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Bloody Tie (2006)

Sasaeng gyeoldan (original title)
A low-level drug pusher is pressured by a corrupt cop to help him catch a local drug lord.


Ho Choi


Ho Choi, Deok-won Yun
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Credited cast:
Seung-bum Ryoo ... Oh Sang-do (as Seung-beom Ryu)
Jung-min Hwang ... Do Jin-kwang (as Jeong-min Hwang)
Hee-ra Kim Hee-ra Kim ... Lee Taek-jo
Ja-Hyeon Chu ... Ji-young
Do-gyung Lee Do-gyung Lee ... Jang Chul
Joo-Wan On ... Yoo Sung-geun (as Ju-wan On)
Woo Jung Woo Jung ... Detective Kim (as Jung Woo)
Jeong-geun Sin Jeong-geun Sin ... Section Chief Go
Jin-hyeok Kim Jin-hyeok Kim ... Young-nam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jin-ho Choi Jin-ho Choi ... Chang-joon
Myeong-gap Jang Myeong-gap Jang ... Sushi chef
Won-jae Kang Won-jae Kang ... Police Officer
Young-woong Kim Young-woong Kim ... Criminal (as Young-Woong Kim)
Jae-Young Yang Jae-Young Yang ... Hyoung-Nam
Jae-myung Yoo ... Police Officer


The underworld of pushers, addicts, cops, and mobsters in Buson. Sang-do is a pusher, selling meth, abstaining from using it, living the high life, and, passing on information to the police. He enters into a special one-year deal with Lieutenant Doh, a loose canon on the force, seeking revenge against a mob boss who killed his partner and fled to China. Word is he's back, and Doh wants Sang-do's help. Perhaps Sang-do's uncle, a meth manufacturer, can help. Along the way, Sang-do tries to rescue an old girlfriend from the depths of addiction and prostitution, but she may be unable to stay straight. Doh's nemesis is slippery. Can there be any victors on Buson's docks? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

26 April 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Ties See more »

Filming Locations:

Busan, South Korea


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Good crime thriller. Great performances!
2 March 2007 | by massaster760See all my reviews

When I first heard about Bloody Ties (aka Bloody Tie) many reviewers were saying that it was the Bittersweet Life of 2006. I think that characterization is misleading. Kim Ji Woon's A Bittersweet Life is a much more serious, violent, and dark thriller, while Bloody Ties is less violent and is put together with a fair amount of dark humor. I think a better comparison to Bloody Ties would be Wook-Suk Kang's Public Enemy.

Anyway, Bloody Ties tells the story of a reckless cop Lieutenant Do (Expertly played by Jeong-min Hwang) and a crystal meth dealer named Ji-young (Ja-Hyeon Chu) who works as a informant for the police. The two form an unlikely partnership in order to take down a ruthless crime lord.

One of my favorite things about Bloody Ties is how it depicts the underground South Korean drug trade. This is the first film I'd seen from Korea that dealt at length with drug use in the underworld and it was refreshing and interesting to see a Korean film that delves into that.

The acting is another reason why I liked Bloody Ties. Jeong-min Hwang performance as Lieutenant Do was just too cool for words. Every time he made an entrance with the black aviators and a lit cigarette I couldn't help but smile. Ja-Hyeon Chu's performance as a crystal meth dealer, who never samples his own product, was also done very well. To be honest, I can't find fault with any of the performances of the film from the crime lord to Ji-Young's grandfather, this film features stellar performances for everyone involved.

All in All, Bloody Ties is a very entertaining and well developed film. The direction and cinematography is well done, the performances are awesome. And I loved how it mixed dark humor with violence. If you like a good crime thriller (as I do), than you should love Bloody Ties.

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