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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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(as Kim Jee-woon)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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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 ...
Weapon smuggler
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Mun-suk
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Mr. Kang (as Kim Young-Chul)
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Gi-yeong Lee ...
Mu-sung
Mu-yeong Lee
Eric Moon ...
Gun Dealer's Brother (as Eric)
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Myung-gu
Kwang-rok Oh
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Hee-soo
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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Action | Crime | Drama

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1 April 2005 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

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Trivia

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

Toward the end of the film, when Kim Sun-woo is walking down the corridor searching for his former boss, a guard sitting and reading a newspaper gets up to stop him. Kim Sun-woo shoots him but his gun is not pointed at the guard. Rather, it is clearly pointed at the wall where fake blood appears after the shot like a paint gun. See more »

Quotes

Sun-woo: One late autumn night, the disciple awoke crying. So the master asked the disciple, "Did you have a nightmare?" "No." "Did you have a sad dream?" "No," said the disciple. "I had a sweet dream." "Then why are you crying so sadly?" The disciple wiped his tears away and quietly answered, "Because the dream I had can't come true."
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Leone inspired ...
3 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

... but not only. At the beginning there is a clear homage to a french movie (an almost exactly reconstructed camera move/set-up)! But this movie is more than just the sum of it's parts! And the clue is in the beginning ...

A Korean friend of mine told me (Randy N.) that the story reminded him very much of a tale, the "Tale of "Jo-Shin" (Dream of Jo-shin)" or again in his words "This tale is one of the most famous Korean tale(And there are many similar tale in Asian culture...)."

So if you listen to the monologue at the beginning and at the end, you will get the movie and what it means. Because this is more than just an action flick. But don't worry, there's plenty of action here to enjoy also. Maybe even too much action for some to stomach! Not for the faint of heart, believe me, or for those who can't stand the sight of blood! It's very philosophical and it has action in it. Highly recommended!


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