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City of the Rising Sun (1999)

Taeyangeun eobda (original title)
This is about two young men who want to find the meaning of their lives. Do Chul is a boxer who never wins a game. While trying to make some money, he gets involved with Hong-Gi, a ... See full summary »

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This is about two young men who want to find the meaning of their lives. Do Chul is a boxer who never wins a game. While trying to make some money, he gets involved with Hong-Gi, a small-time crook. They somehow make friends and hang around together, but their views toward life and the world are almost opposite. Do Chul despises Hong-Gi's blind materialism. Hong-Gi mocks Do Chul's obsession with good-for-nothing boxing career. Written by Stevie Cho <stevie@unitel.co.kr>

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"BEAT"-- five years later, and with soul
13 May 2002 | by (Korea) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Asian film. The reason? Not only can I relate to the story and the characters, but every movie-making element I see is flawless in my mind. The acting is superb (with Lee Jung Jae sweeping the Lead Actor Awards in '99 and gaining superstardom) and the direction is worthy of a standing ovation.

Like Kim Sung-Soo's previous movie "Beat", this movie represents the lost generation in Korean society. The two main leads (one a boxer, the other a con-man) are extremely different from each other but both depend on each other to survive in the harsh reality they live in. Together they go through life, only they both find out that greed, love and pride is just waiting to ruin their friendship.

Gritty, realistic, funny, it's a film which viewers from all around the world should enjoy. If you like noir films or rebel films, this is the one for you


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