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Bloody Tie (2006)
"Sasaeng gyeoldan" (original title)

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The underworld of pushers, addicts, cops, and mobsters in Buson. Sang-do is a pusher, selling meth, abstaining from using it, living the high life, and, passing on information to the police... See full summary »

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The underworld of pushers, addicts, cops, and mobsters in Buson. Sang-do is a pusher, selling meth, abstaining from using it, living the high life, and, passing on information to the police. He enters into a special one-year deal with Lieutenant Doh, a loose canon on the force, seeking revenge against a mob boss who killed his partner and fled to China. Word is he's back, and Doh wants Sang-do's help. Perhaps Sang-do's uncle, a meth manufacturer, can help. Along the way, Sang-do tries to rescue an old girlfriend from the depths of addiction and prostitution, but she may be unable to stay straight. Doh's nemesis is slippery. Can there be any victors on Buson's docks? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Solid Korean Action Comedy
13 June 2007 | by (Taiwan) – See all my reviews

'Bloody Tie' is one of the most exhilarating action comedies from South Korea in 2006. The story revolves around a drug pusher and corrupt cop teaming up to bring down a powerful drug lord in Pusan. While the plot seems unoriginal, the film makes up for it with its unique and kinetic style, harking back to the old Hong Kong action flicks of the 80s. This is most evident in the title screen, a homage executed so perfectly that I was convinced this film could not have been made so recently.

One thing you'll notice within the first five minutes of watching this film is the crazy, borderline drug-induced cinematography. The camera-work is often frantic, with the cinematographer often utilizing hand-held photography and crash zooms with a touch of split screen now and then. On the flip side, the film also has some gorgeous shots of the port city of Pusan. This is especially evident in the movie's brilliant and very satisfying ending, one of my favorites of all time. Another thing that makes the ending so beautiful is the music. This film has such a fun soundtrack that oozes with coolness and puts you squarely in the time period.

The characters are also interesting enough to keep you engaged. Each are corrupt to the core and yet you can always find something sympathetic about them. Director Choi doesn't bother giving you a hero but instead brings you several anti-heroes who aren't very likable but they sure are cool. A lot of why this tactic works is due to the actors' great performances, in particular actress Ja-Hyeon Chu who actually manages to be the film's emotional core with only 20 minutes of screen time.

With such a refreshing visual style, hilarious black humor, and a dash of social commentary on the negative effects of the IMF financial crisis in South Korea, this stands as one of the best Korean films of 2006 and is well worth watching.


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