Trailer for A Bittersweet Life, which screened at the 2009 Pusan West Film Festival.
A film-noirish crime action drama, A Bittersweet Life testifies Kim Jee-woon’s skillful combination of storytelling abilities and an original visual style. He presents a delicate love story embedded under the façade of a cruel world of gangster violence. Sun-woo (Lee, Byung-hun) is an intelligent, cool-headed perfectionist gangster who has climbed to the top by earning the absolute trust of his boss Mr. Kang (Kim Yeong-cheol). When Kang suspects his latest mistress, Heui-su (Shin, Min-a) of having another boyfriend, he orders Sun-woo to keep a close eyes on her and to kill her if she has betrayed him. Things get complicated as Sun-woo slowly falls for Heui-su. The film shows magnificent mise-en-scene, stunning performance of the actors including the lead actor Lee Byung-hun, who was picked up by Hollywood after this film, and brilliantly directed fighting scenes.
- Posted: November 16, 2009
- Director: Kim Ji-woon
- Writer: Kim Ji-woon
- Studio: Independent
- Release: April 1, 2005
- Cast: Hwang Jeong-min, Jeong Yu-mi, Jin Ku
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