A Company Man Reviews
Saw this on 1/12/15
With a plot borrowed from A Bittersweet Life without any of the latter's style and a combination of boring, dull plot with mostly cliched situations, subpar acting, Company man is the worst Korean film that I have seen thus far. I don't watch many Korean films, but when I do, they will be great.
Hyeong-do is assigned to terminate a man. The man asks that he give a certain woman some money. He does this. The woman is someone who he knew from earlier in his life, who used to be a singer.
He finds her, gives her the money, and meets with her now and then. He puts off killing the man, but later is cornered into doing it.
He grows closer to the woman, and helps her buy a small shop. He encourages her to sing again. He decides to resign at a meeting. His company sends two others to escort him to the meeting. They were also assigned to kill him.
Throughout much of the film, he consults a disgraced former operative that the company let live for some unclear reason. He confides in this man. He decides to take the singer and her two children to a 'safe' place.
How well does that work?
Cinematography: 8/10 Good.
Sound: 8/10 The subtitles seemed to be good. Incidental music and foley were folded in nicely.
Acting: 9/10 I liked the principal actors very much.
Screenplay: 8/10 Reasonable story, well told. Loved the final revenge phase.