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A Dirty Carnival (2006)
"Biyeolhan geori" (original title)

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Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling ... See full summary »

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Chun Ho-jin ...
President Hwang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
In-jae Heo
Ku Jin ...
Jong-su
In-seong Jo ...
Kim Byung-doo
Byeong-chun Kim
Yun-Hee Kim
Tae-won Kwon
Bo-young Lee ...
Hyun-ju
Jong-hyeok Lee
Sang-yi Lee
Min Nam-koong ...
Min-ho
Jin-ah Yoo
Je-mun Yun ...
Sang-chul
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Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling financial pressure as a substitute patriarch. When the big boss President Hwang is cornered by a corrupt prosecutor, Byung-du volunteers for a whack job and wins the big man's trust. However, his real trouble begins when friend Min-ho, an aspiring movie director, asks him to be a consultant for the latter's debut film. Written by Anon

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The song being sung by President Hwang at the end of the movie (that ends up fading into the end credits) is Alan Parson's Projects' "Old and Wise". See more »

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A Very Good Gangster Film
27 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since I have not heard about this film before it was broadcast on the Sundance Channel, I had no expectations. This is a very good to almost excellent film about gangster life in South Korea. It features In-sung Zo in a terrific performance as low level gangster Byong-doo. He meets up with an old friend Min-ho, who is a filmmaker and picks Byong-doo's brains about being a gangster. It spirals from there, as Byong-doo gets more ruthless and violent in his quest for more money and especially power. He also meets up with another old classmate. the pretty Hyun-joo (Bo-yong Lee) and that relationship develops slowly. There is some violence in this, but if you like gangster films I liked this as much as Goodfellas. Really, it is that absorbing and highly recommended.


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