MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,414 this week

No. 3 (1997)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 418 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 7 critic

Tae Ju, number 3 man in his gangster organization, he wants to be the number one. Can he realize his ambition?

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 214 titles
created 05 Feb 2011
 
list image
a list of 37 titles
created 16 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1277 titles
created 25 Nov 2011
 
a list of 267 titles
created 20 Aug 2012
 
a list of 20 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "No. 3" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: No. 3 (1997)

No. 3 (1997) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of No. 3.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A North Korean spy and a former South Korean agent form a tense partnership.

Director: Hun Jang
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Dong-won Kang, Yun-seo Choi
The Attorney (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An ambitious tax attorney decides to represent an old friend in court.

Director: Woo-seok Yang
Stars: Yeong-ae Kim, Do Won Kwak, Dal-su Oh
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Strange things begin happening to an expedition deep in the Antarctic.

Director: Pil-Sung Yim
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ji-tae Yu, Hee-soon Park
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set during the seizure of the throne by Sejo of Joseon in the year 1455, the movie follows the life of Nae-Kyung. Nae-Kyung, the son of a ruined noble family, goes all around Joseon and ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-rim Han
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Jung-Jae Lee, Yun-shik Baek
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life.

Director: Chang-dong Lee
Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Kang-ho Song, Yeong-jin Jo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Jong-bin Yun
Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Sung-chun Han, Seo-won Jang
Private Eye (2009)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story takes place in occupied Korea at the start of the 20th century, where a young student in medicine discovers the murdered body of the son of a government official. Being scared of ... See full summary »

Director: Dae-min Park
Stars: Jeong-min Hwang, Deok-Hwan Ryu, Ji-won Uhm
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War.

Director: Je-kyu Kang
Stars: Dong-gun Jang, Bin Won, Eun-ju Lee
Green Fish (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mak Dong has just been released from the army and is on his way home, when he helps out a woman on the train... See full synopsis »

Director: Chang-dong Lee
Stars: Seong-kun Mun, Seong-kyu Han, Suk-kyu Han
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-hun Lee, Kang-ho Song
Beat (1997)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This movie follows the story of three friends in Korea, all three of whom drop out of school. The main character is Min, a tough guy whose widowed mother is a drunk. The story traces his ... See full summary »

Director: Sung-su Kim
Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Bu-seon Kim, So-young Ko
Kiss & Cry (2011)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Stars: Michèle-Anne De Mey, Gregory Grosjean, Jaco Van Dormael
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Eun-hee Bang
...
Dong-Pal
...
Tae-ju
Mi-yeon Lee ...
Hyun-Ji
Seong-ho Lee
Kwang-jung Park ...
Rimbaud
Sang-Myeon Park ...
Ashtray
...
Jo-Pil
Edit

Storyline

With just a knife in his hand, Tae-ju has been a gangster for 15 years. The number three man in the Dogang Family, every day, Tae-ju lives by the ruthless determination to become 'number one in the family.' He studies foreign languages in his spare time in preparation for the internationalization of organized crime but things are not going his way. Presently, he is being twisted inside out by Jae-chul, the simple-minded number two man who resolves everything by wielding an ashtray, and Dongpal Ma, a gangster prosecutor who lives in the same apartment complex and picks a fight every which way Tae-ju turns. Written by luraz isketambola

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Action | Crime

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 August 1997 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Number Three  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Clever genre parody
17 March 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Korean Gangster film that appears to be quite excellent, if confusing. I'll probably have to watch it again to see if still appears excellent when I understand what's going on better :D

The movie loosely follows the life of "Gangster No. 3", who doesn't like to be called a "Gangster" and really hates to be called "No. 3". But there's lots of tangents and side stories so it's hard to really say that there's any one focus to the movie... it's got a very fractured structure (hence the confusion).

The movie is strikingly different from most HK Triad movies, and really shows 99% of them up with the intelligence and self-awareness of the script and direction. I guess I don't usually notice just how cliched and unrealistic HK scripts generally are until I see something like this that... well, isn't. Not that cliched and unrealistic is necessarily a bad thing, but you can see why many people are shunning HK movies in favour of Korean flicks these days.

There's quite a lot of subtle and dark humour throughout the movie, which doesn't glamorise any of the characters or their lifestyle... they all take themselves terribly seriously, but the movie likes to gently point out how absurd such posturing is.

I have to admit I struggled to keep track of which characters were allied to which others, and what the hell they all wanted. It didn't help that about half way through the movie the subtitles suddenly go from very good to absolutely nonsensical. I guess they ran the sub script past a native English speaker after translation by a Korean speaker, but after 50 minutes he had to go and catch a bus or something. I couldn't decide if the quality recovered somewhat towards the end, or it was just that dialogue got more sparse :D There's also quite a bit of written material on screen that goes untranslated throughout.


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD kevbee
Kang-ho Song factor1601
What the Hell? ali420
Pretty good movie killedsome
korean gangster from many perspective luraz
Discuss No. 3 (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?