A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng)
A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng) (2005)

An elegant sky lounge floating like an island in the sky above Seoul, it's like Sun Woo's own little castle. After 7 years he has climbed to the top, managing the upscale lounge and restaurant. An intelligent, cool-headed… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2006
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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The worst things about it are still awfully solid, and the best things are deep and probing far beyond what you'd ever naturally expect from a film of this model.

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Beth Accomando

The story revolves around Sun-woo (Lee Byung-hun), a sleek and elegant mobster whose cat-like grace recalls Alain Delon in Le Samourai.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Um noir cujo trágico anti-herói sofre abusos físicos como poucos do gênero, este filme belissimamente fotografado traz, por trás de sua capa sangrenta, uma tocante luta para preservar um único momento de doçura.

Adam Lippe

It's all artifice. No matter how good the acting, how stylish the visuals, or efficient the screenplay, A Bittersweet Life never convinces us that it's not a movie.

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Don Willmott

What's great about all this isn't just the gloriously choreographed violence (among the best I've ever seen) but also Lee Byeong-heon's bravura and surprisingly profound performance

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Louis Proyect

Hair-raising gangster movie in the style of John Woo.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A tragic tale of revenge with very well-choreographed fighting and violence - which can be shocking given the level of physical abuse that the character is put… More
xGary Xx
A mob enforcer is made an example of when he shows mercy and fails to execute the mistress of the boss he has served with unquestioning loyalty for the previous… More
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"You can do a hundred things right, but it takes only one mistake to destroy everything."</i> A Bittersweet Life is a 2005 South… More
Lanning : )
(<b>Dalkomhan insaeng</b> ) <p>We can't turn back time, can we. <p> I am quickly becoming a Korean film addict. I have a strong… More
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Korean revenge thriller about a high ranking gang member who sets out on a quest for vengeance against his former gang after escaping his own death which was… More