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New World (2013) More at IMDbPro »Sin-se-gae (original title)

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New World -- After the head of Korea's largest crime syndicate dies, undercover cop Ja-seong, who is exhausted and conflicted by his lengthy assignment, is ordered by his potentially corrupt boss to help the number two man in the organization become its leader.
New World -- A cop who has been working in deep cover as an underworld lord's right-hand man finds himself at the forefront of a deadly and decisive police operation after the death of his boss.


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Release Date:
21 February 2013 (South Korea) See more »
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2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Gripping and spectacular See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jung-jae Lee ... Lee Ja-sung (as Jung-Jae Lee)

Min-sik Choi ... Section Chief Kang

Jeong-min Hwang ... Jeong Cheong

Seong-Woong Park ... Lee Jung-gu
Ji-hyo Song ... Sin-woo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Il-hwa Choi ... Jang Soo-Ki
Jin-Sung Ham ... Jung Chung's underling
Gwang Jang ... Director Yang
Jin-Mo Joo ... Officer at National Police Agency
Young-ki Jung ... Korean-Chinese Hitman 3
Woo Jung-Kook ... Korean-Chinese hitman 2
Byeong-ok Kim ... Korean-Chinese Hitman 1

In-seo Kim ... Ja-sung's Wife
Yoon-Sung Kim ... Suk-Moo
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... Seok Dong-Chool

Directed by
Hoon-jung Park  (as Park Hoon Jeong)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hoon-jung Park  screenplay

Produced by
Jae-Duk Han .... co-executive producer
Hyun-woo Kim .... co-executive producer
Woo-Taek Kim .... executive producer
Min-jung Park .... producer
Cinematography by
Chung-hoon Chung 
Film Editing by
Sae-kyoung Moon 
Na-young Nam 
Production Design by
Hwa-sung Cho 
Costume Design by
Sang-kyung Cho 
Makeup Department
Hyun Jung Kim .... key makeup artist
Sound Department
Gun Jung .... sound recordist
Chang-sub Kim .... sound
Visual Effects by
Chansoo Kim .... cg supervisor: digital idea
Erin Eunsung Kim .... visual effects producer
Il Hwan Na .... visual effects artist
Min Jung Shin .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Il-Hyeok Bae .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Sin-se-gae" - South Korea (original title)
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134 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:18A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:12 (DVD rating) | Germany:18 | Japan:PG12 | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | USA:Not Rated

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The first part of planned trilogy.See more »
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Gripping and spectacular, 30 June 2013
Author: Phyxi from Australia

'New World' is an epic gangster film from South Korean director, Park Hoon-jung. With actors such as Choi Min-sik (probably most well known for his role as Dae-su in 'Oldboy'), I was expecting this film to deliver something spectacular. And, well, it did. For the duration of the narrative, I could not tear my eyes away from the screen. While the pace of most films of this length tends to slow, or get a little dull, 'New World' kept a steady rhythm, full of political intrigue.

Undercover cop, Ja-seong (played by Lee Jeong-jae), leads a dual life. He has his job as a policeman, and the role of a gangster in a large crime syndicate that goes under the name of 'Goldmoon.' When the boss of the syndicate is killed in a car accident, Chief Kang (Choi Min- sik) puts a new project into effect called 'Operation New World'. The purpose of this operation is to ensure that one of the undercover cops in the syndicate will rise to a position of power. The ultimate aim is for the syndicate to be in the hands of, or at least easily manipulated by, a trusted law enforcer.

Ja-seong finds himself torn between his duties as a cop, and his loyalties to 'brother,' and gang member, Jung Chung (Hwang Jung-min). Putting more hours, and more effort into his work, Ja-seong finds less time at home with his pregnant wife, and more into the syndicate 'family'. Acting as a bridge between the law, and the underworld, the loyalty of Ja-seong is rarely questioned by his acquaintances. Yet, it is apparent that Ja-seong beings to question the nature of loyalty, and of betrayal. As he prepares to dive further into the syndicate, his confusion becomes ever more apparent.

Some of the conversations in 'New World' were gripping, and the portrayal of violent acts was just spectacular. The use of blood in these instances, paired with close ups, were some of the most aesthetically pleasing moments in the film. While not extremely violent, 'New World' uses violence in a manner that complements the pace of the film. The ruthless nature of the law, and the syndicate, was highlighted in these instances, and it is apparent that both sides can be as manipulative, and as corrupt, as one other. All the while, in the midst of this corruption, Ja-seong must find a place of power to call his own; he must create a whole new world.

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