Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 12th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: South Korea, 2008
Director: Han-sol Shin
Writer: Han-sol Shin
Cast: Tae-gyu Bong, Jin-ah Kim, Dal-su Oh, Yeo-jeong Yoon, Ong Jae-ho
DVD released: April 23rd, 2013
Approximate running time: 120 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Korean
DVD Release: Asian Media Rights
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.95
Synopsis: Tired of being mercilessly ridiculed by all the women in his village. An impotent rice cake seller drinks a potion that gives him the ability to sustain his erections and once the women of his sex starved village discover his new found talent. They all line up for their turn to be pleasured by his new found prowess.
Is this film a coming of age story about boy becoming a man or is it a one trick pony that beats its comedic centerpiece to the ground. Unfortunately after a well laid opening act that does a good job of mixing humor and melodrama. The film quickly devolves into an endless parade of jokes about this size of a man’s penis, most notably that of this film’s protagonist.
At two hours in length this film’s need to drive into the ground, it’s protagonists new found power as the most potent lover in his village. Loses a lot of its luster as redundancy kicks into overdrive. There are only so many ways you can show someone pissing with such force that they put out a fire miles away.
As mentioned before the humor is so hit and miss that this film’s struggles to establish any kind of rhythm. This lack of cohesion also extends to the performances which tend to leave a lot to be desired. Especially Tae-gyu Bong in the role of this film’s protagonist Byeon Gang-soe. His one note performance is in line with the lackluster humor that permeates throughout this film.
Asian Media Rights presents A Tale Of Legendary Libido in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended 2.35:1 ‘scope’ aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels look good and details generally look crisp. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Korean and removable English subtitles have been included with this release. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.
This release comes with no extra content and a static menu that offers up two options, play movie or chapter selection. Overall A Tale Of Legendary Libido gets a strong audio / video presentation from Asian Media Rights.