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City of the Rising Sun (1999)

태양은 없다, No Sun, Our Sunny Days

genre: Comedy
country: South Korea
The boxer Do-Cheol quits boxing after he was KO'd by his junior Seong-Hun. Do-Cheol begins to work for an inquiry office through the introduction of the boss of boxing exercise hall. There he becomes acquainted with Hong-Ki. Hong-Ki makes money madly to own the building of 3 billion in Apkujeong-Dong. Mi-Mi is a narrator model who dreams to become a star. Do-Cheol can not give up boxing, and Hong-Ki is chased by scoundrel Byeong-Kuk because he is in Byeong-Kuk's debt. Do-Cheol exercises violence to press to pay someone a debt and has his boss's confidence due to this incident. However, he is fired after all, because Hong-Ki embezzled money from the boss. Do-Cheol falls in love with Mi-Mi, but she does not accept his love. After Hong-Ki runs away with boss's money, Do-Cheol begins to box again. Hong-Ki comes to Seoul to negotiate with Byeong-Kuk, but Byeong-Kuk rejects to accept his suggestion. On the other hand, Mi-Mi is nominated as title role, but she has to give up her role just before filming. Do-Cheol, who says good-bye to Hong-Ki and Mi-Mi, has the last game with Seong-Hun in spite of his punch drink symptom.
Set within the backdrop of Seoul’s roughest streets, “Our Sunny Days’ is a slick buddy movie featuring two friends in the pursuit of their own dreams. Dochul, a tough boxer with a boyish face, dreams of jumping in the ring again for the local title, but his dizzy spells take the best of him with every fight. Hongie, his long-time companion, who’s a slick lady killer and con artist, dreams of becoming rich, but gets Dochul into trouble all the time, as he habitually steals and chases after women.

One day, Dochul befriends a foxy model named Mimi, who dreams of becoming an actress. They become intimate lovers, but as her talent is overshadowed by her sexy looks, many agents try to take advantage her, leaving Dochul both worried and agitated. The three of them become the best of friends until one day Mimi brings home a wad of cash after acting in a big-budget commericial. With his life on the line, Hongje tries to steal the money to pay off the money he owes to some gangsters, but Dochul catches him in the act and beats him to a whim. Later, Mimi scorns Hongie in front of Dochul, but Dochul shockingly sticks up for his friend to the end. After a heated argument, Dochul bolts out of her apartment in the middle of the night and they separate on bad terms.
Dochul, Hongie, and Mimi all go their separate ways, but Hongie’s wanted life heats up when these ruthless gansters are out for his neck. It’s soley up to Dochul to save him, but he must risk his life once more for a friend who’s betrayed him several times before.

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Duration: 108mins
Released: Jan 1, 1999

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Production: Uno Films
Distribution: Sidus, Samsung Pictures, Cineclick Asia

Format: 35mm Film
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
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