• Kane Le-Petit

    ★★★★ Added by Kane Le-Petit

    Well acted , brutally realistic and just a fantastic overall gangster flick.


  • Alex Keipper

    ★★★½ Added by Alex Keipper

    The movie takes a bit of time to warm up... about the first hour or so in fact, but once it gets into its point and its flow, it really gets interesting. The fighting is stylized, with no gun use at all, the the scenes are choreographed extremely well. However, the movie runs slow at several points, and it's discomforting and almost unrealistic how quickly the protagonist abandons his character. Still, a great korean gang flick.


  • kvnvis

    ★★★ Watched by kvnvis 20 Feb, 2015

    The inhumanities of the gangster life.

    Friendships, love and family are all sacrificed when you lead a life as a gangster, and it's not all surprising to me to see this in this film. Having seen countless films and dramas about mobs and triads in Asian cinema, I kind of expected this and this film didn't particularly deliver anything new to impress.

    What I liked here was the acting. I'm somewhat of a fan of Jo In Sung and Jin…


  • Terése Flynn

    ★★½ Watched by Terése Flynn 27 Jan, 2015 10

    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…


  • Mr. DuLac

    ★★★½ Watched by Mr. DuLac 01 Dec, 2014 2

    Gangster's just a label. I'm not as bad as you think.
    -Kim Byung-doo

    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…


  • Dollman

    ★★★★ Watched by Dollman 08 Nov, 2014

    Follows a low-tier mob boss and his day-to-day life. Great naturalistic fight scenes. A real rollercoaster.


  • chandrukrish24

    ★★★★ Watched by chandrukrish24 22 Oct, 2014

    A Dirty Carnival - Semma. Surely a cut above the rest. Best Korean flick among ones i watched in recent times. #RockSolid #NeoNoir


  • iceberrie

    ★★★★ Rewatched by iceberrie 23 Sep, 2014

    It may look like a common gangster movie. There’s not exactly heartbreakingly memorable cinematography, either. But… with tender, yet intense performance by In-Seong Jo, the film becomes brilliant.




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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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…