Ddongpari (Breathless) Reviews

December 16, 2018
Yang Ik-june'snh primary purpose is to delve into the concept of domestic violence, and he accomplishes that by depicting it without constraints regarding the abuse it incorporates, both physically and verbally
July 6, 2018
As hard-boiled tales of moral redemption go, Breathless is a right knuckle-duster.
May 18, 2018
A triumphant and intense debut.
September 27, 2017
Breathless is a lot more than a film about domestic violence in South Korea: it is no issue movie, but a profoundly singular, devastatingly powerful, intensely personal vision...
June 17, 2013
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.
February 9, 2013
Although Yang's directorial debut is overlong and unecessarily laboured in the early section, he is genuinely bringing something fresh to the table in terms of the atmosphere he creates.
January 14, 2011
Although his first film is only a partial success, Yang Ik-june is a filmmaker worth watching for.
January 13, 2011
Breathless pummels viewers with nearly the same ferocity and frequency with which the characters assault each other.
May 13, 2010
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.
February 2, 2010
Impressive first effort by the writer/director/producer/star this downbeat drama is sincere and authentic.
February 2, 2010
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.
February 2, 2010
One of the most relentlessly abusive movies you will ever see - the dialogue is a non-stop torrent of profanity, and the action consists of one brutal beating after another. Yet it cries out to be seen.
February 2, 2010
There's no denying its visceral punch, delivered convincingly with unsteady, hand-held camerawork and profanity-spewing dialogue that makes The Thick Of It sound like Yes Minister. It'll leave you breathless alright.
February 2, 2010
As brazen as you'd expect from a film with a name that recalls an arthouse tentpole, this debut from writer-director-star Yang Ik-Joon is tonally, one-of-a-kind odd-couple movie.
February 2, 2010
A film that works thanks to characters who aren't mere ciphers but come with deep, if hidden, emotions.
February 2, 2010
Gripping to watch, but make sure you are prepared.
February 2, 2010
Hard to watch, at times, but brimming with vitality.
February 2, 2010
Yang Ik-June, the film's star, writer, director and producer, slowly but surely lets glimmers of his humanity peep through. Expect imitations and remakes aplenty.
February 2, 2010
Despite its subject matter and harrowing scenes, Breathless is never depressing, partly because it is infused with the fervent energy of a deeply felt anger.
January 26, 2010
Cinema rarely comes more hard-hitting (in every sense) than this - and yet there is a real tenderness around its rough edges, as well as a disarming compassion for the sort of characters so easily dismissed as mere monsters.