Synopsis by Mark Deming
A friendship that grows under difficult circumstances doesn't fare as well years later in this drama from South Korea. Lee Seung-yeong (Seo Jang-weon) is a young man who has been drafted into the military for a compulsory 26 months of service. Lee finds his new regimen to be difficult and degrading, and he's grateful when one day he recognizes one of his higher-ranking soldiers as Yu Tae-jeong (Ha Jeong-woo), whom he met before when they attended the same high school. While Yu makes it clear they are not to acknowledge their former acquaintance, he does quietly offer Lee some sound advice on how to deal with basic training and the often abusive attitudes of the drill instructors, and the two form a close friendship. A year after his hitch is over, Lee spots Yu, who he hasn't seen since leaving the military. Lee barely recognizes his friend on this street -- Yu looks shabby and unkempt, and is barely making ends meet while living with his girlfriend, Ji-hae. Lee is eager to talk to Yu, but Yu would prefer to forget the past, and cuts their meeting short when Ji-hae decides she's tired. However, Lee has unfinished business with Yu, and needs to talk to him, no matter how his old friend feels about him now. Yongseobadji Mothan Ja (aka The Unforgiven) was the first feature film from writer and director Yoon Jong-bin.