Hansel and Gretel (Henjel gwa Geuretel) Korea 2007.
Directed by-Pil-Sung Yim
Stars:Jeong-myeong Cheon, Young-nam Jang and Ji-hee Jin
After meeting an mysterious girl on an dark stretch of road, a young salesman is invited to a beautiful house with bizarre secrets and no way to escape.
Jonny T here bringing you my review and thoughts on Hansel and Gretel UK Blu-Ray release from Terracotta Distribution. Well before i start i must say this film is in my top ten, yes it is in my opinion truly great! I already own this on DVD but was very excited to see it was finally getting a release on Blu-Ray, The main reason i was so looking forward to seeing it on Blu-Ray is because it is visually stunning, it has been compared in imagery to a lot of Del Toro's work, mainly Pans Labyrinth and it is easy to see why this comparison has been draw,Director Pil-Sung Yim pulls off some truly stunning visuals/camera angles and whilst watching this Blu-Ray release you really do notice every shadow/colour, a particular favourite of mine is the scene where they have a tea party, the table is full of cakes and sweets and every colour of the rainbow is show in ultra brite HD, amazing.
The scene i mention is also the main turning point of the movie, at first the injured Eun-Soo appears to have been taken in by a really nice, homely sort of family that appear to be doing everything they can to help him, but with the mention of something relating to "The Mother" the change of expression upon the children's face is truly creepy, the film moves along and a great steady pace with twists and turns, for example when he asks to use the home phone as his mobile has no signal the just say they are waiting for it to be repaired, he senses something is not quite right and tries to escape but after wondering around the woods he just seems to go full circle and always ends up back at the house, greeted again by the seeming happy smiling perfect family, The Parents of the family say the have to go on a trip and will be back very shortly and ask Eun-Soo if he wouldn't mind babysitting for a while and because of there seemingly harmless generosity he agrees to do so, needless to say the parents do not return when they say they will, the children start getting upset and very very angry, this leads to some great scenes and it has to be said the child acting is top notch.Will he escape the wood? Will the parents return? are the children what they seem to be?
So in summing up, if you like Asian Cinema or not i cannot recommend this strongly enough, Blu-Ray would be the option i would go for but the DVD release is equally as stunning, go buy it now!
9/10 Jonny T.