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2.23.2006

DALKOMHAN INSAENG (A BITTERSWEET LIFE)

Dalkomhan Insaeng (A Bittersweet Life)
Directed and Written by Kim Ji Woon







It's fed the genre countless times before: henchman gets personal, gets backstabbed, gets even. Heroic Bloodshed hits pure jackpot when it regards itself as an apotehosis of pain. More blood shed, less heroism. The pain of impossible love. The pain of a knife wedged in your back. The pain of vendetta against friends. Pain - - - all makes and models - - - is the metatheme of the action movie. The chickenshit ones - - - hi-ho Joel Silver! - - - pull punches, strike poses, sugarcoat,pretend it doesn't exist or if it does, pretend it doesn't hurt. The gutsy ones deconstruct the machismo, count the costs, lance the boil, let it bleed. The gutsy ones hurt. Like hell. Like this. * * * *

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