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(aka 'Green Chair' or 'Noksaek uija')
Suh Jung (best remembered for
her tragic role in Kim Ki Duk's controversial
The Isle) offers another remarkable performance Green Chair. In Park
Chul Su's (who won acclaim through his Best Artistic Contribution Farewell My
Darling at the 1996 Montreal Film Festival) latest ambitious work she plays
30 plus year old Mun Hee that starts a daring relationship with the teenager
called Hyun (Shim Ji Ho). While Mun gets caught and sentenced to a slight
penalty of several days of community work for indecent behavior, Hyun waits in
anticipation for her release. After their reunification the two fall in and out
of love as Mun starts to become conscience-stricken about being together with a
guy half her age. However, Hyun desperately clings to Mun causing their feelings
to ignite once more…
A 32-year woman has just been released from jail on charges of sex with a minor, who is one month away from being legal. She’s eager to write off his love as a youthful mistake. He’s eager to protect his newly-freed girlfriend from a world that doesn’t want to accept them. But does either one of them really know what they want? And more importantly, do they have anything in common besides sex?
Theatrical Release: January 2005 - Sundance Film Festival
DVD Review: Genius Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Genius Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.37 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||English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
text - Director's Note
NOTE: There is a cheaper region 3 Hong Kong DVD release (Universe Laser) but from what I understand it is of quite poor quality and also a 2-disc StarMax (Korean) release that is Out-Of-Print.
Dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic the image quality on this ImaginAsian (Genius) release looks quite good. It is a shade soft at times with some minor digital artifacts every few frames but I thought colors were bright and looked unmanipulated. Surprisingly for such a recent film that are some very unnoticeable speckles. The subtitles are bright yellow in optional English and audio in both untested 5.1 and standard 2.0 stereo. Overall this transfer is above average.
The film is quite sexy and occasionally funny - a kind of romantic comedy with more drama and sex than Hollywood might render. It's not as much exploitive as simply descriptive in a very gentle, and typical, Asian manner. A very modern film with some astute observations. If you just want pretty Asian girls in soft-porn - then this probably isn't for you, regardless of the images below. I was in the mood for this type of film and enjoyed it although it is hardly ground-breaking or any form of masterpiece. Many might feel the same if they keep their expectations in check. It has some real human warmth (no pun intended) but the DVD is a shade on the pricey side.