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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.
Byung-du have stood in line for the merry-go-round way too long. He's in a hurry to experience the fun of the ride, so he cuts in line. But when he's on the attraction he realizes he wasn't tall enough to ride it. And that is A Dirty Carnival
The first half our or so of a A Dirty Carnival is all about getting to know our low life gangster's motives for wanting to move up in life. To take that ride. He struggles economically, his mother is sick and can't pay the rent, his little gang is depending on him, and he has a hard time getting his boss to understand how desperately he needs money. In all of this…
Gangster's just a label. I'm not as bad as you think.
The rise of a small time gangster to prominence and his subsequent disastrous fall is hardly new material. Look no further then the films that invented the gangster genre; Little Caesar, The Public Enemy and Scarface. All three films have this exact plot, but not only are they distinctive in their own right, but this core story has been retold and retooled over and over again for the last 85 years and will continue to be retold because we can't get enough of it.
Writer/director Yoo Ha's take on this time honored tradition has a few aspects setting it apart from Hollywood gangster films, not the least…
A tale of betrayal & motivation in the Korean mob life, A Dirty Carnival concerns a 29-year old gangster working for a middle-rank enforcer whose rise begins after he takes up a job that earns him the big boss' trust & eliminates his boss to take up his position instead. But the real trouble begins when his friend, an aspiring filmmaker, asks him to be a consultant for his debut features which brings forth the events that were buried long ago.
There isn't much to complain in most of the film's aspects as everything is carried out pretty well be it the direction, screenplay, cinematography, editing or performances but the one thing I admire most about it is the action choreography for…
Solid SK gangster film, solid fights and shootouts.
That badass playing the guitar and other various instruments during the recurring karaoke was easily the best part of this film.
THIS MOVIE IS REALLY GOOD.
because: handsome korean man
being a gangster
he is also a person who is sensitive and funny
this life is a DIRTY CARNIVAL
A good Korean crime film with a lot of people backstabbing each other. I also has a lot of karaoke.
Trust no one.
jo in sung
Great Korean gangster movie that manages to set itself apart from any american mob movies. I liked the character most of all though, it really lived and died with him but it was a strong movie and the direction was really good too.
Film bertema gangster pada umumnya memang identik dengan baku hantam, scene brutal, kata-kata makian dan penghianatan. Dan itu tersaji baik di "A Dirty Carnival". Namun yang membuat film ini istimewa adalah sentuhan ceritanya di garap dengan baik dan penuh perhitungan oleh Ha Yoo. Dengan atmosfir thrill yang konsisten, seakan penontonnya di manja dengan adrenalin uang kuat. Kejam, kelam dan unpredictable, film thriller yang tangguh dengan loyalitas sebagai pesonanya.
A small gangster works his way up by double-crossing his boss. His friendship to an aspiring movie director leads to his downfall...
Although competently made there is nothing here that's not already told or shown. It's a by-the-numbers Korean gangster story with no surprises or stand out moments. Plus the lead isn't that convicicng as he's missing the range needed for the role.
It's a totally watchable movie but nothing to remember.
Make or Break Scene: Although totally foreseeable the fate of the protagonist.
MVT: Yoon Je-mun who steals every scene he's in.
Score: 6/ 10
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This was a pretty good if over long gangster tale. This was well acted but I've never really gotten into straight gangland tales such as Scarface or the Godfather and this follows the same path by being a relatively realistic portrayal of life as a Korean gangster.
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