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R-Point [DVD] [2004]

Woo-seong Kam , Byung-ho Son , Su-chang Kong    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Woo-seong Kam, Byung-ho Son, Tae-kyung Oh, Won-sang Park, Seon-gyun Lee
  • Directors: Su-chang Kong
  • Producers: Kang-hyeok Choi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRPXJU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,827 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Korean war drama, set in 1972 during the Vietnam conflict. Six months ago, a unit of South Korean troops on a scouting mission went missing, presumed dead. Then, on R-Point, a strategically important island south of Ho Chi Minh City, a radio transmission is received apparently sent by the missing soldiers. Tough lieutenant Tae-in Choi (Woo-seong Kam) takes a team of nine soldiers on a search and rescue mission to R-Point, but what the unit uncovers is more terrifying than they could possibly imagine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just another Deathwatch in the Keep's Bunker... 15 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Heard the one about the army unit that comes across a haunted Keep/bunker/trench/rest home and find themselves killing each other as their past sins find them out? Well, you're about to hear it again, Korean style. Set during the Vietnam War, this is more inspired by WW1 chiller Deathwatch than The Keep (particularly the ghostly radio messages from dead troops), and certainly a lot better than the dire The Bunker, but despite some good moments and the odd good image thrown up en route - especially a thunderstorm in a field filled with war graves - it adds up to little. An unexceptional timefiller.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This film is by far the strangest horror film i've seen in a while!
It blends dark humour, with at times, harsh realism, whilst simultaneously integrating an underlying sense of unease.
The basic plot is essentially, that these fairly inexperienced soldiers are placed under the command of the suspicious, seemingly disturbed anti-hero of the film.
Their mission is to go to point 'R', find the missing squad, and bring them back all in time for supper. their incentive for this mission, is that they will all be relieved of active duty in Vietnam and sent home on an aeroplane back to their loved ones, should they succeed.
However, as you'd expect, nothing is as it seems in point 'r', and things quickly start to turn ugly...
"R-Point" is an eclectic blend of dark, sometimes Milligan-esque humour, with gritty realism and often very disconcerting imagery and sound effects. "R-Point" is quite an anti-war film, portraying very human characters, in almost hyperbolic way in order to get across the uniqueness of each character, and the way in which each character copes with the effects of war as well as the horrors of r-point. The camera work and special effects are very good, and the violence is sparse and so, always a bit of a shock when it does happen. The actors work very well together and the sense of foreboding never lets up once it starts.
There are a few negative points, e.g as the parts towards the end
and personally, i think they could have made some parts last a little longer to increase unease, but i guess that's just me.
In all honesty though, this is a thoroughly enjoyable film, and i
recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good psychological thriller or horror film, and who has an eye for spotting subtle film references.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Soo-Yung! Wait for me!" 11 July 2006
Format:DVD
What with the explosion of soul-less American remakes of Asian films beginning to die out, now would be a good time to catch the few films which are still untouched by the blockbuster treatment. It is with a sad sigh that this film will probably be remade into a glossy American, high budget affair with lots of attractive Americans posing in designer stubble. And this will be a real shame, as one thing that Eastern horror films stands head and shoulders above their American copies is their use of space and tension over gore and special effects.

Where Asian horror films succeed is their use of waiting. Like the old adage that the journey is better than the destination, most of the fear lies in waiting for the actual moment, rather than the moment itself. The human mind and its imagination is a powerful tool, and the makers of R-Point clearly understand this. Instead of trying to scare the viewer by showing whatever it maybe that is doing the scaring, the film piles on the atmosphere by keeping it hidden, using location and the viewers own imagination to make it uncomfortable to watch. Visual scenes of horror are few and far between, but where the film works is in its apprehension, the tension that builds as clues are dropped as too what maybe going on.

Another victory is scored through the script, as in not the spoken dialogue, but the way in which completely innocent events which happened previously are shown later to be excatly the opposite. This is nothing new in film making, but placed in such a forboding enviroment it starts to play tricks on the mind, and the thoughts that accompany film watching are scrambled and eventually you start to become as confused and bewildered as the protagonists in the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars R Pointless but entertaining 15 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
R Point is an entertaining film that never manages to step outside the conventions and expectations of its genre. Often I found myself more attentive to the confusing storyline and keeping track of the characters than actually enjoying the film. Maybe it lacked originality, or simply didn't have enough ideas.

Having said that, its not awful (giving 1 or 5 stars to films too frequently seems to devalue the rating system!). Have a look once, but its not the sort of film you'll return to too many times.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Ghost Horror 8 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
This Korean horror film is the story of a unit of soldiers searching for a missing unit of comrades in a remote area who find shelter in a derelict oriental palace during a terrible storm.

It soon becomes clear that evil lurks close at hand. As if the unit stumbling into a lake full of dead bodies and finding a graveyard wasn't enough, the unit's commander has sightings of a woman luring him out of the palace into a storm while the entire unit is visited by a mysterious American patrol who walk out of the night.

The team are steadily driven crazy by an increasing number of weird encounters and happenings including strange messages coming through on their radio and the sudden realisation that not all of their company are who they seem to be.

R-point mixes classic western ghost-storytelling with oriental horror to provide a wonderfully eerie portrayal of a unit of soldiers in a remote location at the mercy of the supernatural.

The acting quality varies, the unit's commander pulling off a good portrayal of a man trying to keep order and calm in the face of inexplicable adversaries. However the portrayal of his unit occasionaly veers off to the camp/theatrical - despite the circumstances one still wouldn't expect trained soldiers to be squealing and crying every time they saw a corpse.

Nevertheless, it's a well thought out story drip-fed with strange encounters and twists and turns throughout, ensuring a good creepy pace and demanding the viewer's full attention.

It's also blessed with an exciting and an interesting finale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fast delivery and came in good quality condition. good movie experience
Published 4 days ago by adam miller
5.0 out of 5 stars scary
Very scary film,no Gore ,you don't see the ghosts but sense them,one of th better Korean films about,like Featherstone but scarier
Published 2 months ago by the reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Average at best.
Not bad, but to be honest I found myself sitting around waiting for something to happen for the majority of the movie, and it never really did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Evan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
This dvd is a must have! Only down fall is the language but story line is different to british films.
Published 6 months ago by Kamren Khan
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
good movie but weird movie i love it so longer time to deliver and i have been wait for it so final receive it
Published 17 months ago by christopher feeley
2.0 out of 5 stars Dreary military ghost nonsense
R-Point should be held up as a classic example of how to take a story with tremendous potential and completely fritter it away in a procession of lifeless and nonsensical... Read more
Published on 13 July 2011 by Steve G
5.0 out of 5 stars No Spoilers, Watch the film
Do not watch this film with a western expectation let alone any expectation.

Too many critical reviews(ers) are expecting too much from a Korean film that will always be... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2010 by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for fans of horror
R-Point tells the story of a South Korean expeditionary army division sent to fight in the Vietnam war. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2009 by M. McManus
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky Korean horror
The radio operator from Buffalo patrol, all of who are missing presumed dead,sends a message to the South Korean base in Nah-Trang, Vietnam requesting immediate help. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2008 by Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly underated film!!
A little gem of a film, at this price you cant go wrong.

If you liked assembley and brotherhood, this ones for you.
Published on 30 Aug 2008 by David John Simon Mason
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