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Kkeut-kka-ji-gan-da (2014)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 29 May 2014 (South Korea)
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After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

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Credited cast:
... Det. Ko Gun-soo
... Park Chang-min (as Jin-woong Jo)
Man-sik Jeong ... Det. Choi
Jeong-geun Sin ... Det. Squad Chief
Suk-Tae Joo ... Detective Nam
Dong-Young Kim ... Detective Do
Jung-eun Heo ... Min-a
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jang In-sub ... Policeman
Ha-Suk Jo ... Lee Kwang-min
Kang-hyeon Kim ... Young-chul
Seung-Hoon Kim ... Chang-min
Jae-won Lee ... Jo Neung-hyun
Sun-Kyun Lee ... Go Geon-soo
... Police Officer Lee
Dong-mi Shin ... Ko Gun-soo's younger sister
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Detective Go Geon-soo is having a hard day, and the following events happen to him in less than 24 hours: He receives a divorce notice from his wife. His mother passes away. He and his coworkers are investigated by police inspectors over alleged embezzlement. Then on his way to his mother's funeral, he drives recklessly and commits a fatal hit and run. He tries to cover-up the accident by hiding the man's corpse in his deceased mother's coffin. But someone has been watching all along, and Geon-soo gets a mysterious call from a person claiming that he was the sole witness to the crime, who now begins to threaten him. Written by Anonymous

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A Hard Day  »

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The film was selected to compete in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

Park Chang-min: There are 2 types of humans. One who lowers his tail before the alpha. And the one who tries hard after a beat. Which one are you?
Go Geon-soo: Are you a cop?
Park Chang-min: Didn't I give you a jolt? That sinking feeling.
Go Geon-soo: What do you want?
Park Chang-min: That was the most important and smart thing you've ever said. What I want? It's simple.
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The tone of the cellphone is Jazz Suite #2 (Waltz) of Dmitri Shostakovich, known for being the man theme of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999) See more »

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A Hard Day maybe, but certainly not a hard watch
18 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

A HARD DAY is another electric thriller from those top film-makers in South Korea, who know how to pack more laughs, action, and genuine suspense-filled set-pieces into their films than many a Hollywood rival. A HARD DAY tells a small-scale story about a cop on the edge; investigated by Internal Affairs for corruption, he accidentally hits and kills a pedestrian while out driving one night and must cover up the crime before he's discovered.

This premise is just the set-up for a film that comes off as a string of sometimes awesome set-pieces. The long sequence in the room with the coffin is a masterwork of tension, and if the rest of the movie can't quite equal that high, then it does a very good job nonetheless. A HARD DAY has everything you'd want from a thriller: dark laughs, shock scenes, violence, and some plot twists you definitely won't see coming. I particularly enjoyed the endless climax, which keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you breathless afterwards. Check it out!


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