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A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Dalkomhan insaeng (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 April 2005 (South Korea)
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.


Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)


Dong-Cheol Kim (character created by: A Bittersweet Life), Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)
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Credited cast:
Lee Byung-Hun ... Sun-woo
Shin Min-a ... Hee-soo
Yeong-cheol Kim ... Mr. Kang (as Kim Young-Chul)
Jung-min Hwang ... President Baek (as Jeong-min Hwang)
Roe-ha Kim ... Mun-suk
Hae-gon Kim Hae-gon Kim ... Weapon smuggler
Eric Moon ... Gun Dealer's Brother (as Eric)
Dal-su Oh ... Myung-gu
Lee Gi-yeong ... Mu-sung
Jin Goo ... Min-gi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yu-mi Jung ... Mi-Ae
Seong-oh Kim ... Oh Mu-sung's Subordinate
Tae-hee Kim Tae-hee Kim
Oh Kwang-rok
Mu-yeong Lee Mu-yeong Lee


Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. Written by marinanic

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When doing right goes very, very wrong.


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Did You Know?


Byung-Hun Lee and Ku Jin previously starred together in a show All In (2003). Ku Jin played the younger version of Byung-Hun's character. See more »


At 1h and 26 min., the weapon smuggler breathes after being shot and killed by Sun-woo. This mistake is also very revealing at 1 h and 28 min. See more »


Sun-woo: One late autumn night, the disciple awoke crying. So the master asked the disciple, "Did you have a nightmare?" "No." "Did you have a sad dream?" "No," said the disciple. "I had a sweet dream." "Then why are you crying so sadly?" The disciple wiped his tears away and quietly answered, "Because the dream I had can't come true."
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of the film exist, the original theatrical version and the director's cut. The director's cut's edits include slight cutting and re-arrangement of scenes, swapping music placement and some additional scenes that do not appear in the original version of the film. See more »


Remade as Awarapan (2007) See more »

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The coolest movie I have ever seen
19 November 2013 | by taylorb1221See all my reviews

This is my first review on here, only because I felt compelled to tell someone about this film… When I say "coolest," I don't mean it in a that-movie-was-really-cool kind of way… Coolest, in this case, means that it is the smoothest, well-crafted, stylish, and beautiful films I have ever seen. Everything about the film has a you'll-never-be-this-cool feel, like Jules and Vincent from Pulp Fiction. Not to mention the fact that it has the same sort of humor.

Now, I am a film student who has actually gotten a lot of praise from students and teachers and whatnot for my first film project… That's great and all, but after seeing this film I am reminded of what Steven Spielberg said after he saw The Godfather; "I guess I should quit now, because I will never make something this good." I am, in no way, comparing myself to Spielberg, I'm just describing the feeling of, "holy s***, this is amazing," and "wow, I could never do this ever…"

See this movie before you die… Or before it gets remade.

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Release Date:

1 April 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Korea


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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