City of the Rising Sun

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City of the Rising Sun
City Of The Rising Sun poster.jpg
Hanja 은 없다
Revised Romanization Taeyangeun eobda
McCune–Reischauer T‘aeyangŭn ŏpta
Directed by Kim Sung-su
Produced by Cha Seung-jae
Written by Sam Shin
Kim Sung-su
Starring Jung Woo-sung
Lee Jung-jae
Music by Park Young
Kim Jae-won
Cinematography Kim Hyung-koo
Edited by Kim Hyeon
Release date
  • January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01)
Running time
101 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

City of the Rising Sun (Hangul태양은 없다; RRTaeyanggeun Ebdoa) is a 1999 South Korean film about two friends, Hong-ki and Do-chul in their mid twenties, struggling on life in the late 1990s Korean scenario. The film stars Jung Woo-sung as Do-chul and Lee Jung-jae as Hong-ki.


Do-chul is a boxer who is forced to give up boxing due to his continuous series of losses. Jobless as he has given up the sport, he is introduced to a debt collecting agency where he meets and starts working with Hong-ki, a swindler working as an undercover agent. Hong-ki believes that he can do everything with money, and frequently sees himself winning the lottery of life. As a gambler, he frequently bets on horse racing and loses every money he has. The two become friends soon after they meet, although Hong-ki's swindling eventually makes Do-chul to distrust Hong-ki and announce the end of their friendship. After a series of events that cause each one of them to lose everything they have, they become friends again and wish for a little hope watching the rising sun.


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