The Merciless (Bulhandang)

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While serving time in prison, big shot gangster Jae-ho's life is threatened by a veteran criminal who was dispatched by his own boss. Young and spirited Hyun-su saves him in the knick of time, and they soon become loyal friends and promise to work together. Following their release, Jae-ho and Hyun-su team up to try and take over the crime ring, but their relationship faces the ultimate test as they each begin to discover what truly lies beneath their alliance. Veteran actor Sul Kyung-gu partners with K-pop sensation and film newcomer Yim Si-wan to deliver a sensuous portrait of trust and betrayal in Byun Sung-hyun's gripping crime thriller.

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Critic Reviews for The Merciless (Bulhandang)

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  • South Korea has produced some jaw-dropping action thrillers in recent times, but this one badly needed a bit more wit to go with the wallop.

    Oct 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Gail Tolley

    Time Out
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  • Two-thirds into the picture, the switcheroos get so ridiculous one eventually stops caring about any character.

    Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…

    Maggie Lee

    Variety
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  • The Merciless is a superior slice of hardboiled pulp fiction in the blossoming "Korean Noir" style.

    May 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • At one point the characters get so bored with each other and the story that they get distracted by a random background woman's butt. I didn't blame them.

    Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "The Merciless" is not a masterpiece, but Byun Sung-Hyun achieved his goal of standing out, at least partially, in his first effort in the genre. If he manages to improve his narrative and limit his imagination a bit, he could become one of the greats,

    Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An ultraviolent Korean crime film with plenty of swagger and visual brio, but still too generic to really stand out from the pack.

    Oct 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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