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25 January 2002 (South Korea) See more »
Ruthless cop Chul-joong and a merciless killer in raincoat run into each other in a small alleyway and form a fatal bond... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Kyung-gu Sol ... Cheol-jung, Kang
Sung-jae Lee ... Kyu-hwan, Jo
Shin-il Kang ... Chief Investigator Eom
Jeong-hak Kim ... Detective Kim
Yong-gu Do ... Detective Nam
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Crawford ... Policeman / Gangster 1 (voice: English version)
Ju-bong Gi
Soon-chang Hong
Kan-hie Lee
Brandon Scott Peters ... Detective Kim (voice: English version)
Tae-hwa Seo
Ji-ru Sung
Eun-yong Yang
Hae-jin Yoo

Directed by
Woo-Suk Kang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hyeon-jeong Kim  screenplay

Original Music by
Yeong-wook Jo 
Cinematography by
Sung-Bok Kim 
Film Editing by
Im-Pyo Ko 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doo-hong Jung .... martial arts director
Sound Department
Eun-ah Choi .... dialogue editor
Sung Rok Choi .... sound effects editor
Matthew Crawford .... adr engineer
Chang-seop Kim .... sound designer
Suk-won Kim .... supervising sound editor
Ju-kang Park .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Sung-jin Jung .... visual effects supervisor
Tae-hoon Kim .... visual effects supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Gonggongui jeog" - South Korea (original title)
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138 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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'Woo-Suk Kang' (0437652) and 'Kyung-gu Sol' (0812555)'s first collaboration.See more »
Cheol-jung, Kang:Know what cops are usually called?
Detective Kim:Pigs.
[Cheol-jung, Kang hits the table with his glass]
Detective Kim:Protector of the public.
Cheol-jung, Kang:Right, protector of the public. I'm Protector Kang of the pubic. And Kim Young-soo is?
Detective Kim:Protector of the public.
Cheol-jung, Kang:A son who killed his parents is usually called an immoral person. From now, we call them public enemy. A what?
Detective Kim:Public enemy.
Cheol-jung, Kang:I can't hear you. A what?
Detective Kim:Public enemy!
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Gonggongui jeog (2002), 11 March 2005
Author: SnakesOnAnAfricanPlain from United Kingdom

Simple story here, a cop chases down a psychotic serial killer. He is the only one who believes that this respected, wealthy, family man is the serial killer, and so must bring about some under-handed methods whilst keeping the politicians off his back. What the film lacks in story it makes up for in complex relations and psychological warfare. A stroke of genius coming about once Gyu-Hwan (the killer) kills a man not related to the murder of his parents, just to tease Chul-Jung (the cop). The film begins by letting us get to know the two characters, Chul-Jung's partner shoots himself leaving Chul-Jung to be the focus of an internal investigation, while he also tries to get rid of some heroin. Gyu-Hwan is introduced ferociously masturbating in the shower, before exiting the bathroom and greeting his son. The film, like a few Korean police thrillers ('Memories of Murder', 'Nowhere to Hide') has a fantastic sense of humour to counteract the shocking scenes of violence. One scene has Chul-Jung on a stakeout, running round the streets in the rain trying to find a place to take a dump. The film can be looked at as a commentary on social status, as the cop has a bad reputation, and is tainted as he tries to do the right thing. The psychopathic serial killer, is highly respected, possibly because of his wealth. The murder scenes are at times chilling, while the fight scenes are brutal and never unbelievable (apart from a hilarious encounter in a shop between Chul-Jung and a large number of gangsters). An interesting array of supporting characters, fill in any holes that this film leaves through lack of originality, the chief of homicide, and a knife expert being among my favourites. The film seems needlessly long in places, and since we as the audience know who the killer is the investigation can get frustrating, although this may be used to reflect the anger of Chul-Jung and nobody believing him. Speaking of Chul-Jung it is very, very hard to get to like him as he is a bit of a low-life and this is a shame as it becomes hard to be brought into his world. By the end however he sort of redeems himself. The performances are wonderful from the two leads, and rather than trying to upstage each other, like good actors they play off each other and seem to be enjoying it when their character has the upper hand. It's a film that is comfortable being what it is, never wanting to push the boundaries, but offering a brilliant, tense and funny cat and mouse thriller.

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