Set against a backdrop of the run-down and decaying back streets of Seoul, Crying Fist focuses on two characters. There is the washed-up former Asian Games silver medallist Gang Tae-shik (Choi Min-sik) and street thug Yoo Sang-hwan (Ryu Seung-beom). Gang has made one too many bad investments, losing his home and family and ending up living in a shack and desperately trying to earn a crust by offering passers-by his body as a human punchbag to release all their stress at 10,000 won (not much more than a fiver) a go. Living in a cramped hovel with his family, Yoo drifts into petty crime and ends up in prison where his violent temper gets him into worse trouble. Both men find a possible way forward through boxing. With Gang desperate to gain some self-worth, he starts training for the Super Lightweight Championships to pay back his debts and face his son. In prison, one of the guards sees potential in Yoo and persuades him to join the prison gym, training as a boxer and eventually working up to the same championship match as Gang. —Hong Kong Cinema
Ryu Seung-wan or Ryoo Seung-wan (born December 15, 1973) is a South Korean film director.
Ryu Seung-wan was born in 1973 in Onyang, a small town in Chungcheong Province. With the choice of domestic films mostly limited to propaganda and hostess films due to extreme government censorship, young Ryu often opted for the more kinetic and free-spirited action films from the Shaw Brothers canon. Watching Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master turned him into a lifelong fan, and Ryu spent his youth building his knowledge and love for Hong Kong action. Dreaming of becoming a film director someday, he took taekwondo lessons and saved lunch money for three years in middle school to buy an 8mm camera, with which he shot short films.
After graduating from high school in 1992, Ryu worked for six months to raise enough money to cover a year’s worth of basic living expenses for his family. After that he joined a private film workshop, and paid his tuition through several part-time jobs: as a construction… read more