Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea ... See full summary »
Shy Ji-hae's friend is having problems expressing her feelings to the boy she loves, so she asks Ji-hae to write e-mails to him in her name. As the boy falls in love with her letters, ... See full summary »
Two Korean ex-pats meet in Paris by chance encounter. One a petty thief and wannabe artist/painter (Chong-Hae), the other a tough guy (Hong San). Hong San saves Chong-Hae from a gang of ... See full summary »
The film is like a rollercoaster ride of the heart. Director Lee successfully transmits the pain of growing up. There are some emotionally visceral moments, especially in the final third. But there are meditative moments as well. And action sequences are thoroughly exciting. All in all, it's a spiritual tour de force. Lee seems to have drawn his inspiration from Scorsese, and it shows. His future seems very promising. It's unbelievable that this movie is his debut feature. He seems so comfortable with the widescreen (anamorphic) canvas. The talented new actors, on the other hand, give some honest performances. I recommend this movie.
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