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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:
Choi Min-sik ... 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
Kim Byeong-Ok ... Detective
Ho-jin Chun ... Sang-chul
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi ... Sang-hwan's father
Byun Hee-Bong ... Sang-hwan's coach (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Choon-ha Hwang Choon-ha Hwang ... Yong-jin
In-gi Jeong ... Doctor
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
Joon-myeon Park Joon-myeon Park ... Fat Lady


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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Best film about boxers ever
8 October 2013 | by olmacSee all my reviews

I love Korean movies and have been a fight fan most of my life, so maybe I'm an easy mark here. Nevertheless, I believe this film is an outstanding study of two very opposite boxers. One a washed-up 43 year old Olympic Silver Medalist who gets beaten up for money on the streets, the other a teenage thug who ends up in juvenile detention after a mugging. The two stories don't cross until the final bout.

In the process, both evolve from being unpleasant jerks, who disrespect their families, to being... average. Characters, fighting, story-lines, etc. are very realistic. Thought you won't fall in love with either boxer, you'll probably wish both could win the big fight.

Movie may seem a bit slow and slightly long at 135 minutes but I think it's worth it so I recommend it highly, especially to fans of boxing and Korean film.

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Release Date:

1 April 2005 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

South Korea


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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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