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What’s Korean Cinema? 15 – Breathless

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We dive into the world of independent Korean cinema, perhaps its poster boy even as we take a look at Yang Ik-june’s hard hitting family drama Breathless from 2008.  A title brought to the UK through Terracotta Distribution so with Kenny B and Paul Quinn of Hangul Celluloid is also special guest Joey Leung of Terracotta.

Running Times:
00m 00s – Intro/Breathless production background
25m 27s – Yang Ik-june bio/discussion
34m 15s – Kim Kkot-bi bio/discussion
43m 18s – Joey Leung interview
60m 08s – Breathless review

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Podcast On Fire 72: Trailer-MAAAAAAANNNIA!

Ken struggles to prompt Stoo but death is soon warmed up and delivers together with Ken the latest updates from POF HQ (including the reveal of the next COMMENTARY ON FIRE and what the future may hold for JAPAN ON FIRE). Then it’s trailer-mania time with discussion on Ong Bak 3Shaolin and The Stool Pigeon.

Trailer links:
Ong Bak 3 – Far East Films
Shaolin – Twitch
The Stool Pigeon – Twitch

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Breathless (2009)

Yang Ik-june stars as our Anti-Hero – Sang-hoon. A man deeply troubled by his past which leads him to becoming a very difficult person, even to the extent where he shuts out his step sister and nephew. Therapeutically Sang-hoon works in his spare time as debt collector for his friend, when finished one day he meets/assaults a strong headed school girl lives with a ungrateful brother and a mentally paranoid father.

The mismatched couple strike up a unique friendship, helping each other get through life’s challenges.

My initial impression of this movie going into it wasn’t positive, I had watched the teaser trailer where we saw Yang Ik-June smacking Kim Kkobbi in the mouth. I thought, man this is really going to be one of those films that I don’t “get”, but thankfully we are shown what makes Sang-hoon go from – man to monster. Read the rest of this entry »

Breathless released theatrically January 2010

Terracotta Distribution at set to release Yang Ik-June’s “Breathless” in theaters across the United Kingdom in January 2010. The blurb that came with the press kit;

Breathless_mainThe winner of numerous international film awards in 2009, including the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Jury Prize for Best Film and Best Male Performance at Montreal’s Fant-Asia Film Festival and the Best Film award and Critics’ Prize at the Deauville Asian Film Festival, the debut feature from South Korean writer-director and star Yang Ik-june, BREATHLESS is a brutal, uncompromising and profanity-filled look at the cause and effect of domestic violence. Out in cinemas nationwide from 29th January 2010

Giving a stunning performance in the film’s lead role, Yang Ik-june stars as Sang-hoon, a deeply troubled man prone to violent outbursts, who freelances as a hired thug at his friend’s debt collecting firm. His private life revolves around his extremely strained relationship with his ex-convict father, who was directly responsible for the tragic breakdown of their family, and a slightly more subdued, but still difficult, connection with his stepsister and her young son.

Seemingly possessed by the pent-up rage caused by the domestic events from his past, Sang-hoon finds an opportunity for salvation when he encounters a similarly emotionally damaged schoolgirl ((Kot-bi Kim), who is as foul-mouthed, headstrong and fearless as he is. The two begin an offbeat and touching friendship, not realising that their lives are already connected in ways that will have a profound effect on both their fates.

For those interested in this, here is the link to the teaser trailer; Click Here To me, I really didn’t think much of that teaser, but Terracotta have released good dramas in the past, for example the excellent; God Man Dog.

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