• THE GREAT FINNISH DICKSUCK

    Added by THE GREAT FINNISH DICKSUCK

    Fantastically choreographed fights. Worthy of watch even just for those scenes.

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  • Jacob Smith

    ★★★½ Watched by Jacob Smith 10 Aug, 2014

    Technically very well made, with strong themes running through it, but there's something missing to elevate it from being more than just good. Not sure what it was; can't really put my finger on it. Still, a good film. Recommend to fans of the genre.

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  • nyk

    Watched by nyk 02 Aug, 2014

    The actions sequences in the film are brilliant and rustic. But the film is a tad too slow which doesn't stick well as it's characters don't sit down and realize much but move swiftly about their next task.

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  • Reviewpuram Akilan

    ★★½ Watched by Reviewpuram Akilan 19 Jun, 2014

    Everything in this film feels very "wannabe", except for the wonderful premise. A hero who is just about being the quintessential anti-hero throughout, the villain who only cares about being rich, and a whole load of other cliches. The film desperately wants to be the Asian "Godfather", but the characters and milieu aren't unique enough to make it memorable. It felt like too many characters and stories from many gangster films were being packed in to one single storyline. I…

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  • Zombeaver

    ★★★½ Watched by Zombeaver 31 May, 2014

    "Jopok" is a term I've only recently become familiar with despite having been watching Korean films for a number of years now, including quite a few that would fit into this category. Japan has Yakuza, China has Triads, we've got the mafia, and South Korea has Jopok.

    I'll admit, I'm a sucker for gangster movies. Scarface is still, in my estimation, one of the greatest films of all time. I've always found tragic characters to be the most interesting, compelling,…

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  • Heljar Wilhelmsen

    ★★★★ Watched by Heljar Wilhelmsen 27 Apr, 2014

    Let's explore South-Korea
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    Once again, South-Korea hits the nail on the head with another gangster flick. Dirty, gritty and violent, "A Dirty Carnival" exposes the life of petty, small-time gangsters in a stylish fashion. It's popularity in the country of vengeance and stylish violence is well-deserved.

    Man of the day is the devilishly handsome Kim Byung-doo (Jo In-sung), who's a stone-cold killer with family problems and a stuck-up boss. With ruthless methods, such as bringing a knife to a…

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  • Mr_Vengeace

    ★★★★½ Added by Mr_Vengeace

    Hands-down one of the best films to come out of South Korea. My favorite SK gangster film alongside NEW WORLD. This one is directed by one of my favorite directors, Yoo Ha [A FROZEN FLOWER]. The story follows a man rising in the ranks of his gang, and he gets a little bloody in order to do so. The film is long, as most gangster flicks are, but it never goes stale or astray from the spirit of the film.…

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  • Chevalier

    ★★★ Added by Chevalier

    Well done for the most part, even if the movie-within-a movie twist kind of derails a bit the story.

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  • Bunkerwelt

    ★★★½ Watched by Bunkerwelt 11 Apr, 2014 1

    Since I'm a huge fan of the recent wave of south korean revenge thrillers I tend to check out other genres from that country as well, especially when I'm able to grab the BluRay for free from my good friend Mr. JamesLebowski. Now "A Dirty Carnival" isn't so far off from my usual fare, falling comfortably into the rise-and-fall gangster movie genre. Basically you can say that this is the south korean version of a Scorsese movie.

    A young gangster…

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  • CinemaClown

    ★★½ Watched by CinemaClown 21 Mar, 2014

    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…

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  • Naughty

    ★★★★ Watched by Naughty 10 Mar, 2014

    Engaging story about a ruthless cold blooded gangster who would do anything to get to the top! As vile and horrendous as his actions were the clever director blurred the lines between good and evil! In essence he revealed a simple truth that in every good man there is evil, and in every evil man there is good!

    I found myself caring about Byung-du, actually going so far as to look the other way when his evil side reigned and…

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  • The Spenc

    ★★★ Watched by The Spenc 01 Mar, 2014

    There are some good ideas in this Korean gangster drama. And bit of good acting and fighting scenes as well. You can tell why this movie received critical acclaim and a bunch of Asian film awards. However. had the director Yoo Ha handled the "A gangster with a soul" main topic in a less naive manner this would have been a truly remarkable movie

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