Although Ryoo Seung-wan has engaged in widescreen spectacle before ("The Berlin File" was his take on the Bourne-style spy thriller), he's frequently at his best when helming scrappy action films like "Veteran." This World War II epic, while as technically accomplished as anything out of Hollywood, doesn't play to his strengths and instead feels like the most superficial telling possible of a (remarkable) true story.
Ryoo Seung-wan has realized what may be his finest picture to date with this epic telling of Korean prisoners forced to be miners by the Japanese set during the final days of WWII. Epic in stature and in execution the production values are fantastic. Scripting is ambitious and the film features excellent casting all around. Most impressive is young Su-an Kim (Train to Busan) who excels throughout.