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Rough Cut (2008)

Yeong-hwa-neun yeong-hwa-da (original title)
A gangster who wants to be an actor; an actor more gangster than anything. Here their paths and lives begin to cross.


Hun Jang


Ki-duk Kim
13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
So Ji-seob ... Lee Kang-Pae
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Soo-Hyun Hong ... Kang Mi-na
Hie-jin Jang Hie-jin Jang ... Eun-seon
Man-sik Jeong Man-sik Jeong ... Investigator
Ji-Hwan Kang ... Jang Soo-ta
Chang-Seok Ko ... Director Bong
Jeong-hwan Kong Jeong-hwan Kong ... Seong Min
Soo-Young Park Soo-Young Park ... Co. President Lee


A gangster who wants to be an actor; an actor more gangster than anything. Here their paths and lives begin to cross.

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Various movie posters can be seen including Time also written by Ki-duk Kim and an early draft of a Rough Cut (2008) poster, which is the same image on the cover of the scripts. See more »


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Action yes, but hell of a character study as well
30 September 2013 | by findwilliamsSee all my reviews

The arrogant action film actor is a bully with a temper and after one tantrum too many finds himself without any willing co-stars, so enter the inscrutable gangster who was in a movie once as an extra and still enjoys watching films. A request for an autograph leads to the first showdown between the actor and the gangster. Western films have led us to believe Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro (and now Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson) are the stereotypical gangsters that whack and or whip out a garrote at the smallest slight. Not the stoic Gang-pae, played so well by Ji-Seob So, who barely needs any dialog to convey his thoughts or reactions. From the moment he agrees to be on screen, and to fight for real, I began to get a feeling of dread. His line to the action star about finally becoming a real actor was as heartbreaking in its own way as the events that followed. Like I said, action yes, but the characters made made it a solid film.

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Release Date:

11 September 2008 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea


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Kim Ki-Duk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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