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The Foul King (2000)

Banchikwang (original title)
Dae-Ho is an unproductive bank clerk who is late to work every morning and the object of his manager's frustrations. He was a fan of TV wrestling as a child, but can't get out of a headlock... See full summary »

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Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)

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Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ho-kyung Go Ho-kyung Go
Hang-Seon Jang Hang-Seon Jang ... Jeong
Jin-young Jang Jin-young Jang ... Min-young Jang
Woong-in Jeong ... Doo-sik
Doo-hong Jung Doo-hong Jung ... Main Referee
Ga-Yeon Kim Ga-Yeon Kim ... Miss Cho
Su-ro Kim Su-ro Kim ... Yu Bee-ho
Won-jong Lee ... Dae-san Oh
Sang-Myeon Park Sang-Myeon Park ... Baek-san Tae
Sung-woong Park ... Gym clerk
Goo Shin ... Dae-Ho's father
Kang-ho Song ... Dae-Ho
Young-chang Song
Mi-kyeong Yoon Mi-kyeong Yoon
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Storyline

Dae-Ho is an unproductive bank clerk who is late to work every morning and the object of his manager's frustrations. He was a fan of TV wrestling as a child, but can't get out of a headlock. He finds a local wrestling trainer and through a series of events eventually starts to train. He is slowly transformed as he begins his second job as the cheating villain wrestler known as the Foul King. He starts to stand up for himself in odd ways that are not really in his own best interest. Events get out of hand as conflicting influences come together. Written by Scott, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Comedy | Sport

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

29 January 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A csalás királya See more »

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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not as good as others may have you think
23 February 2002 | by unclesevenSee all my reviews

I purchased this movie based upon the recommendations of many people from different websites. Most of them claiming that the movie works well because its comedy is cross cultural.

I don't disagree that when the comedic elements are present - they work well. However, and this is a big however, they are few and far between. The movie fails for me because of its pacing. There is nothing really fantastic going on between the comedic moments. It's just filler material that tries to tell a story about the blandness of a man's life, and his interactions with his environment. It succeeds in showing why he would go into wrestling, but also succeeds in putting the viewer to sleep. I watched it once myself, and watched it again with friends. During the second viewing I had multiple requests to fast forward through dull, drawn-out scenes.

Don't get me wrong, I repeat, there are spectacular moments, but they are few and far between. Rent this or just don't even bother.


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