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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.


Seung-wan Ryoo


Cheol-Hong Jeon (screenplay), Seung-wan Ryoo
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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)


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

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Release Date:

1 April 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Crying Fist See more »

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South Korea


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2.35 : 1
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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.

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