Monday, April 30, 2007

Oh Ji Ho - My Wife is a Gangster 3 now available!

My Wife is a Gangster 3, is here at last, and I for one, am tickled pink to see Oh Ji Ho in another breakaway role; out of frequently cloying routine dramas, back into movies where he is given the opportunity to strut his stuff unconfined by the de rigueur morality play structure of many, though not all, K-Dramas.

He has expressed desire in the past to do movies; to finally make the break into something where versatility is desired, and innovation is lauded.

His previous movies have received a tepid response at times. One film, a sterling piece of work, is I Love You. He plays a driven man filled with anguish; reeling drunk at times in an effort to chase the sound of a tragic love's echo out of his mind. He smokes cigarettes, drinks alcohol, and makes love once with the woman who has loved him all no avail since he was besotted with love for another.

Ah the circle of love from which one might hang suspended over a pit of vipers.
A refreshingly painful journey without a sledgehammer morality message getting in the way of the tale. Bravo!

It may in fact, supersede other works, and be declared my favored movie of his. Only time and future exposure will allow me the luxury of such a choice.

I withhold judgment.

La Belle (Mi in) stands in a class by itself, and would be denigrated by ranking it. It is a classic, and to this day, a perpetual complex puzzle to me.

For too long I have awaited this new gem, with it's balletic displays of martial arts; it's gorgeous, sexy lady lead, the very competent Shu Qi, and the peculiar unfolding love tale in which she becomes immersed. I wait with glee for the promised ribald humor perhaps complete with tasteless jokes. What a joy to view freedom!

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This Limited Edition set is in Region 3 format. It will not play in a Region 1 DVD player. If you have a Region 3 player, or a Region-Free/Region 0 player, you're in business.

Online order sources are: Yes Asia, HK Flix and DVD From Korea.

As a potential buyer, you should explore all avenues, and select the merchant that best suits your needs. Your choice may depend on where you live.

See still photos from the movie, posted below.

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