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Bbeu-a-jong (1997)

Seo-rin learns that life can be cruel when she is abandoned by her mother in a movie theater as a child. She grows up on the streets and eventually meets the insomniac Jeong-il and is ... See full summary »

Director:

Jae-ho Park

Writer:

Gun Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shin-yang Park ... Jung-yeol
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... Young-soo
Sua Lee Sua Lee
Oh-seong Yu
Eun-hee Bang ... Leather Pants
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeong-hee Jang Jeong-hee Jang
Seung-gil Jeong Seung-gil Jeong ... Gangster
Byung-Gi Jo Byung-Gi Jo
Yong-geon Kim Yong-geon Kim
Dae-yeon Lee Dae-yeon Lee ... Detective Lee
Doll-Hyung Lee Doll-Hyung Lee
Jung-sung Lee Jung-sung Lee
Gye-nam Myeong Gye-nam Myeong ... (as Gye-Nam Myung)
Ji-mi Park Ji-mi Park
Byung-wook Son Byung-wook Son
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Seo-rin learns that life can be cruel when she is abandoned by her mother in a movie theater as a child. She grows up on the streets and eventually meets the insomniac Jeong-il and is charmed by his innocence. Although their initial encounter is brief, it launches them on a quest for love and a search for each other Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

22 February 1997 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Poison See more »

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Hong-rim See more »
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Color
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When Korean New Wave Was Still Trying to Find Its Voice
3 June 2018 | by KlangSmithTooSee all my reviews

So this is an early Korean New Wave film starring a few actors who went on to make it big, but this one has somehow gotten lost in the shuffle. Much like the early films of its time like Crocodile or No. 3 or Green Room, this one is pretty rough around the edges and doesn't have the slick production values that Korean New Wave quickly developed. Unlike those other films, however, the storytelling is the thing that is lacking here and doesn't pack the punch of those other movies. It definitely has New Wave sensibilities and has many of the elements that were emerging as cutting edge at the time--gritty realism, violence, sex, a bleak worldview, etc. but can't quite put them together in a compelling way. The story follows a shy cabdriver who encounters a precocious prostitute and the two fall in love. Unfortunately, she has an obsessive suitor who also happens to be a cop and he isn't willing to let her go without a fight. The plot is simple but compelling and the actors do a fine job (especially Kyeong-yeong Lee as the brutal cop) but, in the end, this movie doesn't break enough with standard genre norms to make it stand out and shine. It's like all of the New Wave elements were present but the pieces weren't put together in such a way as to make a new puzzle. Instead, it comes off as an offbeat but standard movie. Still worth checking out for fans of New Wave or any of the actors but, as the low ratings suggest, this is not so much a diamond in the rough as just plain rough.


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