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Punch (2011)
"Wan-deuk-i" (original title)

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17-year-old Wan-Deuk comes from a poor family and his grades in school are equally poor. He is a rebellious and troubled student, but he never loses in fights. Wan-Deuk then meets teacher ... See full summary »

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Dong-joo
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Wan-deuk
Su-young Park ...
Wan-deuk's father
Yeong-jae Kim ...
Uncle Min-goo
Sang-ho Kim ...
Middle-aged from house in front
Hyo-ju Park ...
Ho-jeong
Jasmine ...
Wan-deuk's mother
Byeol Kang ...
Yoon-Ha
Kil-Kang Ahn ...
Coach
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17-year-old Wan-Deuk comes from a poor family and his grades in school are equally poor. He is a rebellious and troubled student, but he never loses in fights. Wan-Deuk then meets teacher Dong-Joo. At first, Dong-Joo and Wan-Deuk are like enemies, but Wan-Deuk grows to like him. Meanwhile, Dong-Joo cares for and seems to understand Wan-Deuk. Wan-Deuk takes up kick-boxing and through the sport grows as a person and also develops a dream. Written by Stanislav S, Sochi, Russia

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"Hey, Do Wan-deuk!" The Worst Encounter Becomes The Best Twist of Fate

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This film is based off of the novel Wandeukyi by KIM Lyeo-Ryung, which won the 1st Annual Changbi Prize for Young Adult Fiction and sold over 700,000 copies around the nation. See more »

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Why the low ratings?
7 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

I don't understand the low ratings for this movie. I saw this film when it premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and was impressed. It's one of the first Korean movies I've seen that actually made me laugh, and had some heart. Plus it has been a huge critical and commercial hit in Korea, so I'm surprised there aren't more Korean movie fans on here giving it positive reviews!

For those looking to get into Korean cinema this movie offers a nice alternative from the dark films that Korea tends to be known for internationally. While I enjoy some of these darker films like Oldboy, Mother, and I Saw the Devil, it's refreshing to see a Korean film that doesn't leave you feeling sick or depressed after the curtain falls.

This movie has the usual themes covered in coming of age stories, but also deals with other issues relevant to modern Korean society, such as the treatment of foreign laborers and the disabled by a Korean culture that isn't always welcoming to outsiders.

All that said, the highlight of this movie is the relationship between Wan Deuki and his teacher. This is the source of a great deal of humor and warmth throughout the movie, and will make you laugh out loud more than other Korean movie I can think of. Even if you are unfamiliar with Korean culture and cinema, if you watch this you won't be disappointed. Don't be fooled by the low IMDb rating of this film, check it out!


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