A retired government operative, living in obscurity, collects his pension and minds his own business. But when a gang of black market organ harvesters abduct the kid who lives next door, he swings into action, tearing through everyone in his path as he races to the rescue.
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Finally caught up with this Korean revenge thriller long after it was available to me on Mubi, and I couldn't be more upset that I waited so long. The action is exceptional, the cinematography is well above most action films, and the two leads bring so much into their characters and really give the film feeling.
A major pleasure discovering this film on the big screen in 2010 and a pleasant surprise it was never remade by Hollywood. Re-watching tonight I realized this is one of the best films to come out of South Korea in the past decade with a great script, crisp direction and top performances. The action is slow burn with occasional flashes of brilliance that really roots the audience in the story. Essential SK film.
This is one of my favorite films of all time and probably the best blind buy I have ever made. I bought the blu-ray off the strength of a little online word of mouth, figuring that it was a gritty Korean revenge movie so it had to be good. Little did I know. This is a just an immaculately crafted thriller with amazing performances, crisp cinematography, and fight choreography that hurts. 5 stars.
I wonder if such a movie could be remade in Hollywood. Not a lot of grown men hang out with little girls these days. Grandfathers have been arrested for walking around with their grandchildren in the US. My father regretted how in his lifetime he went from being able to talk to young people to only being able to talk to them if my mother was with him. I don't think it will ever go back to that. Innocence gone.
What a pile of crap. Boring, ridiculous, horribly written, you name it. I have mercy on if (two stars) because there is some badassness towards the end, but even that is not worth seeing the film for. Avoid this at all costs.