Hyu meo ni seu teu
Ma Tae-ho (MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER's Ahn Jae-mo; click
here for a still) is the layabout son of an affluent retired general (ATTACK
THE GAS STATION!'s Park Young-kyu), a staunch Catholic who actually pays Tae-ho
to attend church with him every Sunday. His only "friends" (who
are more like paid hangers-on and have been since they met as children) are
Euglena (ATTACK THE GAS STATION!'s Kang Seong-jin), a sadistic nutcase who
lost his testicles when a ravenous wolf attacked him as a child, and Amoeba
(THE FOUL KING's Park Sang-myeon), a brain-damaged manchild. While driving
under the influence, Tae-ho accidentally kills a traffic cop who was trying
to arrest him. Instead of hauling Tae-ho in, the dead man's partner decides
to blackmail him for $300 million won (US$244,000). Tae-ho is unable to get
the cash out of his father and concocts a plan to kidnap him, with the help
of Euglena and Amoeba. Things immediately go awry, resulting in an additional
hostage, a mutilated body, and murderous betrayals in the making.
This South Korean black comedy revels in the kind of excess that has become
a regular feature of Takashi Miike's work but, ultimately, never approaches
the same heights of deranged inventiveness. Co-writer/director Lee Moo-young
(who also appears in the movie as a reporter) occasionally finds the right
note but the parade of bad taste (a foul-smelling beggar with a rotting, maggot-filled
leg, Amoeba drinking "Shit Water" to cure himself after a beating,
characters graphically puking, a nun with a hick accent everyone makes fun
of, etc) evokes few genuine laughs and the jabs at Korean society are either
too obscure for a Western viewer or too obvious for the satire to really work.
Cover art courtesy Bear.
|SRE/Bear (No Catalog #) (South
Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0
Sync Sound Korean Language
Optional English Subtitles
24 Chapters Illustrated in the Menu With Stills
Coded for ALL Regions
Contains brutal violence, brief nudity, mild sexual
content, coarse language, and crude content
DVD menu courtesy
BOARD RATINGS AND CONSUMER ADVICE
South Korea: 18
The dual layer disc looks sharp and colorful and the
stereo mix is strong, with excellent separations. Some mild distortion is
evident in spots but is not a major distraction. Plenty of untranslated extras
here: a trailer and two TV spots, cast and crew profiles, a music video, the
17 minute electronic press kit (which is just a few scenes from the movie
strung together), and a 9 minute "Making Of..." featurette (consisting
entirely of behind-the-scenes video footage). There are also trailers for
KANZO SENSEI (aka DR. AKAGI), PONETTE, THREE WISHES (actually just an American
TV spot), and A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT.
HUMANIST is available
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