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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kil-kang Ahn ...
Head warden (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
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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Best film about boxers ever
8 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Korean movies and have been a fight fan most of my life, so maybe I'm an easy mark here. Nevertheless, I believe this film is an outstanding study of two very opposite boxers. One a washed-up 43 year old Olympic Silver Medalist who gets beaten up for money on the streets, the other a teenage thug who ends up in juvenile detention after a mugging. The two stories don't cross until the final bout.

In the process, both evolve from being unpleasant jerks, who disrespect their families, to being... average. Characters, fighting, story-lines, etc. are very realistic. Thought you won't fall in love with either boxer, you'll probably wish both could win the big fight.

Movie may seem a bit slow and slightly long at 135 minutes but I think it's worth it so I recommend it highly, especially to fans of boxing and Korean film.


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