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Kim Kkot Bi (Actor) | Yang Ik Joon (Director, Actor)
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Actor-turned-director Yang Ik Joon makes a splash with his 2009 feature debut Breathless. The acclaimed Korean indie has had quite a run on the festival circuit, picking up awards at Rotterdam, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Fantasia, and many other international film festivals. Yang, who wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film, pulls no punches in his profile of an angry, broken man at life's crossroads. Co-star Kim Kkot Bi (The Ghost Theater) also earned rave reviews for her portrayal of a tough schoolgirl wise beyond her years. When these two loners cross paths, what unfolds is an unlikely friendship that changes both their lives in surprising ways. Dark, harrowing, and deeply personal, Breathless deals very honestly with the issue of domestic violence, leaving a deep impression with its depiction of physical and psychological abuse, while also lighting a beacon of hope at the end of the tunnel.

Brutish, brooding debt collector Sang Hoon (Yang Ik Joon) grew up in a household destroyed by domestic violence. He witnessed his mother and sister's deaths as a child, and continues to punish his father for the past. Raging through a life of violence and bitterness, Sang Hoon begins to change after he encounters Yeon Hee (Kim Kkot Bi), a foul-mouthed high school girl who's going through some equally hard times.

This 2-Disc Edition comes with audio commentary, interview, premiere, film festival footage, trailer, and teaser.

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Product Title: Breathless (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version) Breathless (DVD) (2碟裝) (韓國版) Breathless (DVD) (2碟装) (韩国版) 息もできない (2枚組) (韓国版) 똥파리 SE (DVD) (2-Disc) (한국판)
Also known as: 窒息暴戾 窒息暴戾 トンパリ, ブレスレス
Artist Name(s): Kim Kkot Bi (Actor) | Yang Ik Joon (Actor) 金花雨 (Actor) | 楊益俊 (Actor) 金花雨 (Actor) | 杨益俊 (Actor) キム・コッピ (Actor) | ヤン・イクチュン (Actor) 김꽃비 (Actor) | 양익준 (Actor)
Director: Yang Ik Joon 楊益俊 杨益俊 ヤン・イクチュン 양익준
Release Date: 2009-08-31
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Ein's M&M CO., LTD
Other Information: 2Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020998601

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똥파리 SE (DVD) (2-Disc) (한국판)

* Screen format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound mix: Korean Dolby Digital 5.1
* Extra:
▪ 음성해설 #1: 감독 양익준, 배우 김꽃비
▪ 음성해설 #2: 감독 양익준, 촬영 윤종호, 조연출 손승현, 배우 윤승훈
▪ 인터뷰: 양익준, 김꽃비
▪ 특별 시사회: 무대인사, 관람소감 인터뷰
▪ 영화제 수상 현장
▪ 티저 및 극장 예고편
▪ 포토 갤러리: 스틸 및 제작 과정

* Director: 양익준

2009년 한국영화 중 국제영화제 최다 초청, 최다 수상의 화제작!
2009년 4월 3일 현재 총 17개 국제영화제 초청,
비경쟁 영화제 3개 제외한 14개 영화제 경쟁부문 진출!
09년 한국영화계가 가장 주목해야할 작품!
<워낭소리><낮술> 등과 함께 독립 영화의 새로운 대안을 이끈 작품!
독립영화계의 스타 양익준 감독/각본/편집/배우
감독/배우/스태프 음성 해설 및 인터뷰 등

동료든 적이든 가리지 않고 욕하고, 때리며 자기 내키는 대로 살아 온 용역 깡패 상훈. 세상 무서울 것 없는 상훈이지만, 그에게도 마음 속에 쉽게 떨쳐내지 못할 깊은 상처가 있다. 바로 ‘가족’이라는 이름이 남긴 슬픔이다. 그러던 어느 날, 우연히 길에서 여고생 연희와 시비가 붙은 상훈. 자신에게 전혀 주눅들지 않고 대드는 깡 센 연희가 신기했던 그는 이후 연희와 가까워지고 그녀에게 묘한 동질감을 느낀다. 그렇게 조금은 평화로운 일상을 보내던 어느 날, 아버지가 15년 만에 출소하면서 상훈은 격한 감정에 휩싸이는데...
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Professional Review of "Breathless (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)"

September 10, 2009

Brutal Korean indie Breathless was obviously a personal project for Yang Ik June, who wrote, directed, produced and starred in the lead role. Certainly, the film is a very brave and raw one, being a partly autobiographical tale of an extremely aggressive and violent man, himself the product of a rough childhood. Dealing with issues of domestic violence, estranged families and self destruction, it quite obviously takes viewers into some pretty dark territory, though not without a glimmer of hope and a deeply felt sense of humanity. Deservedly, the film has enjoyed a successful run at international festivals, winning awards at the likes of Rotterdam, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Fantasia, and will hopefully now find a wider audience on DVD.

The film follows a debt collector called Sang Hoon (Yang Ik June), who basically spends his days beating up and intimidating people for money. He himself comes from a background of violence, with his father having killed his sister and caused the death of his mother, something which has shaped his life. Although Sang Hoon isn't quite all bad, regularly giving money to his surviving sister and his young nephew, he is constantly in the grip of bitterness and near uncontrollable rage, which he takes out on almost everyone he comes across. His life takes an unexpected turn when he meets schoolgirl Yeon Hee (Kim Kot Bi), whose problems echo his own, and the two gradually strike up a relationship of sorts. Things get more complicated when his father is released from prison, forcing him to confront the demons of his past in the only way he knows how.

Breathless opens as it means to continue, with a truly shocking scene of Sang Hoon apparently rescuing a young woman from a savage beating, only to spit in her face and assault her himself. This is shortly followed by him being out on a fairly typical job, beating up a crowd of university student protesters. As such, the scene is very much set, with Sang Hoon being relentlessly hostile and attacking everyone he sees, from students to the police, and even his own men. The film is non judgmental, and that in itself may make it hard to watch for some viewers, as director Yang tries to find his humanity in a very even handed manner. There is little in the way of melodrama or cheap sentiment, and although the redemption theme which emerges is inevitable and the ending itself is rather predictable, the film marks an immensely satisfying personal journey and character arc. Yang is excellent in the lead role, and manages to successful find the man behind the monster, even pushing the viewer to feel sympathy for him, no matter how dark and violent things get. All of his relationships with the other characters in the film are complex, with Yang exploring in particular the bond between children and their fathers, and the way that the cycle of violence is perpetuated through generations.

Sang Hoon's dynamic with Yeon Hee is at the heart of the film, and is both fascinating and affecting, not least since their meeting happens when he accidentally spits on her when passing her in the street, only to punch her in the face when she complains. Yang never allows things to lazily drift into conventional romance, and instead treats their hesitant relationship as two damaged people looking for some kind of human contact or family. As the film progresses, it becomes about Yeon Hee almost as much as Sang Hoon, with her trying to overcome her own family problems, primarily her insane father who frequently attacks her and a brother who seems set to follow the same path as Sang Hoon. Kim Kot Bi is very impressive in what must have been a very difficult role, and shows herself to be a very talented young actress.

Yang's direction is gritty and grounded, making for an utterly believable portrait of a man for whom violence is his only form of expression. This does mean that the film is frequently very hard going, and that viewers should be prepared for some graphic scenes. The film is grim and unrelentingly brutal from start to finish, and almost every frame has something unpleasant going on in it. There are a good number of genuinely shocking scenes, which are all the more difficult to watch for their realism. The film's language might politely be described as earthy, with the script being pretty much non stop swearing and cursing.

However, none of this is gratuitous, and indeed is essential for taking an honest look at an extremely difficult subject. Yang is incredibly brave to have made such a dark, unflinchingly personal film in Breathless and it is to his further credit that it transcends mere catharsis or confession and becomes something engaging and deeply moving.

by James Mudge -

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September 28, 2009

Life is Rough
Breathless might not leave you breathless, but it's bound to leave an impression. Yang Ik Joon's remarkable debut film about broken men and broken families provides a brutally honest look into the conditions and consequences of household violence. Many punches are thrown in Breathless, many of them by the story's uncontrollable (anti)hero, but it's no more violence than can be found in other films. There is, however, no thrill or excitement in Breathless's fierce beatings and casual cuffs, but rather an overwhelming sense of discomfort about how realistic and prevalent the film's flawed people and harrowing circumstances are. This unsettling realism at times makes the film hard to look at, but harder yet to look away.

Yang himself stars in the leading role of Sang Hoon, a relentlessly angry and aggressive debt collector who beats people up for a living - which is just as well because he also likes to beat people up for the heck of it. A frequent victim of his fist is his father, a once abusive man who accidentally stabbed his daughter, Sang Hoon's sister, to death years ago and was only recently released from prison. Sang Hoon can neither forgive nor forget the past, and brutishly lashes out at all those unfortunate enough to cross his path. He does develop a soft spot for his young nephew and for Yeon Hee (Kim Kkot Bi), a high school girl with a mouth as foul as his and an abusive family environment of her own to deal with. Their first chance meeting consists mostly of slapping, spitting, shoving, and screaming, and yet from that rough encounter begins a valuable friendship that transforms their lives.

As two hard-headed people who put up a tough front but see through to each other's vulnerability, Yang Ik Joon and Kim Kkot Bi's dynamic chemistry as Sang Hoon and Yeon Hee brightens the film amid the depressing subject material. Their relationship serves as the core of the story, and their foul-mouthed bickering provides the film's lightest moments. Yang strikes a good balance in making the two protagonists' relationship comfortable, compelling, and chaste, an innocent and sincere bond in a complicated world. Their relationship turns Sang Hoon into an empathetic character, which in turn earns some understanding for Yeon Hee's blank brother, the weakest character of the film but set up effectively as a mirror of the young Sang Hoon.

Clocking in at over two hours, Breathless could use some editing to make it less raw and long-winded in exposition, but the film never outstays its welcome as is. For a directorial debut it is a great achievement, all the more so because Yang is equally effective in front of and behind the camera. The story he tells, however familiar, is a poignant one, and the flawed families, volatile violence, and messy humanity he throws on screen feel realistically rough. For those hoping to learn some Korean curses, Breathless's profanity-laden dialogue would also provide a good reference.
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