My Wife is a Gangster (Region-All)
Product DescriptionOriginal title: Chop'ok Manura
Starring: Shin Eun-Gyung, Park Sang-Myeon
Director: Cho Jin-Gyu
Studio: Bear Entertainment
About this DVD
My Wife is a Gangster, made by Hyunjin Cinema, and is directed by Jo Jin-Gyu, starring actress Shin Eun-Gyeong (as Cha Eun-jin) and actor Park Sang-Myeon (as Kang Su-il). The Korean-language movie is based on the happenings of the Korean mafia underworld, inhabited by professional thugs. Despite this setting, the movie is a howl of laughter from beginning to end. The action exhibited by Shin is no less meritorious. Of course there were stunt doubles, but they were really great, too.
The movie cuts no corners and jumps into action right away. We begin with a fight scene in the pouring rain on wet asphalt. Two thugs from the LA mafia are being beaten and axed to death by rival mafia thugs. Shin makes a rather dramatic entrance with sharp, flying scissors, which become deadly missiles in her hands. The next scene is an action-packed, martial arts-style combat scene, between Cha and the rival thugs, all of whom she beats unconscious.
Then we quickly move on to Cha finding out about her blood sister, who was separated from her in infancy when they were both at an orphanage. She discovers that her sister is a terminal cancer patient. Here, the plot unwinds. Her sister begs Cha that to get married and have children. Cha decides to comply with her sister's dying wishes.
At this time the White Shark mafia is encroaching on her assigned territory. Cha is the right-hand woman of the LA mafia boss, and she has to defend her territory as well as find a man to marry. It becomes very clear that Cha is a virgin and had no experience with men before. She really blows the first meeting with an eligible bachelor, and so her subordinates go looking for a suitable bachelor for her.
They decide that Kang Su-il, a civil servant working in the town government office who has failed nearly 100 meetings for marriage, is safe enough for their Cha. When she proposes marriage, Kang is shocked that he finally found a mate and readily accepts. Their wedding ceremony becomes an amusing fight scene when the White Shark mafia tries to throw paint on the altar. Cha's men stop the prank in time, but not without a combat scene. Her marriage could have been a boxing match.
Things become worse when Cha displays total ignorance about married life. She has plenty of money, so she takes on the cost of the entire marriage and purchasing their new home and filling it with furniture. Generally, in a Korean marriage, the man buys the house and the woman fills it with furniture. The first night is a nightmare for Kang, since he quite doesn't get what he wishes, and shows up at work after the honeymoon with a puffed-up eye. The bride is quite violent.
Because Cha's dying sister asks for children, too, she goes about making babies, but starts with no knowledge on how to seduce a man. She follows all advice given by a friend, and practically rapes Kang time after time at different locations all over the city where she was told that a woman had become pregnant. She succeeds and her sister is happy and finally dies. Cha thinks of her sister as the mother she never had and, in the final death scene, she cradles up to her dead sister and calls her ``mother.''
However, she loses her baby in a territorial fight with the White Shark mafia. To revenge the deed, her hapless husband Kang wreaks revenge on them. A new legend is born, as he himself now joins the LA mafia. Despite the frequent action present throughout the movie, there is no gore or excessive cruelty shown in the film.
Rather, the action scenes are exciting, with Cha really kicking some butt, and humor lurks around every corner from start to finish. But there are also some very touching scenes in the movie, such as when Cha finally builds intimacy with Kang, and in a scene where one of her men, ``Ppada,'' is stabbed to death in the pouring rain.
The eye-catching tattoos on the backs of Cha and one of her men, Mazinga (Shim Won-chul), are very exotic and beautiful. They show the beautiful allure of mafia tattoos, which scare most people in Korea when they see a guy next to them with a body-length dragon tattoo at a public bathhouse. You don't want to bother that man with the dragon tattoo.
The appellations of the professional thugs belonging to the LA and White Shark mafias are funny as well, such as ``Underwear'' and ``Lighter.'' Thugs in Korea are separated into ``Yang Ah Chi'' and ``Cho Pok,'' with the former meaning amateur thugs and the latter the professionals.
There are some curse words and jargon that might not come across to viewers who don't speak Korean, but they will certainly appreciate actress Shin's kick-ass martial arts action, and glean the humor simply by watching the film. Most of the film is geared toward action and the audience does not need to know Korean to understand what is going on. They will have a bellyful of laughs anyway. ``My Wife Is a Gangster'' is truly an amazing action comedy, and shows the lead actress Shin in a role unlike any she has undertaken.
Shin said at a press conference that ``Many aspects of Cha were similar to my natural self and I found acting her character quite self-revealing.'' Let us hope that actress Shin is not like Cha in real life, otherwise her future husband might end up in a hospital all too often, if not at the bottom of the Han river with a concrete block tied to his legs. Shin's acting was really quite something for the audience to watch and admire.
|Audio Format:||Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, DTS|
|Video Format:||Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1|
|Special Features:||Cast & Crews, Making of Film, Production Notes, Interviews, Outtakes|
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