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11 February 2005 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jae-hyeon Jo ... Han-ki
Won Seo ... Sun-hwa
Yun-tae Kim ... Yun-tae
Duk-moon Choi ... Myeong-su (as Duek-mun Choi)
Yoon-young Choi ... Hyun-ja
Yoo-jin Shin ... Min-jung
Jung-young Kim ... Eun-hye
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gung-Min Nam ... Hyun-su

Directed by
Ki-duk Kim 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ki-duk Kim 

Produced by
Seung-beom Kim .... executive producer
Seung-jae Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Ho-jun Park 
Cinematography by
Cheol-hyeon Hwang 
Film Editing by
Seong-won Hang 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chang-ho Cho .... assistant director
Editorial Department
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
Yu-Jeong Noh .... negative editor

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Also Known As:
"Nabbeun namja" - South Korea (original title)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Argentina:18 | Canada:R (Alberta) | Canada:18A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:Tous publics (with warning) (DVD rating) | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 (DVD) (self-applied) | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated
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Incommunication, violence, hypermasculinity..., 24 February 2017

Kim Ki-duk's "Bad Guy" brings the viewer to a world of violence, jealousy, unfulfilled desires and silly mistakes that gets undone under repetition, tonal shifts and a running time that goes a little bit for too long.

Sun-hwa is waiting for her boyfriend when she attracts the attention of Han-ki. Han-ki, who doesn't seem to care too much for others' opinions, decides to kiss her in front of everyone, including the boyfriend. Some soldiers that are passing by reward him with a beating. But the story of Sun-hwa and Han-ki is not over, and when she makes a mistake, Sun-hwa falls into the hands of Han-ki and his group, which will force her into a life of prostitution.

If you have seen any of Kim Ki-duk's movies you will already know his love for silences, the problems of communication, the gender relationships (including the more carnal side) in South Korea and other stuff. And "Bad Guy" has a little bit of everything. Sadly, all these interesting observations fall into a plot which suffers from bad pace, little originality and two characters who are little developed (you can see their arc development from moment one). Which is a pity, because the acting is good (even if Han-ki's constant mutism is overdone).

As a look into the darkness we all have within ourselves, it is interesting enough. But it cannot overcome its shortcomings, Kim Ki- duk overplaying his cards this time.

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