Monday, November 14, 2011


A Next Entertainment World presentation of the Kim Ki-duk Film production. (Worldwide sales: Finecut, Seoul.) Created by Kim Ki-duk, Jeon Youn-chan. Directed by Juhn Jai-hong. Script, Kim Ki-duk.With: Yun Gye-sang, Kim Gyu-ri, Kim Jong-su, Han Gi-jung, Choi Mu-seong, Yu '-bok, Kim Yun-tae, Bae Yong-geun, Kim Jeong-seok, Jo Jae-ryeong, Lee Nak-jun, Kim Yeong-hun, Jin Seon-gyu, Boy Yeong-sun, Kim Jae-rok, Yu Sun-cheol.Kim Ki-duk should have had fun writing "Poongsan," an action-romancer in regards to a South Korean guy whose capability to smuggle people and objects from North Korea will get him twisted track of the key service. Helmed by Kim's former assistant director Juhn Jai-hong (whose debut, "Beautiful," preemed at Berlin in 2008), the pic plays as an enjoyable Cold War-designed TV pilot having a mute protag of uncertain political persuasion whose physical endurance puts him within the near-super hero category. Financial constraints are apparent, advancing the feeling of a smallscreen caper fests and ancillary should acquire some traction. Poongsan may be the title of the cigarette brand from North Korea and also the nickname of the mysterious smuggler (Yun Gye-sang) hired to obtain people and things over the Demilitarized Zone from North to South. When he's caught by secret-service agents in the South, they choose to test his claim of having from Pyongyang securely over the border in three hrs. His mission: to create in-oak (Kim Gyu-ri), the g.f. of the recent high-level defector (Kim Jong-su) who will not fully cooperate with intelligence until she's at his side. Your way is fraught with conflict, but not surprisingly when they have had their adventure -- under three hrs -- her old b.f. is not searching as appealing, following Poongsan's impressive display of brawn and wherewithal. The first kind lover, an arrogant, tricky type, senses something's transformed in her own and colludes with South Korean intelligence (not too intelligent) to achieve the guy tortured on suspicion to be a North Korean agent. However, Poongsan's talents are essential, and also the DMZ will get entered more occasions compared to Ventura freeway, leading to kidnappings, torture along with a little duplicity. The edges aren't very easy to tell apart, also it will get confusing trying to puzzle out who's doing things to whom and why, but through everything, our guy Poongsan maintains his mute appeal even under extreme discomfort (though he is doing scream in discomfort). Considering the fact that this can be a Kim Ki-duk-scripted pic, the experience moments are leavened with humor, and there is a particular early eighties charm in seeing the subtitled exclamations of "You commie bastards!" The center unquestionably sags a little, however the degree of energy from the last quarter barrels forward toward a pleasurable climax. Yun's charisma and physicality give a pleasingly ambiguous anchor towards the ensuing chaos it's not hard to imagine him because the star of the TV series in line with the Poongsan character. Production values reflect the tight finances, using noir-like methods for example only a little space and lots of black shadow round the edges. Digital lensing looks cold and difficult around the bigscreen.Camera (color, HD), Lee Jeong-in editor, Shin Cheol music, Park In-yeong production designer, Lee Jong-geon costume designer, Shin Ji-yeong seem (Dolby Digital), Lee Seung-yeop, Kim Sang-woon. Examined at Rome Film Festival (competing), March. 30, 2011. Running time: 121 MIN. Contact the range newsroom at

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