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  • In Focus: Broken
  • by KIM Se-yoon /  Apr 07, 2014
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    Directed by LEE Jeong-ho
    Starring JUNG Jae-young, LEE Sung-min
    Release Date April 10
     
    A man didn’t have much going for him. His job as a factory manager required him to spend sleepless nights beside an endlessly running machine, and trying to meet requirements was demanding. He also wasn't able to earn very much, working for a company that was stingy with pay and greedy with workload. There was no chance for him to get a breather in life like others could.
     
    The man had a daughter. Raising her without a mother was a challenge, but he was proud of her for having grown up so well. He worked hard for her sake and managed to bear it all. In other words, Soo-jin was everything to this man who didn't have much.
     
    The film Broken tells the story of the tragedy this man faces when he loses his everything, his daughter. Right after he buries Soo-jin in his heart, he grabs a baseball bat to avenge her murder. He swings a knife at an accomplice and hunts down the last violator to point a gun at him. He has chosen to take matters into his own hands in place of the law that hesitated in taking any affirmative action. 
     
    So far, this may seem like a conventional story that falls into the personal vendetta theme constantly repeated in Korean cinema. There have been numerous Korean films dealing with crazed parents getting blood on their hands. Unfortunately, there aren't many good films justifying and sympathizing with the actions of