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The Tube (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Seok-hun Kim, Sang-min Park, Doona Bae, Oh-jung Kwon, Ju-bong Gi
  • Directors: Woon-hak Baek
  • Writers: Woon-hak Baek
  • Producers: Kyeong-seok Seo
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 20 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GF2AQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,396 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward L Zimmerman on May 15 2004
Format: DVD
Let's get something straight right from the get-go: TUBE isn't SHIRI ... nor does it try to be. While Woon-Hak Baek is the genius behind both of these films, he's created two entirely different vehicles ... both with their own unique narratives ... and one shouldn't enter into the TUBE expecting the political firestorm that was SHIRI.
However, what one can expect is a great action movie that tries to hard to be something more than a great action movie.
The premise is simple: T (Sang-Min Park) takes control of a crowded subway train, loading it with explosives so that the authorities risk detonation if they try to stop it. However, Detective Jay -- vengefully hunting the terrorist who killed his fiance -- manages to board the train, and he spends the bulk of the film trying to outsmart (and, when necessary, outfight) someone he's always been one step behind.
So, yes, the film can clearly be compared to SPEED as well as DIE HARD, to a lesser extent, but what those films lacked in depth of character Woon-hak Baek goes to great lengths to create here. However, when the film slows down to focus on character, it slows down too much. Too many secondary characters are given a backstory (or a B plotline) that weighs down the narrative with some unnecessary emotional baggage (in SHIRI, Baek focused on principally three characters, hence the greater success). Inevitable choices still have to be made, so the emotional depth ends up being thrown in for the sake of ... well ... being thrown in, and the end result is a bit of a mess.
Character elements aside, however, TUBE moves along briskly as a convincing action vehicle with some solid special effects.
While the disc is slim on extras (there is a music video and a "making of" featurette that's far more promotional than it is informative), TUBE is still worth entering for the sheer thrill of the ride.
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this was an entertaining movie that you'd just want to rent and relax for a night...there was a fair amount of action, not as non-stopped as the cover claims....if you haven't seen shiri yet, then i'd recommend watching that before you watch this who cares if it isn't original and the dvd case cover art is a rip-off from transporter...most action movies today aren't original any more...its more about presentation when it comes to action movies...actors who played jay and T were major gripe is the girl...if anything, she was more annoying and some of her lines were very corny...supposedly she's the main star's girlfriend but sure doesn't come off that way....the other criticism is the special forces or swat team in this movie...there's like two bad guys and like 30-50 special forces and they all get slaughtered? i know its an action flick and there's gonna be some exaggerated elements to it, but even this movie went to far to show the ineptness of the special forces...even shiri was a little more plausible w/ the special forces although they get their butts kicked too by a few guys, but not to the degree as with this movie...still, in the end, it was fun to watch despite the story dulling cuz of the girl
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A Hollywood movie went out into the world, traveled to Korea, got assimilated and regurgitated, and now it returns to our shores as this. The studios know it and advertise it using reviews that cast it as the Korean version of Speed. It also "borrows" a score straight from Hans Zimmer's work for The Rock, and the main actor looks and acts like Chow Yun Fat light. It's discouraging to see Korean cinema paying homage to American action flicks when it has so many more interesting stories to tell. At least Woon-Hak Baek's first feature, Shiri, spoke in a unique voice and told a story personal to the Korean experience. This is a step backwards for him.
On the other hand, this movie composite of so many action movies we've seen before is fascinating in its skewed familiarity. It's not terrible; the production values are high, the acting occasionally thrilling, the one-liners sometimes amusing. It's no more or less diverting than the average Hollywood Die Hard knockoff. I think of it as top notch karaoke, like American Idol. In the proper context, it's impressive.
In the grand scheme of things, though, it's depressing, especially when Korean directors like Chan-wook Park are producing such unique and energetic work.
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Korean auteur, Woon-Hak Baek made a splash in North American a few years ago with "Shiri" - a political thriller that grabbed the viewer and would not let go.
With "Tube," he does it again.
Think "Speed" - but on a train, and with a bad guy who has a genuinely good reason for being as bent and vicious as he is.
"Tube" is orchestrated almost like a piece of classical music: the opening five minutes is a violent set piece that introduces the villain, the hero and the female lead [who is not *quite* a romantic lead]. Then, the first act brings together the various characters and sets up the situation - much like the first act of a symphony introduces themes and develops them.
The second act finds hero, villain and not-quite-romantic female lead in the midst of the situation, and the third act resolves one situation, to discover that there are contingencies in place.
In the final act/coda, the final resolution is made and a brief tag underscores the bittersweetness of the final victory.
Baek's direction is elegant, calling to mind the balletic qualities of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo [though without the extravagant use of slo mo].
Seok-Hoon Kim's Jay is the unorthodox cop we all love, but with a tragic twist that moves beyond what we're used to. Doo-Na Bae, "Kay is the not-quite-romantic female lead - a real woman - not one of those exquisite creatures that Hollywood tries to pass of as one [and though she's not beautiful, she has a very powerful, charismatic presence]. Sang-Min Park plays renegade covert ops agent "T" as a vicious, evil thug who wasn't ever supposed to wind up that way.
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