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(aka 'Juyuso seubgyuksageun' or 'Attack the Gas Station')

directed by Sang-Jin Kim
South Korea 1999

Directed by Kim Sang-jin (Two cops 3, Kick the Moon) and is about 4 youths starring Lee Sung-jae (Public Enemy), Yoo Oh-sung (Friend, Champion), Kang Sung-jin, Yu ji-tae (One Fine Spring Day) who decide to rob a petrol station, they find no money so they decide to run it while holding various characters hostage. If this idea appeals to you then you won't be disappointed and I enjoyed it.

I've been meaning to watch this right at the start of my Korean cinema exploration as the whole idea of the film really appealed to me. I didn't want to watch the HK R3 version as it was pan and scam so I had to finally fork out for the Korean DVD. 

The film was not as funny as I anticipated but that's probably due to the high expectations I had built up for this movie after the long wait. Its original and contains a lot of Korean black humour that translates very well on the whole. The film contains some great support characters who give this movie added depth and rewards with repeated viewings. Hip and geared towards the pop corn audience.

Kin Ho

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DVD REVIEW: Spectrum DVD  Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Spectrum DVD Region 3 (0) - NTSC 
Runtime 1:50:52  minutes

1.85:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen 16X9 enhanced
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Bit-rate: 6.50 bps


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Audio Korean Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 
Subtitles English, Korean and Traditional Chinese Subtitles
Attack At The Gas Station 

Release by Spectrum DVD
Korean R3 (R0)
NTSC Colour
111 Mins

4:3 letterboxed at 1.85:1

Extras (no Subs)
- Cast Bios
- TV Spots x 2
- Theatrical Trailer x 3 (edited together)
- Highlight (4 min summary)
- Making film (8 1/2 mins)

The image is flagged incorrectly as 2.35:1 so a zoom function is needed either on your DVD or TV. It is non-anamorphic. A little dirty but colours are good and sharp. Sound is also pretty active and has good use of rears.
The TV spots and trailers are excellent worth viewing numerous times.

Release date November 29th, 2002

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