Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy)
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While strutting through Downtown Seoul, Hang-gi, a local gangland pimp, spots young Sun-hwa, a pretty, middle-class college student, waiting on a park bench. He sits next to her, creating a disparate scene of two classes in soft harmony, until she sneers at his advances and rushes into the arms of her preppy boyfriend. Offended, he grabs her and forcefully kisses her. Sun-hwa demands an apology, and when Ha-Gi refuses, he is beaten by a group of soldiers who had witnessed the assault. As a final insult, Sun-hwa spits in his face while he is restrained. Soon after, Sun-hwa makes the mistake of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The audience is subjected to a series of emotional contortions, encouraged to experience them like a voyeur, and then scolded for doing so."
‑ Hank Sartin, Chicago Reader
"One can't get out of the theater fast enough."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"It's impossible to recommend this film to a general audience, but I would think that the bleery-eyed viewers like me who populate the fest at times like this would eat a film like this up."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"It's all distressing, superficial and caveman-like in its amour fou."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"I was confused and discomfited by Bad Guy , but I loved it too."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"His fascination with allegory and symbols is evident here, too, but his narrative strays too far from the dreamlike towards the just plain dumbfounding."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Its international reputation seems difficult to justify."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"After the experience of this down and dirty South Korean psychological thriller, park benches may never quite seem the same."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Kim Ki-duk nous offre qu'un simple exercice de style se concentrant uniquement sur sa prémisse de départ sans se soucier des éléments extérieurs au récit."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"Bad Guy's riddles are so hauntingly strange and its plot so artfully ambiguous that you just might find the film's grip harder to shake than Han-gi's unnerving silence."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The film is filled with lovely images (Kim studied painting in France), and ultimately becomes, against all expectations, quite moving."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"As a case study of one disturbed woman it might be interesting; presented as some sort of deathless love story, it's merely distasteful."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Uma história de amor absolutamente atípica que, depois de provocar uma estranheza inicial, acaba levando o espectador a mergulhar em sua lógica particular."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The plotting keeps getting away from Kim as the story progresses."
‑ Jesse Paddock, culturevulture.net
"It's difficult to watch and even more difficult to understand, but the intriguing material is generally well-crafted."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
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