• 2008
  • South Korea
  • 2h 10min
  • E
  • Directed by: Yang Ik June
  • Cast: Yang Ik-june, Kim Kkobbi, Lee Hwan

Gangster Soon-Hong's life is a cycle of violence and self-loathing. When he meets schoolgirl Han Yeon-Heui, he not only meets his match, but his possible salvation. Is his lifestyle one he can transcend? Held together by a blistering lead performance by the director himself, this is Korean cinema at its most foul-mouthed, violent and vital. Glamourised gangsters these are not.

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15 Jan 20102 stars

(18) 130min It’s often the most violent films from South East Asia that make it to international cinemas and that’s true of Yang Ik-joon’s Breathless. Whereas the films of Park Chan-wook, John Woo and to a lesser extent Takeshi Kitano are often so…

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