Nowhere to Hide (2000)



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Korean maverick auteur Lee Myung-Se directs this wildly exuberant, genre-crunching, police-comedy action flick. Held together with only the barest of plot elements, this film is a gleeful romp through a litany of film styles and references. Following a gangland murder in a popular Seoul shopping area, bumptious, cock-sure detective Woo ( Lee regular Park Joong Hoon) and his marginally more contemplative partner Kim (Jang Dong-gun) comb the city for the killer (former heartthrob Ahn Sung-Ki). Woo stumbles from one jaw-dropping sequence of stylized violence to another until he has his final two-fisted showdown with the killer. Nowhere to Hide was the second-highest-grossing film of 1999 in Korea and an audience favorite at the 1999 Pusan Film Festival and the 2000 Sundance Festival.
R (for violence and language)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Ahn Song-Gi
as Chang Sung-min
Joong-Hoon Park
as Detective Woo
Dong-gun Jang
as Detective Kim
Choe Ji-woo
as Juyon
Sung-kee Ahn
as Chang Sungmin
Dong-Kun Jang
as Detective Kim
Choi Ji-Woo
as Juyon
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Critic Reviews for Nowhere to Hide

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

This is flash in the service of nothing, the proverbial sow's ear doing an indifferent imitation of a silk purse.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Nowhere to Hide may not be devoid of substance, but beneath the virtuoso finish it's rotten to the core.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Lee can't tell a story to save his life, but he's something of a visual magician, laying out glittering piles of goodies that you instinctively want to follow.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Top Critic

Reveals that in Lee Myung-Se Korea has a filmmaker with enough razzle-dazzle and visceral appeal to rival Hong Kong's -- and Hollywood's -- John Woo.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The film often churns with the pleasure that visual stimulation can provide and more affection for the bang-bang techniques than you're likely to see in the movies of music-video directors simply making the jump to the big screen.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Myung-se usa o seu fiapo de roteiro para nos lembrar da velha máxima de que Cinema é, de fato, Imagem; e o resultado é um filme que contrasta os personagens falhos e incompetentes a um incrível virtuosismo visual e à trilha surpreendente.

January 4, 2007
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Nowhere to Hide


It's absolutely chaotic to look at with visual tricks and flashy camerawork accompanying the hard-hitting, brutal, but relatively bloodless, action and fights. It's a unique little Korean action-thriller but the plot is lacking and the cops are even more brutal than the drug-dealers they're at war with, so they don't come across as very likeable. It's fun and unique though and worth a look if you like far-eastern cinema.

Lee ?
Lee ?

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Park Joong-Hoon is quite underrated, the movie has probably the most generic cop/crime story ever written, but the whole investigation is fun to watch. The slow-mo abuse could make even Zack Snyder cringe, but it's tolerable.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Brutal, funny and stylishly directed film about Korean cops tracking down a murdering gangster, creates some great characters with stunning, atypical images. Some may be shocked by the methods used by the Korean homicide investigators, as they rabidly trash human rights to accomplish their goal.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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