A Dirty Carnival
Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling financial pressure as a substitute patriarch. When the big boss President Hwang is cornered by a corrupt prosecutor, Byung-du volunteers for a whack job and wins the big man's trust.
Brilliant gangster flick that any Scorsese fan would love. It also probably has the record for most baseball bats used as weapons, there is a huge insane fight scene. In-Seong Jo is stellar in the lead as a young gangster that's getting a movie based on his life, that ends up comprimising his job and everything else around him. Completely absorbing, often mesmerizing, and has the standard Korean unhappy ending.
Interesting look at rise of a low level gangster in Korea.
This is how a gangster film should be like.
Nah this is not the best or near best Korean gangster flick.
The plot are too draggy and slow - basically there's no main plot in this movie. There are certain scenes where the movie produce charm apart from the movie is bland and boring.
Jo In Sung's performance is great, but this is pretty much every other Korean gangter flick I've seen. It lacks a certain charm, but if you're wondering why people want to see more of the lead actor, watch it.
"A Dirty Carnival" is a nice little gangster flick with sadly a bunch of flaws. It's a bit like the unstylish, tedious little brother of "A Bittersweet Life".
It gives room to many characters but the pacing is quite off. The whole movie drags far too often and would've greatly benefitted from a tighter script.
There's a bunch of good big action scenes, all of them big brawls, but they seriously lack a punch, because the sound effects are incredibly tame. They look generally good and authentic, but they sound like shit. No connecting hit sounds as hard and unforgiving as they look. Due to the wild and seemingly unchoreographed look (which usually would be a big pro)of the action…
Korean crime, street brawls and shit, OUYA.
Best use of Alan Parsons Project in film history.
A dirty carnival is an all-encompassing Korean gangster film which depicts the messy nature of gang-life and how fates can swiftly change. This is a film of many narratives and styles, just like Korean cinema as an entity has the tendency to provide something for everybody. Whether it is the main narrative, the meta-one where the protagonist's has a childhood friend who is making a film about gangsters, the love story or the bookending karaoke numbers which have a habit of collecting the intentions of the singer. While nothing is wrong with the film, per se, it would have benefitted immensely from a tighter script.
Watched for the “best of Korean cinema” article on soundonsight.org