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4.0 out of 5 stars Korean Crime Drama, 19 Jun 2011
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Tommy Dooley (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This Korean film follows the story of four friends, who met at school in the early 1980's. They stay friends and form tight bonds that come under strain through what appears to be a very harsh education system. They also have to face tough social and economic times as Korea struggled to become the Asian Tiger that we know of it in recent times.

As time passes their different career choices lead them to lose touch and in the end become bitter rivals at either end of the crime and social divide. It stars Jang Dong Kun , who you may remember from `Brotherhood'. He does an excellent job and all the actors are up to the standard that you would expect from Korean cinema. There are touches of humour and some quite visceral fight scenes, especially amongst the students. There is a lot of attention to period detail I especially like Blondie being played at the `roller disco'; yes don't you just love the eighties.

Director KT Kwak has done a really good job and there is some brilliant cinematography and as far as I could tell no CGI and really no need for it. I am a world cinema fan and so was looking forward to seeing this; it though, is not on a par with some other Asian and indeed Korean films. There could have been more to engender empathy about the characters, but all that aside it was a satisfying 113 minutes.

It is in Korean and as it is filmed around Busan and there are heavy Busan accents, which does not detract at all, in my opinion, from the plot - it was criticised at the time though. The title comes from the definition they discover of what a friend is, that being `a long and close companion'. If you like Korean cinema you will not be disappointed but for a first foray into this area of film, this one is not the best place to start, I would go with `Brotherhood' or `Mother'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars South Korean Film of good Entertainment, 21 Jun 2014
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Seligor "Seligor's Castle" (Pontybodkin, North Wales) - See all my reviews
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I have well over two hundred Asian films and Dramas in my collection and this one is just as brilliant as my other ones. Whenever you purchase a film, it is worth while paying that little bit extra for a good version. Most of the Asian Countries have what they call "Normal Version" and Prime Version" do get the better class one. As most of them have English and French subtitles. You find the normal one will not have good quality translations and sometimes they have chunks missing especially where the dramas are concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Korean cinema, 10 Dec 2013
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This movie is a classic of Korean cinema, and a must for anyone interested in foreign films. Great acting and an interesting and compelling story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big boy film!, 18 April 2013
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Mr. G. Patterson (London) - See all my reviews
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BIG! Furry muff, it took about an hour or so to get into it, but its worth it, the last hour makes it worth it! its a long film though! a good 2 an half hours I think.
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