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Bad Guy

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When a local pimp is publicly humiliated by a snobbish college girl, he manipulates her into a life of sexual slavery at his brothel, where he gradually falls in love with her. Kim Ki-Duk, the award-winning director of THE ISLE and SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER... and SPRING, has created a lurid fable of obsessive love, using a potent mix of dark romance, surrealist technique, and violent action.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

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  • Actors: CHO Je-Hyun, SEO Won, KIM Yoon-Tae, CHOI Duk-Moon, CHOI Yoon-Young
  • Directors: Kim Ki-Duk
  • Writers: Kim Ki-Duk
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ETDCI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Swederunner on July 14, 2005
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Ki-duk Kim delivers an inquisitive blow to the audience with his film titled Bad Guy. Here he intends to make the audience question whether humans can get along despite differences in class, education, appearance, and other social standards that the society creates. On the surface these differences might not be what the viewer discovers, but in retrospect, or maybe even during the film, the notion of harmony among human differences might emerge in consciousness. Nonetheless, Ki-duk Kim paints a cinematic tapestry of brutality and hatred that strikes deep into the soul and core of humanity.

Bad Guy is not unlike Ki-duk Kim's other films in regards to the symbolism and the artistic expression that this South Korean director strives to visualize on the silver screen. Yet, the situation is new and the story is unique even though he returned to teenage prostitution in Samaria (2004), the English title Samaria Girl. The depicted cruelty often finds its place in Ki-duk Kim's films, may be even a reason for his popularity. However, it is in the moment of viciousness where he generates the artistic moment that crosses between what is acceptable and unacceptable. These are moments where opposite sides cross into each other's sphere like a bridge built for a moment that is destroyed in the next instant. The violence can be seen in films such as the Isle (2000) where a woman pulls up a man by a fish hook and the dog killings in Address Unknown (2001). It is in these violent moments where Ki-duk Kim reaches the furthest while trying to communicate his message to the audience.

Cleverly, Ki-duk Kim opens Bad Guy with a scene of a city street where hundreds of of people are wandering during business hour.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James L. Nammack on June 29, 2005
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This movie blew me away. It stripped away the sexual hysteria of our times, and went straight to the essence of human life. The bad guy of the movie arranges for a pretty college girl to be coerced into working in Seoul's red light district as a prostitute. At first it horrifies her, but over time and through a series of dramatic incidents, the college girl grows accustomed to her sex work, and also finds herself being drawn to the bad guy who put her there. The college girl's initial resistance to sex-for-pay eventually fades altogether, and becomes the catalyst for the relationship that she and the bad guy eventually share with each other by the end of the movie.

This summary horribly simplifies a terrific movie that has lots of twists and turns and dramatic psychological insights to it. I heartily recommend it to one and all.

It is a tragedy that we will never see movies like that made in this country.
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Having just seen the Korean film "Bad Guy," I am extremely impressed with its brutality. While that may seem like an odd comment, it has been quite a while since I've come across a film that really connected with its character's psychological dark sides. "Bad Guy" doesn't apologize or compromise in the choices (good, bad, violent, surprising) of its two leads, and in that--stands as a very honest, if unpleasant character study. I know many people will dismiss the film out of hand based on subject matter--that's fine, it's not for everyone. Other will question character motivations, which I think are brilliantly conceived. They are not, however, what we might expect or want. And I think detractors from the film are disturbed by the lead character's ultimate acceptance of her position (and make no mistake, it is disturbing), but from a psychological standpoint--it makes perfect sense, to me.

"Bad Guy" starts out with a powerful and violent street encounter. Han-ki, a street hardened pimp, becomes infatuated with an attractive young girl he spies on a park bench. Sitting next to her, he continues to watch her as her boyfriend arrives. Before leaving, as they have noticed and commented on his presence, he grabs her and gives her an extended (and rough) kiss--which leads to a confrontation with several passersby. But Han-ki can't get Sun-hwa, the college girl, out of his mind and starts to follow her. He eventually sets her up in a sting where she steals some money--and uses the leverage to force her into a world of prostitution to pay off the debt. As she learns the ways of her new world, many of these scenes are harrowing and graphic.

There is a lot that transpires as the film progresses--but the crux of the story continues to be this primary relationship.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on February 14, 2009
This is one twisted, broken, and uncomfortable love story. A voyeuristic excursion into the darkest unconscionable pit of jagged human emotion. It's quite a difficult film to consider, I'm still trying to get a grasp on the scope of this dark vision. Unsettling.

It is so hard to watch innocence get stripped in this fashion. A beautiful college girl gets manipulated into a life of prostituion. The sex scenes are just horribly painful, you are forced to witness this ultimately disturbing experience. I couldn't help but feel violated as well.

Her pimp watches her from behind the two-way mirror. His obsession becomes more and more intense. Man, I hated this guy. The worst part was his silence. He had long, penetrating stares that really just get under your skin.

This is not a fun movie. Effective in puncturing your mind and affecting you in a perverse, relentless fashion. Redefining love in a way many will not enjoy. Watch with caution.
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