Rent A Bittersweet Life (2005)

3.8 of 5 from 119 ratings
1h 54min
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Synopsis:
Sunwoo is no ordinary hotel manager. He is also the ruthlessly efficient right hand man of underworld boss, Kang. But tough guy Kang has a weakness; his young girlfriend. Suspecting she's unfaithful, Kang orders Sunwoo to take care of the problem. When Sunwoo discovers her with another man, he uncharacteristically grants them mercy. Kang is furious and orders his gang members to hunt down Sunwoo. With nerves of steel, Sunwoo battles the gang alone. With each kill, he takes one step closer to his final confrontation with Kang.
Actors:
, , , , , Yeong-cheol Kim, , , , Eric Moon, , , , Sang-Jeon Woo
Directors:
Writers:
Jee-woon Kim
Aka:
Dalkomhan insaeng
Studio:
Tartan
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Countries:
Korea, Action & Adventure, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/01/2003
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Cantonese, Korean
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Cast and Crew interviews
  • Featurette - A Bittersweet Life in Cannes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Justin Bowyer Film Notes

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Reviews (2) of A Bittersweet Life

Well-shot Action Thriller - A Bittersweet Life review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
18/05/2017

This Kim Ji-Woon film from 2005 was one of his early actioners and all the elements are in place. Beautiful cinematography and an engaging score that is part epic and part ironic keeps the viewer glued to the screen even between the set-pieces. Lead Lee Byung-Hun makes a charismatic Alain Delon lookalike who carries the movie. Just to wallow in the image as he drives around Seoul to a mesmerising score makes you realise the magic that only cinema can produce.

The film is let down by an uneven pace and a climax that stretches incredulity, but the set pieces are explosive. This is not Kim’s best, but it’s still better than most so-called action thrillers.

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