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A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Dalkomhan insaeng (original title)
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

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(as Kim Jee-woon)
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President Baek (as Jeong-min Hwang)
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Min-gi
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Mi-Ae
Hae-gon Kim ...
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Mr. Kang (as Kim Young-Chul)
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Gi-yeong Lee ...
Mu-yeong Lee
Eric Moon ...
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Myung-gu
Kwang-rok Oh
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Domashchenko Vadym ...
Russian weapon smuggler
Sang-Jeon Woo
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Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. Written by marinanic

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When doing right goes very, very wrong.

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The Korean title "Dalkomhan Insaeng" and the name of the bar "La Dolce Vita" translate to "The Sweet Life". As an ironic touch the International English title is called "A Bittersweet Life". See more »

Goofs

Just before the bad guys ambush Sun Woo in his flat, he is lying on his couch and the clock beside him reads "9:45" , two shots later, we get a close up of the clock as it switches from 9:39 to 9:40. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Kang: What has gotten into you? Don't do this, Sun-woo.
Sun-woo: [shoots Mr. Kang through the heart] "We can't turn back time can we?"
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Another breathtaking revenge movie from South-Korea
14 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I had the luck to watch this gem at the Fantasy-Film-Festival in Frankfurt yesterday. It was shown in a theater with about 600 seats and against my expectations the room was packed with people.

In comparison with Oldboy or Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance the story is not as deep and goes more straightforward to the pure revenge theme. But this does not make the movie less enjoyable. The cinematography is brilliant and the main-character delivers a great performance. It contains beautifully choreographed martial-arts and gunfight scenes with references to masterpieces like Taxi Driver and Kill Bill.

Despite the fact it is very harsh in some scenes the humor does not come to short. The scene with a discussion of Korean-Russian wannabe-gangsters made me nearly wet my pants.


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