The City of Violence (Jjakpae)

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Martial-arts pro Jeong Du-hong stars as Jeong Tae-su in notorious Korean action director Ryoo Seung-wan's The City of Violence (aka Jakpae). A former punk and brawler-turned-police detective, Tae-su returns to his hometown for the funeral of a buddy, Wang-jae (Ahn Gil-gang). Once there, he reconnects with members of the "old gang," including the tough but loyal fighter Ryoo Seok-hwan (played by the director) and the gang leader, Jang Pil-ho. Tae-su suspects foul play in Wang-jae's death, and instinctively ties it to Pil-ho, now a scuzzy slimeball with a massive inferiority complex and hordes of armed men. His instincts, it seems, are correct -- Pil-ho indeed had Wang-jae rubbed out. Thus, Tae-su and Seok-hwan ultimately take on Pil-ho at an abandoned Korean restaurant, fighting myriads of his henchmen with bare knuckles, blades, and Korean martial arts, and accompanied by a rousing Leone-style score.

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Critic Reviews for The City of Violence (Jjakpae)

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  • There's not much below the surface, and it does take time to get up to speed, but the jovial, high-energy approach and the endless charisma and athleticism of the leads makes for a superior slice of high-kicking entertainment.

    June 8, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jonathan Trout

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  • Roly-poly comic Lee Beom-su's terrific performance as the oleaginous villain is another plus, setting the seal on a no-nonsense action flick delivered with skill and conviction.

    June 8, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Ryoo Seung-wan actually directs a martial arts film, which takes place in an urban environment, and with the fighting scenes featuring, almost exclusively, the two protagonists facing hordes of enemies.

    December 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A pure show with a tight story, great acting, and fantastic action scenes you can't miss...

    June 9, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Knowingly derivative, Ryoo's action-driven elegy is nevertheless full of surprises - not least of which is its relative restraint.

    June 8, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • KOREAN cinema's answer to Quentin Tarantino, Ryoo Seung Wan lives up to his all-action reputation with this bone-crunching, chop-socky revenge thriller.

    June 8, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The City of Violence (Jjakpae)

  • Nov 29, 2013
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  • Aug 16, 2010
    Four childhood friends reunite at the funeral of the fifth, and 50% of them start to uncover the truth. With lots and lots and lots (and lots) of fighting including an amazingly choreographed two men v's a shopping centre. of basball bat- , BMX bike-, hockey stick- toting teenagers <img src="http://s.tf1.fr/mmdia/i/99/4/3917994gnlwi.jpg?v=1">.
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  • Nov 20, 2009
    the first south korean film i've seen that might as well have been hollywood-made. so disappointing! it was in homage to western cinema which i get, but that doesn't excuse the fact that the best part was the soundtrack... and that was even bad at times. it reminds me of an older korean reel called "friend". the story is similar but not carried out anywhere near as competently
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  • May 04, 2009
    Great action movie from Korea. The City of Violence is about a pair of high school friends who reunite to investigate the murder of one of their own. The action in this movie was spectacular, fast paced, and beautifully shot, with plenty of memorable fight scenes. And even the story was a little predictable, it was well acted and always watchable.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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