Episode 3 -- A Bittersweet Life (2005)


Hello everyone, 

In this episode of Heroic Purgatory, John and Jason discuss Kim Jee-woon's action/crime film, A Bittersweet Life (2005). They talk about the film's existential themes, its well-crafted action scenes, as well as whether or not the whole thing is just happening in the main character's head. 

Listen to our episode and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Episode Outline and Resources

Media Consumed

  1. Reading Bonfire of the Vanities (take 2)
  2. Watched Idol (Japanese short)
  3. Moosic Lab Film Festival
  1. Played Final Fantasy 7 and Mass Effect
  2. Watched Brooklyn 99


Asian winners at the 2020 Venice Film Festival
  • Ann Hui wins the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
  • Chloe Zhao wins the Golden Lion for her film Nomadland
  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa wins the Silver Lion for The Wife of the Spy


Interview with the director: