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A Bittersweet Life (Blu-ray) (Director's Cut) (Coffee Book) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Kim Young Cheol (Actor) | Kim Jee Woon (Actor) | Eric Moon (Actor)
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From Kim Jee Woon, the director of The Good, The Bad, The Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters, comes the stylish, ultraviolent gangster flick, A Bittersweet Life! Lee Byung Hun (Joint Security Area) stars as Sun Woo, a unique character with a curious lifestyle – he's not only a valued gang member and the proprietor of a hotel bar, but also the right-hand man to the powerful gang leader, Mr. Kang (Kim Young Chul). When Kang suspects that his beautiful young mistress Hee Soo (Shin Min Ah, Volcano High) might be messing around with another man, he enlists Sun Woo's help to resolve the matter, commanding him to follow her around to see what information he can dig up. Sun Woo's orders are explicit: if he catches Hee Soo cheating, he is to execute her – no ifs ands or buts about it. However, when Sun Woo spies Hee Soo with her boyfriend, he makes a stunning decision, one that will have major consequences for all involved!

Although the hit film Crying Fist barely edged it out for the top spot at the box office, A Bittersweet Life is a success in its own right, hailed by critics as a dazzling neo-noir thriller, chocked full of breathtaking cinematography, intriguing characters, and an ample dosage of violence just for good measure. In addition, Lee Byung Hun earned critical raves for his performance as Sun Woo, a super-cool hitman with motivations all his own. But in the end, will Sun Woo make it out alive? Find out in A Bittersweet Life, a film that highlights the shadowy underbelly of Korean society, a place where the streets are dark with something more than night.

Limited to 1,000 copies, the First Press Coffee Book Edition Blu-ray of A Bittersweet Life comes in special book packaging with four stills. This version includes the Director's Cut of the film and the following bonus features:

  • La Dolce Vita: Interviews
  • Making of A Bittersweet Life
  • Style of A Bittersweet Life
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • The Truth about A Bittersweet Life
  • A Bittersweet Life in Cannes
  • Sweep Sweep
  • Electronic Press Kit
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    Product Title: A Bittersweet Life (Blu-ray) (Director's Cut) (Coffee Book) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) A Bittersweet Life (Blu-ray) (導演版) (Coffee Book) (首批限量版) (韓國版) A Bittersweet Life (Blu-ray) (导演版) (Coffee Book) (首批限量版) (韩国版) 甘い人生 (Blu-ray)(ディレクターズカット版)(Coffee Bookパッケージ)(初回限定版)(韓国版) 달콤한 인생 (블루레이) (감독판) (커피북) (초회한정판) (한국판)
    Artist Name(s): Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Kim Young Cheol (Actor) | Kim Jee Woon (Actor) | Eric Moon (Actor) | Shin Min Ah (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Kim Hae Gon (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Jin Goo (Actor) 李秉憲 (Actor) | 金永哲 (Actor) | 金 知雲 (Actor) | 文晸赫 (Actor) | 新慜娥 (Actor) | 黃 政民 (Actor) | 金海坤 (Actor) | 劉海鎮 (Actor) | 晉久 (Actor) 李秉宪 (Actor) | 金永哲 (Actor) | Kim Jee Woon (Actor) | 文晸赫 (Actor) | 新慜娥 (Actor) | 黄政民 (Actor) | 金海坤 (Actor) | 刘海镇 (Actor) | 晋久 (Actor) イ・ビョンホン (Actor) | キム・ヨンチョル (Actor) | キム・ジウン (Actor) | エリック (シンファ) (Actor) | シン・ミナ (Actor) | ファン・ジョンミン (Actor) | キム・ヘゴン (Actor) | ユ・ヘジン (Actor) | チン・グ (Actor) 이 병헌 (Actor) | 김영철 (Actor) | 김지운 (Actor) | 에릭 문정혁 (Actor) | 신민아 (Actor) | 황 정민 (Actor) | 김 해곤 (Actor) | 유해진 (Actor) | 진구 (Actor)
    Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
    Release Date: 2011-08-26
    Language: Korean
    Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean
    Place of Origin: South Korea
    Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
    Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio
    Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
    Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
    Rating: III
    Publisher: Contents Zone
    Other Information: 1-Disc
    Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024701939

    Product Information

    달콤한 인생 (블루레이) (감독판) (커피북) (초회한정판) (한국판)

    *Screen Format: HD 1080P 2.35:1 Wide Screen
    *Sound Mix: DTS-HD / Dolby Digital 2.0
    Audio Commentary 1: 김지운 감독, 김영철, 이병헌
    Audio Commentary 2: 김지운 감독, 김지용 촬영감독, 류성희 미술감독
    Audio Commentary 3: 김지운 감독, 이동진 영화 평론가
    -Director’s Prologue(4분)
    -La Dolce Vita 달콤한 인생 (17분 55초)
    -Making of A Bittersweet Life (25분 36초)
    -Style of A Bittersweet Life (68분 16초)
    -"Tell me Why?" (21분 23초)
    -Deleted and Alternate Scenes (23분 28초)
    -Interview with the Netizen (17분 19초)
    -A Bittersweet Life in Cannes(32분 53초)
    -Sweet Sleep (3분 32초)
    -EPK (6분 47초)

    *Director: 김지운

    -Director’s cut version
    -김지운 감독, 김지용 촬영감독의 완벽한 검증을 통한 블루레이 영상 기준에 맞춘 NEW HD REMASTERING
    -블루레이 사운드 기준에 맞춘 NEW SOUND REMASTERING
    -김지운 감독이 직접 제작에 참여한 커피북 형태의 패키지(국내 소개 안 된 사진 컷 수록)
    -김지운 감독, 이동진 영화 평론가와 함께 새롭게 제작된 오디오 커멘터리 수록
    -기존 DVD에서 보이지 않던 숨은 1인치 표현
    -33분 가량의 A Bittersweet Life in Cannes HD 영상 수록
    -블루레이 출시에 따른 김지운 감독이 이야기하는 “달콤한 인생” 프롤로그 수록
    -영국 사진 작가의 “달콤한 인생 포스터용 사진” 표지로 사용
    -초회 한정에 한해서 배우 이병헌 엽서 4종 증정(무작위로 김지운감독 싸인 포함)

    - 제 58회 칸 영화제 공식 부분 초청작!!
    - 2005년 대종상 남우조연상 수상!!
    - 2005년 대한민국 영화대상 남우조연상 수상!!
    - 2005년 청룡영화제 촬영상 수상!!

    코미디와 호러, 고유의 규칙이 강한 장르에서 김지운 감독은 그만의 새로움으로 관객들을 사로잡았다. 산장에 온 손님이 차례로 살해당하는 잔혹한 상황에서 폭소를 자아냈던 코믹 잔혹극 '조용한 가족', 현대인의 페이소스가 진하게 느껴지는 눈물 나게 처절한 코미디 '반칙왕', 공포보다 자매의 슬픔이 긴 여운으로 남았던 슬픈 호러 '장화, 홍련'은 바로 그 예.

    달콤한 인생 또한 장르적 규정의 느와르 액션에서 업그레이드 된 새로움을 보여준다. 냉혹하고 처절한 남자들의 세계, 이들의 사소한 감정에서 시작된 대립이 극단으로 치닫는 이 영화는 자신들의 모든것을 건 남자들의 전쟁에 동참한다. 그리고 핏빛 선연한 폭력이 난무하지만 자르고 찌르는 따위의 잔인함을 노골적으로 드러내기 보다는 묘한 감정 충돌이나 감독 특유의 유머 감각을 드러낸다.

    영화 달콤한 인생은 '느와르 액션의 매력은 운명적 순간에 나오는 인간의 표정이다'라는 감독의 말처럼 한국 최초의 느와르 액션으로 시작하여, 감성의 울림이 있는 '김지운식'의 새로운 느와르 액션으로 재탄생한다.

    빛과 어두움, 화려함과 음습함이 공존하는 강렬함, 그 뒤의 여운과 잔상.

    영화 속 한 남자의 여정이 정점과 추락을 동시에 상징하듯, 남자들의 세계에서 보여 지는 그들의 전생은 빛과 어두움, 그리고 화려함과 음습함이 공존하는 묘한 충동으로 스타일을 만들어낸다. DRY하게 시작해서 WET하게, COOL하게 시작해서 HOT하게. 이는 인물의 감정뿐만 아니라 영화 '달콤한 인생'의 공감과 액션, 스타일을 지배하는 모토이기도 하다. 선우의 위상의 정점을 말해 주던 화려한 공간에서, 총격의 현장인 폐허로 변하는 대비, 그의 감정과 영화의 스타일을 전달하는 도구로 쓰이는 액션. 이는 폭력적이 되고 제어할 수 없는 상태가 되어갈 수록 어두운 공간, 빛의 디테일, 액션의 강도도 높아진다.

    특히, 러시아제 쉬테시킨, 스미스앤 웨슨 38구경 리볼버 등이 등장하는 총격전은 빛과 어두움이 강렬하게 콘트라스트를 만들어 내는 느와르 액션에서 내러티브만이 아닌 이미지, 질감, 표정, 감정으로 영화의 리듬을 만들어 내며, 김지운 감독만의 호흡법으로 영화 '달콤한 인생'을 완성한다.

    캐릭터가 살아있는 폼 나는 남자들의 열전.
    폼 나는 남자들의 세계. 이 영화는 비정하고 어둡지만 멋스러운 남자들의 세계로 들어간다. 그리고 그들은 배우와 역할의 시너지를 극대화 하려는 감독 김지운의 캐릭터답게 영화의 윤기를 더한다.

    에스프레소, 블랙 수트, 취향부터 완벽주의자인 반 영웅적인 이미지에서, 나락으로 떨어지는 인물 선우(이병헌)를 필두로 절대 권력과 냉혹함을 가진 피도 눈물도 없는 보스 강사장(김영철), 말보다 주먹이 앞서는 행동파 넘버2 문석(김뢰하), 자존심에 상처 나는 것은 절대 참지 못하는 백사장(황정민), 형의 죽음 앞에서도 눈 하나 깜짝하지 않고 복수의 여정에 오르는 킬러 태구(에릭)등, 이들은 를 죽음의 문턱으로 몰아넣거나, 끊임없이 질투, 견제하거나, 복수의 칼을 들이대거나, 총을 겨눈다. 또한 선우가 총구를 겨누는 전쟁의 대상이 되기도 한다.

    개성과 폼이 넘치는 이 남자들의 유기적인 조합과 긴장이 만들어내는 영화 '달콤한 인생'. 이 영화는 날카롭고 냉혹하지만 감성적인 남자들을 살아 숨을 쉬는 캐릭터로 구현, 폼나는 남자들의 진정한 세계를 보여준다.

    서울 하늘 한켠 점처럼 떠 있는 한 호텔의 스카이라운지.
    그 곳은 냉철하고 명민한 완벽주의자 선우의 작은 성이다. 왜라고 묻지 않는 과묵한 의리, 빈틈없는 일처리로 보스 강사장의 절대적 신뢰를 획득. 스카이라운지의 경영을 책임지기까지 그는 꼬박 7년의 세월을 바쳤다. 그런 그에게는 남들에게 말 못할 비밀이 하나 있다. 젊은 애인 희수의 존재가 바로 그 것. 선우에게 그녀를 감시, 사실이면 처리하라고 명령한다.

    희수를 따라 다니기 시작한 지 3일째, 희수와 남자 친구가 함께 있는 현장을 급습하는 선우.
    하지만 마지막 순간, 그는 알 수 없는 망설임 끝에 그들을 놓아준다. 그 것이 모두를 위한 최선의 선택이라 믿으며 말이다. 그러나 단 한 순간에 불과했던 이 선택으로 인해 선우는 어느 새 적이 되어버린 조직 전체를 상대로 돌이킬 수 없는 전쟁을 시작하게 되는데...

    [감독/출연진 소개]
    감 독: 김지운
    서울예전 연극과에 입학했지만 도중에 그만두고 연극 현장에서 활동했다. 연극에서 영화로 활동영역을 옮겨 시나리오를 썼는데, <조용한 가족>이 시나리오 공모에 당선되었다. 그리고 자신의 시나리오를 직접 영화화해서 데뷔를 하게 된다. <조용한 가족>은 코믹 연쇄 살인극이란 새로운 장르를 개척하려는 시도였다. 외딴 산장 속에서 벌어지는 연쇄살인극을 통해 독특한 공포영화로 평가받았다. <아담스 패밀리>에서 아이디어를 얻어온 것 같기도 하지만 나름대로 장르적 컨벤션을 활용하는 능력을 발휘한 영화였다.

    다음에 찍은 <반칙왕>은 평범한 샐러리맨이 레슬링을 하게 되면서 소심한 상태를 벗어나 남성성을 회복한다는 내용의 코미디이다. 송강호의 탁월한 연기가 돋보이는 이 영화는 프로레슬링에 대한 노스탤지어를 자극하고 있다. 가면이 가져다주는 새로운 자아의 발견이라는 모티브는 배우들의 훌륭한 연기와 적절한 편집으로 빛을 발한다.

    이후 김지운은 <장화,홍련>이란 서정적인 공포영화로 그만의 연출세계 구축을 시작했는데, 장르기법에 충실하면서도 뛰어난 미장센 연출이 국내감독중에 유일하다는 평가를 받았다.
    그의 능력은 점점 더 진보해 특유의 미장센, 스타일리쉬한 액션, 여운을 남기는 메시지 등의 3박자가 어우러진 한국형 느와르<달콤한 인생>을 탄생시킨다. 그는 이 영화로 '김지운 스타일'이란 타이틀을 얻는데 성공했다

    최근에 그는 그의 필모그래피상 최대의 도전이라고 할수 있는 웨스턴무비 <좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈>을 연출해 칸 진출로 세계적인 주목을 받는 등 최대의 전성기를 맞고 있다. 새 영화마다 새로운 면모를 보여주며 잠재능력을 마음껏 발휘하는 그는 앞으로의 행보가 특히나 기대되는 국내의 손꼽히는 명감독임에 틀림없다.


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    그놈 목소리(2006)|김욱중
    1번가의 기적(2006)|카메라
    마이 파더(2007)|황남철

    출 연: 이 병 헌
    Lee Byung-Heon95년 <누가 나를 미치게 하는가>로 영화 데뷔를 했으나 별로 성공적이지는 못했다. 이후 김성수 감독의 <런 어웨이>,<지상만가> 등도 연속으로 흥행에 실패하는 바람에 이병헌은 TV로 되돌아가 드라마에만 전념했다. 그 후 99년 어깨와 얼굴에 들어갔던 힘을 완전히 빼고 순진무구한 선생님 역으로 출연한 <내 마음의 풍금>으로 비로소 흥행 대열에 오르게 된다.


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    런어웨이 (1995)(1995)|주연배우
    아마게돈 (1995)(1995)|주연배우
    그들만의 세상(1996)|주연배우
    내마음의 풍금(1998)|주연배우
    해피 투게더(TV)(1999)|주연배우
    번지 점프를 하다(2000)|주연배우
    공동경비구역 JSA(2000)|이수혁
    마리 이야기(2001)|주연배우
    몬스터(2004)|인기 영화감독
    누구나 비밀은 있다(2004)|최수현
    달콤한 인생(2005)|선우
    그 해 여름(2005)|윤석영
    좋은 놈
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    이상한 놈(2008)|박창이
    지아이조:전쟁의 서막 (2009)|주연배우
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    Professional Review of "A Bittersweet Life (Blu-ray) (Director's Cut) (Coffee Book) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

    March 4, 2010

    This professional review refers to A Bittersweet Life (DVD) (2-Disc) (Director's Edition) (Korea Version)
    Revenge has never looked as good as it does in A Bittersweet Life, a dazzling neo-noir gangster film from Kim Jee Woon, director of The Foul King and A Tale of Two Sisters. Lee Byung Hun, star of Everybody Has Secrets and Joint Security Area, takes on a new kind of role as Sun Woo, a glum, impeccably dressed enforcer in the employ of a notorious gang leader named Kang (Kim Yeong Chul). The plot kicks in when the boss asks Sun Woo to watch over his mistress Hee Soo (Sin Min Ah, from Volcano High) and find out if she's having an affair. Sun Woo's orders are clear: if he catches her cheating on Kang with another man, he is to contact Kang immediately or finish them off himself.

    However, when Sun Woo discovers Hee Soo with her boyfriend, he chooses to let both of them live. Unfortunately, this gesture of goodwill brings a world of pain onto Sun Woo as the entire criminal organization sets its sights on punishing him for his act of betrayal. Bloodied and beaten, Sun Woo survives the ordeal, eventually embarking on a brutal, bloody trail of vengeance from which no one seems likely to survive. But the strange fact remains: Sun Woo had been Kang's faithful servant for years, why would he suddenly have a change of heart now? Out of love? Or something more complicated?

    Blending the hardboiled cool of classic film noir with the hyper-stylized action of a John Woo film, A Bittersweet Life is a beautiful, wholly engaging cinematic experience. Before Sun Woo decides to ignore his boss' orders we watch as he slowly comes to an epiphany. However, we're not quite privy to the depth of this realization until the final scene of the film, in which everything that has come before soon makes simple, perfect sense. Once Sun Woo goes against Kang, the film becomes a visceral, balls-to-the-wall action film as the carnage comes full-force. As far as revenge fantasies go in the movies, it's not a stretch at all to say that A Bittersweet Life can stand alongside the best of them.

    As brutally violent as the film can be, it's refreshing to know that the filmmakers retained their sense of humor. Interestingly enough, the film contains a variety of surprisingly comic moments interspersed throughout all the guts and gore. Odd as it may sound, A Bittersweet Life can be a remarkably funny film at times.

    Anchoring the entire picture is Lee Byung Hun, who does a fine job inhabiting the role of the enforcer-turned-romantic-turned-unstoppable killing machine. Although Lee's good looks certainly help add to Sun Woo's character, he's more than just a pretty face. The actor brings a certain amount of depth to his anti-hero role, which is quite an achievement considering that a fully realized characterization of Sun Woo is hampered by the fact that his motivations must not be revealed until the film's ending. Even so, Lee does convey a sense of Sun Woo's internal life, even if it is something not made readily apparent by the script itself.

    The cinematography, costuming, set design, and soundtrack make A Bittersweet Life a visual and aural feast for its audience. Beautiful as it is, it's not hard to see how people might find the proceedings a little superficial. Thankfully, that actually seems to be based on how the film is constructed, as everything is meant to build towards the film's conclusion, in which the real meaning behind Sun Woo's quest for revenge is revealed. Visceral, lyrical, and sometimes even comical, A Bittersweet Life is a complete cinematic experience and contains an ending that brings everything to a suitably bittersweet close. In short, it's a terrific motion picture.

    By Calvin McMillin

    August 16, 2005

    This professional review refers to A Bittersweet Life (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
    In many respects, Kim Ji-woon's A Bittersweet Life is the anti-thesis of a traditional Asian gangster film, and the script seems to take most of its hints from American revenge movies like Tony Scott's recent Man on Fire and The Punisher, albeit without the idiotic nature of the latter film. Narratively, the film resembles the Kevin Costner 1990 picture called, appropriately enough, Revenge (which, coincidentally, was also directed by Tony Scott). None of this makes A Bittersweet Life any less original; if anything, Kim seems keenly aware that he's not re-inventing the wheel, and uses the audience's knowledge of similarly themed films to his advantage.

    Lee Byung-hun (Joint Security Area) is our anti-hero, a somber, friendless enforcer for a vicious gangster named Kang (Kim Yeong-cheol). When Kang plans a trip out of town for a few days, he sends trusted Sun-woo (Lee) to ferry his moll (Min-a Shin, Volcano High) about town, with explicit orders to execute her if he discovers she is having an affair. It shouldn't come as a surprise that she is indeed having an affair, and Sun-woo does make the fateful decision not to kill her, a decision that turns his own organization against him, setting the cold killer off on a quest for vengeance, although one suspects he isn't quite sure why.

    Director Kim Ji-woon (The Quiet Family) shows the initial encounters between enforcer and moll from Sun-woo's perspective, using camera angles and tight shots to give us insight into what Sun-woo sees: not the woman, not Hee-soo, but the hair, the way she brushes her hair, the smooth skin on her shoulder, the way she plays with her spoon when she eats. When Sun-woo makes his choice, it's easy to decipher that it's not because he's fallen in love with Hee-soo, because "love" is a word not in his vocabulary. She is simply the spark, the catharsis that frees him to see that he's living a solitaire existence, and that, despite his cavernous apartment, fine suits, and expensive meals, he really has nothing.

    As such, it's not the story that is important in A Bittersweet Life, because frankly, the story is of the inevitable kind. It's the moments in-between the formulaic beginning and ending that matters. The scene where Sun-woo is spurned into a fit of measured and controlled road rage, or when he hurries to pick up Hee-soo from her violin practice, nervously flicking at his hair as he bounces up the hallway like a ball of energy, only to take a sudden u-turn - physically and emotionally - when Hee-soo's other lover shows up first. Kim knows he's crafted a story from a foundation of genre cliches, and instead of pretending otherwise, the director uses them to play games with the audience.

    In-between the stylized violence, the harsh bloodletting and dead bodies that pile up with amazing speed, A Bittersweet Life is surprisingly funny when you least expect it. In one scene, gangsters are digging a grave for Sun-woo when one of them stops just long enough to see Sun-woo make his escape, to which the gangster turns to his oblivious buddies and quips, "Stop digging. We are so [expletive]." This, mind you, after a sequence of such grand violence orchestrated so insanely that you just know a stuntman or two, or a dozen, must have gone to the hospital that night. Later, Sun-woo tries to buy a gun from some amateur gun smugglers with disastrous results - for them.

    The first half of A Bittersweet Life occupies itself more with its leading man's personality, following him as he discovers that he has a need he had never acknowledged before, and the desire to achieve that need overcomes all else. The second half is all sound and fury, and Kim delivers a staggering bodycount, all achieved in brutal, realistic fashion. A major detour from the usual Korean gangster films is the prominent appearance (and needless to say, uses) of firearms in A Bittersweet Life. To watch Sun-woo strolling about town, capping gangsters in every body part with the cool of Steve McQueen and the cold, focused efficiency of the Terminator, you would think it was Tarantino, or Peckinpah, or perhaps McQuarrie (for those who have seen Way of the Gun) at work instead of a Korean director.

    Alas, there's no real deeper meaning to A Bittersweet Life, and assigning one to the film would be foolhardy. This is a simple story of a man who wants more than what he has, but has absolutely no idea how to achieve it. He isn't in love with Hee-soo, and vice versa. Sun-woo's quest is, in every way, a pure revenge fantasy played out against a backdrop of blood and violence and gang coda, but as his final encounter with Kang proves, there is no other purpose, no higher calling, to the carnage that the two men have wrought. It is, indeed, a bittersweet life, but it sure was a hell of a roller coaster ride from point A to point B.

    Movie Grade: 4 out of 5 stars

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    July 18, 2007

    This customer review refers to A Bittersweet Life Director's Cut Version DTS Limited Edition
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    Lee Byung Hun & Alain Delon Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
    A very stylish "film-noir" set in 21st century Korean urban landscape. This reminded me of an old film by French Director Jean Pierre Melville - Le Samourai (as one reviewer here has also noted). The similarities with Alain Delon by the protagonist (Lee Byung-hun) is quite striking: Clean-shaven, tailored-suits, suave and cool demeanor, alone, minimal dialogue, etc... Bittersweet Life is a good and well-made movie. The plot is not complex nor is it simple. Highly recommended for people who like this genre.
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    April 12, 2007

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    It is really bittersweet... Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    What is to like about a thug's life?
    He has no conscience, he has no life, he has no friends and even if he did they will probably turn on him the next second.
    Welcome to Kim Sun-woo's world, the main protagonist of this movie. Thanks to a great performance by Lee Byung-hun, the audience will grow to like him, root for him and even love him despite all his flaws.
    The movie is fast, ruthless and lonely.
    For me,scenes of Sun-woo in his apartment, though silent, were the loudest of all.
    In the end, what was glamorous no longer shines, what was good no longer soothes and death offers the only comfort.
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    September 3, 2006

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    Artistic and powerful!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    A Bittersweet Life is about an enforcer who's loyalty to his boss has never been questioned and who performs his duties unflinchingly, only to have his world turned upside down after displeasing his boss. Lee Byung Hun's performance is fantastic and the film is artistic, visually slick and violent. For me, it's the little things that make it a great film, like the part when he slowly finishes his pudding before going down to deal with some trouble makers who have wondered onto his turf. It has a different feel than most other films in the genre but has become one of the best in my dvd collection.
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    August 27, 2006

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    a little masterpiece Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    do you know a 1967's french masterpiece movie called "le samourai" from great director jean-pierre melville with actor alain delon,director john woo did and still be one of his favorite all time movie...he makes an unoficial remake of "le samourai" with his great movie "the killer"...if i am talking about this old french movie it's because the great korean actor lee byung hun,is very similar in the way he looks and with the caracter in this movie.
    the director is really very talented...but the most interesting point is the actor he is really one amazing actor one of the best in korea for sure,along with actor choi min-sik..great movie violent,lyric,melancolik.
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    June 29, 2006

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    nothing special... Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
    not sure what everyone's raving about. the movie had it's moments but wasn't all that everyone here is making out to be. it was an interesting movie, but not worth the $28 they're asking for here.
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