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

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2014
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Critic Score: 85% 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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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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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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Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

Breathless is a lot more than a film about domestic violence in South Korea: it is no issue movie, but a profoundly singular, devastatingly powerful, intensely personal vision...

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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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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Jesse Ortega
I do think this film is probably longer than it really needs to be. You could tell the same story about the cycle-of-violence and Song-hoon's search to… 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
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
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
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