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Breathless [DVD]


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  • Actors: Yang Ik June, Kim Khot-bi, Jeong Man-shik
  • Directors: YANG Ik-June
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Terracotta Media
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037Z95Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Multiple award winning film on the cyclical nature of violence in society Sang-hoon is a low-life gangster debt-collector, trying to make good his life. His world is a violent one, where he even thinks nothing of lashing out at two policemen on patrol. A chance encounter with tough talking schoolgirl, Yoon-hee, sparks a friendship and mutual respect as they both try to seek redemption and escape from their surroundings.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Critic Ali Insane on 20 April 2010
Format: DVD
Written, directed, produced and starring Yang Ik-June - that's quite an achievement for any aspiring artist but when your debut is this good, on limited resources; it's nothing short of Breathless. I'm always interested when new talent emerges, especially one that has scooped numerous awards whilst doing the rounds at film festivals. Also, I'm a big admirer of Korean cinema. Breathless has a raw documentary style to its look; due to the budget restrictions and minimal use of camera techniques, but Yang Ik-June has done a remarkable job in bringing this hard drama with strong likeable characters to life. Yang casts himself as the main protagonist, Song-Hoon, but doesn't glorify himself in the lead role; which I found very tasteful.

Song-Hoon is a low life gangster working as a debt collector who isn't afraid to enforce his strong, heavy handed tactics against those unwilling or unable, to pay. He doesn't take any nonsense from anybody, including the law. Walking through an alleyway one afternoon, Song-Hoon spits on the feisty schoolgirl Han-Yoon (an impressive performance from Kim Khot-bi) who retaliates with some strong verbal; leading to Song-Hoon sparking the little madam out cold with one punch to the jaw. But, Song-Hoon has a complex personality, despite being a thug for hire he also takes care of his nephew whilst supporting his sister and father financially, and so he isn't about to leave the vulnerable schoolgirl lying on the pavement defenceless; he waits patiently on the curb for her to recover.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Patterson on 26 Oct 2010
Format: DVD
This is not an easy film to recommend. It's harsh and tough to watch sometimes. But it's also incredibly poignant and beautiful. There is a starkness about it that draws you in immediately, characters that are both real and surprising, and violence that is at one moment darkly humorous and in the next moment, not funny at all. It is a solid piece of filmmaking in all aspects. Highly recommended, so long as you can handle watching very realistic interpersonal abuse on screen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By zerosprite on 10 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
I was very fortunate to luck into obtaining a copy of this remarkable film. Beautifully acted the characters are engrossing and you will feel sympathy for almost everyone you see. The fact that it is Korean should not put you off as I felt it transcended language barriers with its hard-hitting themes.Breathless [DVD] Do yourself a favour and purchase this as I think it is a classic in every sense.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simian on 8 July 2010
Format: DVD
breathless is a film devoted to character developement, characters are not what they seem to be; they may hide under a hard exterior but under it they have a dark past. it is to the directors skill that he manages to engage the viewer with these multi dimensional characters that at first the audience may hate/sympathise/like and flip it around giving you a different perspective.

due to budget constraints the direction have none of those sweeping epic shots common in modern cinema but to its advantage the hand held voyeuristic style puts the audience right into the drama, giving it a more grounded approach.

each actor/actress gives truly astounding performances and they sell there character well. thanks to clever dialogue characters are made to feel authentic opposed to cliched sterotypes. and as the end comes the audience will care for the eventual outcome to certain characters.

the only complaint is at times the film does feel slow and at 130 mins it is by no means a short film.

the slow pacing may not be for everyone but the time invested in this film pays off.
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