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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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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 Korean title "Dalkomhan Insaeng" and the name of the bar "La Dolce Vita" translate to "The Sweet Life". As an ironic touch the International English title is called "A Bittersweet Life". 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

Mr. Kang: What has gotten into you? Don't do this, Sun-woo.
Sun-woo: [shoots Mr. Kang through the heart] "We can't turn back time can we?"
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User Reviews

 
Life is bittersweet...
29 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When you sit back to watch this film, be prepared for a film that will open your mind,a film that will make you question humanity, and be prepared to be floored by a visual masterpiece which is rare by gangster movie standards.

From the first few shots we are feasted with beautiful shots, angles and little references that are simply delightful. The story unfolds showing the brighter side of life, the sweet side if you like. This is portrayed by Sunwoo eating a desert in the opening scene and then more food as the first half continues. The film then plays out to its darker half and we are shown the bitter side of life, which i wont go into and destroy for you.

Everything about this film just...Works, even the martial arts scenes are well edited and seem clever, rather than tricking us with quick camera cuts, we get a raw and violent slice of brutal gangster revenge, which again simply delights in a strange bitter way.

Simply put, A bittersweet life is simple plot, filmed and played exactly how it is meant to be, exactly how you want it to be. Every scene is fresh with humour or suspense which is so rare by todays standards.

This films plays out exactly how you want it to, with the exact camera angles it should, with the perfect music to back it all up. This film is a dark and visual spectacle that must be seen to be believed.

9/10


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