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Breathless -- A bitter and abusive debt collector finds some relief when he meets a high school girl.


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  (in credits order)

Kkobbi Kim ... Yeon-hee
Hwan Lee ... Yeong-Jae
Ik-joon Yang ... Sang-hun
Jeong-soon Park ... Seung-cheol
Seung-yeon Lee ... Hyeon-seo
Hee-soo Kim ... Hyeong-in
Jin-sook Lee ... Sang-hun's Mother
Yong-min Choi ... Hyeong-seok
Hae-yeon Kil ... Yeon-hee's mother
Sang-won Kim ... Young Sang-hun
Seon-ae Ji ... Sang-hun's Younger Sister, Jun-hee
Man-sik Jeong ... Man-sik
Seung-hoon Yoon ... Hwan-gyu
Jee-hye Oh ... Yeon-hee's Homeroom Teacher
Seung-il Hong ... Beating Male
Ahn Lee ... Beaten Lady

In-gi Jeong ... Bi-level Dad
Seon-jin Jang ... Bi-level Mom
Ye-won Jeong ... Bi-level Daughter
Gyu-bin Kim ... Bi-level Son
Jeong-se Oh ... Black Noodle Man
Sang-Cheul Han ... Man with Hammer
Han-Byeol Lee ... Daughter of Man with Hammer
Hae-min Park ... Son of Man with Hammer
Jong-ho Kim ... Sacred Heart Man Hong-seok
Myeong-sam Hwang ... Sacred Heart Staff 1
Jin-sik Jeong ... Sacred Heart Staff 1
Byeong-hee Kim ... Sacred Heart Staff 1
Gyeok-soo Jang ... Sacred Heart Staff 1
Yeong-Joon Chae ... Sacred Heart Staff 1
Myeong-Yeon Jo ... Police
Jong-min Kim ... Police
Hye-won Jeong ... Cell Phone Seller
Wang-geun Kim ... Debtor
Seok-won Jang ... Debtor
Jong-il Park ... Debtor
Min-Yeong Jo ... Debtor
Seung-Hyeon Son ... Debtor
Seung-do Han ... Bar Customer
Lee Eung-jae ... Male Office Worker
Na-mi Park ... Female Office Worker
Eun-ji Oh ... Female Office Worker
Lee-da Kim ... Flashback Doctor
Seon-bin Kim ... Doctor
Mi-Jeong Kim ... Nurse Assistant
Hae-Wook Jeong ... Nurse Assistant
Byeong-ho Ahn ... Patient
Seon-hwa Hong ... Hye-seon
Seo-eun Im ... Hye-seon's Friend
Jin-ah Kim ... Cell Phone Buyer
Sang-Hyeon Ahn ... Hyung-in's Friend
Min-Seong Kim ... Hyung-in's Friend
Seon-pyo Kim ... Service Worker
Jung-kook Woo ... Service Worker (as Woo Don-gi)
Tae-Yeon Choi ... Service Worker
Hyeon-jin Lee ... Service Worker
Dong-Hwan Lee ... Service Worker
Seung-Gyoo Park ... Service Worker
Soo-Yong Im ... Service Worker
Yong-Seok Seo ... Protest Representative
Seong-Gook Park ... Protesting Student
Woo-Yeong Kim ... Protesting Student
Eun-joo Kim ... Protesting Student
Yong-wan Kim ... Protesting Student
In-ok Jeong ... Protesting Student
Yo-Hwan Kim ... Protesting Student
Hyeon-Gyoo Jeon ... Protesting Student
Jin-Yeong Park ... Protesting Student
Jin-Seok Kang ... Protesting Student
Sang-hwa Kim ... Protesting Student
Joo-Hyeon Park ... Protesting Student
Seok-Geun Jo ... Protesting Student
Seong-joo Kim ... Protesting Student
Se-hee Hwang ... Protesting Student
Myeong-Cheol Jeong ... Protesting Student
Joon-Sang Lee ... Protesting Student
Dae-Geun Park ... Game Room Guest
Byeong-Seong Lee ... Game Room Guest
Sung-joo Kim ... Pachinko Customer
Byeong-joo Kang ... Pachinko Customer
Jae-won Sim ... Math Teacher
Gwang-hee Kang ... Yeon-hee's Classmate
Ji-Yeong Im ... Yeon-hee's Classmate
Ha-na Kim ... Yeon-hee's Classmate
Hyeon-Jeong Song ... Yeon-hee's Classmate
Song-hee Je ... Yeon-hee's Classmate
Ji-Hyeon Ham ... Yeon-hee's Classmate
Jeong-hee Jo ... Snack Bar Guest
Dae-Hoon Kang ... Snack Bar Guest
Hyeong-Gyoo Jeong ... Snack Bar Guest
Jong-ho Yoon ... Tteokbokki House Owner
Ji-Yeon Hong ... Snack Cart Owner
Yeong-bok Sa ... Snack Cart Owner
Yeong-ran Yoo ... Cafe Waitress
Yeong-joo Lee ... Passerby
Ga-yeong Kim ... Passerby
Jin-Yeong Kang ... Passerby
Eun-kyeong Yoon ... Kindergarten Parent
Jin-won Jeong ... Kindergarten Parent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byeong-eun Park ... Barhouse Guest 1

Directed by
Ik-joon Yang 
Writing credits
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Ik-joon Yang  written by

Produced by
Ik-joon Yang .... producer
Film Editing by
Yeon-jeong Lee 
Ik-joon Yang 
Costume Design by
Ji-yeon Lee 


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Also Known As:
"Ddongpari" - South Korea (original title)
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130 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Hard-hitting Korean social drama, 22 February 2013
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

BREATHLESS, a 2008 film from South Korean detailing the misadventures of a small-time debt collector and the relationships he strives to pursue, is a hard-hitting slice of social drama that takes casual violence to whole new level. It's clearly a heartfelt project from Ik-Joon Yang, who wrote and directed as well as taking the starring role. Yang is excellent in all three capacities.

With a constantly profane script, a gritty level of realism throughout, and an entire lack of sentimentality, BREATHLESS is a thoroughly engaging piece of realist cinema. It has a cinema verite look about it, taking place on mean and run-down streets, and if some viewers find it depressing then that's because it strives to reflect real life rather than movie fantasy.

Violence - in the form of beatings and slappings - comes thick and fast and there's so much of it that the viewer soon becomes as desensitised as the central characters, so that the latest punishment almost becomes expected. Yet the quality characterisations and the intermingling of lots of different characters' lives is handled expertly so that this is never less than riveting. It's a strong film indeed, one that's tough to watch at times, but once which explores the depths of the human condition that most movies dare not tread.

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So..did she know her moms killer all through the movie? *spoiler* mailchrise
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