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The film may not be a knockout, but it's still one hell of a punch.
Korean gangster film. Byung-du, a gangster since school, is moving his way up the ladder, but finds his violent lifestyle at odds with those he left behind, like his family his former sweetheart Hyun-Joo and his old friend Min-Ho, who wants to make a film about gangsters but needs his help to make it authentic,
Entertaining enough, though it felt like too many plots from too many gangster films were being squeezed in to one storyline...- and then squeezed out again. And not a patch on A Bittersweet LIfe for showing a conflicted anti-hero. So if you haven't seen that yet, watch that instead. .
A desperate young gangster moves up the criminal ladder while simultaneously trying to reignite relationships from his more innocent school days. It desperately wants to be the Korean GODFATHER, but the characters/scenario/milieu aren't unique enough to justify its epic running time.
Another gangster flick from Korea, yet this one manages to form an identity of it's own thanks to it's well written characters and solid casting. While some turns in the plot might be seen way too familiar others are certainly not. Yo In-Seong does a fine job in portraying a very convincing guy, he's no invincible tough mobster, he cares for his family, for his gang, and when he has to kill he doesn't enjoy doing it at all.
The rest of the characters are equally beliavable in their actions and motivations. The fight scenes are not flashy but rather crude and sloppy, just like it would be in a real fight. Overall a very decent entry in a year where Korean cinema has got over-saturated with films of this genre
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