A Dirty Carnival

A Dirty Carnival (2006)

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Ratings: 7.6/10 from 525 users
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Kim Byung-Doo is a charming low-level gangster creeping up on 30 years of age. His youth rapidly fading, Kim has seemingly been on the cusp of making something of himself for years, his natural charisma making him well respected among his peers while a manipulative boss and string of bad luck has kept him firmly locked into his lowly status. When a wealthy industrialist approaches Kim's boss to eliminate a bothersome criminal read moreprosecutor, Kim sees his long-awaited chance to advance and takes it. But all advancement comes at a cost.

  • Native title:

    비열한 거리
  • Also Known as:

    Biyeolhan geori

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Oct 4, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
a dirty carnival is a gangster/human movie
about Jo in sung ( its okay thats love, that winter the wind blows ) and his friend jin goo ( Dots ) who started as restaurant waiters and then they joined the mob and ever since they are trying to become big shots within the gangster world.
the movie revolves around jo in sung and his struggles as he is closer to 30 years read more old and has nothing achieved in his life, with his ill mother who needs medication and his younger brother and sister, he is left to make money the worst way.
the movies plot is never boring and is a great way to tell the story, of how a small time thug becomes bigger and more evil, with his own actions. starting from the first person he hits with his fists to the first person he hits with a bad and goes on showing you how jo in sung evolves into killing and torturing and changing into becoming one of the worst gangsters on the block.
of course a gangster flick cant be done without betrayals and loyalty.
another great actor who is the third amigo is nam gung min, a wannabe director who is trying to make it big, but ends up at the wrong side of the road when he is cornered.
all the 3 leads did a perfect job portraying their emotions and characters
9.2/10 for shampoo johnson gangster family
movie quotes
"its war, gather all the boys"
he came a long way, or maybe went too far..."
"he can stab you while smiling, but yesterday he cried while watching a TV show"
"i wonder what its like being stabbed"
"what is a family??"
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13 people found this review helpful
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Dec 19, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
A Dirty Carnival is everything a mob flick should be plus a little bit.

The movie is appropriately titled because living the life of a gangster is indeed dirty business, and the film neither sugarcoats nor glamorizes this lifestyle (as other, especially Western, gangster flicks are wont to do). Once you become entrapped there are few, if any, routes of escape.

It's a cautionary tale about an underbelly of society that's dog read more eat dog, where karma is a real bitch. Trust and betrayal thread a very thin line and losing your humanity becomes the only modus operandi to ensuring your survival.

From where I sat the film was brilliantly executed both in terms of story and plot. The pacing was taut, there was never a dull moment that I can remember. You're kept fully engrossed by a stellar cast who made their characters seem real and very convincing.

Jo In Sung, in the role of charismatic, but conflicted Byung-doo, puts on a memorable performance. Byung-doo is a young man whose life has become twisted by fate. A filial son, and still possessing a shred of conscience despite the violence that surrounds him, I was able to sympathize with the character even while I was appalled by the brutality and ruthlessness fueling his actions.

Considering previous events, the big boss singing a cappella in one of the final scenes really struck chord in me. That's pretty much all I remember about the music, but it was effective enough in that moment to warrant a 7.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I wouldn't have minded if certain things went down differently, but I appreciate the film for its realistic portrayal of what I imagine that world and the people who live in it to be. I doubt fans of the mob genre will be disappointed.
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    Yee Apr 5, 2017

    "Hey, Min-ho... Make something with a real gangster spirit." Delivered.

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    Kiara Nov 17, 2016

    Brute (yes, I am aware that this is a gangster movie, but if all you're giving me is force and nothing behind it, keep it), boring, and predictable. This was a two hour movie, but nothing felt fleshed out so it was extremely hard to connect with any one character. Just meh all around.

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    Narco Jul 19, 2016 - edited
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    BAsfaw Apr 11, 2015 - edited

    where can I watch this movie?

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    Reme Feb 24, 2015

    Where to watch it?

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    HellBat Dec 28, 2014

    Still can't get over the fact how much Jo In Sung looks like Jang Geun Suk in this movie...Or is it the other way around?

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    misa7 Oct 2, 2014

    Just Byung Do was an extra !

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    JessCat Apr 11, 2014

    I found myself feeling incredibly sad at the end...

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    Raza Oct 31, 2013

    Just watched this movie, it was excellent!

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    Opie-Winston May 10, 2013

    awesome movie!!

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    Grayarrow Mar 28, 2013
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    emi-sayuri Oct 27, 2012

    Any reviews anyone?


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Jun 15, 2006
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 21 min.


  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 525 users)
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