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Friend (2001)
"Chingoo" (original title)

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Despite their different family backgrounds, four friends grew up together in the wearisome years of the 70s. But as time goes by, each of them takes a different life path. After enrolling ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Oh-seong Yu ...
Lee Jeong-suk (as Ohsung Yoo)
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Lee Han Dong-su
Tae-hwa Seo ...
Sang-taek
Un-taek Jeong ...
Jeong-ho
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Ju-bong Gi
Hyeon Ju
Bo-kyeong Kim ...
Jin-sook
Hyeon-sook Kim ...
Member of 7 Princess
Chang Yun
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Despite their different family backgrounds, four friends grew up together in the wearisome years of the 70s. But as time goes by, each of them takes a different life path. After enrolling in college, Sang-taek and Joong-ho return to visit Dong-su (Jang Dong-gun) and Joon-suk (Yoo Oh-sung), only to find one of them in jail and the other on drugs. Slowly life takes difficult turns where friends become rivals in the crime world. Written by Nacron <imdb@nacron.net>

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friendship | betrayal

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The group of friends are based on the director and his friends that he grew up with. See more »

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Lee Han Dong-su: You've stabbed me enough. You can go now.
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26 November 2004 | by (Seoul, Republic of Korea) – See all my reviews

It is a bit hard to know where to begin when dissecting such a film. What I can say is that this was a very stunning film, and with the time you spend thinking about it and the more times that you watch it it only becomes more relevant and better. Mr. Kwak is capable to tell the story of four friends on such an intimate level because it was based very much on his own personal experiences.

The story is extremely genuine, and it holds so much water for anybody who has ever witnessed the people that they love ruin their lives. It certainly comes straight from the heart of Kwak, and while watching it it is hard not to become emotional as you see the film being developed.

I also found the film to be made very professionally, with some great camera-work and never once did I feel that the production was sub-par. A lot of the camera work is well executed.

Overall, the dialogue and story are very powerful, and the calm, reflective nature of the film makes it easy to watch. I enjoyed this film very much. Overall, one of the best portrayals of the passage of time, nostalgic sentimentality, and the relations of friends.


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