Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009)
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as Sang-hun's Mother
as Yeon-hee's mother
as Young Sang-hun
as Yeon-hee's homeroom teacher
as Beating male
as Bi-level Dad
Critic Reviews for Ddongpari (Breathless)
Although his first film is only a partial success, Yang Ik-june is a filmmaker worth watching for.
Breathless pummels viewers with nearly the same ferocity and frequency with which the characters assault each other.
Amid the violent outbursts are moments of warmth and tenderness, some featuring the protagonist's young nephew, the best hope for breaking the generational cycles of domestic tragedy.
Blending a thoughtful cycle-of-violence subplot with a piercing study of how even the most hateful and isolated people inevitably affect those around them, 'Breathless' is a challenging, dynamic experience.
We will give Yang, the film's writer, director, and star, the benefit of the doubt by assuming his chronicle of relentless cruelty is not autobiographical.
Audience Reviews for Ddongpari (Breathless)
I do think this film is probably longer than it really needs to be. You could tell the same story about the cycle-of-violence and Song-hoon's search to stop his violent ways, due to his very violent and tumultuous childhood, as he comes to care for a young woman and his nephew in 110 minutes. It definitely should've been kept under two hours, it would've helped with the pacing and some of the scenes wouldn't have felt so aimless. With that said, this is still a pretty damn good film. Might be one of the better Korean dramas I've seen in a while, maybe since Sunshine and Poetry. I realize that might not be saying much, considering the rating, and it really isn't, but the fact that so many Korean dramas devolve into cheap melodramatic tactics in order to manipulate your feelings doesn't make for a good film, in my estimation. If you've followed my reviews, and why would you, then you know I can't stand the constant melodrama seen in these films. Which is why it's a great change of pace when you get a movie like this, that's surprisingly unsentimental. Yes, it has its dramatic moments near the end, but it never feels exploitative or cheap. I thought the story was strong because, while you get to see the worst side of the main character, through his physically, and verbally, abusive ways, you also get to see some moments of warmth and tenderness out of the most unlikeliest of characters. It doesn't really feel forced, because the character, until one very traumatic moment nearing the end of the film, doesn't really begin to change. He's still very physically abusive when he's out collecting the money his boss is owed. And he's still verbally abusive to those around him, but this aspect of him is more comical than anything else. Though there's times, where Song-hoon, after his father is released, lashes out more at those around him and his verbally abusive ways becomes a little more troubling than comical. It was cool seeing how Song-hoon brought all those around him closer together in a positive way, even after ***SPOILER*** his death. This ending isn't particularly predictable, because Song-hoon himself even alludes to it. Not in a direct way by saying 'I'm going to die', but saying that there's always someone out there that's tougher than you or more violent than you are, he was saying this in reference to a man that owed him money that was beating on his wife. And that's exactly what happened to him at the end, but not before he made, as mentioned, a positive change in the lives he touched. Again, it doesn't feel forced or cheap. It comes across organically in the film. And the ending, as in the final shots of the film, are particularly bittersweet, because, as mentioned, you get to see the positive impact he had on the people he met, but you also see that the cycle-of-violence will, in fact, continue. It has its flaws, mostly the fact that it is too long, but it's still a damn compelling, dark Korean drama.
"Crazy bitch." A bitter and abusive debt collector finds some relief when he meets a high school girl.
The film's destructive nature in depicting the circle of domestic violence is impressive, You can truly feel the main character's anger & there are some very interesting moments in the film but overall it lacks any ambition specially in its ending which is really cliche & dissapointing
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