A Dirty Carnival

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London Korean Film Festival


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
18
Year
2006
Running time
141 mins
Country
South Korea
Format
35mm
Director
Yoo Ha
Cast
Zo In-sung, Lee Bo-young, Nam Koong-min

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November 7th

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