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2.0 out of 5 stars Misogynists Are People Too, 13 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Bad Guy [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Bad Guy is a supposedly quirky love story between a near mute pimp and a sweet college girl. Plot and characterisation holes abound as on so many occasions the characters make unlikely swings in aspiration but that is not really the point. A film like this should not be judged on whether it is internally consistent, it should be judged on whether it provokes thought or forms memories. It doesn't really on either front. It isn't a terrible film, it just isn't very interesting.

The DVD cover and the accompanying blurb are entirely fictitious. None of the events described in either picture or word to explain what the film is about are accurate. This is not about the bond forged by pleasure and pain, it is not about the sinister criminal that the beautiful girl falls in love with, it is a brief interlude into the underbelly of Korean society and some of the broken people within it. It seems that the line "how can a thug be loved" is designed to be poignant but the casual misogyny in the fantasy has no wrapping around it to make it either palatable or questioning.

A significant problem with the film is that the supposed bad guy himself is such an unremarkable character. He has extremely limited speech capacity and the hunched form seems more like a surly teenager than some kind of villainous gangster. It is not emotive for a weak character to be shown as emotionally weak. It might be if a seemingly strong one has flaws but a person flawed on the outside and the inside without redeeming features is not all that easy to get excited by.

The plus sides to the film are in relative short supply but the female lead is the only real presence. At times curious and sparkling, it is hurtful to see her broken into the prostitute's lifestyle. How she falls so madly in love with a man she has almost no contact with through the film is a jarring characterisation problem. I can buy the misogynistic fantasy of the girl who loves her pimp but this particular pimp is only present to the viewer most of the time and not the girl making her love for him feel false.

There are some good laughs provided by the main support character. As another facet of the teenage boy, he is a bumbling and mistake prone enthuasist. It is also a decent comic showing though with the physical comedy mostly on display when being reprimanded the male lead.

Bad Guy probably had some nudity in it but if so it was highly forgettable. The violence is cartoonish and un-threatening.

I found the extras to be unwatchable as my Korean is far too limited to take anything from them at all.

This isn't a great film, it isn't even a particularly good film as it lacks depth, darkness, or an interesting message. Still, there are worse films out there.
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Initial post: 22 May 2012 03:07:10 BDT
John Tearney says:
i am sorry but your review does not equate to the film i just watched. It is quite misleading. You are of course entitled to your opinion but on this occasion i feel you are way off the mark
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