Doo-soo lives in a poor neighborhood and makes his living doing odd jobs for a local gang. One day he comes across some thugs harassing two young women, and he intervenes, saving the women but getting himself injured in the process. Later when one of the women, an ambassador’s daughter named Johanna, comes to thank him in person, the two strike up a friendship that will eventually lead them into trouble. —Koreanfilm.org
Kim Ki-duk (born 29 September 1934) is a South Korean film director and professor. Best-known outside of Korea for his 1967 giant-monster film, Yonggary, Kim Ki-duk directed 66 movies in total from his directorial debut in 1961 until his retirement from the film industry in 1977. Along with Kim Su-yong and Lee Man-hee, Kim was one of the leading young directors of the Korean cinematic wave of the 1960s. The most distinctive and successful genre of this period was the melodrama (청춘영화 – cheongchun yeonghwa).
Kim Ki-duk studied creative writing at Seorabeol Arts University, which later merged with Chung-Ang University. After graduating in 1956, Kim entered the film industry, first working as an editorial engineer. He worked as assistant director to director Kim So-dong on the film, Prince Hodong and Princess Nakrang (호동왕자와 낙랑공주 – Hodong wangjawa Nakrang gongju, 1956). Kim’s directorial debut was with the Korean War-themed film Five Marines (1961), which he co-directed with Kim Hwarang… read more