Rough Cut

Rough Cut (2008)

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Gang-Pae (So Ji-Sub) has risen to the #2 rank in his mafia organization by using unflinching violence. Even though he has made his name by his violent nature, Gang-Pae has a softer side and loves nothing more than to catch a matinee showing all by himself. Meanwhile, Su-Ta (Kang Ji-Hwan) is a popular actor who has a similar violent edge. Su-Ta has already knocked one actor out of commission while filming a read morefight scene.

One night, Gang-Pae hears that Su-Ta is drinking in the same bar and he orders one of his men to get Su-ta's autograph. The short-tempered Su-ta refuses and this leads to a confrontation between Gang-Pae and Su-Ta.

A few days later, Su-Ta critically injures another actor while filming a fight scene. Filming now comes to a halt, because no other actors are willing to perform alongside the short tempered movie star. Su-ta then thinks backs to his confrontation with Gang-Pae and recalls Gang-Pae mentioning he performed as an extra in a film before. He then contacts Gang-Pae and offers him the co-starring role. Gang-Pae is willing to take the part, but only if they are to do the fight scenes for real.


  • Native title:

    영화는 영화다
  • Also Known as:

    A Movie Is A Movie

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Jun 7, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Punch! This movie is like a punch. Weird description, I know.

There were a lot of clever, artsy, indy details built into this movie that I got a real kick out of:

1) They played up the fact that this is a movie with a movie in a very obvious and clever way.

2) So Ji Sub's name is Kang Pae (gangster) and Kang Ji Hwan's name is Su Ta (star).

3) read more The scripts for the "movie" in the shooting scenes were the actual script for the movie.

4) And the ending...

I loved the intensity of both Ji Sub and Ji Hwan, their acting and characters. I loved that Ji Sub always wore black and Ji Hwan wore white. I loved the spoiled angry child in Su Ta and the way he got in over his head so deeply. Kang Ji Hwan always impresses me..Always.

I loved So Ji Sub's anger...his pure rage. His character's desperation and desperate grab for something more in his life, something he wanted, to make a change. The frustration of his inability to understand what to do with it once he'd grabbed on. And how his past, his personality and his lot in life were like a greased palm that made it impossible for him to keep hold. And then the terrible acceptance...He doesn't have to say much. That is the beauty of his acting. (sorry fangirl)

Watch it for the punch...beginning, middle and end.
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May 13, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
First of all you can't go wrong watching So Ji Sub and Kang Ji Hwan in a movie together!!! This is a movie within a movie and both main characters have a problem with distinguishing reality from fiction. Both Ji Sub/Kang Pae and Ji Hwan/Su Ta are so intense. They play off of eachother very well.

I am a total Ji Sub fan...he plays dark and scary very well.

If you are read more looking to watch something violent, then this is so the movie to watch!!! It is great!!!
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Is it really about something else than fists?

Crows Zero is even more guilty of this than your typical yankee stuff and Rough Cut involves way more of this image than your typical gangster thing.

double gangster-defying-his-boss (by not killing someone and maybe some other stuff) alert
though that's a most superficial similarity
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They both got a lot of fighting scenes and about the main characters that begun from nothing became actors
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    Suicidal_Hermit 23 days ago

    WOW that was just epic

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    HAMEX Mar 26, 2016 - edited

    So ji sub in that poster looks like Lee Jun Ki,, I'm almost fooled if i'm not read the cast below it :D

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    Fansugirl Sep 26, 2015

    I like everything of it probably because of So Ji Sub, his acting is awesome. he can act in anything. from good looking rich mean guy to gangsters. he did every single of them amazingly good. and I can't believe I actually fall for a gangster like him in this movie too. the ending is quite unbearable yet that actually shows the world that he is living in. bad people's world. a movie is always not the same as reality.

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    dayidream Apr 21, 2015

    acting was great and brillant!!!

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    pattyrn4 Mar 16, 2015

    Was great from beginning to end. Yes, I thought the ending was terrific, two!

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    HellBat Oct 16, 2014

    I'm not sure if this movie sucked or was just plain brilliant! Either way when two of your favourite actors are cast together you watch it no matter the result!

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    Mary28 Aug 9, 2014

    Wow, just wow! I really liked it.

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    KoriNeko18 Apr 20, 2014

    That was seriously epic. It was extremely epic.

    I liked the ending, in an odd way. It gave this somewhat upsetting feel of closure.

    Either way, it's a great movie, imo <3

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Dec 1, 2013

    One word, No one is better than So Ji Sub, what an acting, awesome , Best actor :)

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    BaDaBa11 Nov 18, 2013

    The ending made me cry..but he was a man who stayed true to his words..he always got the job done.

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    Sapaieo Aug 16, 2013

    ONE. OF. THE. BEST. MOVIES. E.V.E.R. O.O I HATED the endign though. Don't let it stop you fromwatching it! It's got MY Kang Ji Hwan~ <3

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    zzz_x3 Jul 15, 2013

    I really liked the movie. But the ending made me upset... Perhaps he did it for revenge (he can be that kind of person, cold on the outside but he cares on the inside) or he could do it for his boss (this i really doubt) or he just snapped. BUT i was still sad, why couldn't he choose to start living a normal life and be an actor or something with that woman. I know that then it would be one of those romantic/action movies... still i almost cried and am still wondering why did they pick such a ending??
    ps: still liked the movie

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      zzz_x3 Jul 15, 2013

      Btw: i'm sorry this is perhaps a bit of a spoiler for some :P

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    ParaPhrase Mar 20, 2013

    So what was the ending bit about? was it like they were shooting a movie within a movie and we were watching the movie??? sooo confused!

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    Waterlilly Feb 14, 2013

    Can someone explain the ending!!! ASAP

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      Ace Feb 16, 2013

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      Waterlilly Feb 16, 2013

      :( cant see anything -_-

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      Diana96 Aug 17, 2013
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      BintySkywalker Sep 20, 2013
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      Diana96 Sep 20, 2013

      I agree, I also love them they are great actors and I pretty much enjoy every drama or movie any of them does so yea the movie was great and I also think I should rewatch just to understand everything better :-)


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Sep 11, 2008
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 53 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 1,014 users)
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