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Rough Cut (2008)

Yeong-hwa-neun yeong-hwa-da (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 11 September 2008 (South Korea)
A gangster who wants to be an actor; an actor more gangster than anything. Here their paths and lives begin to cross.

Director:

Hun Jang

Writer:

Ki-duk Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ji-seob So ... 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
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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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Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

11 September 2008 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Movie Is a Movie See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,202,140
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Kim Ki-Duk Film See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Connections

Features Green Fish (1997) See more »

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An unconventional action drama
21 August 2009 | by kevinsuttonSee all my reviews

Billed as an action movie by trailers, and occasionally funny, Rough Cut is a complex drama playing out underneath an amusing premise.

The two leads share great chemistry and rivalry but manage to avoid a lot of the stereotypes and clichés for buddy action/comedies. The actor must negotiate a deteriorating private and public life while learning how to be less of an ass; the gangster's journey is perhaps more enigmatic and very thought provoking. His trajectory isn't what you'd expect from Hollywood cinema.

The two characters have their own distinct lives, which are interwoven mostly through their commitment to the film, which punctuates the ending with what may be the only major full action scene. (and it's plenty visceral to behold) This movie is easy to get into, but deep enough to truly reflect on. It's a little gem of entertainment.


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