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also known as Obaltan

Stray Bullet1960

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This classic piece of Korean cinema depicts the life of a public accountant who struggles with money and the social upheavals of a changing society. Burdened with the responsibility of supporting a mentally troubled mother, malnourished pregnant wife, troublesome younger brother and a sister who is prostituting herself to American soldiers, he cannot even afford to visit the dentist and find a cure for his constant toothache. Yoo Hyun-Mok's gritty drama, banned on its initial release in 1961, is frequently listed as one of the greatest Korean films of all time.

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a real heart breaker_shot really well

Excellent. Has a bit of the flavor of the mise-en-scene of some of the gritty British working-class movies of the same period. Grim story, extremely well-played. Also fascinating as a slice of culture -- who in the US has ever given a moment's thought to the situation in postwar Korea, or of the Korean vets of that war?

The print is terrible, but the hand-written subtitles are cool.

IT STARTED OUT RATHER AWKWARD AND CONFUSING, BUT ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH THERE WERE SOME VERY GOOD SHOTS, ANGLES, PACING, ETC. SUGGESTING SOME INFLUENCE, PERHAPS, FROM SOVIET CINEMA.