Lee does not do this all alone. Even the way to film the first apparition of the hero: in few short take, a new icon is born! Joon Soo accidentally meets Hye Jin in Japan and falls for her. Live performers: Ulo Krigul, Mart Taniel, Lauri-Dag Tuur. Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on him with another, younger man, with the mandate that he must kill them both if he discovers their affair. He's a big kid and, somehow, A Bittersweet Life makes that adolescent reaction fascinating to watch, wrapped by the cool trappings of gangsters, the film itself soaked in adolescent reaction fascinating to watch, wrapped by the cool trappings of gangsters, the film itself soaked in adolescent male fantasy. A Bittersweet Life has a more epic sweep than either of those films.
As the film progresses, the fights get gradually more rough, messy, and raw as he looses his cool with himself, the situation, and the people around him. Its success in Korea and abroad is well-known and even Quentin Tatantino labelled it as one of his favourite films. Despite the bloody outcome of the scene, can't help noticing the way how the character fumbled using the gun. Sun-woo at one point explains a sweet dream he had and how he cried when he awoke because he knew it could never come true. As with many Korean films, the violence reflects a divided soul. Sun-woo's mob boss Kang Kim Young-cheol assigns him a simple task: watch over the mobster's girlfriend and make sure she's not two-timing him. Joe 2: Retaliation as Storm Shadow.
That was till Da Ae met Joon Soo. Kang tries to have Sun-woo killed but fails, and this leads to a violent rampage of revenge. Everything is so choreographic, yet it is also fluid. The cinematography and art direction for the film is absolutely gorgeous to observe. She never wanted to be his wife nor his mistress and that is why their affair has lasted for so long.
Eom Ji-won, the girl who wasn't there Secondly, and probably most significant, the ending is extended by several minutes in the Korean version. Strange, violent and dark visions begin to disturb Su-mi and she becomes convinced that Eun-joo is keeping a dark secret from the family. He is cold and calculating, desperate and moving and he can cry on cue. But the simplicity of the story helps illuminate an interesting exploration of conflict. And he's never known love and doesn't even know how to react around a woman. Writer-director Ji-woon Kim even refrained from including an obvious, unlikely romance, which is laudable considering the nature of typical Hollywood action movies. The problem is that the ice-cold killer develops a weakness for the woman, Hee-soo Shin Mina.
Lee Byeong-heon is on fire, one minute pouncing like a jungle cat, the next blasting away like some Peckinpah anti-hero. Joon Soo accidentally meets Hye Jin in Japan and falls for her. A good majority of this film takes place at night, indoors, or in seedy places giving it a film noir feel to the movie. The impact is simultaneously sweet, scary and surreal. There are two other films that make up Park Chan-wook's revenge trilogy.
Vengeance , director Ji-woon Kim cranked up the melodramatic aspects of the story for this picture, but interspersed them with exhilarating bursts of violence. Lee has an engaging screen presence and is pitch perfect in his performance, and is not afraid to be subtle and introspective at key times with his performance, which is exactly what draws you into his world. The cinematography by Kim Ji-Yong is elegant and stylish and at times breathtaking, without calling attention to his work. Authors: Taavi Eelmaa, Veiko Ounpuu. Her character also has several short scenes throughout the movie, all of which are gone in the International version. It is eventually discovered that Hee-soo is, in fact, seeing another man who is closer to her age than Kang, but rather than informing his superior or, as he was more chillingly instructed, killing the traitorous couple, Sun-woo instead exercises mercy. Understanding that betrayal seems almost more important than achieving revenge or even surviving.
As a viewer, I felt the pain and the fear of the characters. A quick search online will show you just how divided people's thoughts are on this. Yes, you read it right! Another participant who addresses the subject with great thoughtfulness, wit and improvisational creativity is Mark Boswell, American experimental filmmaker and expert on agit-prop cinema. It's clear from the opening scenes as Sunwoo consumes his confection that he wants something sweet in his life. December 18, 2009 A Bittersweet Life Posted by Patick Galloway Korean director Kim Ji-woon is one bad mutha.
Hong Da Ae is the woman whom Dong Won is seeing on the side. Kim Jee-woon manages to create a set of characters here who actually kind of complement each other. Her fiance, a Korean secret agent named Soo-hyeon Lee Byung-hun is determined to find her killer, no matter the monster he may become. Of course, we can't say that we used all available technical resources in the world to restore this title, but we spared no time or effort that we could muster in Korea to remaster this title. Lee does not do this all alone.