Directed & Written by Kim Ki-Duk
Cinematography by Hwang Chol-Hyun
Music by Park Ho-Jun
Cast: Cho Jea-Hyun, Seo Won, Kim Yoon-Tae, Choi Duk-Moon, Choi Yoon-Young, Shin Yoo-Jin & Kim Jung-Young
2001/100 mins/Color/5.1 Dolby Digital
1.85:1 anamorphic/Korean/Korea/NTSC Region 1
Review from the LifeSize DVD
Welcome to the vile, misogynistic and depressing world of director Kim Ki-Duk. One day while walking down a street, Han-gi (Cho Jea-Hyun) sees Sun-hwa (Seo Won) sitting on a park bench in Seoul and immediatly falls in love with her. They are the complete opposite and Sun-hwa doesn't want to know anything from Han-gi. After some rather strange events, Sun-hwa finds herself enslaved, her captor happens to be none other then Han-gi, who is actually a pimp in the redlight district. She is soon manipulated and forced into sexual slavery while the silent Han-gi is watching her through a one-way mirror. What will follow is without a doubt the most unrealistic and twisted love affair in cinema.
Beautifuly shot and with a haunting and touching score from Park Ho-Jun, BAD GUY is a movie that will haunt you for the next few days you watched it even if you didn't liked it. The award-winning director of THE ISLE and SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER... and SPRING bring us yet another twisted and compelling story but this ain't something you would watch with your girlfriend.
BAD GUY comes out on NTSC Region 1 DVD thanks to LifeSize. The movie is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and it is anamorphic. The colors are rich and vibrant, especially during the night screnes happening in the redlight district. This is a rather quiet movie, especially considering that one of the two lead doesn't say anything in the film. Yet the 5.1 Dolby Digital Korean audio track is nicely mixed and gives the movie all the audiophonic atmosphere it needs, especially to the musical score. There is also a 2.0 Dolby Digitial Korean track which does a great job too. We also get eay to read optional English subtitles.
The disc features a few extras like a "Behind-the-Scenes" featurette which actually features little b-t-s footage, its is mostly a montage of some scenes from the film. The "Music Montage" is a rather useless montage way too similar to the b-t-s one. We get an interesting interview with director Kim Ki-Duk who talks about the movie, the actors, the music an his future projects. Finally we get the theatrical trailer. The movie is separated in 20 chapters, features static menus with music, comes in a keep case and without a booklet or inlay card.
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2005. ©