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A Bittersweet Life (2005)
"Dalkomhan insaeng" (original title)

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Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

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(as Kim Jee-woon)
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Credited cast:
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President Baek
Yu-mi Jeong
Ku Jin ...
Min-gi
Hae-gon Kim ...
Weapon smuggler
Roe-ha Kim ...
Mun-suk
Yeong-cheol Kim ...
Mr. Kang (as Kim Young-Chul)
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Gi-yeong Lee ...
Mu-sung
Mu-yeong Lee
Eric Moon ...
Gun Dealer's Brother (as Eric)
Dal-su Oh ...
Myung-gu
Kwang-rok Oh
Min-a Shin ...
Hee-soo
Sang-Jeon Woo
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Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. Written by marinanic

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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When doing right goes very, very wrong.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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1 April 2005 (South Korea)  »

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A Bittersweet Life  »

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Trivia

The narration that opens and closes the film are Buddhist parables. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film, when Kim Sun-woo is walking down the corridor searching for his former boss, a guard sitting and reading a newspaper gets up to stop him. Kim Sun-woo shoots him but his gun is not pointed at the guard. Rather, it is clearly pointed at the wall where fake blood appears after the shot like a paint gun. See more »

Quotes

Sun-woo: One late autumn night, the disciple awoke crying. So the master asked the disciple, "Did you have a nightmare?" "No." "Did you have a sad dream?" "No," said the disciple. "I had a sweet dream." "Then why are you crying so sadly?" The disciple wiped his tears away and quietly answered, "Because the dream I had can't come true."
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Remade as Awarapan (2007) See more »

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User Reviews

 
A truly excellent movie!
3 June 2006 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I had the opportunity to watch this brilliant movie at home, while translating it from English to Greek for the viewers of the Thessaloniki Film Festival in November, 2005.

I was impressed by the stunning performance of the leading actor, as well as of the other actors. The music of the film was also wisely selected.

Some -few- funny moments in the film help the viewer lighten up and get ready for what I saw as brilliantly directed fighting scenes, that neither bored me nor made me look away.

At the end of the film, when the desciple was crying for "a dream that can never come true" I was absolutely sure that what I saw was nothing less than a true work of art.


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