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April 6, 2018

6 Korean Gangster Movies You Need In Your Life

Source: Soompi by mizwest


Sashimi knives and bloodied faces are pretty much the status quo in Korean gangster movies. They’re graphically violent, full of bad language and scrupulous behavior, but damn are they cool! Below are just a few recommendations from the plethora of great movies you should totally check out!

“Friend” (2001)

“A Bittersweet Life” (2005)


Sun Woo (played by the beautiful Lee Byung Hun) is the right-hand man of Mr. Kang, a mob boss (played by Kim Young Chul) who suspects his much younger girlfriend is cheating on him. Sun Woo is asked to watch the girlfriend — Hee Soo (played by Shin Min Ah) — and report back and even kill her if Mr. Kang’s suspicions are true, but she smiles at Sun Woo once and it’s all over. I mean, who can blame him, but he is a little quick off the mark to risk it all for those dimples. Though Mr. Kang assumes Sun Woo has fallen for her and orders him killed, the job fails, starting a roller-coaster of extreme violence, unpredictability, and revenge!

Lee Byung Hun is superb in the role, filling quiet, tense moments with glances that speak volumes. He isn’t the macho protagonist you would typically see in these kinds of roles; instead he’s nervous, jumpy, and seems genuinely hurt by his boss’s decision to beat and bury him alive, which again… understandable.

“A Bittersweet Life” is laugh-out-loud funny if you’re into twisted humor and at times very aesthetically pleasing, but it’s the outlandish fight scenes that make this film worth the watch and truly iconic.

“Coin Locker Girl” (2015)

“Breathless” (2009)

“A Dirty Carnival” (2006)

“My Wife Is A Gangster” (2001)

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A Bittersweet Life


A Bittersweet Life is eye-poppingly gory, but this is mitigated by its stylish design and cinematography. Certainly a torture sequence involving some carving knives is tough to watch, but the comic-book aesthetic removes us just far enough to make the recipe of shredded flesh palatable. Another plus is the humor, which diffuses the tension. But the film’s real strength is the mercurial Byung Hun. One minute a little boy out of his depth with his boss’ girlfriend, the next a cold-eyed assassin, he keeps us in the palm of his hand. (WENDY IDE / / Banner BSL by Celina)


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