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- Movie: Breathless
- Revised romanization: Ddongpari
- Hangul: 똥파리
- Director: Yang Ik-June
- Writer: Yang Ik-June
- Producer: Jang Seong-Jin
- Cinematographer: Yun Jong-Ho
- World Premiere: October, 2008 (Pusan Int. Film Fest.)
- Theatrical Release Date: April 16, 2009
- Runtime: 130 min.
- Genre: Drama / Gangster / Indie / Best Film-Movie of the Year
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
Sang-Hoon (Yang Ik-June) works as a low-level gangster collecting money for his longtime loan shark friend. Sang-Hoon seethes with rage due to his troubled childhood and abusive father. At any moment, Sang-Hoon can lash out at relatives, friends & strangers with the only way he knows how to solve problems - savage violence.
One day, Sang-Hoon walks along a residential road and spits on the sidewalk. He unintentionally hits a brash young high school student named Yeon-Hee (Kim Kkobbi). When Yeon-Hee tells Sang-Hoon to clean up his mess, he knocks her out with a punch to the face. Sang-Hoon then sits across from her until she regains consciousness. He offers to buy the girl a beer and the beginnings of an unusual friendship occurs.
- The Korean title "Ddongpari" means literally "shit fly"" - representing a lowly animal that hovers around excrement.
- "Breathless" opened at #11 during its opening South Korean weekend, gaining 21,969 admissions on 63 screens. Through its domestic box office run "Breathless" sold a total of 122,976 tickets, setting the record for best selling fictional indie film in South Korea until 2013 film "Jiseul" broke that record.
Additional Cast Members:
- 2009 (38th) International Film Festival Rotterdam - January 21-February 1, 2009
- 2009 (11th) Deauville Asian Film Festival - March 11-15, 2009
- "Lotus Du Meilleur Film – Grand Prix / Best film"
- "Lotus Air France – Prix de la Critique Internationale/ International Critics’ Award"
- 2009 (8th) New York Asian Film Festival - June 19-July 5, 2009
- 2009 (13th) Fantasia Film Festival - July 9-29, 2009
- 2009 (29th) Critics Choice Awards - October, 2009
- "Korean International Critics Award"
- 2009 (46th) Daejong Film Awards - November 6, 2009
- 2009 (3rd) Asia Pacific Screen Awards - November 26, 2009
- "High Commendation (Best Performance by an Actor)" (Ik-jun Yang)
- 2009 (10th) TOKYO FILMeX - November 21-29, 2009
- "Grand Prize"
- "Agnes B. Award (Audience Award)"
- 2009 (30th) Blue Dragon Film Awards - December 2, 2009
- 2009 (1st) KOFRA Film Awards Ceremony - January 27, 2010
- 2010 (65th) Mainichi Film Awards - January 17, 2011
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