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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.


Kyung-taek Kwak


Kyung-taek Kwak
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Oh-seong Yu ... Lee Jeong-suk (as Ohsung Yoo)
Jang Dong-Gun ... 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
Nam-hee Kwon Nam-hee Kwon ... Sang-taek's Mother (as Namhee Kwon)
Se-na Lee Se-na Lee ... Member of Rainbow
Ji-Woong Yang Ji-Woong Yang ... Waiter
Joong-kyung Yang Joong-kyung Yang ... English teacher
Chang Yun Chang Yun


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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Action | Crime | Drama


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


Lee Jeong-suk: Sang-taek, I planned on seeing you and Joong-ho at the airport. Sorry I couldn't make it. Sang-taek! In high school, when you ran away, and then I sent you back home, I bet you didn't know how proud I was of you. Honestly, I wished I was you back then. Isn't it funny? I was home all day today after a bad experience with Dong-su, thinking about what the word "friend" means. I didn't know what friend originally meant until our teacher wrote the definition on the board. I remember he wrote 'a long...
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Best movie I have seen this weekend. And I have seen 12 of them.
4 March 2002 | by DockelektroSee all my reviews

Epic tale of paths that diverge only to be reunited again at some critical moments, "Chin Goo", our "Friend" was a blockbuster at homeland Korea, and one can tell why. The story is attractive: the choices that four friends take on their lives, and the way we end up paying dearly for our mistakes and weaknesses. The construction is somehow western, which has attracted the audiences, all I can say is that I have not seen this movie, but felt it within me. Great comic timing, moving and powerful moments, great, great, GREAT actors, and master directing by an emerging director, Kwak Kyung-Taek, which shows signs of great potential in the future. Loved it all the way, hope to get the DVD as soon as possible.

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