Die Bad

Die Bad
© CNP Entertainment, Kim Sung-Jae
photo courtesy International Film Festival Rotterdam
Black and white film by director Ryoo Seung-wan concentrating on South Korean machismo (and not much else). If they're not beating or kicking each other's brains out, they're busy getting ready to. Between fights they swagger and talk tough. Divided into four episodes ("Rumble", "Nightmare", "Our Contemporaries", and "Die Bad"), anyone who can distinguish between the segments deserves a prize. (Two of the episodes have already been released as two separate films.) The (obviously) enthusiastic actors have choreographed their own fight scenes and performed their own stunts. The only thing that doesn't hit you in the face is a logical plot.

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