Show Must Go On, The
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Show Must Go On, The

General info
Original title: Uahan Segye
Country: South Korea
Year: 2007
Genre: Comedy
IMDB Rating: 6.9 337 votes
Plot: For Song Kang Ho, The Show Must Go On as he takes on his first leading role after his award-winning performance in record-breaking blockbuster The Host. The versatile actor again takes on the role of a concerned father, but this time he also happens to be a gangster. In his first gangster role since 1997's No. 3, Song Kang Ho is as impressive as ever, convincingly balancing his character's tired, laconic nature with the emotionally escalating plot. A gangster melodrama with unflinching violence and uncommon depth, The Show Must Go On packs a hard punch with its witty dialogue, raw emotions, and wrenching narrative. At the helm is Han Jae Rim, who previously wrote and directed Rules of Dating.

Kang In Gu (Song Kang Ho) just wants the best for his family, working hard to support the household and save money for a house. Slightly harried in a dark business suit, he looks like yet another anonymous middle-aged salaryman as he sets out for work every morning from his housing estate apartment. But In Gu's line of work is bloody and messy. As a mid-ranking gang leader, he tries to balance work and family, but things aren't going too well. His wife (Park Ji Young) and rebellious teenage daughter (Kim So Eun) are not happy about his job and, at times, embarrassingly rough demeanor. Meanwhile, a dangerous power struggle is brewing in the organization, and In Gu is caught in the middle of it all.
Movie info
Language: Korean
Colormode: Color
Running time: 109

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Tags: Show Must Go On, Uahan Segye, 2007, Korean movies, Comedy movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Show Must Go On, The
Twitch, by Kurt source:
«It is worth staying for the final moments of the film (despite two or more awkward false endings) which will make the picture a memorable one. The package may be a bit too shiny and events resolve a bit too facilely to earn its punch, but the central performance does wonders. To these western eyes, The Show Must Go On is also an interesting comment on the pressures of middle aged men in modern South Korea and the sacrifices that have to be made along the way. It is a solid attempt to take something decidedly mainstream and stretch its audience.»
Lunapark6, by luna6 source:
«The film is very a compelling gangster/family piece that is gripping from the get go. I haven’t been the biggest fan of Kang-Ho Sang in the past, but I will say that he really impressed in The Show Must Go.
The story itself keeps you engaged with its well thought out balance of tension, excitement, humor and drama. Check it out now.»
Under the Asian Influence, by Lee source:
«An amazingly entertaining movie from start-to-finish, The Show Must Go On is a reminder of why I enjoy Korean cinema so much. It's a film that refuses to follow the Hollywood-formulaic rule book. It makes it's own rules, and that's what makes it so refreshing. Gangster stories are nothing new, especially in Asian cinema, so the real challenge is finding a way to infuse elements of originality to keep you interested.»

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HAN Jae-Rim
Kanno, YôkoKANNO Yôko
Lucy Film


Song, Kang-HoSONG Kang-Ho
as Kang In-goo
Oh, Dal-SuOH Dal-Su
as Hyun-soo
Yun, Je-MunYUN Je-Mun
as Noh
PARK Ji-Yeong
as Mi-ryung
CHOI Jong-Ryol
Jeong, In-GiJEONG In-Gi
Kim, Kyeong-IkKIM Kyeong-Ik
Kim, So-EunKIM So-Eun
Kwon, Tae-WonKWON Tae-Won
Lee, Dae-YeonLEE Dae-Yeon
Oh, Jeong-SeOH Jeong-Se

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