in a typical episode of The Walking Dead. The demographic of this movie is highly likely to be those who saw the director's first film "The Chaser" which was quite gritty and violent. This is not the kind of film Mr. Joe Sixpack would seek so why go through the trouble of watering it down?!

I just find it ironic that Fox International would partly finance the production of this film and buy the distribution rights to it then treat it and dump it like a straight-to-video 'B' movie.
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Quite violent and graphic exciting story of a guy who goes on a mysterious mission to another country, probably to kill someone but does he have the nerve and the morality for such a thing? He is also looking for his wife whobleft to find work elsewhere. Then the bad guys come after him, and the police, and what about the family of the victim? Very suspenseful and well acted. Has two of my favorite Korean action actors in it.
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