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 afight 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.
Cast & Credits
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) 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.
I am a total Ji Sub fan...he plays dark and scary very well.
If you are looking to watch something violent, then this is so the movie to watch!!! It is great!!!