I need time to take in what I've seen - A review to follow soon!
I didn't want to rush in and just write about this film, I was on an emotional high from it, I just wanted to let my thoughts and feelings even out.
First - I'd like to thank Julie and Mr. Dulac for highly recommending this film.
Second - I'm still shocked that I've managed to miss this film, considering I thought I kept in tune with the Eastern films. But no, this one had slipped by!
The film simply blew me away, from start to finish! It had everything I've come to expect and love from a Korean (South) film. From the action to the script, the violence to the humour, the darkness to the light. Everything worked for me, at every point I was hooked.
You may think you know where the film will go and how it will play out. You think it's about drugs, then it takes a darker route. It makes you wonder at the end as well, and because it's a Korean film, there is every chance they will suckerpunch you, I was never 100% sure how it would end.
I suppose some will moan it's a typical revenge film, cliched and formulaic, all been done before! It has and will be done again many times over. Yet I bought into the characters, the villains, the twists of the plot, and the action. The characters had depth, I cared for Cha Tae-sik, his heartbreaking past, his connection with Jeong So-mi. I cared for Jeong So-Mi (the little girl), together on screen they are brilliant. And when it all goes south, his journey of revenge is fantastic to watch. The fights are brutal, fast and bloody. The final showdown I thought was superb, after the film I watched it again!
It's not just action either, the emotional ending is superb and does bring a tear to the eye. I just didn't want it to end!
I think this is one of my favourite Eastern films now.