Nowhere to Hide

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Korean maverick auteur Lee Myung-Se directs this wildly exuberant, genre-crunching, police-comedy action flick. Held together with only the barest of plot elements, this film is a gleeful romp through a litany of film styles and references. Following a gangland murder in a popular Seoul shopping area, bumptious, cock-sure detective Woo ( Lee regular Park Joong Hoon) and his marginally more contemplative partner Kim (Jang Dong-gun) comb the city for the killer (former heartthrob Ahn Sung-Ki). Woo stumbles from one jaw-dropping sequence of stylized violence to another until he has his final two-fisted showdown with the killer. Nowhere to Hide was the second-highest-grossing film of 1999 in Korea and an audience favorite at the 1999 Pusan Film Festival and the 2000 Sundance Festival.

Cast

Ahn Song-gi
as Chang Sung-min
Joong-Hoon Park
as Detective Woo
Jang Dong-gun
as Detective Kim
Dong-Kun Jang
as Detective Kim
Ahn Sung-kee
as Chang Sungmin
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Critic Reviews for Nowhere to Hide

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (10)

  • A skinny little mediocrity of a film, all dressed up with no place to go, except towards more violence.

    June 27, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is flash in the service of nothing, the proverbial sow's ear doing an indifferent imitation of a silk purse.

    February 21, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Nowhere to Hide may not be devoid of substance, but beneath the virtuoso finish it's rotten to the core.

    February 21, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film often churns with the pleasure that visual stimulation can provide and more affection for the bang-bang techniques than you're likely to see in the movies of music-video directors simply making the jump to the big screen.

    February 21, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Lee can't tell a story to save his life, but he's something of a visual magician, laying out glittering piles of goodies that you instinctively want to follow.

    February 21, 2001 | Full Review…
  • Reveals that in Lee Myung-Se Korea has a filmmaker with enough razzle-dazzle and visceral appeal to rival Hong Kong's -- and Hollywood's -- John Woo.

    February 21, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nowhere to Hide

  • Apr 18, 2011
    It's absolutely chaotic to look at with visual tricks and flashy camerawork accompanying the hard-hitting, brutal, but relatively bloodless, action and fights. It's a unique little Korean action-thriller but the plot is lacking and the cops are even more brutal than the drug-dealers they're at war with, so they don't come across as very likeable. It's fun and unique though and worth a look if you like far-eastern cinema.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2009
    Overbearingly stylish, with rich colors, flashy quick cuts, jumpy edits, speed metal musical scores..all cumulating to an original, creative arthouse look that detracts from the experience instead of enhancing it. This film feels like a music video...shallow characterization and a weak script all adds up to a pretty picture that lacks any real depth.
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2008
    Brutal but bland Korean cops chase crooks through a generic plot. With its blaring soundtrack, flashy editing and pointless camera tricks, it seems like a 112 minute music video, with all the depth of characterization typical in that genre.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2008
    Brutal, funny and stylishly directed film about Korean cops tracking down a murdering gangster, creates some great characters with stunning, atypical images. Some may be shocked by the methods used by the Korean homicide investigators, as they rabidly trash human rights to accomplish their goal.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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