A Bittersweet Life ★★★★

Kind of like Miller's Crossing, but without all the plot, dialogue or character. It's a vehicle for surface-level emotions (love, pain, revenge), but Kim has great eye for cool and setpiece construction. He tends toward the gimmicky, the kind of camera placements Breaking Bad fans mistake for style, but at its best this plays like the film of a person who has seen a few Seijun Suzuki movies. Lee Byung-hun gives it some much-needed humanity, and the moment we finally hear Shin Min-ah's cello in the mix is heartbreaking.

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