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A Hard Day (2014)

Kkeut-kka-ji-gan-da (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 29 May 2014 (South Korea)
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After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

Director:

Seong-hun Kim (as Seong-hoon Kim)

Writers:

Seong-hun Kim (as Seong-hoon Kim), Seong-hun Kim (as Seong-hoon Kim) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sun-kyun Lee ... Det. Ko Gun-soo
Jin-Woong Cho ... Park Chang-min (as Jin-woong Jo)
Man-sik Jeong Man-sik Jeong ... Det. Choi
Jeong-geun Sin Jeong-geun Sin ... Det. Squad Chief
Suk-Tae Joo Suk-Tae Joo ... Detective Nam
Dong-Young Kim Dong-Young Kim ... Detective Do
Jung-eun Heo Jung-eun Heo ... Min-a
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jang In-sub Jang In-sub ... Policeman
Ha-Suk Jo Ha-Suk Jo ... Lee Kwang-min
Kang-hyeon Kim Kang-hyeon Kim ... Young-chul
Seung-hun Kim Seung-hun Kim ... Chang-min (as Seung-Hoon Kim)
Hee-Seok Lee Hee-Seok Lee ... Cabinet inspection team member
Jae-won Lee Jae-won Lee ... Jo Neung-hyun
Sun-Kyun Lee Sun-Kyun Lee ... Go Geon-soo
Bo-Gum Park ... Police Officer Lee
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Storyline

Detective Go Geon-soo is having a hard day, and the following events happen to him in less than 24 hours: He receives a divorce notice from his wife. His mother passes away. He and his coworkers are investigated by police inspectors over alleged embezzlement. Then on his way to his mother's funeral, he drives recklessly and commits a fatal hit and run. He tries to cover-up the accident by hiding the man's corpse in his deceased mother's coffin. But someone has been watching all along, and Geon-soo gets a mysterious call from a person claiming that he was the sole witness to the crime, who now begins to threaten him. Written by Anonymous

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The war for a dirty secret on

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

29 May 2014 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hard Day See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was selected to compete in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

Park Chang-min: There are 2 types of humans. One who lowers his tail before the alpha. And the one who tries hard after a beat. Which one are you?
Go Geon-soo: Are you a cop?
Park Chang-min: Didn't I give you a jolt? That sinking feeling.
Go Geon-soo: What do you want?
Park Chang-min: That was the most important and smart thing you've ever said. What I want? It's simple.
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The tone of the cellphone is Jazz Suite #2 (Waltz) of Dmitri Shostakovich, known for being the man theme of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999) See more »

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True Roller coaster.....Gripping...Enthralling...
18 October 2014 | by jithinjofrancisSee all my reviews

Whoa! what a thrill efffin ride!! this was my first reaction after watching the movie!!i gave it a standing ovation.It has been a long long time since a movie captured my attention from beginning to end,without even a single dull moment in its running time of over 90 minutes. I was so looking forward to see this one,and boy did it mesmerize me!and how!!

The movie has a dark undertone to its mischievous and reckless plot.Here we have a tense,gritty protagonist Lee Sun-kyun running through several escalating situations on an unfortunate day leading to a face off with a manic antagonist.There is a swift swap between the antihero-hero nature of the protagonist.I don't want to give away the plot but i will give you this,the plot is just exploding with an unrelenting exuberance that does not stop until the end credits start rolling.There is a never ending sense of what happens next.This relentless thriller captivates your attention from the opening shots,and never lets go.Special credits to the lead actors for they have done a neat job playing the characters straight,the only way to play it for a gripping plot such as this.Sometimes the movie feels like a highly stylized comedy of errors with some ingeniously crafted action sequences.

All in all 'a hard day' is a well shot genuine thriller disguised as a crime drama with underlying dark humour.It has all the scope of becoming a future cult classic.I would be surprised if it didn't.You would not be disappointed even if you watched with high expectations.

9/10.Cheers.


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