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Brave Citizen (Movie) Review

Recently, saw a few clips from the 2023 Korean movie "Brave Citizen" on TikTok. These glimpses were enough to draw me in, leading me to watch the full movie. The main draw for me was Shin Hye-sun, whose performances never fail to impress. The film turned out to be a rollercoaster, blending bullying with a mix of humor and the unexpected twist of a bit of boxing. This combination is a rare find in movies, making "Brave Citizen" a unique and memorable viewing experience.

IMBD, Brave Citizen
IMBD, Brave Citizen

The movie's focus is the character Han Su-kang, played by Lee Jun-young, a troubled student who embodies the role of a violent male lead. He controls the school as he is wealthy and has connections along with his group of intimidating followers. He bullies the entire school as well as the faculty.

Shin Hye-sun portrays So Si-min, a former hapkido champion who transitions into a part-time teaching role to that school. Her character is intricately layered, balancing a subdued exterior with a fiery spirit, a portrayal Shin Hye-sun executes flawlessly.

Lee Jun-young's portrayal adds depth to the narrative, and watching him in this role was a remarkable experience. His on-screen presence perfectly complements Shin Hye-sun's, making their confrontations some of the most memorable scenes in the film.

"Brave Citizen" delves into the dark and complex theme of school bullying, handling it with a raw and unfiltered approach. It stands out as one of the most intense bullying movies I have ever seen, leaving a lasting impression with its stark depiction of the issue. The film navigates through these difficult themes with a blend of action, drama, and a hint of comedy, true to Shin Hye-sun's prowess.

Overall, "Brave Citizen" is a powerful and thought-provoking movie that's both entertaining and impactful. The performances of Shin Hye-sun and Lee Jun-young are standout aspects, making it a good watch for fans of Korean cinema looking for a film that skillfully blends intense drama with moments of light-hearted relief.

Acting: 5/5

Storyline: 4/5

Cinematography: 5/5

Overall Entertainment Value: 4/5

 I rate it 8.5 stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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