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A Hard Day (2014)

Kkeut-kka-ji-gan-da (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 29 May 2014 (South Korea)
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After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

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Seong-hun Kim (as Seong-hoon Kim)

Writers:

Seong-hun Kim (as Seong-hoon Kim), Seong-hun Kim (as Seong-hoon Kim) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sun-kyun Lee ... Det. Ko Gun-soo
Jin-woong Cho ... Park Chang-min (as Jin-woong Jo)
Man-sik Jeong Man-sik Jeong ... Det. Choi
Jeong-geun Sin Jeong-geun Sin ... Det. Squad Chief
Suk-Tae Joo Suk-Tae Joo ... Detective Nam
Dong-yeong Kim Dong-yeong Kim ... Detective Do (as Dong-Young Kim)
Jung-eun Heo Jung-eun Heo ... Min-a
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jang In-sub Jang In-sub ... Policeman
Ha-Suk Jo Ha-Suk Jo ... Lee Kwang-min
Kang-hyeon Kim Kang-hyeon Kim ... Young-chul
Seung-hun Kim Seung-hun Kim ... Chang-min (as Seung-Hoon Kim)
Hee-Seok Lee Hee-Seok Lee ... Cabinet inspection team member
Jae-won Lee Jae-won Lee ... Jo Neung-hyun
Sun-Kyun Lee Sun-Kyun Lee ... Go Geon-soo
Bo-Gum Park ... Police Officer Lee
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Storyline

Detective Go Geon-soo is having a hard day, and the following events happen to him in less than 24 hours: He receives a divorce notice from his wife. His mother passes away. He and his coworkers are investigated by police inspectors over alleged embezzlement. Then on his way to his mother's funeral, he drives recklessly and commits a fatal hit and run. He tries to cover-up the accident by hiding the man's corpse in his deceased mother's coffin. But someone has been watching all along, and Geon-soo gets a mysterious call from a person claiming that he was the sole witness to the crime, who now begins to threaten him. Written by Anonymous

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The war for a dirty secret on

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

29 May 2014 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hard Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Gross USA:

$19,004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,873,404
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was selected to compete in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

Park Chang-min: There are 2 types of humans. One who lowers his tail before the alpha. And the one who tries hard after a beat. Which one are you?
Go Geon-soo: Are you a cop?
Park Chang-min: Didn't I give you a jolt? That sinking feeling.
Go Geon-soo: What do you want?
Park Chang-min: That was the most important and smart thing you've ever said. What I want? It's simple.
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The tone of the cellphone is Jazz Suite #2 (Waltz) of Dmitri Shostakovich, known for being the man theme of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999) See more »

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Refreshing Korean crime thriller with original black humor
3 December 2014 | by KicinoSee all my reviews

I usually do not like Korean movies – it is either too violent or too sensational with scripts that generally lacks originality - but this one is quite good: very interesting plot with lots of twists and suspense and humor.

The movie centers around a divorced cop, Go Geon-soo (Lee Sun Gyun), on the day of his mom's funeral when he accidentally kills a pedestrian. Since he is in a hurry, he decides to put the corpse into her coffin and deal with it later. Strange calls starts to come into the police station and Go is threatened by a man who claims to be a witness of the accident. Meanwhile, Go is assigned to investigate this accident where pedestrian seems to be an important person in the police's wanted list.

Just the packed elements within the case are interesting to follow. Then with all the twists and surprises it is engaging throughout to watch. Excellent directing with a brisk tempo which leads you deep the puzzle. The story is easy to follow but the mood is not serious or heavy because every now and then there is always something funny that make you chuckle/surprise or awe.

I like the camera-work too which always leads the audience to see from a different angle. The framing is artistically pleasant, including a lengthened aerial shot of a chase scene up a flight of stairs and across traffic. I literally held my breath to watch that one.

Corrupted police are everywhere but how the script presents the story is very interesting and it is kind of fun to put all the coincidences together to make a coherent story with some clever types of black humor.

The actors are quite good too. The only complaint I have is perhaps too much violence in certain scene – though it is probably mild compared to other violent Korean movies I have seen.

If you like witty laugh and suspense you would not be disappointed.


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