(aka "Bu jian" or "The Missing")

directed by Kang-sheng Lee
Taiwan 2003

Theatrical Release: 4 October 2003 (Pusan International Film Festival) (premiere) - South Korea

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DVD Review: Catalyst Logic -  Region 0 - NTSC

(2 DVD Boxset  with Goodbye Dragon Inn)

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Distribution Catalyst Logic - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:26:27
Video 1.70:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio Mandarin (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, Chinese, None

Release Information:
Studio: Catalyst Logic

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

        * 3 page double-sided foldout booklet in Chinese
        * Scene Selection
        * Commentary (Mandarin Chinese)
        * Opening Ceremony (4:25)
        * News Media Interview (13:54)
        * Nanhau University (9:23)
        * National Cheng Kung University (9:52)
        * I-Shou University (1:50)
        * Shu Uemure Forum (5:18)
 * (Note that the extras appear to be identical to
         the extras included with "Goodbye, Dragon Inn."
         None of the extras are subtitled.)

DVD Release Date: 04/01/2004
Keep Case with Cardboard Slipcase
Chapters: 9


Comments: The picture is in general good, but as with "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" it is a little bit soft. Also, there seems to be some motion artifacts from the compression during some parts of the film (fortunately the artifacts are not too distracting). The outside edge of the picture is somewhat bright, perhaps caused by edge sharpening. Also, the image appears to be off center to the left a small amount, but less so than "Goodbye, Dragon Inn." The picture might be cropped a bit on one or both sides, but I can't tell for certain.

The subtitles are fine, except that the lyrics to the song at the end of the film are not translated (if you'd really like to know what the singer is singing they are located
HERE). There is also one short segment of the film where typing on a computer screen is displayed and the subtitles are not displayed quite long enough. I did not notice any problems with the audio; in particular, the problem with the left channel dropout that marred "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" is not present.

This is a very impressive debut film for actor turned director Lee Kang-sheng. The style and content appear to be heavily influenced by Tsai Ming-liang, so anyone who likes Tsai's films should like this film as well

Paul Whitelock

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