As Korea’s biggest crime organization ‘Goldmoon’ expands its powers, Kang , the head of police investigation planning department, orders the undercover cop Ja-Seoung to participate in project “New World”, that will take down ‘Goldmoon’.
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You can tell a cinematographer made this film. Everything looks fine and is framed alright but it has no soul, no specific reason for existing. It has the dumbest blue filter, melancholy Mann rip-off shots as well. The action is poorly choreographed including that dumb elevator. Can we stop mentioning The Godfather as an influence to every organized crime film, even if their is politics? It's stupid. You look stupid.
A fun genre exercise that plays everything by the book, and scrambles it with nifty twists here, there, and everywhere. No wonder since it turned outto be directed (and penned) by the screenwriter behind I SAW THE DEVIL. Lee Jung-Jae assured performance reminded me a lot of Lee Byung-hun's A Bittersweet Life career-making one.
Ennesima strepitosa conferma del poliziesco coreano.Una vicenda classica per il genere(scontro per il controllo criminale,tradimenti,moralità) in cui però Jung sceglie di non puntare troppo sulla violenza quanto sulla caratterizzazione dei protagonisti,tra cui Choi Min-Sik svetta alla grande.Pochissimi virtuosismi tecnici,un'eleganza sopraffina ed una chiusura in grande stile:il classico filmone. 4*
Entertaining but kind of flat korean gangster film. If you like Asian guys in sharp suits, it's a film for you. Choi Min-sik is in it which is a bonus. But 2 tiny roles for women while the screen was flooded with Black suits aka only male characters? meh..
It has the same problems Park's script for I Saw The Devil had: rushing to ellaborated set pieces sacrificing transitions and character developement. There are characters which motivations are vague, or just seem to be there for no real reason at all (female contact playing "go" with the lead character) then the big twists come and you just don't care because the protagonist was such a bore to watch.
Props to Park: hell of a debut. He's cooking with leftovers, a bit, but when the dish is this goddamn tasty it's hard to complain. Dudes have gone entire careers without a scene like the elevator fight.
Immediately you get bombarded with stunning visuals, yet the plot develops quite slowly. Despite its low pace however, it manages to keep the intrigue alive throughout its somewhat lengthy run time. If you're into crime thrillers definitely check this one out, even though you will quickly recognize some of the oldest genre mechanics.
Splendido thriller poliziesco con un cast eccezionale, una fotografia splendida e una storia densissima. Da lodare tutte le interpretazioni degli attori che riescono a restituire a questi personaggi tanto sfaccettati una fisicità unica. Tra tutti spicca ovviamente il grande Choi Min-sik, Mr.Oldboy, un attore incredibile. Le scene d'azione poi sono da pelle d'oca: menzione d'onore per la sequenza nell'ascensore.