A Bittersweet Life

Dalkomhan insaeng

Sunwoo is no ordinary hotel manager. Quick-thinking and efficient, he’ s also the right hand man of underworld boss Kang. But tough guy Kang has a weakness: his young girlfriend Heesoo. Suspecting she’s unfaithful,je alous Kang orders obedient Sunwoo to take care of the problem. But when Sunwoo finds Heesoo with another man,he is unable to kill them without knowing . wKahnyg is furious and swiftly sends his gang members after Sunwoo,plunging him into a living hell. With nerves of steel, Sunwoo battles the gang alone. With each kill, he takes one step closer to Kang.

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Direction: Kim Jee-woon
Script: Kim Jee-woon
Cinematography: Kim Ji-yong
Editing: Choi Jae-geun
Sound: Choi Tae-young
Music: Dalpalan,Jang Young-kyu
Actors: Lee Byung-hun, Shin Mina, Kim Young-chul, Whang Jung-min, Kim Roi-ha
Production: b.o.m. Film Production, 2005
Producers: Lee Eugene, Oh Jung-wan
Costumes: Cho Sang-kyung
Sets: Ryu Sung-hee
Format: 35mm
Color: Color
Production Country: South Korea
Production Year: 2005
Duration: 120’

Kim Jee-woon

South Korean director Kim Jee-woon was born in Seoul in 1964. He began his career as a stage actor and then a stage director, directing the plays Hot Sea (1994) and Movie Movie (1995). Going on to screenwriting, his screenplay Wonderful Seasons won the award for Best Screenplay at the Premiere Scenario contest in Korea in 1997. In the same year, Kim’s second screenplay, The Quiet Family, a dark comedy,w on him the prize for Best Screenplay at the 1st Cine21 Scenario Public Subscription Contest. He made his directorial debut in 1998 with this screenplay. The Quiet Family won the Best Film Award at Portugal’s s Fantasporto Film Festival,and was an ofifcial selection at the Berlin I. FKFim followed this by writing and directing The Foul King,which became the box office sensation in Korea for the year 2000. It was the #1 movie in Korea for six months,being watched by over 2 million people. The film received domestic and international acclaim, screened at numerous international film festivals and sealed Kim’s reputation as one of the leading directors in Korea. A Tale of Two Sisters, a horror film based on a traditional Korean folk tale, won the awards for Best Director and Best Film at Portugal’s Fantasporto Film Festival in 2004, while his latest film, A Bittersweet Life (was screened in the Out of Competition Section of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival), the story of an anti-hero up against the power of the underworld,w on the Best Supporting Actor Award (Whang Jung-min) at the 2005 Grand Bell Awards in Korea.


1998 Choyonghan Kajok / The Quiet Family
1999 Banchikwang / The Foul King
2000 Coming Out (short film,fragment)
2002 Memories (segment, Three)
2003 Janghwa, Hongryeon / A Tale of Two Sisters
2005 Dalkomhan insaeng / A Bittersweet Life