An Actor is an Actor

An Actor is an Actor (2013)

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Oh Young is a nameless actor who dreams of becoming a big movie star. Then one day, he makes his breakthrough with a film and becomes a star overnight. He discovers a new hidden world of fame, power, and pleasure, but inevitably all things have a dark side, which puts everyone around him in danger.

  • Native title:

    배우는 배우다
  • Also Known as:

    Rough Play; Baewooneun Baewooda

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maakopla
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Mar 29, 2015
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
This movie was a great disappointment. Kim Ki Duk wrote it in some kind of trance so lost in his own world that it's hard for outsiders to fully grasp his thoughts. And then came Shin Yeon-Shick and took that script way too literally creating a boring, vague mess which dragged starting from the first minute. Acting was quite good though, but I I felt like the script + directing must have read more been way too obscure and there were too many characters so no one really got to show their real potential. Ma Dong Seok was the only one who managed to stand out and literally shine. He is the only one I remember when I think about the movie. Lee Joon did great job, but had too weak of a presence.

The beginning scene and the ending scene are both too long and repetitive, to the point that they have no desired impact. This movie is about a rise and fall of an actor, so it makes a lot of sense to have these almost identical scenes to complete the message. But that theater scene is just way too vague and boring and it barely makes any sense. How I understood it was that Oh Young was talking to himself not the woman. In the beginning the director of the play told him that if he doesn't want to acknowledge his co actress then he should go talk to a mannequin doll that is... to himself.

He talks to the doll, imagines it to be the actress, he wants to go to the beginning and start over on a better note. "I wish we could go to how we were." He is talking to himself, he wants to go back to being himself and get free from the role he had been trapped into. The actress says in the beginning "If we get a chance, I hope we could do it again." So in his imagination he looks for her because he believes that she can help him. She also fell from her position and ended up on the stage of that theater. She was starting over and he was only starting. That's what Oh Young realizes only at the end of the movie when he mentally goes back to that stage. The script is about love, but Oh Young doesn't talk about love, he talks about himself and his own desires. "Getting back together and loving someone" is all about getting himself back to reality and learning to love himself. He finally sees himself in that woman. "I'm not that bad, see?" he tries to convince himself. That's why in the end he finally gets his role right, he finally understands what acting is all about. Not losing yourself but being what you are.

Oh Young is a narcissist and he has no control of himself whatsoever, when he gets into a role he really gets into it for good. After he leaves the theater he gets to play gangsters on the big screens and he becomes that gangster because he gets too immersed into his roles. His only role models were the cocky actors, show business gangsters, and his manager who tries to whore him around. Oh Young gets out of control and lives his life like there are no consequences of anything he does, he rapes women and hangs out with questionable people. He is bad yet I was left wishing that his character would have been darker. His only link to reality is his mother but since he Lee Joon doesn't get deep enough into the darkness the contrast between Oh Young who talks to his mother on Oh Young who has turned bad, that contrast is not strong enough.

At some point, Oh Young meets the gangster who almost makes him sell his life for something scary, Oh Young's cousin saves him, but apparently that was not enough for him to grasp the reality. By the way, notice that the gangster man was the only one who actually respected Oh Young, he is the only one who acknowledges the boy after his fall.

No matter what, Oh Young loves acting and even after falling down he gets up and starts over, even if that means becoming a punching bag again. But now we see that other new actor has become cocky too, immersed in his own fame. Everyone falls in this movie, everyone goes up and down except those on the top, the gangsters and the directors, they stay at their respective places. Actors are just tools to them.

For sensitive viewers, this movie might be too hard of a nut to crack. A lot of people were shocked that Lee Joon's character actually raped someone. Get a grip people, this is a movie about those kind of issues. Pay attention to the summary and warnings. Overall, I fount the script too messy. This film tried to be very artistic but tried too much thus failed miserably. The message was displayed too vaguely but not vaguely enough and at the same time too blatantly but too vaguely to be gritty in a cool way, there was no sensibility whatsoever. So instead of being cool the movie turned out lame. Nothing had an impact and everything just melted into a dull draggy boredom.
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berimora
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Jan 5, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Usually i don't write reviews, but i had to do it for this movie!

I wanted to see this movie because of Lee Joon, his acting in this movie was brilliant, amazing, like let me stand up and clap, you just can't dinied that it was awesome.

i read some comments about this movie, that this movie is a mess, only beating up each other, sex and nothing more.

this movie is read more about how a fame can ruin a life, starting from nothing, becoming something, and in the end again starting from beginning.

if you want to see how good is Lee Joon, then you can watch it, but be ready for a lot of sex scenes and fights.
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    supalove 9 days ago

    i don't think ive ever given any movie on here this low of a rating but i gave this movie a 4 because the actual plot and structure of the film was completely non-existent. like yes kudos to lee joon for giving such an amazing performance and for going above and beyond the call of duty, but the movie itself did not do him justice. like what was it even about?? i still don't know.

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    BAsfaw 26 days ago

    Where can watch this movie?

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    ShinSungSung Mar 31, 2015

    MBLAQ sentence:"A butt is an butt" XD

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    displacedmoon Oct 9, 2014

    I applaud Lee Joon for making this film choice. It shows that he's willing to step out of the cliched cutesy idol mold and take on more exploratory and abstract works that add depth to his acting resume. Yes, it's a risky move because of the more mature scenes, but people said the same about the movie, Frozen Flower...and all of the lead actors from that film are doing quite well in their acting careers. I thought Lee Joon was great in this. Can't wait to see what he chooses next.

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    soepspaansenler Aug 2, 2014

    wow.. that was a weird movie I really didn't like it.

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    rainecat Jul 30, 2014

    It's basically the rise and fall of an actor, done Kim Ki Duk style. If you don't know him, his movies are pretty peculiar, and even shocking. This one just didn't do it for me.

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    Daniella Jun 16, 2014

    waste of time

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    delete May 11, 2014
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    Sweety-Face Apr 26, 2014

    is the sex scene real or fake 0_o???

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      jonssister May 5, 2014

      I feel like it's real, but I'm not sure. He said in an interview that he pretty much stayed in bed all day without pants on when they shot this.

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      Sweety-Face May 10, 2014

      that's my boy, he has grown

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      sam30317 Jul 20, 2014

      Lmao!! Your sentence is hilarious!

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      Sweety-Face Jul 20, 2014

      funny?

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      sam30317 Jul 20, 2014

      yes, at that the time i read it, it was funny.

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    MaTiN Apr 25, 2014

    omg! this movie just surprised me! it was too much tooooo much! i m that shocked that it leaves me speechless! just one sentence "i did not expect tho from Lee Joon" everyone i will start to like i fantasise an clean and innocent image! but this tally ruined my imagination about Lee Joon...............

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    jonssister Apr 21, 2014
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    lantis Apr 19, 2014

    the last scene was unnecessary i think...movie already gave the message before that... lee joon was spectacular in his role...i really didn't expect an idol to have that talent in acting!

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    Rike Apr 15, 2014

    The acting was great! absolutely brilliant... but the movie itself .. maybe it was just beyong me? couldn't really follow all the jumps to the future/past. But I think I got the message in the end.
    my conclusion: Acting and message great, but execution just too difficult to follow for me.

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    lisadramas Apr 8, 2014

    Wow, Joon has a potential to go far in his acting career, but then again that was noticeable in IRIS 2. It's a good movie. :)

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    LoveAsianWorld Mar 6, 2014

    A nice movie, but I don´t really understand what the Point is... :D
    It could be that I´m still very Young and haven´t watched so many movies with Scenes like they have in here but... it´s just not my type I think.
    One Thing I Need to say: Lee Joon is awesome in this movie!! *O*

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Oct 24, 2013
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 38 min.

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