Plot: Do ji-won stars in this tense and cathartic South Korean drama as a battered housewife whose husband's regular beatings drive her to the absolute breaking point. In defiance, she tears away from him and trains as a boxer, then publicly challenges him to an organized fight before an audience of spectators.
«“Punch Lady” is a film that works well on a numbers of levels, combining different genres with considerable success. Anchored by a strong central performance and thanks to some solid character development, it makes for both thrilling and emotional viewing, and manages to entertain without ever losing sight of its essentially human drama.»
«Many movies have some shaky elements, but it's hard to remember any as thoroughly and willfully stupid as Punch Lady. ... In some ways, "Punch Lady" reminds me of "200 Pounds Beauty", another Korean film which I saw at last year's Fantasia: Both movies try to make crowd-pleasing entertainment out of difficult (if not completely wrong-headed) premises.»
«Despite the technical flaws and problems in the storytelling, Do Ji-won's passionate performance deserves some credit. ... And the climax might have been more satisfying if the film were a tad shorter than its exhausting 121-minute running time. »
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