"Asura" boasts one of the most unlikable protagonists the hard-boiled detective genre has to offer: a dirty cop who's on the take, cheats on his wife while she's on her deathbed, and whose catchphrase is "Kiss my fat ass!" The film pits him against a determined Special Prosecutor and a Mayor who's somehow even more reprehensible, and the ultra-bloody denouement is mostly worth the dreary journey to get there.
Deftly plotted Korean actioner that provides an interesting take on greed, betrayal and politics in its examination of a corrupt cop. The policeman in question finds himself caught between a ruthless mayor and a just as vicious prosecutor trying to bring that mayor to 'justice'. Incredibly violent at times with a final act guaranteed to leave one speechless. Highly recommended for lovers of Asian cinema.