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Bittersweet Life

 
Bittersweet Life

(Dalkomhan insaeng) Director: Kim Jee-woon, Korea, 2005, Korean / English subtitles, 120 min

Sunwoo is no ordinary hotel manager. Quick-thinking and efficient, he‘s also the right hand man of underworld boss Kang. But tough guy Kang has a weakness: his young girlfriend Heesoo. Suspecting she‘s unfaithful, jealous Kang orders obedient Sunwoo to take care of the problem. But when Sunwoo finds Heesoo with another man, he is unable to kill them without knowing why. Kang is furious and swiftly sends his gang members after Sunwoo, plunging him into a living hell. With nerves of steel, Sunwoo battles the gang alone. With each kill, he takes one step closer to Kang. Film takes us into the mysterious world of gangsters, hoods and other Korean mafia men.

Kim Jee-woon is one of Korea’s leading young directors, started his career as a stage actor. In 1997, he began writing screenplays and immediately won awards for two of them; Wonderful Seasons and the black comedy The Quiet Family. He was participating on the Asian ghost trilogy Three, of which he directed the segment Memories. His most recet title Bittersweet Life was screened out of competetion at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.


 

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