Recently discharged from the military, Makdong returns to his native town IIsan to find everything changed. Eager to gain employment, Makdong goes to a seedy Seoul neighbourhood where he befriends a gang boss and his girlfriend. He is quickly recruited into the gang, but finds his loyalty called into question when the gangâ€™s turf is threatened and a relationship is developed between him and the gang bossâ€™s girlfriend. The theme of an individual caught in changing times, which recurs in Leeâ€™s later films, is elaborated in a calm yet critical manner in this debut feature of the director. This film won the NETPAC Awards, Rotterdam International Film Festival 1998, the Dragons and Tigers Awards, Vancouver International Film Festival 1997 as well as Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, Blue Dragon Awards 1997.
Cast: Seong-kyu Han, Suk-kyu Han, Jae-yeong Jeong, Jin-yeong Jeong, Mun-shik Lee, Gye-nam Myeong, Kang-ho Song
Directed: Chang-dong Lee
Runtime: 111 minutes
Also Known As: Chorok mulkogi
Country: South Korea