The President's Last Bang Reviews

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April 26, 2019
It's a daring glance into the past... Uniquely cherish-able.
June 21, 2007
The film certainly doesn't spend too much superfluous time introducing the players, so it's at times confusing keeping track of just who is doing what to whom. Nonetheless, I found that it unfolded with enough style and humour to keep it interesting.
April 14, 2006
I found it muddled and un-engaging.
March 4, 2006
March 3, 2006
what the film lacks in depth it makes up for in Hong Kong-style punch, with vivid cinematography and powerfully choreographed action.
January 19, 2006
In the end it's probably best to say, glad I saw it, but not sure I got the most out of the experience. My advice: Do a little history homework first.
December 20, 2005
The President's Last Bang has been extremely well made, and its cast deftly walks the thin line between reality and parody. Perhaps the players do it a bit too well.
December 12, 2005
... the way it brazenly mixes matter-of-fact brutality with the deadpan comedy of the fumbling execution and slapdash cover-up is inspired...
December 10, 2005
The off-kilter humor is a welcome contrast, and the performances are strong, particularly by Baek as the increasingly unhinged patsy.
December 9, 2005
The President's Last Bang comes off as all too ridiculously believable.
December 9, 2005
The gallery of Park's cronies and sycophants are presented as buffoons, but as the violence starts, the narrative thread gets hopelessly tangled.
December 6, 2005
It's riveting and unsettling, but, as powerful as it is to watch, because of its basic, panoramically broad conception, it may not really stay fixed in the memory.
December 6, 2005
November 30, 2005
Although a tad long-winded and plodding, it's vigorously acted and persuasive, leaving the viewer to suspect that Im's account, drawn from historical records, could be pretty close to the truth.
November 27, 2005
In the end, the film develops an amusing entertainment out of dire circumstances.
November 23, 2005
This meticulously well-made picture is disarmingly funny at times ... but also subdued and straight-faced, with one eye planted on 1979 and the other on the violent student demonstrations looming in the distance.
November 23, 2005
A few elements of the film are lost in the translation...[but] for all that, The President's Last Bang is entertaining and swift-moving.
November 19, 2005
An alchemical brew of balls and technical brilliance.
November 18, 2005
Im Sang Soo is, film by film, challenging the way modern South Koreans think and behave.
November 18, 2005
A virtuoso slice of sustained black humor.
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