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Breathless (2008)

Ddongpari (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 16 April 2009 (South Korea)
A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father.

Director:

Ik-joon Yang

Writer:

Ik-joon Yang
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kkobbi Kim ... Yeon-hee
Hwan Lee Hwan Lee ... Young-jae
Ik-joon Yang ... Sang-hoon
Jeong-soon Park Jeong-soon Park ... Seung-chul
Seung-Yun Lee Seung-Yun Lee ... Hyeon-seo
Hee-soo Kim Hee-soo Kim ... Hyung-in
Jin-sook Lee Jin-sook Lee ... Sang-hoon's Mother
Yong-min Choi Yong-min Choi ... Hyeong-seok
Hae-yeon Kil Hae-yeon Kil ... Yeon-hee's Mother
Sang-won Kim Sang-won Kim ... Young Sang-hoon
Seon-ae Ji Seon-ae Ji ... Sang-hoon's Younger Sister / Jun-hee
Man-sik Jeong ... Man-sik
Seung-Hoon Yoon Seung-Hoon Yoon ... Hwan-gyu
Jee-hye Oh Jee-hye Oh ... Yeon-hee's Homeroom Teacher
Seung-il Hong Seung-il Hong ... Beating Man
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A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father.

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Crime | Drama

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Sang-hoon: [after beating up an abusive husband/father] Fathers in this country's all fucked up. They're pathetic fucks but when it comes to family, they're Kim Il-sung. Isn't that right, fucker? Think you're Kim Il-sung?
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Breathless is stark, dark and uncompromising
25 August 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee all my reviews

Breathless is a bleak, relentless and emotionally raw movie from South Korea. An uncompromising look at the violent underbelly of a section of poverty ridden urban South Korea, Breathless is the directorial debut of lead man and scriptwriter Yang Ik-joon, and has rightly been bestowed with a healthy array of awards.

As the films pace allows layers to build and relationship dynamics to be understood and interwoven, nausea and discomfort evolves into empathy and worry, characters you are sure are irredeemable surprise you. The shaky documentary style photography adds to the grittiness and rawness.

Breathless is stark, dark and uncompromising. Well directed and with expertly judged emotional performances, this film has dared to expose the terrible unbreakable cycle of violence in an apparently progressive and evolved society. JM


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

16 April 2009 (South Korea) See more »

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$686,703
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