Rough Cut / 영화는 영화다**** (2008)
Genre: Action Drama
Director: Jang Hun (장훈)
Screenwriters: Kim Ki Deok (김기덕), Ok Jin Gon (옥진곤)
Cast: So Ji Seob (소지섭), Kang Ji Hwan (강지환), Hong Su Hyeon (홍수현), Ko Chang Seok (고창석), Song Yong Tae (송용태), Han Gi Jung (한기중), Han Seung Do (한승도), Jo Seok Hyeon (조석현), Kang Hong Seok (강홍석), Park Su Yeong (박수영), Kim Tae Hwan (김태환), Kong Jeong Hwan (공정환), Kim Kwang Ryong (김광룡), Kim Sang Geum (김상근), Kim Min Gyo (김민교), Hong Ju Yong (홍주용), Jeong Man Shik (정만식), Kang Seung Min (강승민), Ko Kyeong Min (고경민), Heo Tae Hee (허태희), Ryu Hye Yeon (류혜연), Im Do Yeong (임도영)
Jang Su Ta is an action actor whose reputation is tarnished by his wild character and numerous scandals. When he sends his fellow actor to the hospital, he needs to find a replacement so the production of his next movie is not stopped. He goes and fetches Yi Kang Pae, a real gangster that he met in a club, to play the gangster in his movie.
That was a pretty good movie co-produced and co-written by famous director Kim Ki Deok. Seeing So Ji Seob in such a role, for the first time, was really interesting. Nice perf’. I am not a fan of Kang Ji Hwan. For some reason, he ended up on the list of the actors who kind of annoy me. If you don’t like blood, don’t watch. It’s not gory but still, there are rather violent scenes. I like how reality and fiction intertwine. On one hand, living fully his famous actor’s life and crossing many boundaries, Su Ta’s character is really lost between his two worlds (on screen and off screen) and for him, the line between reality and fiction is blurred. On the other hand, Kang Pae’s gangster life doesn’t stop at the ‘cut’. You have to know when to look tough and when to look docile, when to threaten and when to cheer. It’s not because people are weak that they don’t fight back. They might have better reasons why they don’t fight back. Everything comes in time. That’s what he is to teach to Su Ta who thinks he is the real deal. I believe Su Ta more than Kan Pae (as Kang Pae has his men keeping him grounded) gets lost between the two world and Su Ta, soon enough, gets a reality check. Where should we draw the line between reality and fiction ? How can we distinguish reality from fiction? How much fiction is there in reality and how much reality is there in fiction?This movie was quite interesting, More psychological than anything else. It’s a good watch.
(Note: There is a pun on Yi Kang Pae’s name. 깡패 (Kkangpae) means gangster in Korean. The character’s name (이강패) sounds the same and is almost spelled the same)