This is how mafia films should be and how I love them. Since its Korean obviously a little raw,sharp Round the edges and leaves you with a sour taste in taste in your mouth. Along with the obligatory shit what did I just watch moment. Haven’t seen such a fine mafia film for a while, while Hollywood tries to turn Mafia films in summer block busters Korea is still doing it right. The difference between a modern Hollywood thriller and Korean cinema is that you question yourself is he going to live, is he? And often you are (un) pleasantly surprised.
The film follows a crime boss and his enforcer, who happens to be a man of honor in his own sense and not a big fan of well words. The film is a single story line but branches off, rivalry between different mafia houses, the chiefs girlfriend, the enforcer, love, revenge, a whole lot of kicking ass and broken bones. But simply put its a story about doing what’s right and love, more importantly this still is a better love story than twilight. Not a lot of films in this genre leave a big smile on your face when they end this with its irony does.
The other major difference would be feeling empathy, while sundance and other festival showcase the hard hitting dramas of Hollywood, pick a Korean action film and it still would make you feel something.
The cinematography is phenomenal it doesn’t go crazy with color tones and doesn’t care much about CGI its all really nicely thought out shots and well done stunts. There are some gorgeous frames that you don’t see everyday and the way they show you something happening without explaining the whole thing or body is just beautiful.
Bonus points for gangster film with no nudity and well there is gore lots of it, you don’t like blood? This one isn’t for you.
The action is paced really nicely there are buildups and then serene moments. If raid is action films headliners done right this is raid without the red bull. Music is a bit of a let down but makes up for it with a great sound mix.
This one definitely goes in my must watch list. Also won’t watch it again list just because of the sheer intensity of the film.