Wan Deuk is a high school boy who lives with his hunchback father and has the unfortunate luck of having his high school homeroom teacher as his neighbor. Despite his dad’s diminutive size, Wan Deuk considers him to be the greatest man he knows. Wan Deuk has all the makings of a troublemaker: he gets bad grades and comes from a poor, underprivileged family. But when it comes to fighting, he has never lost about. With no hopes, dreams, and nothing to offer, there’s only one thing in this world that Wan Deuk prays for—the day that he can get rid of his homeroom teacher, neighbor, and incessant meddler Dong Ju. Wan Deuk can’t seem to get away from him; stuck with the man all day at school and beckoned to him at all hours of the night at home. As he does any other day, Wan Deuk stops by the neighborhood church and prays desperately for God to kill Dong Ju.
Dong Ju is a one-of-a-kind high school educator whose pupils have cleverly nicknamed “Dung-Zoo.” He doesn’t feel the need to wake up sleeping students in study hall and only profanity seems to come out of his mouth. For some reason, he shows boundless interest in Wandeukyi, which tends to result in humiliation for the boy. Dong Ju exposes details of Wan Deuk’s family life to his classmates and even takes the food that Wan Deuk receives as government aid. Having Dong Ju barge in at night to drink with Wan Deuk’s father and uncle is nothing new for the poor boy. Then one day, Dong Ju meddles with his life by insisting that he meet his mother—a woman whose existence he himself had not known about. At his wit’s end, Wan Deuk even tries to run away from home. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for him to escape the ever-growing interest Dong Ju has in him.
(Source: CJ Entertainment)
Cast & Credits
For those that think that this is a movie about a kind teacher who shows compassion and does everything he can to help his troubled student--that's not completely correct. I recommend you watch the trailer. But if you can't, just know that all that nice stuff is on the inside--something you can't see right away.
This movie isn't a tear-jerker (at least IMO). BUT it is a feel-good movie and will give you a couple of laughs here and there. There are some painful-to-watch fighting scenes (kickboxing or not) for those of you who like a little action sprinkled here and there. They did an amazing job with setting the mood of the movie. It was never meant to be a gloomy-look-at-this-pitiful-child movie. They wanted it to have a certain brightness to the dark characters/setting. And I'd say they succeeded.
The cast is absolutely fantastic. Kim Yun Seok had perfect comedic timing with his joyously foul-mouth. The comedic bickering was between teacher and student was so much fun. Yoo In Ah did an awesome job preping for his kickboxing scenes; although the film was trying to not be so gloomy, Yoo In Ah did a great job bringing the heaviness of certain issues to the scenes.
All in all, if you enjoy feel-good moments, mama drama, a bit of fighting, love-lines, and cursing--and all without breaking out the tissue box--this is the movie for you.
-This is an intense story about a boy who is able to overcome the hardships in his family.
-It shows how not every kid has to go the wrong way, even though the life is obviously being a bitch to him.
-Its a beautiful story, I would really recommend it to you :)