|Starring||Choi Min-sik, Ryu Seung-beom|
|Director||Ryu Seung Won|
|Screen Format||Letter Box|
|Running Time||122 Minutes|
Not suitable for young persons and children.
descriptionFresh out of Cannes and making its North American debut, it's CRYING FIST, the long-awaited boxing movie from Ryu Seung-Wan, the director of ARAHAN. Director Ryu brings together powerhouse actor, Choi Min-Shik (OLDBOY), and Ryu Seung-Beom (ARAHAN) to make a movie as invigorating and painful as a punch in the face.
Choi plays a boxer at the end of his run. Middle age hasn't been kind, and he's been reduced to renting himself out as a human punching bag on the streets. For $10, frustrated men can pound him for one minute, frustrated women get to whale on him for two. On the other side of town, rage-junkie Ryu gets introduced to boxing while in juvenile lock-up. He discovers that instead of beating people up on the streets and getting arrested, he can beat people up in the ring and get paid.
Both men are losers, on a downward trajectory: one is middle-aged, the other is young, but neither are going to make it very far. They are the kind of guys who don't need any enemies besides themselves. And they both sign up for a super lightweight fight as their one big break. Which means that they're going to have to fight each other.
Neither character knows the other, and they don't meet during the movie, but the director turns the standard boxing movie dynamic neatly on its head. Usually we root for the underdog and cheer when Rocky beats Apollo Creed. But in CRYING FIST both men are the underdog, and we're pulling for both of them. With CRYING FIST, Director Ryu has created a minor masterpiece where everyone's a loser.
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