Starring: Lee Jeong-Jae, Lee Yeong-Ae, Gweon Hae-Hyo
Director: Oh Gi-Hwan
Studio: CJ Entertainment
About This DVD
The movie Last Present(a.k.a 'The Gift') contains scenes of a captivating play, which itself contains a play within it. The hallmark of any masterpiece is a well- executed play-within-a-play. What makes it such a profound theatrical device is that it creates 'mirroring.' As drama is based on holding a mirror up to nature, it is only fitting that the play itself should be reflected in its own mini-drama. The play in Last Present is inward- looking, while its play-within-a-play projects a view outward to the larger world. The effect is to have the world turned inside out: First, the world is turned inward through the main drama, then outward through the mini- drama. This mini-drama is always a reflection of the larger whole, showing us how life imitates art as much as art imitates life.
In this mini-drama the action of the entire movie reaches a crescendo. The character Yong-gi's wife (Lee Yeong-Ae) is in the audience as he acts in a vaudeville performance combining mime, slapstick, female impressionism and operatic tragedy. His partner is playing a husband and he is the wife. They are in their bathing costumes at the beach.
The husband (played by Lee Jeong-Jae) is being nagged and beaten by his wife. Tears of joy and sorrow stream from Jong-yoon's face as she looks on. As in the recognition scene of a classical drama, she finally recognizes the true nature of their relationship. It is the story of their life together. The performers are swimming and a shark appears. Jong-yoon laughs and weeps at the perils of their domestic life, as husband and wife go under and are nearly drowned. Jung-yun then winces with pain. As Yong-gi breaks into operatic voice, a tear-smeared kiss on his cheek, Jung-yun grows faint. Yong-gi spots his wife in the crowd and can see she's in pain. He crouches behind the screen, wondering what he should do next. His partner urges him to get up. Jung-yun is losing consciousness, but she smiles, tears streaming down her face. She recognizes that the performance is a tribute to her. And much as a dying person sees his life flash before his eyes, so she sees her whole life in Yong-gi's scenario. When his voice reaches a crescendo, Jung-yun's eyes close and the world and the stage fade.
|Dolby Digital 5.0 Stereo
|Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
|English, Korean, Japanese
|Interactive Menu, Theatrical Trailer, Scene Selections, Cast & Crew Profiles, Making Film, Music Video, Highlights, TV Spot
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