I've watched a lot of Korean movies but the 2011 Korean film COUNTDOWN is surely one of the very best.
It is well written and produced, convincingly acted by the entire cast, continually engaging and entertaining and well worth watching.
Countdown stars two of Korea's top actors Jeon Do-yeon and Jung Jae- young and is brilliantly written and directed by Huh Jong- ho.
Tae Gun-ho (Jung) is a tough collection agent who uses a cattle-prod in fights. After a series of fainting spells he is told he has liver cancer and quickly needs a liver transplant to survive. He uses his skills to track recipients of organs donated by his late son. First of these is Cha Ha-Yeon (Jeon), a beautiful con woman with a long list of nasty enemies she has defrauded.
Locating Cha turns out to be easy. She's about to be released from prison. But the deal she proposes includes getting even with some really bad types. He tries hard to keep Cha and her liver safe until the transplant and also to stop her ditching him.
BUT WAIT ! That's only part of the story. For me the main plot involves Tae's son and how he died. It's a very moving father and son experience involving tragedy, sadness and tears but eventually the realization of love.
There's also the case of Cha and a daughter she deserted when aged 17.
This is not a romantic film. It is realistic though and so well done it will probably be one of those movies you remember.
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