Ddongpari (Breathless)
Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009)

A violent man learns compassion when he starts to care for a young woman in this independent crime drama. Song-hoon (Yang Ik-june) is a hired thug working for underworld kingpin Man-shik (Jeong Man-shik), whose money buys only so much of… More

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Release Date: December 1, 2014
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Although his first film is only a partial success, Yang Ik-june is a filmmaker worth watching for.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

Blending a thoughtful cycle-of-violence subplot with a piercing study of how even the most hateful and isolated people inevitably affect those around them, 'Breathless' is a challenging, dynamic experience.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Impressive first effort by the writer/director/producer/star this downbeat drama is sincere and authentic.

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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

Breathless pummels viewers with nearly the same ferocity and frequency with which the characters assault each other.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

We will give Yang, the film's writer, director, and star, the benefit of the doubt by assuming his chronicle of relentless cruelty is not autobiographical.

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Tom Charity
Times [UK]

One of the most relentlessly abusive movies you will ever see - the dialogue is a non-stop torrent of profanity, and the action consists of one brutal beating after another. Yet it cries out to be seen.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Amid the violent outbursts are moments of warmth and tenderness, some featuring the protagonist's young nephew, the best hope for breaking the generational cycles of domestic tragedy.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Although Yang's directorial debut is overlong and unecessarily laboured in the early section, he is genuinely bringing something fresh to the table in terms of the atmosphere he creates.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

A horribly nasty and violent drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Crazy bitch."</i> A bitter and abusive debt collector finds some relief when he meets a high school girl. <center><font… More
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The profanity would make characters from Glengarry Glen Ross blush, though it works well because isnt forced or meant to represent more than it is: just cursing… More
Arash Xak
The film's destructive nature in depicting the circle of domestic violence is impressive, You can truly feel the main character's anger & there… More
Lesley N
Korean crime drama about the impacts of domestic violence in general, and a debt-collector thug's burgeoning relationship with a tough school girl. Pretty… More
Luke Baldock
Breathless is a harsh and confrontational film. It takes a look at domestic violence, and how it simply breeds more violence throughout the family. There is… More