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The City of Violence

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
This Korean revenge thriller’s a familiar story (notably from ‘Get Carter’), but if you’re up for some high-speed head-kicking the action choreography is eye-popping. City cop Jeong Du-hong (also the fight arranger) returns to his provincial home town for a high-school pal’s funeral before investigating the killing with his hot-head local buddy (director Ryoo). They uncover a trail of corruption typifying the burgeoning South Korean economy, all of it leading to an impressive climactic biff-off with hordes of evil henchmen.

No prizes for originality, then, but Ryoo knows his carnage, with one early set-piece staging a compact version of Walter Hill’s ‘The Warriors’ (down to baseball players in two-tone make-up) and the finale showcasing Jeong’s imposing combination of sinew and agility – there’s little wire-work or CGI here. Roly-poly comic Lee Beom-su’s terrific performance as the oleaginous villain is another plus, setting the seal on a no-nonsense action flick delivered with skill and conviction.
Written by Trevor Johnston

Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Release date:Friday 8 June 2007
  • Duration:93 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Ryoo Seung-Wan
  • Cast:
    • Seung-beom Ryu
    • Jung Doo-hong
    • Lee Beom-su
    • Kim Seo-hyeong
    • Ahn Kil-Gang
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