Green Fish


Time Out says

Screenwriter Lee's debut feature offers a wry, regretful chunk of recent social history in the guise of a gangster drama. Makdong (Han) comes home from military service to find his family fragmented and their village razed to make way for a vast new housing development. He drifts back to the outer suburbs of Seoul and into the employ of a seemingly sympathetic gang boss (Moon), whose much-put-upon mistress (Shim) seems in need of a friend. But Makdong is hopelessly out of his depth, not realising that he's barging into a sado-masochistic relationship and misunderstanding the politics of inter-gang rivalry. Lee's sense of his characters as unwitting victims of the moral/economic/architectural climate they live in is anchored in brilliantly judged imagery and in an acute sensitivity to ambiguities of mood and feeling.


Release details

111 mins

Cast and crew

Lee Chang-Dong
Lee Chang-Dong
Han Suk-Kyu
Shim Hye-jin
Moon Sung-Keun
Myung Kye-Nam
Song Kang-Ho
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