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Friend (2001)

Chingoo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 31 March 2001 (South Korea)
Four childhood friends go their separate ways, two go off to college while the others become rival gangsters.

Director:

Kyung-taek Kwak

Writer:

Kyung-taek Kwak
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Cast

Credited cast:
Oh-seong Yu ... Lee Jeong-suk (as Ohsung Yoo)
Dong-Gun Jang ... Lee Han Dong-su
Tae-hwa Seo Tae-hwa Seo ... Sang-taek
Un-taek Jeong Un-taek Jeong ... Jeong-ho
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi
Hyeon Ju
Bo-kyeong Kim Bo-kyeong Kim ... Jin-sook
Hyun-sook Kim ... Member of 7 Princess
Nam-hee Kwon Nam-hee Kwon ... Sang-taek's Mother (as Namhee Kwon)
Se-na Lee Se-na Lee ... Member of Rainbow
Ji-Woong Yang Ji-Woong Yang ... Waiter
Chang Yun Chang Yun
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Storyline

Despite their different family backgrounds, four friends grew up together in the wearisome years of the 70s. But as time goes by, each of them takes a different life path. After enrolling in college, Sang-taek and Joong-ho return to visit Dong-su (Jang Dong-gun) and Joon-suk (Yoo Oh-sung), only to find one of them in jail and the other on drugs. Slowly life takes difficult turns where friends become rivals in the crime world. Written by Nacron <imdb@nacron.net>

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Plot Keywords:

friendship | betrayal | See All (2) »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

31 March 2001 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$550,031
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Based onthe break off and war between the 7 star and 20th Century mob families in Busan. See more »

Quotes

Lee Han Dong-su: You've stabbed me enough. You can go now.
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Followed by Friend 2 (2013) See more »

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Reminds me of Home.
2 March 2004 | by dennisyoonSee all my reviews

A friend of mine who grew up in Korea recommended this movie to me a couple years ago. He said it "reminded him of friends he had when he was young." I thought about that and remembered my friends who I watched my first porno with and who fought by my side win or lose and who I parted ways with sometimes on not so good terms. I ended up thanking him because the movie is a treasure trove of memories of coming of age. It reminded me of elder brothers who showed me honor in martial arts and gangsta life and my close friends who went their separate ways. Just like my friend said it reminded me of friends and growing up.

10/10. Great story. Great Acting. Great Characters. Stylish Violence. Well produced. Awesome Gangsta Drama. Right up there with "Failan" for impact.


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