2019 110 mins OV Korean Subtitles : English
“A wily mix of genres and spoof-edged amusements… directed with stylish flair… the action comes fast and heavy” Deborah Young, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
A mysterious wave of murder strikes the city of Cheonan. Tae-suk (Kim Moon-yul), a brutal policeman wreaking havoc on organized crime, is the only one convinced that this is the work of a serial killer, but his superiors remains deaf to his suspicions because of the randomness of the homicides. One evening, the gangster Dong-soo (Don Lee) is attacked and left for dead, which accelerates Tae-suk’s efforts to obtain glory by collaring the murderer, nicknamed K (Kim Sung-kyu). It becomes imperative for the intimidating gang leader, who’s up to his neck in a turf war, to restore his credibility by finding and punishing his aggressor. Thus, an unusual association is forged between cop and crook in the form of a twisted bet. They will share their respective resources, legal for one and not-so-much for the other, in order to get their hands on the killer. The one who succeeds first will be able to do what he wants. However, K has no intention of being captured and intends to increase the cruelty of his actions, to taunt his new opponents...
Starting from an absolutely brilliant concept, the action thriller THE, GANGSTER, THE COP, THE DEVIL
weaves a furious tale laden with chases of all kinds, fierce fights, and sharp dialogue stained with black humor. As evidenced by the generous box office earned in Korea (despite the brutal violence that it deploys) and its selection for midnight screening at Cannes, what we have here is an exceptional blockbuster. Thanks to the deft execution and ingenious script by Lee Won-tae (MAN OF WILL
), as well as a remarkable trio of actors led with panache by charismatic Fantasia favourite Don Lee (TRAIN TO BUSAN
is a must for any thrill-seeker. In fact, it’s already en route to a remake care of Sly Stallone, and Don Lee reprising his role! – Translation: Rupert Bottenberg