Excellent film that follows the late humanization of a gangster whose traumatized past and upbringing had turned him into the monster he is. In a burgeoning relationship/friendship with an equally damaged high school girl and with a reconnection with family ties he realizes there may be something more to life after all...or is it too late? The cycle of violence and environment creating self are well examined here.
though there is the commonly seen "Korean gangster seeking redemption" plotline in this film, the plot enters cultural criticism with this idea of a cycle - a cycle of broken families breaking and upholding one another, and these families transcending through multiple generations, with a more specific cycle of reasserting masculinity over others to make up for the past.
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.