Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy)
Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy) (2001)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 11, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader

The audience is subjected to a series of emotional contortions, encouraged to experience them like a voyeur, and then scolded for doing so.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

One can't get out of the theater fast enough.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

His fascination with allegory and symbols is evident here, too, but his narrative strays too far from the dreamlike towards the just plain dumbfounding.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Its international reputation seems difficult to justify.

Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

After the experience of this down and dirty South Korean psychological thriller, park benches may never quite seem the same.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

The film is filled with lovely images (Kim studied painting in France), and ultimately becomes, against all expectations, quite moving.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

As a case study of one disturbed woman it might be interesting; presented as some sort of deathless love story, it's merely distasteful.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Uma história de amor absolutamente atípica que, depois de provocar uma estranheza inicial, acaba levando o espectador a mergulhar em sua lógica particular.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Lee ?
Probably one of the most twisted love stories ever made into a film. It's set in South Korea and is about a gangster who finds instant attraction towards a… More
Luke Baldock
Kim Ki Duk has an amazing ability to create characters who are real. In fact they are so real their actions seem unrealistic. In this film, we see a very… More
Drew Smith
There's some exceptional visual trickery present in Bad Guy - Kim Ki-Duk's play at duality and reflection with constant graphic references to glass… More
Jesse Ortega
I really like this movie. It's a very interesting and twisted love story, because Sun-Hwa is forced into becoming a prostitute yet she sort of has… More
Arash Xak
Not just a sick movie, Imo it manages to make a few fair points, Thoought provoking with some impressive moments
Eduardo C
Harsh, cruel, uncompromising yet also strangely uplifting masterpiece by Kim Ki-Duk, like most of the master's works this one is not for everyone. At… More