Chang-jin (Seong Ji-roo) is a third generation barber in his family as he never tires of telling his captive customers and he approaches his job with passion and soul. He has a much younger attractive wife Yeon-ok (Seong Hyeon-ah – Time) who once worked in a hair salon but now is a life insurance salesperson or as she prefers a “life planner” – and she feels ashamed and locked down being the wife of a mere barber. She is probably fooling around on the side, but her husband doesn’t know and he is quite satisfied with his life. That is about to change.
One day a customer with “LOVE” and “HATE” tattooed on his knuckles ala Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter comes in and introduces himself as Kim Yan-gil (fans of Green Fish get extra bonus points for recognizing this). He tells Chang-jin that he knows his dirty little secret and he better start paying the piper – in 150,000 weekly won increments. He accuses the barber of going with a high school prostitute and then later running her down and leaving the scene. Chang-jin complies and later when he hesitates he is smacked around into a whimpering crushed paper bag figure on the floor. After many more such payments and flirtations with Yeon-ok, Chang-jin hires a gum chewing private detective (Lee Seon-gyun) to get information on the man. What he comes back with shocks Chang-jin and he figures it’s time for him to get his payback.
My rating for this film: 5.5