Gangster Soon-Hong’s life is a cycle of violence and self-loathing. When he meets schoolgirl Han Yeon-Heui, he not only meets his match, but his possible salvation. Is his lifestyle one he can transcend? Held together by a blistering lead performance by the director himself, this is Korean cinema at its most foul-mouthed, violent and vital. Get ready for the gangster genre at its least glamorized. —Edinburgh International Film Festival
at first it all started as a movie portraying violence and the void associated with it. but as the picture moved on it became obvious it's not only about swearing and showing domestic violence. it's more about hope that someday it all will be over. honestly, i felt sorry for the main character when he got beaten himself, though i was aware he's paying for his own sins. and despite the ending, i still can see hope.
$3 is a steal to watch this movie (for those who can in Canada). The film is both raw in its depiction of violence and organic in the way the story flows. There is a lot of beating the crap out of people but it's actually not so graphic. The violence tends to happen outside of the frame with the camera focusing more on the facial expressions of those doling out the punishment or the reactions of the witnesses.
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