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(Lee Jeong-jae, Lee Mi-yeon, et al / DVD / NR / (2005) 2008 / Genius Products)

Overview: Typhoon is a gripping story of two men on opposite sides of the law who battle each other in a race against time. The DVD is loaded with epic and explosive special effects and includes dynamic special features including a making-of documentary, a production design featurette, and more!

DVD Verdict: July 2004, In the waters of South Asia, pirates board an American ship to steal its cargo of satellite guidance receiver systems; the type used for nuclear missiles. When the deed is discovered, the main culprit originated from North Korea; a terrorist named "Sin" (Jang Kun-Dong). The South Korean side sends in special agent Gang (Jeong Jae Lee) to follow the trail of the rogue agent to recover the stolen system, carefully trying to piece together the remnants of Sin's past.

Sin apparently fled from N. Korea with his family, all of whom were killed in the attempt; except for his sister (Lee Mi-Yeon). Blaming both North and South Korea for the death of his family, Sin has dedicated himself in destroying both countries. He plots a scheme that will painfully cause the death of millions in the Korean peninsula. The fate of both countries hang in the balance.

"Typhoon" has a very strong plot, it is complex and full of emotional content. The film is structured to reveal its secrets in a gradual fashion after its first act. The film jumps from one place to another, from one timeline to another in the form of flashbacks that covers much of the history behind the antagonist, Sin. This style works for the film as it does give it somewhat of an epic feel. Despite the fact that it succumbs to the usual plot devices, the film is actually intelligent and quite riveting at times.

However, it is totally understandable that "Typhoon" failed to bring in viewers. Some folks may see the similarities to the Hollywood film; "Peacemaker" without the slam-bang action scenes. The director opted to sidestep the usual heroics and avoids explosive helter skelter action sequences in favor of slow, spy sequences and the occasional display of violence.

As a result, the film's pace is slow-moving and feels more like a drama than an action film which it has been billed as. As a result, this film is likely to disappoint people looking for an entertaining, fast-paced affair. The big budget was probably due to the fact that it's made in various locations across the globe, the money wasn't spent on the explosive special effects. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:

Making-of Documentary
Production Design Featurette and more!