A fictional South Korean filmmaker taps the illicit life of a childhood friend for a successful gangster movie, and faces the consequences. The story of a low-level debt-collector who, faced with lack of funds and a sick mother, opportunistically murders his way up the greasy pole.
The film covers ground from land-development corruption to the protagonist’s fragile courtship of a girl who works in a bookshop and hates his gangster lifestyle. This is ultimately the story of a desperate man, trying and failing to understand himself. Like the karaoke that dots the narrative, he is always singing someone else’s song.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 141 mins
- South Korea
- Yoo Ha
- Zo In-sung, Lee Bo-young, Nam Koong-min