7.3/10
2,711
12 user 29 critic

Crying Fist (2005)

Jumeogi unda (original title)
Tae Sik, a troubled middle aged man and Sang Hwan, a troubled youth will meet in the ring with their respective mission. To change their life.

Director:

Seung-wan Ryoo

Writers:

Cheol-Hong Jeon (screenplay), Seung-wan Ryoo
Reviews
4 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Failan (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met.

Directors: Hae-sung Song, Hae-sung Song
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Cecilia Cheung, Dae-Hoon Jeong
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan... See full summary »

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
Stars: Seung-wan Ryoo, Jae-mo Ahn, Kil-kang Ahn
Springtime (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A struggling musician takes a job teaching music to middle school children in a rural mining town.

Director: Jang-ha Ryu
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ho-jung Kim, Shin-yeong Jang
Swiri (1999)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

South Korean agents Ryu and Lee are tracking a female assassin from North Korea who has mysteriously disappeared. With new killings and the theft of a deadly bomb, time is running out to catch her.

Director: Je-kyu Kang
Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Min-sik Choi, Yunjin Kim
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Korean executive ventures into the Himalayas to visit a family in a small mountain village, where time seems to have stood still for 100 years.

Director: Soo-il Jeon
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Hamo Gurung, Namgya Gurung
The Mayor (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

For the first time in Korean history, the mayor of Seoul attempts a third term in office.

Director: In-je Park
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Do-won Kwak, Eun-kyung Shim
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.

Director: Jong-bin Yoon
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho
Friend (2001)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Director: Kyung-taek Kwak
Stars: Oh-seong Yu, Dong-Gun Jang, Tae-hwa Seo
Arahan (2004)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

As a dorky cop falls in with five Tao masters who admire his c'hi, an ancient foe comes looking for them all.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
Stars: Seung-bum Ryoo, So-yi Yoon, Sung-Ki Ahn
The Unjust (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When the most probable serial killer suspect dies and the case looks like it's reached a dead end, police brass decide to create a killer - and anyone will do.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hae-jin Yoo
No. 3 (1997)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tae Ju, number 3 man in his gangster organization, he wants to be the number one. Can he realize his ambition?

Director: Neung-han Song
Stars: Eun-hee Bang, Min-sik Choi, Suk-kyu Han
The Tiger (2015)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While the Kingdom of Korea is under occupation by the Japanese, an old and experienced hunter is challenged by the hunt of the last tiger.

Director: Hoon-jung Park
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Man-sik Jeong, Seok-won Jeong
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Min-sik Choi ... Gang Tae-shik
Seung-bum Ryoo ... Yoo Sang-hwan (as Seung-beom Ryu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kil-kang Ahn ... Head warden (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
Jeong-ah Bae Jeong-ah Bae
Hee-Bong Byun ... Sang-hwan's coach (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Ho-jin Chun ... Sang-chul
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi ... Sang-hwan's father
Won-hee Im ... Won-tae
Byeong-ok Kim ... Detective
Su-hyeon Kim Su-hyeon Kim ... Kwon Nok
Yeong-In Kim Yeong-In Kim ... Governor Kim
Moon-hee Na ... Sang-hwan's grandma
Dal-su Oh ... Yong-dae
Hye-rin Seo Hye-rin Seo ... Sun-ju (Tae-shik's wife)
Edit

Storyline

Kang Tae Sik is a 43-year-old former silver medalist boxer. He now spends his days hawking himself as a human punching bag to passersby in a shopping district in Seoul and other times hiding from various loan sharks. His wife wants a divorce and is threatening to take take their own only son with her. Yoo Sang Hwan is a troubled youth, who was only recently released from prison. Sang Hwan robbed and beat up his elderly neighbor in an attempt to pay off his debts. While in prison, a guard recommended Sang Hwan take up boxing as a way to release his aggression. Now, with his father having passed away, his mother's whereabouts unknown and his grandmother just having a stroke, Sang Hwan is desperate. An amateur boxing competition takes place, providing hope for these two men. They will meet in the ring. Written by luraz isketambola

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

1 April 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Crying Fist See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,024,751
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This is a solid effort
26 September 2006 | by refresh_daemonSee all my reviews

Another day, another Corean film, but another good one. This one is a boxing movie. But it's not really a boxing movie in the sense that Rocky is a boxing movie. It's rather a drama foremost, about down-and-out losers and their sad pathetic lives, and then a boxing movie: boxing being the means by which they can lift themselves out of their conditions.

The two characters are quite different in some sense, one being a former silver medal winning Asian Games champion with no job and on the brink of losing his marriage and family and the other being a troubled street youth with a compassionate family. At some point, both characters lose out and find their hope in boxing, whether on the streets as a human sandbag or in the prison gym. And then a greater hope is found.

Of course, unlike a typical boxing movie, you have two protagonists and when their paths cross, you don't know who to root for. Both are sad sacks and hard to love people, but have enough humanity still in them that you can't help but wish for them to make it in the end. But... the movie brings up the strange conflict of... who? All the same, that sort of conflict is fairly realistic in any one vs. one story when you think about it. There's hardly a truly villainous villain like the villain of Rocky IV.

The film is shot in two different styles, for each characters stories, although they're tied together well by overarching style elements and the characters are fairly well developed and superbly acted. I will admit that the younger character's story is a little incredulous sometimes and a small bit contrived for extra sympathy, but the movie is generally so watchable overall that I was able to ignore it. With mostly solid writing, great acting, excellent direction and high production value, I'd have to say that Crying Fist has turned out to be one of my favorite boxing films and possibly even sports film. Which isn't to say it's one of my favorite films.

Some of the contrivances are still glaring, and it's hard to fully ignore, but all the same, this is a solid effort and a film that I could recommend highly. Good stuff! 8/10.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed