Asura: The City of Madness (2016)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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