Yet in the chaos that follows the shooting, we gradually realize that Kim Jae-gyu's ambition to transform Korean history is up against forces more powerful than the slain dictator. The end result is a visually stylish, cool film that is both very commercial even though it underperformed in both Korea and Japan , and also complex enough to make it hard to pin down. Ryoo's portrayal of Sang-hwan which incidentally is the same name of the characters he played in Arahan and Die Bad is a perfect embodiment of caged fury. At its rousing premiere at the Green Film Festival in Seoul, a prominent Korean film critic told me it may be the best romance Korea has ever produced. That all changed however, after Marathon had its press screening. We live in a world where cinema verite takes of sweaty, gymnastic sex or of characters languorously inhaling cigarettes with vacant eyes automatically cue us that they are meant to be serious "art" films. Ironically, it was director Kim's assured command of "routine" horror mechanics, rather than his "arthouse" sensibilities, that really held the film together and kept my interest going, at least until the depressingly familiar denouement. Gang is wonderful as Hong, looking far less like an anime shojo and comfortably inhabiting the body of a harried and stressed working woman, but it is the transformation of Park Hae-il that will draw attention among fans. Multiplied, the thick white line that divides our two characters appears to be a border, so Tong-su Kim Sang-kyung - Memories of Murder and returning to work with Hong again after his exemplary portrayal in Turning Gate and Yong-sil Uhm Ji-won - Over The Rainbow, The Scarlet Letter appear to be looking away from each other when in fact, as we know from the single image alone, they are looking at each other. It is exclusively allowed for use in college classrooms and other academic purposes; however, exhibitors must have formal education in "media science and the history of the Holocaust. Although aspects of this subculture are touched on, the artistry and the style which are filmed very well , the skating for fun and identity, the battles with police and the public, etc.