A South Korean mob-syndicate boss dies, kicking off a massive power struggle. Will the businesslike No. 2 guy (Lee Jung-jae) ascend to the throne? Is his reckless counterpart (Hwang Jun-min) vying for the top spot? Or will a police lieutenant (Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik) use this void to bring everything down—as he’s got a mole in the organization? Like many of his SK–action peers, director Park Hoon-jung has a knack for staging violent set pieces (notably a melee that moves from a parking garage to inside a cramped elevator) but comes up lacking in terms of character development, narrative clarity, etc. Still, gangster-movie fanatics should take note: New World dishes out enough of the genre’s oldest pleasures to make it worthwhile.
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