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Beat, 비트(블루레이)
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 34,000
USD 28.09
Year: 2012
Director: Kim Sung Su
Cast: Lim Chang Jung, Ko So Young, Jung Woo Sung et al.
Region Code: All
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean
Running time: 115 min.
Rating: over 18
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  Angry youth films have a special place in Korean cinema. Films of the 70s dealing with this subject, especially those of Lee Man Hee, had to fight off government censorship, while the free-spirited atmosphere of Bae Chang Ho's 80s films, like Whale Hunting, was a sign that things were improving both for the film industry and for the country. But those were the days when film was not a mainstream cultural phenomenon in Korea. Enter the 90s and Chungmuro's revival, and the real pioneer of 90s angry youth cinema was Kim Sung Su, with notable works like his exhilarating debut Runaway, Our Sunny Days, and of course Beat.

 Eternal outsider Min (Kim Sung Su regular Jung Woo Sung, The Good, The Bad, The Weird) meets his old friend Tae Su (Yoo Oh Sung, Friend) after years apart. Now a successful gang leader, Tae Su has a big influence on Min, helping him get through the ranks thanks to his fighting skills, even though Min doesn't seem to want to be part of that kind of life. His friend Hwang Yu (Lim Chang Jung, Sex is Zero) is in fact harboring dreams of success, but he needs someone like Min to escape the pressure of local gangsters. In this special menage a trois enters the beautiful Ro Mi (Ko So Young, Apartment), a model student who Min falls in love with. Adapted from a graphic novel by Huh Young Man, Beat was the flagbearer of a mini-trend in the mid to late 90s, paving the path for angry youth films finally exploding in the mainstream with Friend four years later.


 

 
 

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