A brilliantly stylized animated thriller epitomizing the gruesome social inequality and debased humanity through the eyes of tormented adolescents with invigorating energy, emotional momentum and unsettling honesty.
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One measure of the film's ineffectiveness was the laughter elicited in many audience members at the NYAFF screening by the scenes of violent comeuppance delivered by Chul. Yeun wants KoP to address the ways in which persecuted groups seek vengeance and redemption by identifying with emergent heroic figures from within their own ranks, but the story he tells is too awkward and heavy-handed to do his theme justice.
Depends on your taste for bullshit nihilism. Personally, I think it's the sort of film that piles on grit in such a grotesque way that it becomes a fantasy, rather than getting at a hard-to-face truth. 2 out of 5 stars.