Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…
Ku Dong's life is going nowhere, spending his days beating people in the streets, he seems to be confined to repeat the same mistakes of his father, who happens to be already in jail. Even his younger brother is not far from going into the same tracks. Then a struck of luck, if you could call it that, hits Ku Dong, a crime syndicate kidnaps him in order to train him to pass the police admission exam. It's something they have been doing for a while, sneaking moles in the police force to protect their leader, and making it easier to do dirty jobs here and there. The training of Ku Dong is both painful and hilarious, a very black humour that seems to be something natural for Korean cinema The thing is, Ku Dong really wanted to be in the force, at first just as an excuse to keep beating people, but eventually starts to realize this is his chance to give his life a real purpose.
South korean cinema has shown again and again the great timing they have for dark acid comedies. Gags involving characters getting beat up, punched and just viciously kicked. This film is breaking no new grounds, but it manages to crate an interesting story with a lead character you want to follow in his adventures in the underworld.
"Mr. Socrates" is a South Korean mixture of absurd comedy and crime thriller from 2005. The film follows Ku Dong a lowlife thug who gets abducted by a strange group of people led by a former convict.
They teach Ku Dong and give him fight training so he can become a cop and act as a mole for the group.
"Mr Socrates" constantly switches between relatively gritty fights, the training that borders on strange social experiment like torture and really absurd comedy elements. The performances are all decent but sadly all the elements never come together to become an interesting whole. The film doesn't really drag but somewhere down the line you'll start to ask yourself whether there will be…
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