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A Bittersweet Life (2005)
 7.5
 38K
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Original name: 달콤한 인생
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on him with another, younger man, with the mandate that he must kill them both if he discovers their affair.
Style: bleak, exciting, serious, psychological, tense, suspense, atmospheric, thought provoking, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, revenge, crimes, crime, rivalry, gunfight, hitman, bandit, hotel, tragic hero, tough heroes, one man army, mob boss, stabbing, betrayal, buried alive, brutality, gang, character study, fall in love, gang war, criminal gang, murderer, criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea

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The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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I Saw the Devil (2010)
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Duration: 144 min.
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Duration: 92 min.
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Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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