Friday, September 29, 2006

A Bittersweet Life = King Kong

I rewatched A Bittersweet Life the other day and realised what the story's dynamic reminds me of. Allow me a moment off this blog's political raison d'etre.

**Spoiler Warning - I'll try to avoid giving away too much but you might miss out on a little suspense if you read this before watching the film**

A Bittersweet Life is the story of Kim Sun-Woo, a middle ranking mobster and hotel manager. While his boss, Kang, is out of town Sun-Woo is asked to keep an eye on Hee-Soo, the boss's much younger girlfriend and to kill her if he discovers her to be cheating. As all this unfolds the other strand to the story, a confrontation between Kang's empire and Baek Jr., a competitor, is putting Sun-Woo in danger as the two crime families face off.

The climactic moments of the film then ensue as Sun-Woo is first enchanted by Hee-Soo and then disobeys his orders as a result. The rest of the film is the consequence of this act as Kang punishes him for his disobedience and then Sun-Woo responds.

I think this story has a lot in common with King Kong. Both heroes start out invincible and wild. Kong's wildness is massive and brutal and obvious. Sun-Woo makes beating up other mobsters look easy and has his boss's complete support. The shadow boxing at the end of the film is intended to highlight this earlier personality I believe.

Beauty then changes them both. Kong finds something he cannot let go of and is made vulnerable. Sun-Woo is shocked out of the warped morality of the mobster and is unable to do what he needs to do in order to remain safe in that world.

Beauty kills both beasts. This is the cruelty that Sun-Woo refers to with his last breath in A Bittersweet Life. Both are shown a glimpse of something beautiful but it is not something they can reconcile with the brutality of their existences and it will destroy them both.


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

thanks reading .
best e-cig 2011car tyre prices
The company has been operating since 1889 and the production of tyres began in 1900, making them one of the oldest tyre manufacturers to date.
Dunlop tyres are a trusted brand and are fitted as standard by many vehicle manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Honda, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porche, Suzuki and Toyota.

say me said...

keratin treatmentdesigner jewelry and fassions
We carefully select all drivers for USB because it's part of personal computer. Everybody knows that it's not possible to use USB without proper driver, that is why we try to collect all appropriated drivers in one place. So feel free to use it!

trung said...


Wall vents for your intake or exhaust needs
There are a number of applications where wall vents are necessary for the proper operation of mechanical equipment - and for the overall safety of indoor spaces such as home, office buildings, factories and more. A wall vent is required for many reasons, including exterior ventilation of bathroom fans. The vent is typically installed on an exterior wall and affixed to the wall with screws or mortar and/or adhesive to seal the wall vent to the wall’s surface.
Sales Recruitment Agencieswall vents

trungvkvk said...

silver charms for charm braceletsAustralia Shoes
An autumn love is special
At this time of the year
But when the leaves are gone
Does that love disappear
I never underestimate the new love of spring
But I'm glad to say in my heart
I know my love's lasting

gfd said...

Don't go chasing waterfalls.
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to.
I know that you're gonna have it your way or nothing at all,
but I think you're moving too fast.
location de salle marseilleweb design

trung said...

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.

I've lived a life that's full.
I've traveled each and ev'ry highway;
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
dog clothing worldwideproviding for man\'s best friends

amantr said... scamweb design companies
close your eyes, and i will be swimming
lullaby's fill your room, and i will be singing
singing to only you
dont forget ill hold your head
watch the night sky fading red

Anonymous said...

Details about Cialisholiday in st lucia
St Lucia Hotels & Travel Guide
St Lucia Holidays and Tourist Information

Anonymous said...

bareboat charter greeceDrug Rehab
Here's a short list of types of yachts that we can offer in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

These yachts are chartered under bareboat charter party terms, but if you do not have the qualifications or experience, or lack confidence you can request a skipper for you charter.

Anonymous said...

W. Fur Chinese Style Silk Dog Carrier
Retail Price:$12.99
Wholesale Price:$6.50
Reseller Price: $5.20
dogs winter clothings wholesalenuratrim

Anonymous said...

wholesale cleaning supplies louisvilleholidays to antigua
2012 Retailers Supply - 4398 Security Parkway New Albany, IN 47150 - Call today: 812-948-1163

Your Source for: Cleaning Supplies, Machines, Janitorial Supplies, Commercial Cleaning Equipment in Kentucky and Indiana.

Anonymous said...

copycat restaurant recipesOutpatient Rehab Los Angeles
"Get 100's & 100's of your favorite Copycat, Restaurant Recipes...all in one place! You don't have to spend your money at the high priced restaurants anymore when you can eat out at home....."

Anonymous said...

holiday to mauritiusOrder Proactol Plus
Mauritius All Inclusive Holidays and Cheap Deals
Looking for that perfect get away from it all holiday? Our holidays to Mauritius include getaway holidays and cheap deals to the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius.

Anonymous said...

gumtree adsCar Warranty
Thank you for visiting Gumtree Ads.

Gumtreeads is an online ad site for Jobs, property, cars, vans, business opportunity, Houses, flat to rent, puppies, pets ads, wanted ads, for sale etc.

1 said...

All elevations in the table below have been adjusted to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 unless otherwise noted.[Lingerie Setsmall house plans