Tong Jeung   2011   South Korea Pained
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Director:Kyung-Taek Kwak
Studio:Lotte Entertainment
Writer:Kang Pool
IMDb Rating:6.1 (156 votes)
Genre:Drama, Romance
Duration:104 min
Kyung-Taek Kwak  ...  (Director)
Kang Pool  ...  (Writer)
Sang-woo Kwone  ...  Nam-soon
Ryeowon Jung  ...  Dong-hyeon
Dong-seok Ma  ...  Beom-no
Min-jun Kim  ...  Cameo
Jin-ho Jung  ...  Composer
Ki-suk Hwang  ...  Cinematographer
Sang-bum Kim  ...  Editor
Comments: One of my BFFs highly recommended this film … so it is with a heavy heart that I must report the film failed me. I warned her, though. Physical violence in films is stupid. [b]Always (O-jik geu-dae-man) [2011] • South Korea[/b] is another potentially wonderful romance kicked off the bus for fighting and bloodshed.

Adorable Jung Ryeo-Won ([b]Castaway on the Moon[/b]) once again shows her intelligence as an actress. She totally owns Kwon Sang-Woo whose acting pained me--so much so, that after watching this film I immediately put on [b]More Than Blue (Seulpeum Boda Deo Seulpon Iyagi) [2009] • South Korea[/b] to see if he had ruined me from ever watching one of my favorite films again.

Here's the deal: I don't like acting. At all. That's mostly the reason I think film violence is stupid. It's always acting, has to be acting. But I'm over-stating the level it plays in this film. The real problem lays with the director who didn't stop things and ask where in the script it said Kwon Sang-Woo was supposed to act mentally retarded. It's wrong and therefore comes off as inauthentic, as acting. Jung's acting is so natural it makes Kwon's grasping at straws all the more pronounced.

Summary: After losing his family when he was young, Nam-soon feels no pain. He cannot feel physical pain and is emotionally barren until he meets Dong-hyeon, who calls herself a vampire because she suffers from hemophilia. Unlike Dong-hyeon, when Nam-soon is injured, she bleeds from even the smallest wound. As the two grow closer, Dong-hyeon suddenly begins to lose his lifelong insensitivity to pain and the hurt of a lifetime washes over him.

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