Presented by Nongshim America INC,Korean Cultural Centre in Canada

Quebec premiere
Selection 2023

The Roundup: No Way Out

Directed by Lee Sang-yong

Hosted by Director Sang-yong Lee, Producers Billy Acumen, Artistic team Kueng-teak Kim.



Lee Sang-yong


Don Lee, Jun-hyuk Lee, Aoki Munetaka


Capelight pictures OHG

South Korea 2023 105 mins OV Korean Subtitles : English
Genre ComedyAction

“One of the best modern action franchises delivers another banger… and any excuse to watch Ma Dong-seok punching fools is a good one”
– Pete Volk, POLYGON

The brawny yet sympathetic Sergeant Ma Seok-do (Don Lee, TRAIN TO BUSAN) is back with a vengeance, ready to let his fists remind the thugs who cross his path of every bad thing they’ve done since they were children. A double agent is shot dead during an undercover operation to blow the lid on the proliferation of a new drug that is ravaging local youth. Worse still, the man responsible is a crooked policeman aiming to rip off a yakuza gang for the benefit of Chinese interests with a large shipment... which he has stolen. The whole mess involves a lot of criminals to deal with, but the murder of a colleague and the chaos in motion make the case very motivating for Ma and his team. With a host of adversaries to contend with, including a Japanese assassin wielding a katana with surgical efficiency, our hero will be doing plenty of interior redecoration, using hapless gangsters!

THE ROUNDUP: NO WAY OUT delivers even more for action-movie fans, with higher stakes, more epic confrontations, and the best gags yet, in a series tailor-made for fans of American classics of the ’80s and ’90s. It's a real treat! Director Lee Sang-yong, the captain of the franchise, displays unparalleled visual creativity, sometimes seemingly inspired by Looney Tunes cartoons, to communicate the impact of his hero's delivery, while devising several breathtaking scenes with colossal implications in which the antagonists pose a real threat. The highlight of the show, of course, is Don Lee, who delivers a grandiose performance, excelling in all the different tones he brings to the table. Charismatic, imposing and, at times, vulnerable, his performance is up there with those of legends like Schwarzenegger and Stallone, all the while mastering comic timing to an astonishing degree — a rare quality. His previous opus THE ROUNDUP won an Audience Award at Fantasia last year, and we're betting that this cinematic series, each of which stand on their own, will once again make their mark at this year's festival. – Translation: Rupert Bottenberg