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02-16-2011, 02:19 PM
It's getting high praise as a fanatical revenge movie.


Anyone else stoked on this?

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 02:25 PM
Huh. The guy who directed A Bittersweet Life (which I loved) and A Tale Of Two Sisters (which was pretty but slow) with the dudes from Old Boy and The Good, The Bad And The Weird. Keen.

That trailer sold me.

Alison Jane
02-17-2011, 07:17 AM
I would see anything with Oldboy in it. That guy's awesome.

I haven't seen many Korean movies lately....

02-17-2011, 06:21 PM
And I feel like I've seen a bunch (the Vengeance series, Thirst, The Good the Bad and the Weird).

Ian Jane
02-17-2011, 06:35 PM
Have you seen A Bittersweet Life? I think you'd dig it.

02-17-2011, 06:36 PM
Nope - who dat? You said the same director as this?

Ian Jane
02-17-2011, 06:45 PM
Yup. The first half is a bit slow but it errupts into an awesome Woo-style finale and has a lot of good, brooding drama along the way.

Surprisingly, I don't think it ever got a legit release stateside (I have the Korean one) but it got bootlegged pretty quickly and is easy enough to find.

02-17-2011, 07:01 PM
Adding it to the list - thanks!

Ian Jane
05-10-2011, 12:15 PM
Just for the record, this movie contains a lot of radness.

05-10-2011, 12:34 PM
The scene in the doctor's office was especially rad. Min-sik Choi is like the Korean Anthony Wong.

Ian Jane
05-10-2011, 12:39 PM
He's certainly turning out that way lately. He's pretty awesome in this one. The really upped the level of violence in this too, it's gory as hell.

Mike T
05-10-2011, 02:35 PM
Choi Min-sik is like the Korean Anthony Wong.

That's like the coolest simile ever, because it's true. Both are great actors and can do amazing serious work, but both do great OTT bad guys.
I must see this film -- I see it's not long been released on BD in the UK in the 144m version. I shall investigate, soon...

Ian Jane
05-10-2011, 02:43 PM
The DTS-HD on the Magnolia Region A disc kicks all kinds of ass.

Alison Jane
05-24-2011, 05:42 PM
I really want to watch this again. It doesn't have the depth or wtf factor of Oldboy, but the violence and emotion in it is just awesome.

Ian Jane
05-24-2011, 05:57 PM
The sheer determination of Lee Byung-hun's character makes this one for me, which is an interesting contrast to Choi Min-Sik's completely unrepentant asshole of a bad guy. It's pretty cool the way the movie parallels the two, and the movie is very clever in that way, in addition to being impressively violent.

More people need to see this movie.

paul h.
07-15-2011, 10:07 PM
Spoiler, sort of...

I just watched this last night on Netflix instant, not knowing anything about it, and it blew me away. I kept trying to think of a recent English language film that is equivalent in its impact and brutality, but couldn't really think of one right off (though I was reminded of Scorsese's take on CAPE FEAR, showcasing moral ambiguities and the trap of vigilantism).

Alison Jane
07-18-2011, 07:39 AM
It's amazing. Ninety-five percent of the movies I watch I forget by the next day. This one I still think of often. Must rewatch.

Steve Marshal
09-20-2011, 01:01 AM
The thing which really does fascinate me is the idea and the strong direction of the movie which is really impressive and awesome.
Looking for franchise (http://lookfranchise.livejournal.com/)

Randy G
09-20-2011, 06:38 AM
I liked this quite a bit, reminded me of The Chaser.

03-06-2012, 12:59 AM
I'm still kicking myself because I got sick & couldn't go see this movie during its limited engagement at the Nuart. It certainly is one of the more memorable genre films to have come out of Korea in recent years & Choi Min Sik is absolutely on top of his game in this one.

I still cringe & flinch every time I see that scene where Kyung Chul gets his achilles tendon cut! Yikes! :shake: