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A Bittersweet Life (KOREA 2006)


Director : Kim Ji Woon
Producers : Lee Yo-jin, Oh Jeong-wan
Exec Producer : Park Dong-ho
Scriptwriters : Kim Jee-woon
Editor : Choi Jae-geun
DoP : Kim Jee-woon
Production Designer : Ryu Seong-hie
Sound : Choii Tae-young
Score : Dalpalan, Jang Young-kyu
Cast : Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Kim Young-chul, Whang Jung-min, Kim Roi-ha, Moon Ching-hyuk, Lee Ki-young, Oh Dalsoo, Jin Gu, Kim Hae-gon

Assigned to guard the headstrong young girlfriend of his crime syndicate boss, normally cold-blooded enforcer Seon-woo lets his guard slip for an instant – and pays an horrific penalty. Made by acclaimed writer-director Kim Jee-woon (The Quiet Family, A Tale of Two Sisters), this raises the bar for onscreen violence and mayhem, its dream-like tone giving way to pure ballistic bedlam, as Seon-woo – bloodied, but by no means beaten – returns to seek revenge against his former master. With its hard-bitten visual style, all rain and shadowy angles, and immaculate production values, this brutal masterpiece will have genre fans nailed to their seats.

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A Bittersweet Life is one cool Korean flick, a simple story lead to some serious “revenge”, Lee Byung-hun really fits into the “cool” character. His performances simply shines as the story goes deep and deeper. Action scenes are top-notch and entertaining. The cinematography, set design and soundtrack make this movie a visual and aural feast for its audience where it spice up the whole cinematic experience!

Plot : 4/5
Acting : 4/5
Entertainment : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

Buy this movie at : YesAsia – A Bittersweet Life

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