- Movie: Friend (친구)
- Release Date: March 31, 2001
- Air Time: 113 minutes
“At the time, when I was following the tailgate of a sterilizer, I had three friends. Jun-seok (Yoo Oh-seong), who had a fist father, Dong-su (Jang Dong-gun), son of a funeral home, Jung-ho (Jung Woon-taek), a schoolboy, and me. Sang-taek (Seo Tae-hwa). We’ve been friends for a long time after that. Yes, we went on different paths, but we were friends until the end.”
The movie ‘Friends’ depicts the friendship and crossroads of four men over 30 years. From childhood in the 70 ‘s to the 90’s. Set in their hometown of Busan until the 1980s, the memories of men are densely packed. Director Kwak Kyung-taek, speaks honestly and calmly about his experiences by choosing to live in Busan, where he was born and raised. He put a lot of effort into dealing with his own growth story, and ‘Friends’ is as impressive as the sincerity he put into it.
The great thing about this movie is that it has emotion. The director calls the 70s and 80s into a deep nostalgia. The screen is a warm brown tone, an alleyway scanned by the camera, a market, and the beach is full of nostalgia. The rich Busan dialect, which is difficult to understand unless you are from Gyeongsang Province, also plays a big role in raising the emotions of that time.
On the other hand, the content contained within the framework is quite radical. The story of Jun-seok, who was born as the son of a big fist and had no choice but to walk the life of a gang, and Dong-soo, who walked the path of a gangster out of rebellion against his father, an undertaker, is a big axis. The fate of the two people, who had no choice but to become enemies while sharing a deep friendship, is depicted in a bloody noir with clubs and swords from time to time. The final scene in which Dong-seok is murdered is very cruel and beautiful.
- Related titles:
- Friend | Chingoo (2001)
- Friend, The Great Legacy | Chingoo 2 (2013)