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Friend (2001)

Chingoo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 31 March 2001 (South Korea)
Four childhood friends go their separate ways, two go off to college while the others become rival gangsters.

Director:

Kyung-taek Kwak

Writer:

Kyung-taek Kwak
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Cast

Credited cast:
Oh-seong Yu ... Lee Jeong-suk (as Ohsung Yoo)
Dong-Gun Jang ... Lee Han Dong-su
Tae-hwa Seo Tae-hwa Seo ... Sang-taek
Un-taek Jeong Un-taek Jeong ... Jeong-ho
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi
Hyeon Ju
Bo-kyeong Kim Bo-kyeong Kim ... Jin-sook
Hyun-sook Kim ... Member of 7 Princess
Namhee Kwon Namhee Kwon ... Sang-taek's Mother
Se-na Lee Se-na Lee ... Member of Rainbow
Ji-Woong Yang Ji-Woong Yang ... Waiter
Chang Yun Chang Yun
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Storyline

Despite their different family backgrounds, four friends grew up together in the wearisome years of the 70s. But as time goes by, each of them takes a different life path. After enrolling in college, Sang-taek and Joong-ho return to visit Dong-su (Jang Dong-gun) and Joon-suk (Yoo Oh-sung), only to find one of them in jail and the other on drugs. Slowly life takes difficult turns where friends become rivals in the crime world. Written by Nacron <imdb@nacron.net>

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friendship | betrayal | See All (2) »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

31 March 2001 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Based onthe break off and war between the 7 star and 20th Century mob families in Busan. See more »

Quotes

Sang-taek: I'm sorry.
Lee Jeong-suk: You don't need to say that to a friend.
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Features Barbara Broadcast (1977) See more »

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26 November 2004 | by jmvervilleSee all my reviews

It is a bit hard to know where to begin when dissecting such a film. What I can say is that this was a very stunning film, and with the time you spend thinking about it and the more times that you watch it it only becomes more relevant and better. Mr. Kwak is capable to tell the story of four friends on such an intimate level because it was based very much on his own personal experiences.

The story is extremely genuine, and it holds so much water for anybody who has ever witnessed the people that they love ruin their lives. It certainly comes straight from the heart of Kwak, and while watching it it is hard not to become emotional as you see the film being developed.

I also found the film to be made very professionally, with some great camera-work and never once did I feel that the production was sub-par. A lot of the camera work is well executed.

Overall, the dialogue and story are very powerful, and the calm, reflective nature of the film makes it easy to watch. I enjoyed this film very much. Overall, one of the best portrayals of the passage of time, nostalgic sentimentality, and the relations of friends.


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