When the two first meet, Ting comes to Hunlae for information about Don's whereabouts and Hunlae wants nothing to do with him. When Hunlae sees the money that the village gave Ting, he lets him come in the hopes of taking it to gamble. When Ting gets to the fighting ring that Hunlae bet Tings money at, he demands it back and accidently walks himself into a fight. He easily wins the fight and when the announcer gives him the prize amount, he just wants the bag of money from his village. Hunlae cant believe that someone would turn down money and this where we see one of the major differences in values between the two men.
Ting lives life with great appreciation for just the bare minimums that allow him to survive while Hunlae looks to cheat and steal to pay off all of the debts that he has collected to try and live a luxurious life. At the beginning of their relationship, Ting plays the role of the Hero while Hunlae plays the role of the Evil Figure with the Ultimately Good Heart. Hunlae appears to be manpulating Ting into getting him to fight for more money at the fighting ring., although Ting wants to have no part of it.
As the movie progresses, we start to see more dependance and co-operation between the two characters. One of the parts in the movie that symbolizes this concept the best is when we see Hunlae and Ting eating noodles on the side of the road. They are both eating at the same height and with the same type of food to show that neither man thinks he's better than another. This is one of the common journeys in fiction when we see the protaginist meet what we deem to be an obstacle in his path but the character turns out to help the protaginist on his journey.