Archive of films No Mercy for the Rude / Ye-ui-up-nun-gut-deul

South Korea
2006, 113 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2007

“I’d really like my film to be able to bring people closer together,” says the director of his debut about a mute assassin who needs blood money to pay for an operation which would bring back his speech and help him live a normal life. Meanwhile he has to carry out tough assignments while dreaming about a very different future for himself.


He goes by the name of Killa and he never speaks. He grew up an orphan and he spends his time watching bullfights, eating oysters, writing poetry and killing. He became an assassin in order to be able to pay for an operation which will bring back his voice. He makes up his own rules for his “work”, killing only those with scary faces and bad manners. When Killa, She, a vagrant girl he meets in a bar, and a street kid form a strange kind of family, and Killa starts getting used to his new peaceful haven, he is given his last commission. This is a film about a total outsider who wants to find his place in the world and be somebody. It’s a tilt on the combat films popular in South Korea and something of a response to the work of Tarantino and Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. The main role in the film, with its bizarre locations, violence, light wit, irony and European classical music, is played irresistibly by Shin Ha-kyun, who cleverly portrays the two sides to his character – the hard-hitting assassin and the soul-stirring dreamer.

About the director

Park Chulhee (b. 1964) studied English literature at Handong university. He worked as assistant director to Lee Jang-hoo, Jang Sun-woo (his film To You From Me, 1994, was screened at Karlovy Vary in 1995) and Hwang Qudok. He also writes screenplays. He debuted as a director with his feature film No Mercy for the Rude.


The Core Studio Co., Ltd.
5F. Luxway Bldg., Nonhyun-dong 99-7, Kangnam-gu, 135-819, Seoul
Korea (Republic of)
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Fax: +82 2 545 8813

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Park Chulhee
Screenplay: Park Chulhee
Dir. of Photography: Oh Seung-hwan
Music: Jeon Sang-yoon
Editor: Steve M. Choe
Producer: Hwang Woo-hyun, Hwang Jae-woo
Production: Tube Pictures Inc.
Cast: Shin Ha-kyun, Yoon Ji-hye, Kim Min-jun
Contact: The Core Studio Co., Ltd.

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