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Punch

2011 1h 50m Drama List
Reviews 80% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
A coming-of-age story of a rebellious high school student who feels comfortable hiding from society and his teacher Dong-ju who constantly tries to drag him out to face the world. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member Wan-deuk is a troubled teen, who vents his frustration by getting into fistfights with anyone and everyone. When his eccentric teacher reveals to him that his mother is a Filippino immigrant, he finds life going into all sorts of crazy new directions in this simple and heart-warming drama. There's a bit of Rocky with the kickboxing, a bit of romance for both male leads, and ultimately a touching story about family bonding and cultural differences. Punch isn't perfect, but its a nice easy going movie about love for one's family. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member A great mix of elements and genres makes it very watchable, if a tad slowly paced. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review thomas a "Punch" is a light Korean drama about a teenage boy living in a poor neighbourhood in Seoul. The fact that he is a half-Korean, poor, and befriends some odd people puts the spotlight to the disenfranchised people in urban Korea...which is a theme that is rarely explored in Korean dramas. The emotion and the comedy are just enough to make it an nice, heartwarming family drama. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review jesse o I thought this was a very good movie. It's a sweet coming of age story that, surprisingly, isn't as sentimental as one would have expected. That's not to say there isn't some sentimental stuff here, because there is. It just isn't as annoying as in other films. The problem lies, though, in that the movie is simply content in being very good. There was never at any point where I thought the film was great, or even getting close to it for that matter. I'm not saying that people didn't work hard to put this film together because they did. Even in the shittiest of films there are people who work hard to put it together. Anyway, as I was saying, the film is never great but the acting is solid, I like Wan Deuk and Dung Zoo, as he called him, and their antagonistic chemistry with each other. I also liked how the movie looked at issues that I haven't seen done in a lot of Korean movies. It deals with themes of racial diversity, but not in a preachy way, thankfully. So yea this is a very good movie with strong acting, funny moments, good characters. Somehow you'd think this would make a movie great...but it doesn't. I'd still recommend it however. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Although the story isnt that strong, the characters were very interesting and i liked the inner city setting Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member A sports related coming of age film that is very enjoyable. Caught it on a flight and enjoyed it hugely. It made me wonder, how many good films are there which we don't get to watch because they don't even have a fraction of marketing budget of some of the Hollywood trash films. Sad but true. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A coming-of-age story of a rebellious high school student who feels comfortable hiding from society and his teacher Dong-ju who constantly tries to drag him out to face the world.
Director
Lee Han
Producer
Bae Seong-eun, Ham Jeong-yeop, Kim Dong-woo, Kim Jae-jeong
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Korean
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 30, 2016
Runtime
1h 50m