(aka "Baramnan gajok" or "A Good Lawyer's Wife")


directed by Sang-soo Im
South Korea 2003

Interesting Korean drama involving the dysfunctional relationship of a married couple who seem temporarily willing to live with their affectionless deficiencies. He has an adulterous affair on the side while she (played by So-ri Moon who you may remember as Venice Film Fest. Best actress winner as the quadriplegic in 'Oasis". She also had a lesser role in another Chang-dong Lee film - "Peppermint Candy") rebels by awkwardly seducing the young, moody boy next door. Multiple family tragedies both attract and eventually repel their marital bonds. Although I didn't find anything in it poignant and it does seem to take a while before the wheels are spinning, I still enjoyed the viewing experience. This film has some pretty raw sexual energy exposing itself on screen and also an unforgettably horrific moment that I won't spoil for you. A typically harsh Korean drama teetering on the perverse and bizarre. Director Sang-soo Im is becoming highly regarded since this release and I'd like to check out his other offerings.out of    

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: May 20th, 2003 - France (Cannes Film Market)

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DVD Review: Starmax SE (2 disc) - Region 1, 3 - NTSC

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Distribution Starmax - Region 1,3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:46:40
Video 2.23:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.69 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 Korean DD 5.1 Surround, DD 2.0 Stereo 
Subtitles English, Korean, None

Release Information:
Studio: Starmax

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.23:1

Edition Details:

Disc 1
• Commentary #1 Director, Critic, Cinematographer
• Commentary #2 Mun So-ri, Hwang Jeong-min, Bong Tae-gyu

Disc 2 (NOTE: Extras in Korean with no subtitles)
• Making Film
• Sex in Korea
• Advanced Production notes
• In Venezia Film Festival
• Interviews
• Character Story
• Deleted Scenes
• Moving Pictures & Still Gallery
• Director's Choice (Storyboard Game)
• Trailers
• Music Video
• Cast & Crew

DVD Release Date: March 2nd, 2004

Transparent slim-double keep case
Chapters: 12


Pretty strong anamorphic image from a film that looks to have been shot in digital. Sharp to only the extent that the camera is quite kinetic at times making tight focus mostly lacking at those moments. Indoor sequences are either purposely dark or have an orange tinge (could be lighting?), but colors do seem okay if skin tones are a little red at times. The subtitles are excellent if a shade large. I am leaning to the 'over-picky' I think - this really is a solid DVD but the extras are only in Korean (no subtitles). Extremely nice packaging. They did this Special Edition DVD correctly... as Starmax usually do. I wish I knew Korean for the commentary and the cast question/answer period which looked illuminating. Great audio which is never really tested by the soundtrack. out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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