A melancholic dark depressing classic of post war Korean cinema that should be far better known than it is. Yu Hyun-Mok's film follows two brothers; one an unemployed former soldier trying to find solace in a bottle and a woman; the other a family man fighting an economic losing battle with an insane mother, a pregnant wife, a whoring sister and two children relying on his meager earnings. Despair and heartbreak.
Welcome to circles of Hell which Dante never considered--where Yu Hyun-mok drags Virgil and his guest in war surplus jeeps through the piss and blood of post-armistice Korea. Here the crippled, the forgotten, the feeble, violent and insane reach for life somewhere between the emergency room, jail and alleyways of kids selling the news while sisters fuck G.I.'s in tar-paper shacks; everyone has a toothache, everyone.
An extraordinary viewing experience. By far the best Korean film I've seen so far. It encapsulates everything that is unique and endearing about Korean cinema. It is deeply haunting in it's honest portrayl of sacrafice and it's envitable frivilousness.