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Friend 2: The Legacy (2013)

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The long-awaited sequel to Korea's cultural phenomenon of 2001, Friend 2: The Legacy opens with LEE Joon-seok (YOO Oh-seong) preparing to complete his 17-year prison sentence for ordering the hit on his best friend turned rival gang boss. Joon-seok still has the affection of the crime boss and is the rightful heir, but must face the reality that the intervening period has significantly eroded his mentor's health and power as well as his own standing. To regain power he starts to round up his old lieutenants but also turns to his protégé Seong-hoon (KIM Woo-bin), who considers Joon-seok a father-figure for his protection while in prison. Merging gangster wisdom with fresh blood, the two are on track to take over leadership of Busan's most powerful crime organization - if their bond can survive the knowledge that Joon-seok had a role in the death of Seong-hoon's father. Exploring the relationships of fathers and sons, Friend 2: The Legacy delivers an enlightening prequel and hard-boiled coda to an iconic gangster film that changed the meaning of the word Friend in Korea.(C) CJ

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

The subtle anguish of performances by Mr. Yoo and Mr. Kim is a welcome addition to the gangster flick family.

December 12, 2013 | Full Review…
New York Times
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The moral that hoodlums who abide by loyalty and principles are redeemable remains entirely suspect.

December 12, 2013 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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While it's not much worse than its predecessor, Friend 2: The Legacy has none of the bromantic charm that made Friend, South Korean writer-director Kyung-Taek Kwak's 2001 gangster drama, the highest-grossing film in Korean history.

December 10, 2013 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Overlong and stuffed with melodrama

December 13, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
National Post

For pure genre lovers, all of this will be pure catnip, and for others, once you accept all the derivativeness and noisome clichés, it may deliver real, if somewhat primitive, migraine-inducing entertainment.

December 13, 2013 | Full Review…
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