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(aka 'Lost Flower Eo Woo-dong" aka "Uhwudong Ownerless Flower' or 'Ownerless Flower Uhwudong' or 'Erwoodong: Jooineobsneun Ggot')

Directed by Soo Sung Lee
South Korea
2015

 

One of the most well-known female figures of Joseon times, Eo Woo Dong was a woman of noble birth renowned for her beauty, intellect, assertiveness and talents in music, writing and dancing. However, her marriage was not a happy one and ended over charges of adultery. Eo Woo Dong's life has inspired many works including director Lee Jang Ho's 1985 film Eoudong, one of the most famous erotic dramas of Korean cinema. Continuing his repertoire of erotic films, director Lee Su Seong (House with a Good View) brings Eo Woo Dong back to the silver screen in 2015 with Lost Flower: Eo Woo-dong (a.k.a. Uhwudong Ownerless Flower).

Song Eun Chae (Wrestling) stars as the eponymous heroine in this reimagination of the life of Eo Woo Dong. In a corrupted, stratified society that seeks to strip her pride and independence, she chooses to challenge fate and sexuality into her own hands. In love with commoner Moo Gong (Yeo Wook Hwan) but forced to marry prince Lee Dong (Baek Do Bin), Eo Woo Dong eventually takes the path of a courtesan and uses seduction as her tool for revenge.

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Theatrical Release: January 29th, 2015

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DVD Review: CN Entertainment Ltd. - Region 3 - NTSC

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Distribution CN Entertainment Ltd. - Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:41:18 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.57 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.

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Audio Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Traditional Chinese, None
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Studio: CN Entertainment Ltd.

Aspect Ratio:
1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2017

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

This is a film-remake of Er Woo Dong: The Entertainer  made in 1985 with Bo-Hee Lee as the titular courtesan, Er Yoon Chang, reviewed on out-of-print DVD HERE. It's a beautiful, and erotic, period piece, nicely shot - impressive costumes and art direction, very attractive females but doesn't come together as cohesively as the 85' rendition. Although, it remains an excellent, classically based story.

This is anamorphic and progressively transferred in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and looks quite sharp and pleasing despite being single-layered. We are spoilt by the tight color separation of 1080P but this looks decent enough in-motion, although I'll wager a Blu-ray transfer would look majestic. There is depth - colors are a shade passive. I was happy with the overall appearance.

Audio is, predictably, clean but unremarkable with a few effects and traditional music in standard Dolby. The Korean dialogue is translated - subtitled in either English or traditional Chinese. There are no extras on the region 3 NTSC disc.

It's such a fetching and sexy period piece that I'd love to see remade with some subtle style and filmmaking skill. This version had appeal but the story deserves a better, and expanded, production. It seems the erotic aspects and nudity had too much emphasis - no doubt as a sales ploy. It is a part of the story but shouldn't overshadow the strong themes involving the Joseon (or is it Chosun?) Dynasty's spoilt bourgeoisie, sex as a tool of revenge, power etc.. The Korean beauties in this are pretty hot (ex. Eun-pi Kang was also in Wet Dreams 2, she changed her name from Kang Eun-Bi to Song Eun-Chae in 2012.) and it's a sweet looking film - impressively presented on the lesser format. But being bare-bones, and a bit of a wayward interpretation - the value is diminished. I had some enjoyment seeing it though. To each his own.

Gary W. Tooze


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