Starring: Lee Moon-Sik as Jang Ga-Pil, Lee Jun-Ki as Go Seung-Suk and Kim So-Eun as Jang Da-Mi
Rating: PG-13 (some violence)
Running Time: 112 min
Synopsis: Jang Ga-Pil is a middle-aged father, who works as a salaryman. One day, he returns home to learn that he his teenage daughter was assaulted by a group of guys at a karaoke bar. The group of thugs is led by box star Kang Tae-Wook (Lee Joo), whose father is a powerful congressman. Jang Ga-Pil has little hope of gaining justice due to his modest background and because of Tae-Wook father’s influence. Instead, he decides to enact revenge by challenging to stab the young box star on his way to school which fails. He meets another high school student named Go Seung-Suk as he is practicing his martial arts and boxing. Go Seung-Suk is known as the only guy to beat Kang Tae-Wook in the boxing ring and offers to train Jang Ga-Pil so he can get his revenge honorably within the boxing ring.
Musings: Even though Snoopy’s Twinkie has already rated this movie awhile back, I felt there was no way I could leave this one out. As I have not even read her review, this is totally from my perspective. So here goes:
The first few minutes of the movie shocked me! Blame the victim?!! Berate the parents for bad parenting?!! In essence, totally exonerate the boy for his action?!! Shocking! And then to add insult to injury, that lame excuse for an apology by Tae-Wook to Ga-Pil? As I watched it, I just kept thinking what would I have done had I been in that position. Could I have stood there and watched a smirking hoodlum literally laugh in my face?!! Folks, I admit it. You would have been reading about me in the local news: Mother maims boy responsible for attacking her daughter!
Next enters Seung-Suk who disarms Ga-Pil (thankfully) at the school. He has his own problems as you will learn but I admit, I just enjoyed watching Lee Jun Ki! So forgive me for all of the pictures ahead of time! But Seung-Suk has agreed to train Ga-Pil to fight Tae-Wook legally at an event that Ga-Pil’s friends will arrange. Their training sessions are fun but the transformation of Ga-Pil is amazing. See for yourself:
Let me just say, Lee Jun Ki does not do enough action movies or dramas! I think he excels in that genre, especially because of his ability to do his own stunts. Watching him climb the wall or practice his kicks and fighting technique assures you that he has that talent. And playing such a bad boy, you can’t help love his character of Seung-Suk because the bad boy characterization, you just never see him in this type of role. Overall, it really was a good movie. It showed you what a father was willing to do to win the love and respect from his daughter again. Something we all would do if put in this same situation.
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