A Heroic, yet a tragic life of a fearless man begins! School days filled with fist fights It is at the end of President RHEE Seung-man's Liberal Party regime, and the streets are filled ...
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Low Life is a black comedy about depression. On the surface, Jef is a regular guy. He's good looking, charming, and funny. He also has a good job and a beautiful girlfriend. But he just ... See full summary »
Randy Jay Burrell,
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A Heroic, yet a tragic life of a fearless man begins! School days filled with fist fights It is at the end of President RHEE Seung-man's Liberal Party regime, and the streets are filled with demonstration parades. And there is Tae-woong in his disheveled school uniform, ignorant to all the chaos that surrounds him. The only concern on his mind is to find the bully from Hongik High who beat up his friend and to take his revenge upon him. He successfully finds the kid and beats him up pretty good. However, he gets stabbed by furious Seung-moon, who eyewitnesses the whole incident. With a bloody knife stuck in his body, Tae-woong shows up at Seung-moon's house and tells him to pull out the knife himself. Meanwhile, Seung-moon's older sister Hae-ok finds Tae-woong and his reckless behavior rather attractive. Later, when the police hears about this incident, they interrogate Tae-woong to investigate Seung-moon and Hae-ok's father PARK Il-won, who is a politician of the opposition party. ...Written by
I recently saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival and was considerably disappointed with the undeniably poor execution of Lowlife. At first I was charmed by the studio lot setting and the curiously out of place fight sequences, but eventually the poor editing and confused narrative line left me impatiently waiting for the credits to roll. The director attempts to tell a sprawling story of one man's tumultuous maturation within the context of South Korean political situation during the second half of the 20th century. And although I'm not acquainted with that history, it seems the film takes a very simplistic approach to the period's temperaments. The filmmakers simply try to do too much, eventually diminishing the potency latent in the socio-political situation as well as the engaging performance of the lead actor. The film definitely has more of a movie of the week feel to it with all its heavy-handedness and slap-dash film-making. The fact that the film was rushed (ironically, much like the films being satirized within the film) is most evident in a sequence where the lead and another actor sit in front of a store in the 1960s with modern NFL gear inside. Now i'm not a stickler for continuity but c'mon.
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