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Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy)

Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy) (2003)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 9

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While strutting through Downtown Seoul, Hang-gi, a local gangland pimp, spots young Sun-hwa, a pretty, middle-class college student, waiting on a park bench. He sits next to her, creating a disparate scene of two classes in soft harmony, until she sneers at his advances and rushes into the arms of her preppy boyfriend. Offended, he grabs her and forcefully kisses her. Sun-hwa demands an apology, and when Ha-Gi refuses, he is beaten by a group of soldiers who had witnessed the assault. As a final


Art House & International, Drama

Ki-duk Kim

Jun 28, 2005

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The audience is subjected to a series of emotional contortions, encouraged to experience them like a voyeur, and then scolded for doing so.

February 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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His fascination with allegory and symbols is evident here, too, but his narrative strays too far from the dreamlike towards the just plain dumbfounding.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The film is filled with lovely images (Kim studied painting in France), and ultimately becomes, against all expectations, quite moving.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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One can't get out of the theater fast enough.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Its international reputation seems difficult to justify.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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As a case study of one disturbed woman it might be interesting; presented as some sort of deathless love story, it's merely distasteful.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's impossible to recommend this film to a general audience, but I would think that the bleery-eyed viewers like me who populate the fest at times like this would eat a film like this up.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

After the experience of this down and dirty South Korean psychological thriller, park benches may never quite seem the same.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
Long Island Press

Uma história de amor absolutamente atípica que, depois de provocar uma estranheza inicial, acaba levando o espectador a mergulhar em sua lógica particular.

April 24, 2006
Cinema em Cena

It's all distressing, superficial and caveman-like in its amour fou.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Kim Ki-duk nous offre qu'un simple exercice de style se concentrant uniquement sur sa prémisse de départ sans se soucier des éléments extérieurs au récit.

January 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Panorama

The plotting keeps getting away from Kim as the story progresses.

June 22, 2005 Full Review Source:

I was confused and discomfited by Bad Guy , but I loved it too.

June 20, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Bad Guy's riddles are so hauntingly strange and its plot so artfully ambiguous that you just might find the film's grip harder to shake than Han-gi's unnerving silence.

May 29, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It's difficult to watch and even more difficult to understand, but the intriguing material is generally well-crafted.

April 18, 2005
Boxoffice Magazine

Bad Guy's greatest fault is that it is a listless exercise, that goes nowhere except further into the mire.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

So vilely misogynistic does the film appear at first glance that it's no surprise it hasn't been previously released here...

March 30, 2005

Uncompromising, unpleasant and emotionally brutal, this twisted love story of emotional bondage is oddly compelling.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Certainly offbeat, but not on a level with director Kim's previous work about marginalized people.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy)

Probably one of the most twisted love stories ever made into a film. It's set in South Korea and is about a gangster who finds instant attraction towards a young college student and becomes so infactuated he conjures a plan that has her forced into prostitution under his watchful eye in order to pay off her loan. It's an interesting film for sure but it's quite disturbing and unpleasant as the poor female victim struggles with her desperate situation who grows to both loathe and love the man responsible for her predicament. The 'Bad Guy' also struggles with his love and guilt towards the woman whilst trying to maintain order in and around the brothel he monitors leading to some violent confrontations with clients and other gangsters. Very well acted by all. It did have some slow moments though. It won't be for everyone - especially feminists - but it's worth one viewing for those not easily offended.
February 1, 2011
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Kim Ki Duk has an amazing ability to create characters who are real. In fact they are so real their actions seem unrealistic. In this film, we see a very unlikeable man fall in love. He is obviously socially incompetent and becomes obsessive. Like many of Duk's films there are no easy answers, and not everything is justified. Brilliant performances and some confrontational scenes add to the shocking impact. Another quiet and engaging piece.
June 2, 2007

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