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A soldier is discharged from the army. On the train home, he watches a woman getting hassled by two men. The soldier decides to step in and is beaten senseless. This is only the beginning of his new life.

The soldier will be beaten regularly. He will get involved with the woman, whom he will discover is the mistress of a mobster. He will be enlisted into the mobster's circle, becoming a mobster himself. At every turn, the face will face pain, turmoil and heart break.

Lee Chang-dong, one of the most unique voices in international cinema, directs a thriller unlike any you've ever seen.

About the Director

Rotterdam International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival

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  • Actors: Seong-kun Mun, Hye-jin Shim, Suk-kyu Han
  • Directors: Chang-dong Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LB8TYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Green Fish" on IMDb

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By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2010
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"Green Fish" ("Chorok Mulgogi") is a highly-influential and popular Korean film from 1997. It is the first feature film directed by influential novelist and playwright Lee Chang-dong (Oasis), who would later hold the Presidential cabinet position of Minister of Culture for Korea and would be awarded the Chevalier order of the Legion d'Honneur by the French government for his contributions to promoting cultural diversity.

The story begins with Makdong being recently discharged from the army and attempting to re-enter civilian life. His family, once proud farmers with acres of land, has been reduced to selling eggs in a traveling truck and doing cleaning in order to survive. The only member of his family who approaches respectability is an older brother who is a coward and a cuckold. Their farmland has been paved over and covered with concrete apartment buildings, and little of Makdong's remember home remains.

Disillusioned and desperate to provide a better life for his family, Makdong meets Miae one evening on a train, a woman who will lead him down a dark and desperate path. While attempting to help Miae, Makdong is brutally beaten but manages to impress the gang boss Bae Taegon. Bae Taegon claims that Miae is his girlfriend, but has no qualms pimping her out when it suits his purposes. Slowly, Makdong is drawn into this criminal underworld, at first with the pure intentions of providing for his family but in time he will be forced to see exactly what he has become in the process.

"Green Fish" is a gritty, psychological gang thriller.
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Green Fish is not a real gangster movie, but more an illustration of the battle between good and evil, between innocence and depravity, between the righteous one and those who only believe in the law of the strongest, between the city (and all its poisons) and the countryside (with its green fish).
The law of the strongest is not only a matter of physical forces (strength, number), but also of mental ones (deception, manipulation, ambush, cynicism of the individual).
The film has also a socio-economic dimension: the protagonist of the movie is a young man who has been released from the army. He has no job, but is hired by the immoral leader of a gang who appreciates his courage, his sincerity and his 'morality' (his sense of justice).
And the women in all that? They have no other choice but to follow the strongest, if, and only if, they are young and beautiful. As for the unborn child, there is more than serious doubt about the real father...

The first film by Lee Chang-dong contains already many ingredients of his later movies: a train, spasticity, gratuitous violence or exploitation of innocence. It says a lot about the director's vision of the way of the world.
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