Film 2 of pre-screening for class Film4027: Neoliberal Life and Youth in Japanese and Korean cinema (Competition, Survival and Trust).
Yoo Ha finds his niche in gangster/action films and clearly knows his forte.
A Dirty Carnival has elements of competition, survival and trust.
In the game of survival, competition is tough and you cannot trust anyone.
That's Carnival's message.
When push comes to shove, people are pitted to confront their inner darkness—which eventually eats them up and destroys them.
In a way, Carnival explores this deterioration through Kim Byung-do's (wonderfully played by Jo In-Sung) life as a low-ranking gangster.
The dynamics of friendship, family and love for someone like him, in that profession is explored mirroring who those deemed "deviant"…