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The Humanist (2001)

Three friends must try to clear their names of murder by raising 20 million dollars.

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Credited cast:
Jae-mo Ahn ...
Ma Te-o
Seong-jin Kang ...
Euglena
Sang-Myeon Park ...
Amoeba
Young-gye Park ...
Ma Bok-dae
Sun-mi Myeong ...
Rosa
Myoeng-su Kim ...
Beggar
Seok-Hwan An ...
Bae, Kyoung-wi
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Te-o begins life as a lonely son of a high-ranking officer. He buys his friends with money and ice cream. Eventually two of these boys, the orphans Euglena and Amoeba, become real friends. Years later, Te-o abandons his overseas education and returns home. He finds Euglena making a living as an artist the hulking Amoeba had suffered a head injury which has arrested his mental development. After drinking, the three friends are stopped by a police officer. The police officer is accidently killed by a garbage dumpster and, even though the Te-o, Euglena, and Amoeba are innocent, the policeman's partner demands that they pay 20 million dollars in return for their freedom. From there is becomes a comedy of kidnapping, corruption, and chaos. Written by Thomas Giammarco <giammarcoken@hanmail.net>

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Strange mix of drama, thriller and comedy...
8 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

1st watched 9/8/2002 - 6 out of 10(Dir:Mu-yeong Lee); Strange mix of drama, thriller and comedy in this `outrageously' complex film about the lives of three friends who grow up forming a small gang with each member having obvious roles starting from a very early age. This is a disturbing film in the sense that it is so extreme in it's use of violence, profanity, and sex and yet it is definetly meant to be a comedy(at times). The movie blossoms from the leader of the threesome being interrogated by police and the movie basically unfolds based on his testimony. The major plotline(explained in synopsis of film-attempted kidnapping of the father of the leader) doesn't actually begin till about the last 45 minutes of the movie, which leads to an ending that twists and turns beyond belief. My recommendation for this film is based on the fact that I'd like to view it again to understand more of the underlying purpose of the direction which seems to be displaying a consistent lack of humanity despite titleing the film the `Humanist.'


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