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.
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.
My head tells me that this dime-a-dozen thriller deserves three or more aptly two stars, but my gut, my gut is pushing for nothing less than four. What can I say? I had fun--latent blood lust satiated for the night.
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.
We don't, usually, get to choose our neighbors. Nor do we get to choose the neighbors of the heroin-addicted drug-thief we may need to torture in order to determine the location of our highly lucrative contraband. If one of those neighbors happens to have formed an emotional attachment to said thief's troubled but adorable young daughter, whom we happen to have kidnapped, well, let's hope he's nothing like this guy.
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.