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Crying Fist (2005)
"Jumeogi unda" (original title)

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Tae Sik, a troubled middle aged man and Sang Hwan, a troubled youth will meet in the ring with their respective mission. To change their life.

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Gang Tae-shik
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Yoo Sang-hwan
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Jeong-ah Bae
Hie-bong Byeon ...
Sang-hwan's coach
Ho-jin Chun ...
Sang-chul
Ju-bong Gi ...
Sang-hwan's father
Byeong-ok Kim ...
Detective
Won-hie Lim ...
Won-tae
Mun-hee Na ...
Sang-hwan's grandma
Dal-su Oh ...
Yong-dae
Hye-rin Seo ...
Sun-ju (Tae-shik's wife)
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Kang Tae Sik is a 43-year-old former silver medalist boxer. He now spends his days hawking himself as a human punching bag to passersby in a shopping district in Seoul and other times hiding from various loan sharks. His wife wants a divorce and is threatening to take take their own only son with her. Yoo Sang Hwan is a troubled youth, who was only recently released from prison. Sang Hwan robbed and beat up his elderly neighbor in an attempt to pay off his debts. While in prison, a guard recommended Sang Hwan take up boxing as a way to release his aggression. Now, with his father having passed away, his mother's whereabouts unknown and his grandmother just having a stroke, Sang Hwan is desperate. An amateur boxing competition takes place, providing hope for these two men. They will meet in the ring. Written by luraz isketambola

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Another Fantastic Korean Reinvention
12 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the great qualities about many Korean filmmakers is their ability to reinvent Hollywood genres. Drawing upon the intellectual and moral sensibilities of their own culture, they transform genres that in America traditionally consist of incredibly simple-minded narratives into something far more human, complex and literary. In the film "Crying Fist," it is the boxing movie genre that is wonderfully reinvented. Rather than presenting the audience with gratuitous action scenes involving a hero and a villain--as American audiences are so used to seeing--"Crying Fist" carefully and sympathetically develops the lives of both fighters. In the end, we are left with not only empathy for both fighters but a thoughtful drama that seeks to deepen our insight into the human condition.


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