(aka "Arahan jangpung daejakjeon" )

 

directed by Seung-wan Ryoo
South Korea 2004

 

Based upon the South Korean comic book, “Arahan” tells the story of how a dumb deadbeat traffic cop becomes a master of martial arts, an Arahan (a master of Chi), and defeats the supreme master of absolute evil.

Sang-hwan (Seung-beom Ryu, brother of the director) is a dumb traffic cop, who after he gets beaten up by some gangsters, decides to learn martial arts and especially the power blast, so that he can beat up the gangsters. However, the five masters (who call themselves the seven masters) discover that his chi is in perfect harmony and so they agree to train him. In the meantime, the evil Heuk-woon escapes and begins to attack the masters to get the key to enlightenment. In the end, only the beautiful protégé, Wi-jin (So-yi Yoon) and Sang-hwan are left to defend the key.

Directed by Seung-wan Ryoo (“No Blood No Tears”), “Arahan” is a surprisingly great martial arts flick. Full of CGI, great fights and a lot of deadpan humor, it is a fast paced comic book story film.
 

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: April 30, 2004

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DVD Review: Optimum Asia - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:53:10
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.34 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Korean, 5.1 Dolby Digital Korean
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Asia

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Unleashing the secrets (20:39 / 4:3)
• Looking for Arahan (18:49 / 4:3)
• Developments in Martial Arts Films (9:10 / 4:3)
• Trailer (1:54 / 4:3)

DVD Release Date: July 18, 2005
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Comments A NTSC to PAL transfer, the image has combing and ghosting issues (see Image #7). It is also darker than the Korean Cinema Service image, and displays various compression artefacts, such as colour banding and pixelation around small objects. But despite these flaws, it is quiet a good picture. When played on a stand alone player, the transfer issues are not visible and it looks quiet good.

The sound comes as either 2.0 Dolby Digital and 5.1 Dolby Digital, and there is a world in difference. The 2.0 Dolby Digital track simply sounds bad, very flat, very distant, very loud. Contra to that, the 5.1 Dolby Digital is smooth, balanced, has no noise, and takes very aggressive use of the surround. It simply sounds damn good.

Optimum has only been able to obtain some of the extras from the 2-Disc Korean special edition. The additional material begins with 20 minutes of deleted scenes (subtitled in English), then continues with a 19 minute "Making of" feature, where we with a voice over narrative (subtitled in English) goes behind the production, and ends up with a 9 minute introduction to Korean Martial Arts film history, from its very beginnings till today.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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