Starring: Jung Woong In, Sung Ji Ru
Director: Jung Yung Bae
Studio: Tae Won Entertainment (Korea)
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About This DVD
Director Jeong Yeong-bae has defied the conventional wisdom dramatically. At a time when releasing even one film is regarded as an admirable feat, he is now set to introduce his second film - "Santamaria" (Jalmot-doen man-nam) - in less than two months after the release of his debut feature, "Cherry Tomato", in May. The movie focuses on how two men cope with an emotionally taxing mixture of mistrust, hatred and resentment, even though they were best friends when they were young.
Il-do, played by Jeong Woong-in ("My Boss, My Hero"), was once an up-and-coming police detective in Seoul. For some reason, he has been sent back to his hometown, Yeongdeok, as a mere traffic cop. His current job issuing speed tickets to reckless drivers, one of whom is Ho-cheol (Seong Ji-roo), his high school buddy and now a taxi driver.Rewind the clock to their high school days - about 15 years go - and the two were rivals for the love of the same girl. The final winner was Il-do, and Ho-cheol's romantic life was mercilessly shattered. But the fate quickly reversed their fortunes. When the two entered military service, they met again at the same base, and this time Ho-cheol emerged triumphant, with a higher military rank. Being a subordinate, Il-do had to suffer a humiliating treatment, able to do nothing about it because of Ho-cheol's superior rank.
Back to the present, Il-do sees a great chance to settle an old score. As a policeman, he has the right to penalize those who violate the sacred traffic regulations in his small town, where there are only a handful of cars to begin with. With plenty of time on his hands, Il-do tracks down Ho-cheol's taxi and catches him off guard at least a couple of times a day. Il-do's petty revenge, to the chagrin of the audience, plays out at a boringly repetitive pace. Perhaps director Jeong might have attempted to create some comic relief by repeating their awkward encounter on the screen over and over, but the result is unlikely to entertain moviegoers. After all, a policeman issuing a ticket to a taxi driver is far from funny, especially given that such traffic ticket accounts for Ho-cheol's income for that day.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)|
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