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The Attorney (2014)



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SONG Woo-seok has no clients, connections, or even a college degree, but his eye for business and appetite for money turn him into one of the most successful lawyers in town. But right at the peak of his success, a local teenager is falsely accused of a crime, then beaten and tortured while waiting in jail. Shocked by these conditions, SONG changes the course of his life, and takes on the case no one else will. This story is based on true events. (c) Well Go USA
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Song Kang-ho
as Song Woo-seok
Kim Young-ae
as Soon-ae
Oh Dal-su
as Dong-ho
Kwak Do-won
as Cha Dong-young
Yim Si-wan
as Jin-woo

Critic Reviews for The Attorney

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

A familiar yet compelling South Korean courtroom drama, propelled by Song Kang-ho's strong performance as an unlikely hero.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
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What makes writer-director Yang Woo-seok's feature debut special is how it handles this shocking incident with verve, style, and humor.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Every scene does its job, tears flowing on cue.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
New York Times
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Just when a viewer is lulled into believing "The Attorney" is a lighthearted comedy about a doofus of a lawyer, this powerful South Korean feature takes a sharp turn toward brutal political thriller.

February 6, 2014
Seattle Times
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The Attorney features a powerful, energetic performance by Woo-Seok.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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The movie is carried by its rousing pro- democracy message and a lively performance from the versatile leading man ...

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Attorney

Those déjà vu yet familiar scenario is one thing. Despite occasionally melodramatic, its general light-footed tone is a great advantage.


Good legal drama, interesting story/background. Gets a little too melodramatic as it goes along, but overall is very satisfying.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

Yang Woo-seok's politically charged The Attorney can be a bit overly-sentimental throughout the court scenes, but the revolutionary message still manages to bring a few tears to you eye. Chronicling the conflict and fear between North and South Korea in the 1970s-80s, the sociopolitical commentary expressed in this film is second to none. An incredible drama that even people ignorant of the political issues it's dealing with will enjoy.

Dov Doviak
Dov Doviak

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