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Four childhood friends go their separate ways, two go off to college while the others become rival gangsters.

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Kyung-taek Kwak

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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
Hyeon-sook Kim ... Member of 7 Princess
Namhee Kwon Namhee Kwon ... Sang-taek's Mother
Se-na Lee Se-na Lee ... Member of Rainbow
Chang Yun Chang Yun
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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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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

31 March 2001 (South Korea) See more »

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In-Pyo Cha was turn down lead role. See more »

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Lee Han Dong-su: You've stabbed me enough. You can go now.
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References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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Hard edged story of friendship over the course of 20 years is must see viewing
24 March 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Friend This is the course of friendship over a twenty year period. Beginning in 1975 we watch as four friends spend some time on what appears to be a summer vacation. Their future looks bright. A few years on as school and life takes its toll the dynamic between them changes and re-changes again as the have to deal with growing up, shattered dreams, decent into crime and drugs and the friendship itself. This is a dark little film that reminded me of some of the work of Martin Scorsese. Life often beats on these guys, from cruelty from their teachers to murder making it hard to get by. The course of these boys lives is not clear nor does it always turn out how we, or they think it will. The cast is excellent from top to bottom. Definitely worth seeking out, though be warned some of the violence has a tough edge to it.


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