Friend (2001)

Genre: Crime, Drama














Friend (Chingoo), award winning movie that set off Korean box office records at the time it was released, and is most famous movie of relatively unknown director Kwak Kyung-taek whom since then has been unable to surpass it by his other works.

Despite big differences in their lifestyles and families, four friends spend their time together while growing up in late 1970's South Korea, that was very different to Korea we know now.


As the time passes by, their paths in live gradually become separated, each takes their own, easy or difficult way forward. Two of the friends, Sang-taek (Tae-hwa Seo) and Jeong-ho (Un-taek Jeong) apply for a university to get good education, while other two, Lee Jeong-suk (Oh-seong Yu) and Dong-su (Dong-gun Jang) choose the path of crime and become involved in gang business, while being affected by things that usually accompany such activity, prisons, drugs, and death.

However, their lives still cross each other occasionally, while undergraduates are finishing their last years of study, Lee Jeong-suk and Dong-su have become gang leaders...


A tragic story about friendship and lives of four people. A really personal movie from Kwak Kyung-taek as it is semi-biographic movie loosely based on early part of directors life. Already really emotional movie, whose impact is just magnified by these  memories and recollections about his friends and their fates.

Excellent and credible actor performance, that manages to capture with great detail all the events that occur in  the movie.

And brilliant cinematography just completes the package. A huge recommendation.

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