There is no English title on the packaging for this release, while the
film is identified onscreen as HONEYMOON. I've gone with BLACK HONEYMOON
for the review as this is the official English handle according to the
The Korean Film Commission
website. This DVD is available from Poker Industries as TRAVELING WITH
A varied group of newlyweds (rich professionals, old couple trying to reignite
their love, virginal innocents, kinky oddballs, etc) head out to Che-Ju Island
on a honeymoon tour. The trip starts innocuously enough with a night of carnal
bliss (and/or exasperation), some sight-seeing, and a drunken round of karaoke.
However, sparks fly when one man (KICK THE MOON's Cha Seung-won) and woman
get on-stage together for a song, much to the anger of their respective mates.
Later that evening, the pair accidentally end up in bed together, and one
is soon found murdered and mutilated. One of the honeymooners is a Seoul detective,
forced to take over the investigation when it proves too much for the island's
bumbling police force. There is no shortage of suspects (including a pair
of goofy thieves who specialize in looting hotel rooms), suspicious behavior
or bizarre motives...and what about the ghostly apparition that was floating
around shortly before the killing?
This initially looks like it will be a really peculiar and downright nonsensical
slasher movie but evolves into an intricate and largely satisfying murder
mystery. There are a few too many aggressively colorful characters (especially
the aforementioned thieves, who are so incapable of stealth, you wonder how
they could have managed to successfully swipe anything) and changes in tone
that some viewers may have trouble reconciling; if you watched the first reel
and then jumped to the last, you'd guess this was a different movie with the
same cast. Director Na Hong-kyun does manage to keep it all together, though,
and the culprit's identity is indeed a surprise. The film also manages to
plausibly account for its supernatural content and even includes a couple
of visual nods to the European giallos of the 1970s. Cheong Seon-kyoung,
Cho Eun-suk, Hwang In-seong, and Lee Se-chang co-star.
Cover art courtesy Spectrum.
|Spectrum #SPD-622 (South Korean
Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0
Sync Sound Korean Language
Optional English Subtitles
20 Chapters Illustrated in the Menu With Clips
Enhanced for 16:9 Displays
Coded for Region 3 Only
Contains moderate violence and horror, brief nudity,
and moderate sexual content
DVD menu courtesy
BOARD RATINGS AND CONSUMER ADVICE
South Korea: 18
Aside from a few scattered speckles and bits of dirt
on the source material in the opening minutes, the dual layer disc offers
a good presentation. The image is a little too dark in spots and looks a bit
squeezed but color and detail levels are pleasing. The sound is boisterous
when appropriate, though this is not an especially accomplished mix. Extras
(all of which have low volume and no translation) consist of the theatrical
trailer, a 17 minute highlights section (which serves no apparent purpose
beyond mixing a bunch of scenes together), a very brief "Making Of..."
and interview, single page talent files and, in a nice touch, the original
soundtrack (12 cuts). The layer change occurs smoothly at 56:35.
BLACK HONEYMOON is
available at Poker Industries
as TRAVELING WITH GHOST (sic).
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