Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 20th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: South Korea, 2015
Director: Jong-Yeol Baek
Writers: Seon-jeong Kim, Jeong-ye Park, Kyung-hee Noh
Cast: Hyo-ju Han, Seo Joon Park, Juri Ueno, Jin-wook Lee, Ju-hyuk Kim, Yeon-Seok Yoo
BluRay released: February 2nd, 2016
Approximate running time: 127 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Korean, Dolby Digital Stereo Korean
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Content wise, though this film follows many of staples of the romantic drama genre. The way in which they get from point A to Z goes against the norm. At the center of this melodrama is a young man named Woo-jin who changes into someone else every time he goes to sleep. He can be a man or a woman, young or old and attractive or unattractive. And because of this most unusual thing that has happened to he has been forced to live a life not too far removed from solitude. His only interactions are with his mother and a childhood friend. They are the only people who known of his problem.
From there one day he meets a young woman named Hong Yi-soo and when the moment arrives where he looks like a handsome young man. He then approaches her and after their first night together he decides to stay away so she can see him again with the face she is familiar with. This goes on for a few days before sleep finally overtakes him and he changes once again into someone else.
One of the strengths of this film is that is never fully explains how Woo-jin became inflicted with whatever is changing him. Instead it focuses upon internal emotions of the Woo-jin character and how he remains the same no matter how many times his outward appearance changes. With some of the most humorous moments in the film dealing with exterior beauty and how absurd some people act around someone they deem attractive. Another humorous moment is when Woo-Jin transforms into a little boy and he still goes out on a date with Hong Yi-soo.
Performance wise the entire are all good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance coming from Hyo-ju Han (Masquerade) in the role of Hong Yi-soo. It is through her character that we get to see a Woo-Jin in his various forms. And she delivers an utterly convincing performance that resonates long after this film’s very satisfying ending. Another performance of note is Jin-wook Lee (Miss Granny) in the role of the many incarnations of Woo-Jin. It is his version of Woo-Jin that lingers the most since this is how he looked when they first fell in love. Ultimately The Beauty Inside is an extraordinary film about the lengths that one would go for love.
The Beauty Inside comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black and contrast levels look consistently strong and detail look crisp. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Korean and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Korean. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced throughout. With the main difference between these two audio mixes being that the DTS-HD 5.1 has more range and depth than the other audio mix. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for the film and trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA.
Overall The Beauty Inside gets a solid audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.