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Been waiting to see this one for quite a while and it's finally making it's way to theaters here on 3/25. Quick synopsis:

 

Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is locked up in a strange, private ?prison? for 15 years. No one will tell him why he's there and who his jailer is, but he is kept in reasonably comfortable quarters and has a TV to keep him company. On the TV, though, he discovers that he has been framed for his wife's murder and realizes that, during one of the occasions in which he's knocked out by gas, someone has drawn blood from him and left it at the scene of the crime. The imprisonment last for 15 years until one day when Dae-su finds himself unexpectedly deposited on a grass-covered high-rise roof.

 

I actually ordered a English subtitled copy off of ebay but have yet to recieve it, not sure if the theatrical release here will be dubbed or not but I would assume so. You can check out the website here.

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I thought it was a good film, flawed in some ways that I can't quite put my finger on, but certainly good and it thankfully shies away from being over stylish which last year - in the UK at least - promotion for its theatrical release somewhat made it out to be. It's got some great performances that manage to heighten some of the graphic scenes instead of being overcome with the violence and blood.

 

I've had the Region3 DVD of it for a short while now as it's been out since last year. If the US theatrical release turns out to be dubbed, it's a DVD I can recommend importing (the R3 is very cheap and NTSC with English subtitles. In the UK there is also a 2 disc special edition PAL release).

 

There is a bloody US remake in the planning stages of course. :bh I can't say anything without spoiling the film but there are elements of this which I can't posisbly imagine translating into an American version. I wish things like this would be left well alone.

 

Daniel

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