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Attack the Gas Station! (1999)

Juyuso seubgyuksageun (original title)
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Four disaffected youths rob a gas station but find their plans complicated and sidetracked before the night is through.

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Sang-Jin Kim

Writer:

Jeong-woo Park
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Credited cast:
Sung-Jae Lee ... No Mark
Oh-seong Yu ... Mu Dae-po (a.k.a. Bulldozer)
Seong-jin Kang Seong-jin Kang ... Ddan Dda-ra
Ji-Tae Yoo ... Paint
Yeong-gyu Park ... Gas station owner
Jun Jeong ... Geon-Bbang
Yo-won Lee ... Ggal-chi
Jeong-ho Lee Jeong-ho Lee ... Meek man
Soo-Ro Kim Soo-Ro Kim ... (as Su-ro Kim)
Won-jong Lee
So-yeong Jeong So-yeong Jeong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Carter Michelle Carter ... High School Girl (voice)
Frank Dawson III Frank Dawson III ... Rockstar (voice)
Joe Gildea Joe Gildea ... Police Officer #2 (voice)
Darrel Guilbeau ... Ruffian #4 (voice)
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A quartet of disaffected Korean youths have robbed a Seoul gas station. Later, while hanging out in a Chinese noodle shop, they decide to rob the same gas station. After taking the gas station over, their wacky antics ensue; forcing the manager to sing, kidnapping customers that complain about the service, and staging fist-fights between street gang members and gas station employees; all of these reflect their own gripes against society. Written by Vince Yim

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Just when you wanted to laugh, here they come.

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Rated R for pervasive language and violent behavior | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

2 October 1999 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack the Gas Station! See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Owner: Fuck the ice cream!
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During the credits, four scenes are included which show what the characters do after the events in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Afrika (2002) See more »

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Brilliant combination of social commentary and comedy
11 May 2003 | by Puke BagSee all my reviews

Taking a single location and having all this chaos erupt turns Attack the Gas Station! into one of the more entertaining foreign films to come out in a long time. With many surreal and absurdist moments, the film is hilarious to boot, while offering some insight into Korean culture.

Unfortunately, much of the humour doesn't translate properly, while many of the cultural nuances will be lost on a non-Korean audience member. Although Ddan-Ra being chastized for drinking Pepsi and supporting American companies, while he defends himself because the Pepsi logo vaguely resembles the mark on the South Korean flag, should be understood by most.

After a conversation with a person more versed in Korean culture, it is easy to see how much gets lost on the non-Korean viewer. The four central characters, set up as a group of tough-guys, play elementary school games during their seige of the gas station (the syllable game, the paper-scissors-rock variant, etc.). While amusing, they don't hold much resonance for a non-Korean viewer, but for a Korean viewer, are much easier to identify with.

Sadly, Sang-Jin Kim's follow-up, "Kick the Moon", lacks much of the absurdism and satire of AtGS, instead punching up the level of violence.


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