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Conduct Zero
Conduct Zero
Actors: Seung-beom Ryu, Hyo-jin Kong, Eun-kyeong Lim, Ji-hye Shin, Kil-Kang Ahn
Director: Geun-shik Jo
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Animation
R     2004     1hr 39min

Joon-pil is a prick. A big one. He drinks, he smokes, and he cusses like a bastard. When he?s not skipping class, he?s slapping around puny little punks and taking their lunch money. Unfortunately, the duties of being the ...  more »


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Actors: Seung-beom Ryu, Hyo-jin Kong, Eun-kyeong Lim, Ji-hye Shin, Kil-Kang Ahn
Director: Geun-shik Jo
Creators: Yong-kyou Cho, Geun-shik Jo, John Ledford, Mark Williams, Moo-seung Park, Hye-joon Lee
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Animation, School Days, Animation
Studio: Adv Films
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Dubbed
DVD Release Date: 08/10/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Korean, English

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Movie Reviews

Wow...Unexpected Hilarity!!!
Vincent Globe | CA | 08/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This Korean live action comedy was definantly a surprise to me. I was totally not expecting much. But this potty-mouthed film had me rolling. Conduct Zero could be best described as the Korean American Pie, only a bit more twisted.

The DVD is picture perfect with vivid colors and crisp resolution. The special effects in this film were definitely an added bonus and good for a laugh or two. DVD menus were great with gobs of extra features to keep you busy.

This remasted edition was great. The effects were totally dynamic. Normally I am not a big fan of dubs, especially live action. But, Conduct Zero is a different story. Not only was I fully entertained, but after a while, I forgot I was watching a dub. Great performances combined with meticulous attention to sync really made an impressive difference. Even the soundtrack was well done.

Overall, ADV has truely outdone themselves. Their first venture into Korean live-action was a success. Hopefully there will be more in the future. I just hope that they will turn out as worthy-of-the-original-release as Conduct Zero.

Try it. It's great vulgar fun for the whole family... well, maybe not for grandma.
Enjoyable foul-mouthed, rude, Corean high school period come
J. Chang | USA | 11/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Conduct Zero is a Corean high school period comedy. When you stick "high school" with "Corean" and focus on boys, you're very likely going to see a lot of violence, due to the rather violent masculine culture prevalent in Corean boys' high schools in the past. It's important to understand this, as the social hierarchy in Corean boys' high schools in the past was largely built around fighting prowess, with the best fighter being a sort of "king" at the high school. In Conduct Zero, Joong Pil is the king of his high school. He's also vain, slovenly and perhaps a bit stupid, played to excellence by Ryu Seung Wan. Fortunately, rather than being all fighting and drama like the 70's set Once Upon a Time in High School, Conduct Zero is a comedy and a surprisingly entertaining one.

As king of his school, Joong Pil spends much of his time bullying the other students (more annoyingly then maliciously) and extorting money out of them via his and his buddy's "porn drawings" business. The plot begins as Joong Pil encounters the nerdy, but confident, good girl Choi Min Hee and finds himself instantly smitten. Of course, the local tough guy falling for a nice girl only leads to trouble amongst the wolf pack that is high school.

One thing that Conduct Zero does surprisingly well is balance its comedy and drama elements. The comedy veers from totally wacky (especially in the hyperbolic storytelling of the badassery of Joong Pil and, later, his rival) to amusing character-based comedy, primarily centered on Joong Pil's shenanigans and awkward attempts of courtship. The more dramatic elements appear more towards the climax and while the tone is different, the transition is quite smooth. The rest of the well paced running time is filled with enjoyable side characters. In addition to Joong Pil's scheming buddy, the cast includes rather good-natured by guileless nerd as well as the infatuated "queen" of the girl's school and her posse.

The story moves well from one point to the next, thanks to a good script. The period elements, setting in 1980's Corea aren't obtrusive, but they add a certain charm to the film and the art, sets and costumes are solid. The acting is very good and the direction manages to keep its focus well, appropriately and almost invisibly shifting mood and tone to fit the comic or dramatic aspects of the plot. Not every joke works well, though, and there is some culturally specific comedy involved (including a very amusing music reference to the popular animation "Robot Taekwon V"). Speaking of which, the soundtrack is a blend of period music and a surprisingly catchy sampling of 90's era Corean hip-pop. It was largely successful although the score wasn't as memorable.

All in all, Conduct Zero is actually an excellent teen/high school comedy and while it's rougher and dirtier than the average American entry into the genre, its charms are notable and flaws are limited enough to make watching it a surprising treat. Conduct Zero is by no means an end all and be all to the high school comedy, but it's a rather solid entry that deserves to be seen. 8/10.

DVD Note: I watched the US release, distributed by ADV Films, which primarily does anime releases (as you can tell by the long advertisement when you pop in the DVD). The video transfer is fine, but the dubbing, like much of the dubbing by companies in this business is not exactly inspiring. Unfortunately, the Corean language soundtrack only gets a Dolby 2.0 mix, instead of the 5.1 and DTS mixes that are available in its native DVD release. I recommend steering away from the wooden (and poorly mixed) dubbed track and watching it in its original Corean with subtitles."