• Film ID:
  • 13306
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=114 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • South Korea.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Korean.
A BITTERSWEET LIFE (2005)
(Dalkomhan insaeng)
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Coining the new term 'action noir' in Korea, director Kim Ji-woon follows up his extraordinary features A Quiet Family and A Tale Of Two Sisters with this blackly comic thriller. Lee Byeong-heon stars as sartorially elegant Sun-woo, a unique character with a curious lifestyle - he's not only the proprietor of a hotel bar but also the right-hand man to the powerful gang leader, Mr Kang. When Kang suspects that his beautiful young mistress Hee-soo might be messing around with another man, he enlists Sun-woo's help to resolve the matter, commanding him to follow her around to see what information he can dig up. Sun-woo's orders are explicit: if he catches Hee-soo cheating, he is to execute her. However, when Sun-woo spies Hee-soo with her boyfriend, he makes a fateful decision, one that will have major consequences for all involved... Stylish, violent and, ultimately, moving, this is the sort of movie that must have Quenton Tarantino itching to get back to the studio.
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