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November 24, 2016
A tragic tale of revenge with very well-choreographed fighting and violence - which can be shocking given the level of physical abuse that the character is put through -, and it features a spectacular performance by Byung-hun Lee and a surprisingly beautiful, touching ending.
½ October 11, 2016
This 2005 movie by Kim Jee-Woon (I saw the devil) is a revenge/drama. The gangster's order is not followed by his trusted enforcer and things take a wrong turn. A crime drama that's definitely worth the watch.
June 28, 2016
3.9/5

Style and class are underrated, or more specifically undermined characteristics of good cinema, and thats what makes A Bittersweet Life so enjoyable even if it is a bit flawed when it pays too much attention to making great scenes which this movie has plenty of.
May 23, 2016
"Late, one autumn night, the disciple woke up crying, the master asked the disciple 'Did you have a nightmare?'
'No'
'Did you have a sad dream?'
'No' said the disciple, 'I had a sweet dream'
'then why are you crying so sadly?'
the disciple answered quietly, while wiping his tears,
'Because the dream I had can never come true.''
April 7, 2016
Total reancarnation and total revenge, total bone-shattering thriller, one of the best Korean movies.
March 18, 2016
The S. Korea's seem to own cinema now.
January 4, 2016
a realy good storie About revenge filmed beautifully looks great has some humour good performances great one from the lead some great action and violence. should be seen by more people
½ December 27, 2015
Kim Jee-woon is a brilliant director and i remember him as the one who
made one of my all time favorite horror film 'A Tale of Two Sisters'. I
keep looking forward to his new work. A Bittersweet Life was not any
disappointment at all, although it was not as intelligent work as the
one I mentioned above.

As far as story is concerned, there is nothing much into it. A
sophisticated gangster is given a task by his boss to check on his
girlfriend and kill her if she is having an affair. But our guy fails
to do so because he develops soft corner for the girl. Boss does not
like this and suddenly everyone turns against him. From there and on
wards it's pretty much action only. But very good action indeed.

Although movie feels weak at points where the main character, who is
shown to be very sharp and master of martial arts, under estimates the
situation and opponents. The purpose seem to create complex situation
and show blood. Also at point, emotional fragility would sound infused.
Why did the boss let his girlfriend go alive which he wanted to kill. I
was expecting movie around her protection. The most interesting scene
is where he learns to assemble the gun and then there is a race who
assembles first for life.

Apart from story, everything is perfect and to the spot. Byung-hun Lee
is exceptional in his role. He totally carries out the character with
depth. A well made movie which could have been bitter.
½ November 19, 2015
Fantastic movie with an engaging story and interesting characters. Really makes you cry, with everything else that you expect from Korean cinema on top of it.
September 25, 2015
85%
Saw this on 24/9/15
The first collaboration between Kim Ji-woon and Lee Byung-hun may not be as inventive as their other films, but Bittersweet life benefits from it's violent action and raw feel. The cinematography is good sometimes but it could have been better in the action sequences. Lee Byung-hun gives a performances much needed for the role although he doesn't have too many emotional scenes in the film.
½ July 15, 2015
Just about the only thing that could ruin a Korean film... Americans ( that being badly portrayed, horrifically cheesy caricatures of them ).
½ June 20, 2015
This movie has all the elements of a great movie.. from the cinematography, acting, cast selection, lighting, editing, plot, action, crime, and innocence. Similar stories have been told before, but it sets itself apart by taking what appears familiar and taking it up a few notches. Not a moment was wasted nor was there a superfluous shot. From beginning to end, I was completely satisfied.
½ June 18, 2015
"Revenge is the purest emotion" - Mahabharata
May 4, 2015
Loved this one a stylish movie with a cool feel. Everything works from top to bottom works for it.
One fine spring day a disciple looked at some branches blowing in the wind. He asked his master... "Master, are the branches moving or is it the wing?" Not even glancing to where his pupil was pointing... the master smiled and said...
"That which moves is neither the branches nor the wind..." "It's your heart and mind."
½ April 1, 2015
cool film cool character.
½ February 18, 2015
good movie with awesome action, great acting, and amazing directing (1 view)
February 1, 2015
(78%)
Kim Ji-woon's super cool crime thriller is one of style, delicate beauty, combined with touches of harsh violence. The plot overall is a pulpy gangster staple, yet it's still very well told as every single scene actually is and feels important, and for something as polished and slickly flash there's very little excess fat or filler anywhere to be seen. Byung-hun Lee fits the role of a wronged icy cool, take-no-nonsense, manager of a gangster run restaurant like a glove; while the sweet romantic touches are brilliantly incorporated in this hard-edged tale of blood and revenge. The pacing during the first half is a touch too limp, but once it gets going this is hugely involving, entertaining, and satisfying watch.
January 4, 2015
Everything you watch Korean movies for. Brutal violence, excellently choreographed fight scenes, impressively solid acting, especially from the always dependable Byung-hun Lee. This movie hums, everything works and it's another hell of a ride out of Korea.
½ December 15, 2014
Dark and stylish. I dont think any other actor could have conveyed his character any better than Lee Byung Heon. That was a masterful performance that made me enjoy this movie so much. Realism a little exaggerated but nonetheless, really cool.
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