New Release: Breath DVD

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Chen Chang and Park Ji-a enter a colorful phase in their relationship in Breath.

Palisades Tartan released 2007’s drama-romance Breath, the 14th feature film by renowned Korean auteur Kim Ki Duk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring), as a special collector’s edition DVD on Aug. 16, 2011, for a list price of $26.98.

Nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival and featuring a celebrated cast of Asian stars including Chen Chang (Red Cliff), Jung-Woo (The Chaser) and Park Ji-a (The Coast Guard), Breath (Soom in its native Korean language) is being issued on Palisades Tartan’s new “Spotlight Brand” imprint.

Set in Seoul, the movie tells the story of Jang Ji (Chen Chang), a convict on death row, who tries to commit suicide by stabbing himself with a sharpened toothbrush handle. The details of his desperate attempt reach young sculptor Yeon (Park Ji-a), who doesn’t know the inmate personally, but feels compelled to seek him out after discovering her husband’s betrayal with another woman. A peculiar connection begins to grow between Jang Jin and Yeon, who becomes obsessed with brightening up his cell with wallpaper, trinkets and vivid colors.

Breath played theatrical dates and film festivals and around the world but premiered in the U.S. on DVD.

Presented in Korean with English subtitles, the Breath DVD contains the following bonus features:

  • making-of featurette
  • “At Cannes”
  • “Cannes Red Carpet”
  • filmmaker tnterviews
  • trailers
  • essays from critics and industry executives


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