Yeui-eomneun geotdeul (No Mercy for the Rude) (2006)
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There are plenty of movies covering the lives of hitmen. There's even a few dealing with hitmen as social misfits and at least one with a mute hitman. It's to No Mercy for the Rude's credit that it manages to pull of an enjoyable and very funny tragic comedy. The relationships are all handled very well and each one is very different. From the old love, to the younger brother and best friend characters. They may not be original, but they are used to full effect here. The longing to be a matador and write poetry are also believable enough character quirks to create and easily accessible doorway into a character that may have been distant. The violence is tackled with style but never glorifies it. It certainly has that Korean edge that works so well.
A very unique fusion of black comedy and the hitman genre, and while it does feel that the film goes into very familiar territory (and somewhat stumbles on some of the cliches of that) it manages to actually be a nice deconstruction of the genre. Worth a check, but don't expect anything genre-defining, just a very peculiar treatment of a well-known type of film that asian cinema has been exploiting for a while. Compairing this with the wave of genric gangster flicks and romantic comedies that have flooded the Korean industry, this is a welcome change. With flaws and everything.
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