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Undoing (2006)

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A man learns being an avenger for good is tougher than it looks in this independent thriller from filmmaker Chris Chan Lee. After his best friend, Joon (Leonardo Nam), a small-time dope dealer, is murdered during a shakedown by gangsters, Sam Kim (Sung Kang) leaves the United States and spends a year in Singapore, trying to sort out his emotions. Eventually Sam decides to return to America with two goals in mind -- bring down the thugs who killed his friend, and patch things up with Vera (Kelly Hu), his estranged girlfriend. With the help of underworld kingpin Don Osa (Tom Bower), Sam sets out to get justice for Joon and make up for the pain caused to his friends and associates by his absence. However, Sam doesn't know as much as he imagines about life on the wrong side of the law, and as he deals with career criminals, corrupt police officers, and the drug trade, he is thrust into greater danger than he ever imagined. Undoing was screened in competition at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival.more
Rating: R (for language and some drug content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Chan Lee
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On DVD: Mar 11, 2008
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Cast

Jose Zuniga
as Randall
Mary Mara
as Kasawa
Tom Bower
as Don Osa
Sung Kang
as Samuel Kim
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Critic Reviews for Undoing

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

It's arty, murkily plotted and derivative of too many other movies.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Los Angeles neo-noir meets multiformat video grit with varying degrees of success.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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Undoing, by the writer and director Chris Chan Lee, buries a potentially haunting pulp thriller beneath flashy tics.

December 5, 2007
New York Times
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[Director Chris Chan] Lee tries to innovate, but he relies on so many tricks -- woozy overexposures, rapid-fire slideshows -- that his movie looks like the product of a teenager playing with the camera on his new MacBook.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
Village Voice
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The film is too short because the characters just aren't sufficiently developed, but even at a scant 90 minutes, it feels way too long.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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[Director] Lee evokes the character of his varied Los Angeles environments, even if the human element feels as if it's been done -- and undone -- before.

Full Review… | November 24, 2007
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Undoing

An indie "thriller" about a young man who returns to Koreatown in LA to avenge the murder of his best friend, even though he had a hand in the killing, and to win back the heart of his love. There really is no mystery here, and very little point at all. There is lots of shots of people brooding and lots of talking heads. Kelly Hu looks great. A low-budget, decent effort attempt at a good movie by director Chris Chan Lee.

Ultimately a fairly boring crime drama, in spite of the camera tricks thrown in to jazz it up. The story itself is fairly mundane, and I just never felt very engaged by the film.

Perhaps this would be interesting for fans of the specific actors involved, but otherwise I'd have to say...

Pass.

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