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215 Ratings

The President's Last Bang

Geuddae geusaramdeul

Directed by Im Sang-soo
South Korea, 2005
Comedy, Crime, Drama
  • Korean
  • English


Korean CIA chief Kim secretly nurtures personal disgust with his dissolute president’s embarrassing appetites and impatience with his dissent-mired nation. During a banquet with President Park, Kim impulsively improvises a conspiracy that will change the course of world politics.

Our take

One of the most exciting Korean directors working today, Im Sang-soo showed up at Cannes with this controversial political-thriller-turned-dark-comedy. Sued and originally censored, it nonetheless won critical acclaim—a story too impossible to believe, and too insane to be made up!

The President's Last Bang Directed by Im Sang-soo

Critics reviews

The coup attempt that concludes that long sequence is shot with dazzling cinematic style, with long pans and overhead shots that Brian De Palma would be happy to claim as his own. But more valuable is Im’s clear-eyed view of human nature at its basest.
January 11, 2006
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It’s the kind of movie Oliver Stone hoped “Nixon” would be: bomb-throwing, assumption-destroying, deeply entertaining political art. It is the most controversial movie ever released in Korea.
October 14, 2005
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President Park’s legacy remains an unresolved question for much of the Korean populace. Complicating the matter, Park’s daughter now leads Korea’s centre-right opposition party, ensuring that the historically themed Last Bang would be read as a comment on the present as well as the past.
January 01, 2005
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