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Bad Guy(나쁜 남자)

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Korea · 2001
1h 40m
Director Kim Ki-duk
Starring Cho Jae-hyun, Seo Won, Kim Yun-tae, Choi Deok-moon
Genre Drama, Romance, Thriller

After Sun-Hwa rejects a mysterious and aggressive man on the street, she finds herself trapped into a life of prostitution by him as revenge. Forced to work in a seedy brothel as she pays off a debt, Sun-Hwa's world is ruptured by her new exposure to sex and depravity.

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The New York Times by

If there is anything worth discovering in this sad slog of a story, it is the two fierce performances by Cho Je-Hyun and Seo Won, who play the lovers and turn the harsh drama into a showcase for their pained expressions.


Chicago Reader by Hank Sartin

The audience is subjected to a series of emotional contortions, encouraged to experience them voyeuristically, and then scolded for doing so. The bathetic music Kim favors is profoundly at odds with his chilly attitude toward the characters.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Beautifully shot and lushly scored, this may be one of the least P.C. love stories ever filmed. But it's one of the most deeply felt.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Bad Guy, one of the seven films in Kim's fascinating back catalog, is another kind of cocktail--simple, bitter, served straight and in an unwashed glass.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

The film works best as a passionate tale of obsessive love, with two people brought together under harrowing circumstances.

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