A coming-of-age story with equal parts humor and humanity, Punch features direction by LEE Han ( Lover’s Concerto , Almost Love ) and standout performances from YOO Ah-in ( Sungkyunkwan Scandal , Antique) and KIM Yun-seok ( The Thieves, The Chaser ), along with KIM Sang-ho ( Moss, City Hunter TV), PARK Soo-young ( Architecture 101 ) and Jasmine LEE
Punch was one of 2011’s surprise box-office champ with more than 5.3 million tickets sold in South Korea, and following its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, it went on to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival, Udine Far East Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, and Fantasia Film Festival, as well as throughout North America.
Based upon a best-selling young-adult novel by KIM Ryeo-ryeong , Punch was produced by UBU Film and Another Pictures . It is presented by CJ Entertainment.
“both moving and challenging, offering an appealing set of
offbeat characters, sly humour and honest human drama.”
– James Mudge, BeyondHollywood.com
“I was so invested in the film’s protagonists that I was sad
to be leaving them when the credits rolled.
This is the kind of film that reminds you why
Korean cinema is so well-regarded.”
– Pierce Conran, Modern Korean Cinema
Our release of PUNCH will feature an upgraded English translation of the film, plus nearly an hour and 15 minutes of translated and subtitled video extras from the South Korean limited-edition releases.
SYSNOPSIS : [Punch] is an acclaimed coming-of-age film based on the enormously popular novel by Kim Yeo-ryung and play produced by Kim Dong-soo. It’s a timely text presenting the possibilities of the One Source Multi Use (OSMU) products. 18 year old Wanduk and his family’s tale is portrayed with a jaunty, dramatic rhythm. Wandeuk’s father is afflicted with kyphosis—commonly known as being hunchback. His live-in uncle isn’t completely normal either. What’s more, his mother, who makes an appearance in his life out of the blue, is Filipino. All of them, however, are precious to Wandeuk. And so is his homeroom teacher, Dong-joo, who is every bit the troublemaker Wandeuk is. They are constantly bickering and fighting as though they are enemies, but become more inseparable than family. [Punch] begins firmly rooted in the coming-of-age genre, but turns into a family drama and a social drama dealing with such crucial issues as the generation gap, education, disability, and multi-culturalism. It does all this and imparts some valuable lessons while providing entertainment and inspiration.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
Story Before the Movie, About the Characters, ?Hey You, Doh Wan-deuk!,? Music Story, deleted scenes (with on/off director commentary), poster shoot video, image gallery, original South Korean trailer, director and cast bios, and liner notes, plus 5 Points Pictures trailers.
PUNCH – Kim Yun-Seok, Yoo Ah-In