To payoff his second girlfriend's debt, hitman Melvin Smiley undertakes a kidnapping job with his usual associates. In a world of prospective Jewish in-laws and late movie fees, the hitman ... See full summary »
Lou Diamond Phillips,
I caught this at the London Film Festival in November 99 and after the screening met its star Park Joong Hoon.
Nowhere to Hide is the story of the toughest policeman in Korea's search for a criminal. The film works in many ways at once. First, as a brooding manhunt, with drug lord Chang on the run from a team of overworked cops led by Detective Woo (Park Joong Hoon). Second, as a realistic police procedural chronicling 72 days of the manhunt (a little like the first series of Barry Levinson's Homicide: Life on the Street) with Woo taking the law into his own hands. Third, as a laugh out loud comedy. Finally as a vehicle for the director to show that Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone aren't the only people able to redraw cinema's boundaries. Here he uses the occasional computer effect (watch out for a drop of sweat more critical than Tom Cruises in MI - and a swirling snow storm) and black and white film to amazing effect.
This was the first Korean film chosen to appear at Sundance (2000) which should give you an idea of the company it belongs in.
By the way Detective Woo is based on a real life Korean 'Dirty Harry'
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