Crying Fist details
|Starring:||Seung-beom Ryu, Choi Min-Sik|
|Genres:||Drama, Thriller, World Cinema|
|Original title||Jumeogi unda|
|Run time:||2 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||06 Feb 2005|
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Another Korean hit !By Gary Sweetapple from London , 30 Nov 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Having already seen this before its release here, it features the brilliant acting of Min-sik Choi, 'the guy from old boy' ! Also features Seung-beom Ryu who was seen in the western world on DVD in the film Arahan.
The story is about two guys, one convict, the other a retire washed up boxer, the storytelling is really really perfect, there are basically two stories being told on the lifes of the two leads as they both enter a boxing competition. You feel for both charactors and the twist of the storytelling unlike other boxing movies is that the two 'good guy' leads do not meet until the final showdown of the film when they face eachother, you are left watching the screen not knowing who to cheer for, who is going to win or what is going to happen... and neither am I going to tell you, a great twist on sports story telling, even if you dont like boxing this is a must see.
The acting is excellent, some parts drag but overall you wont feel cheated after the credits are rolling.
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four fists of furyBy Nootlin (133 reviews) from London , 28 Aug 2012Crying Fist is a movie of parallel stories: two men, one old and one young, both hit bottom through bad luck and bad choices. The elder is a former Olympic boxer, who must resort to becoming a human punching bag on the street - 'Fight Club' for stressed shoppers - in order to scrape by, while the younger is involved in a heinous crime and is sent to prison, where his aggression is channelled into the sport.
Both men have their faults, and both are put on their individual paths to redemption in a well-directed, thoughtful story that has the audacity to manipulate it's audience into cheering on both players and then pit them against each other in the ring. I, for one, haven't seen this attempted before (Rocky Balboa comes close I guess) and it added another layer to a great film.
Some of the boxing scenes are bad, maybe purposefully so as Seung-beom Ryu's character is all about relentless energy rather than skill, but this isn't really a film about the sport, but a tale of mistakes, madness, and the road to salvation. Highly recommended.
In-Depth, explanatory review to help you decideBy Kryptboy (2 reviews) from Mountain Ash , 04 Jul 2012I want to make a few points for people who may write this film off by reading the previous reviews.
1) If you appreciate the way Korea films/writes their movies then you will understand why the first hour was so slowly built and seemed to in fairness ...Drag. It is all worth the story building though (if you have seen Old boy you will understand).
2) If you liked Old Boy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance/Mr Vengeance, you will find somewhere in your heart that has room for this one to. Choi min-Sik is spot on as always as so is everyone else who has a role worth watching in this film, some familiar faces, some new. They all get the job done. Superb acting.
3) Koreans know a thing or two about acting, the lead characters son is tremendous in this, so young and so talented.
You patience will be needed but it is worth it, I promise you. I welcome you to email me kryptboyshock6(at)gmail(dot)com if you do not agree. All I can say is, if you can read this review and give this review your time I am very greatful and you will not regret watching this film.
The fight scenes are intense, the story is gripping, the end is continously in a 'who's gonna win' cliffhanger until the VERY end... 100% worth a watch!
This one is for fans of; story driven boxing films, Choi min-Sik fans, Park chan-Wook fans, Korean film fans and ANYONE with enough patience to enjoy a clear classic!
Crying fist is a great boxing filmBy WingChunKungFu (61 reviews) from England , 01 Mar 2012This was a good film. Well acted and a different take on the usual boxing films out there. It was dark though and it really needed to have some funny moments thrown in from time to time. I would have rated this film a four but was too much weighted on the negative side of emotions and life.
However, worth watching.
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Great Korean FilmBy Praf007 (50 reviews) from Wembley , 22 Feb 2012I agree with the other reviews that this is another great Korean film and puts Hollywood to shame.
The fight scene alone at the end beats all the Rocky fights. It is just worth watching for the fight scene alone
Super FILM!By a customer , 25 Dec 2011Super Korean action FILM! It matches any Hollywood boxing film anytime!! Such a powerful story with strong emotions!!! Beautiful cinema!