The President's Last Bang Reviews

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.
December 9, 2005
The President's Last Bang comes off as all too ridiculously believable.
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 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 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.
November 14, 2005
The President's Last Bang is as funny as its title promises. I can think of no higher praise.
October 14, 2005
This tight, sober and strangely comical new film from South Korea tells a tale that may sound far-fetched, but that is all the more crazy for being true.
October 14, 2005
Im deftly mixes slapstick with political intrigue in this darkly buffoonish exercise, which struck a raw nerve with the South Korean government.
October 14, 2005
Bizarrely droll.
October 11, 2005
The filmmaker's irreverent take on the story is certainly arresting, and somehow feels more true to life than if he had taken a conventional approach.
October 10, 2005
From mid-movie on, confusion escalates (along with one's incredulity) as the body count mounts.