Ki-Duk Essay

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This film proved that Kim Ki-duk's presence in a movie is a pledge of success by its own self. This time, the Korean auteur penned the script, with Jang Hoon, the director, being one of the many assistants Kim had in his films, learning "the art" in "The Bow." The combination proved very successful, with "Rough Cut" recording more admissions than all of the previous Kim's films combined.
Soo-ta's career (the name is actually a parody of the Korean word for (movie) star) is on the verge of collapse, since the "bad boy" of the Korean cinema beat his co-star in his last film, a crime movie. His action brought a general outcry among the press, the fans of the victim and his colleagues, with none of them wishing to work with him anymore. During
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He manages to portray a character with much depth, who although acts calmly and in a low tempo for most of the film, he, nevertheless, hides much rage inside him and all those characteristics of the movie-gangster, and particularly the inclination towards violence. He is the one that seems to change the most, through his supposed friendship with Soo-ta, his participation in the film shootings and his relationship with his co-actress.
Kang Ji-hwan plays Soo-ta, in the role of the antagonist of the true protagonist. His character is much more conventional and thus, easier. He manages, however, to remain obnoxious for most of the film, despite all the awful things that happen to him, chiefly because he instigates most of them, by being so spoiled.
The two characters artfully complement each other, with their chemistry being one of the film's biggest assets.
Technically, "Rough Cut" is a true masterpiece, both in cinematography and in editing, with some very impressive shots and the artful way of which the film shootings are depicted. The final battle between the two protagonists is definitely the most technically accomplished, in all of its aspects.
Overall, "Rough Cut" is a true

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