Breathless Review

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Debt collector Sang-hoon is never obviously short of breath. He is, in fact, a perpetual insult machine.

Debt collector Sang-hoon (Yang Ik-joon) is never obviously short of breath. He is, in fact, a perpetual insult machine, spitting out every kind of offensive epithet to anybody who crosses his path. And his bite is worse than his bark. Breathless is an articulation of violence, a tone-poem to the dehumanising brutality that defines Sang-hoon’s professional and personal lives.

Struggling with a father recently released from jail and a sister attempting to lead a normal suburban life with her son, he is a chasm of anger and festering resentment. But hope arrives in the form of a schoolgirl, Yeon-hue (Kim Kot-bi), who, after she has been physically assaulted by Sang-hoon, decides that he’s not so bad after all.

This is a strange and occasionally trite debut from Ik-joon, but one that evinces a real talent in the making.

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