Fantasia 2012: ‘Punch’ packs a surprisingly light touch

Punch

Directed by Han Lee

Written by Dong-Woo Kim

South Korea: 2011

Contrary to popular belief, the Fantasia International Film Festival is not some movie haven for those seeking pure thrills via genre pictures. True to its traditions, the event awards screen time to some the world’s more outlandish movies, from pure gore fests, ghost stories, the most mind bending psychological thrillers and, a personal favourite, martial arts films. That being said, if one takes the time to carefully look through the lineup, one will come to understand that simpler films can be discovered, little gems that concentrate much more on the drama than on the shrieks. Punch, from South Korean director Han Lee, comes to the festival as an alternative to all those ‘weird’ movies, offering a coming of age story, albeit one with some attitude.

Wan-deuk (Ah In Yoo) is a teenage loner. He has few friends at school,
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