dangermousie: (Anime: Trigun Vash bero by howdyrockerba)
Just got back from A Dirty Carnival, a 2006 Korean movie about rise and fall of a small-time gangster.

It was an amazing, bleak, unsentimental movie that made me depressed enough to almost want to slit my wrists.

And I am completely bowled over by Jo In Sung. The movie is all him almost all the time, and he is amazing. I loved him in Bali but this is something entirely else. He projects this mix of frightening crooked intensity, off-kilter violence always ready to erupt and puzzled vulnerability. He is unsaveable, irredeemable, but you care for him anyway. I ended up rooting for a man who is shown stabbing others on screen, terrorizing hard-working people etc etc.

He is evil, but he is not evil enough and that is the tragedy. There is something more in him than being a mere soulless gangster killer, or there could have been. He attempts (clumsily, yet somehow tenderly) to woo the girl he used to be in love with in school (the ticket was worth it just to see JIS kiss on the big screen :D). He tries to take care of his 'boys.' He stabs and kills but he is troubled by it. And that is why he must go, at the end. The next in line taking over (in the endless cycle, just as he took over earlier) has no such trouble at all,no emotional ambivalence.

The protagonist's existence is erased as completely as if he has never been, stabbed by his own men, buried nowhere, all the photos in his wallet burned, like his hopes and thoughts and past and future.

And it all goes on and on and on. The cycle starts again.

I've been depressed for hours.

Another thing that stuck with me is how deglammed it was. The big bossmight have a lot but the gangsters at JIS' level live a hard-scrabble, brutish, poor existence. Yeah.

But seriously, I can't believe JIS pulled it off. In that award speech, he is so (for lack of better terms) humble and meek and gentle. But here, he's half-beast, with so much desperation. I wonder if it's his own normal nice side peeking out that makes you care.

I really must watch something happy with him for once!

P.S. Oh man. I just looked up how old he is. He was 25 when he made this? That's psycho young to be this good. He looks older (his character is 29).
dangermousie: (Anime: Trigun Vash bero by howdyrockerba)
Just got back from A Dirty Carnival, a 2006 Korean movie about rise and fall of a small-time gangster.

It was an amazing, bleak, unsentimental movie that made me depressed enough to almost want to slit my wrists.

And I am completely bowled over by Jo In Sung. The movie is all him almost all the time, and he is amazing. I loved him in Bali but this is something entirely else. He projects this mix of frightening crooked intensity, off-kilter violence always ready to erupt and puzzled vulnerability. He is unsaveable, irredeemable, but you care for him anyway. I ended up rooting for a man who is shown stabbing others on screen, terrorizing hard-working people etc etc.

He is evil, but he is not evil enough and that is the tragedy. There is something more in him than being a mere soulless gangster killer, or there could have been. He attempts (clumsily, yet somehow tenderly) to woo the girl he used to be in love with in school (the ticket was worth it just to see JIS kiss on the big screen :D). He tries to take care of his 'boys.' He stabs and kills but he is troubled by it. And that is why he must go, at the end. The next in line taking over (in the endless cycle, just as he took over earlier) has no such trouble at all,no emotional ambivalence.

The protagonist's existence is erased as completely as if he has never been, stabbed by his own men, buried nowhere, all the photos in his wallet burned, like his hopes and thoughts and past and future.

And it all goes on and on and on. The cycle starts again.

I've been depressed for hours.

Another thing that stuck with me is how deglammed it was. The big bossmight have a lot but the gangsters at JIS' level live a hard-scrabble, brutish, poor existence. Yeah.

But seriously, I can't believe JIS pulled it off. In that award speech, he is so (for lack of better terms) humble and meek and gentle. But here, he's half-beast, with so much desperation. I wonder if it's his own normal nice side peeking out that makes you care.

I really must watch something happy with him for once!

P.S. Oh man. I just looked up how old he is. He was 25 when he made this? That's psycho young to be this good. He looks older (his character is 29).
dangermousie: (Anime: Trigun Vash bero by howdyrockerba)
Just got back from A Dirty Carnival, a 2006 Korean movie about rise and fall of a small-time gangster.

It was an amazing, bleak, unsentimental movie that made me depressed enough to almost want to slit my wrists.

And I am completely bowled over by Jo In Sung. The movie is all him almost all the time, and he is amazing. I loved him in Bali but this is something entirely else. He projects this mix of frightening crooked intensity, off-kilter violence always ready to erupt and puzzled vulnerability. He is unsaveable, irredeemable, but you care for him anyway. I ended up rooting for a man who is shown stabbing others on screen, terrorizing hard-working people etc etc.

He is evil, but he is not evil enough and that is the tragedy. There is something more in him than being a mere soulless gangster killer, or there could have been. He attempts (clumsily, yet somehow tenderly) to woo the girl he used to be in love with in school (the ticket was worth it just to see JIS kiss on the big screen :D). He tries to take care of his 'boys.' He stabs and kills but he is troubled by it. And that is why he must go, at the end. The next in line taking over (in the endless cycle, just as he took over earlier) has no such trouble at all,no emotional ambivalence.

The protagonist's existence is erased as completely as if he has never been, stabbed by his own men, buried nowhere, all the photos in his wallet burned, like his hopes and thoughts and past and future.

And it all goes on and on and on. The cycle starts again.

I've been depressed for hours.

Another thing that stuck with me is how deglammed it was. The big bossmight have a lot but the gangsters at JIS' level live a hard-scrabble, brutish, poor existence. Yeah.

But seriously, I can't believe JIS pulled it off. In that award speech, he is so (for lack of better terms) humble and meek and gentle. But here, he's half-beast, with so much desperation. I wonder if it's his own normal nice side peeking out that makes you care.

I really must watch something happy with him for once!

P.S. Oh man. I just looked up how old he is. He was 25 when he made this? That's psycho young to be this good. He looks older (his character is 29).

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