No Mercy for the Rude (Yae ui Upneun Gutdeul)

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Crunching violence, whimsical humour and semi-ironic domestic asides are all in a day’s work for mute assassin Killa (Shin Ha-Kyun), as he dispatches all manner of nasties and hypocrites on his way to paying for the tongue operation which will restore his speech. Although Chan-Wook Park’s regular cameraman, designer and editor are all on board, it’s not quite a clone, since slashing knife-play notwithstanding the protagonist’s essentially sweet-natured, as he gathers together an ad hoc ‘family’ (passing prostitute and street-urchin) who’ll become more of a liability as the gangland plot kicks in. All slightly over-familiar to Asian cinema fanciers, but done with verve and a cumulatively disarming emotional charge.

By: Trevor Johnston

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Director:
Park Chul-Hee
Cast:
Shin Ha-Kyun
Kim Min-Jun
Yoon Ji-Hye