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Program Title: the Foul King
EASC Code: KF-04
Series Title:
Region/Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Director: Ji-Woon Kim
Release Date: 2001
Running Time:
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "Shy banker Im Dae-ho (Song Kang-ho) perfectly embodies the average adult close to a mid-life crisis. His boss (Song Young-chang) is a maniacal control freak who uses the "law of the jungle" to deal with employees. The fittest survive, the others are welcome to crumble at the hands of his devastating headlock. Dae-ho's performance rating is the lowest in the company, and he's constantly late to work. His personal life is not much different: Dae-ho is in his late twenties and without a partner. Even worse, his father (Christmas in August's Shin Koo) always scolds him like he's dealing with a ten year old kid. Dae-ho doesn't want to grow up, as he still has the naiveté and spontaneity of his teenage years. But he's also suffering the pressure of his job's highly competitive nature - and by extension the pressure of modern society. And, he secretly loves one of his colleagues, but he can never find enough courage to confess to her.
One windy evening, Dae-ho spots a physical training center on his way home. The center promises techniques that can be applied to everyday life. Is this the answer to his problems? Professional wrestling? At first he's just curious, asking the owner if he can teach him how to escape a headlock. But, as the days pass, he becomes infatuated with the profession. He has finally found an escape valve where he can vent his frustrations, and more importantly achieve something positive. Whether or not that will help with his initial needs doesn't matter. He's become self-confident, and he finally has something to be proud of."
Data Entry Date: 11/21/06