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.
What's unique about this gangster flick is its patience-- after the first 5 minutes it's more than an hour before there's any traditional action. Due to that, it grows quasi dull in its gangster politics, but despite it favoring innerworkings over emotional attachment, each scene is largely necessary, even if it could've got deeper or tenser quicker. A conundrum perhaps, but after that it comes on like gangbusters.
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.
Extremely overrated. The trailer seems to show it as an action film but it was all a pure drama about characters talking for 2 hours and even more. Just including criminals talking about family life and other issues doesn't make a good crime film necessarily. Can't believe it has a 7.6/10 rating on IMDb with many hailing it as a masterpiece! It's a dull, poor drama sans any emotion.