As you all know I’m a big fan of Korean cinema and that is solely because these guys/girls can wipe the fucking floor with nearly any other director/writer that’s out there. Their story-lines are strikingly original but are always very simplistic and just executed in such a powerful and smart way. Is it any wonder some of your favourite American masterpieces are nothing more than a afterthought, a regurgitation of brilliance and creativity. I can completely understand people not wanting to read subtitles (it does take some getting used to) so I can understand to a certain extent the reasons for remaking these films. That and the fact that they can’t come up with any of their own ideas.
This film has the feeling of “infernal affairs” or “the departed” as it’s sadly better known. It’s a cop/gang movie that starts off with a snitch getting wet cement poured down his throat, placed in a barrel and thrown into the ocean. My mouth was hanging open at the barbarity of the first scene and I knew within 2mins that this film is going to be fucking brillant. The story follows an undercover cop who’s is torn between the two lives he leads. One in a well respected crime syndicate (who needs a new boss), and the other a cop who keeps getting fucked about time and time again, getting told that this will be his last job undercover, and continuously getting lead astray by his superior officer who is played brilliantly by “choi min-sik” (oldboy, I saw the devil).
This film is way more intelligent than your average undercover cop story. Although the premise of this movie has been done before. No one can do it quite like the Koreans. An American remake is in the works (surprise surprise) and due for release 2015.