A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Bittersweet LifeA Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng) is a Korean film noir about a young man who works at a hotel as an enforcer and takes care of “business” there when things get rough. He seems invincible up until the moment he meets his special assignment. The girlfriend of his boss and he is to follow her for 3 days and find out whether she cheats on his boss or not and if so he is to execute both of them. The only time Sun-Woo smiles is when he sits in on a musical rehearsal of said girlfriend. All goes well for the protagonist until he faces the choice of obeying orders or finding a less harsh solution and lying to his boss about it. He decides for the latter and his boss finds out and from there on all hell breaks loose. Sun-Woo goes through several near death experiences and the demise of those which caused them is presented to us in a very graphical manner until the very end. Looking forward to the Director’s Cut which is supposed to be 50 minutes longer.
8/10

One thought on “A Bittersweet Life (2005)

  1. It’s a string quartet, with a percussionist who packs a Russian automatic pistol. Beautiful, serene, poetic and violent as fuck. Awesome.

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