Asura: The City of Madness

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Detective Han (Jung Woo-sung), who for years has been secretly doing dirty work for the corrupt mayor Park Sungbae (Hwang Jung-min), is now pressured by a ruthless prosecutor Kim Cha-in (Kwak Do-won) to cooperate in an investigation against the mayor. Feeling trapped, Han persuades his young partner Sunmo (Ju Ji-hoon) to take over his work for the mayor, but things start to get tangled in unpredictable ways. As things are getting worse, only the most evil survives in this dog-eat-dog world.

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  • As the suspense slackens and blood starts spilling nearly to the point of self-parody, it almost seems designed as a test of mettle - for both the filmmakers and the audience.

    Oct 13, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Winningly over-the-top Korean gangster drama Asura: The City of Madness is what you'd get if you combined The Wire with a really good soap opera.

    Oct 12, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Splattered with Korean aesthetics of troglodytic violence and blighted by irredeemable characters, Kim Sung-soo's Asura: The City of Madness is a stygian crime thriller that casts a jaundiced eye at South Korean regional politics.

    Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…

    Maggie Lee

    Variety
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  • There are a number of impressive action set pieces to be had here, including one of the more hellacious car chases to hit the screen in a while.

    Oct 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • an utterly bleak and unapologetically violent combination of action spectacle, morality play, mythic tragedy and national parable, as the terminal trajectory of Korea's brutal hierarchies and power structures are laid brutally bare, with no way out.

    Oct 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A relentless 136-minute tirade of shouting, slapping, shooting and stabbing.

    Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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