Two ruined, old adversaries meet in a rehab center and reassess the conflict that dominated their lives since the Korean War. One man is a former cop and the other is a former communist ...
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The Chief of Construction Committee leaps to his death from a tall building. Yang Jiadong, a rookie cop begins investigating it. Forced out of his job and to the safety of Hong Kong, he endeavors to discover the truth.
Ji-hye, the daughter of an army captain, receives a treasure map from her father just hours before he is killed by communist guerillas in the mountains near their home. While the communists... See full summary »
Situated in the small poverty stricken town of Woomukbaemi, South Korea, this film centers on a clothes factory manager and the triangular relationship between himself, his insatiably jealous and violent wife, and one of his employees.
Young vicar Mr. Paul arrives at the Faroe Islands to take up a benefice, and meets the young Barbara, twice married to vicars, and with both husbands laid cold in the grave. Despite the ... See full summary »
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Two ruined, old adversaries meet in a rehab center and reassess the conflict that dominated their lives since the Korean War. One man is a former cop and the other is a former communist guerrilla. The film flashes back to their tragic pasts to explain how they arrived where they are.Written by
I'm glad to be the first to write a review for this far overlooked film. Im Kwon-taek is perhaps my favorite director out of South Korea and this is one his best film. Although far out-shined by more well-known and greater films, Sopyonje and Mandala, Jagko (Pursuit of Death) holds it's on. It has characters that initially are somewhat repulsive but as we look further into their past, they become illuminated and the question remains at what point did these two men, both so bold and courageous in fighting for their respective sides of a divided Korea, fall to become babbling old men living for past conflicts and failed resolutions?
Im Kwon-taek does it all with incredible flashbacks and incredible music. Outside of Sopyonje, this film has the best music I've seen in an Im Kwon-taek film. It's elusive in how it summons up the past as a maelstrom of mystery and unresolved wars, the current state of the two Koreas.
Jagko is great and I highly recommend you search for it. Currently is in a 4-disc Im Kwon- taek collection released by The Korean Film Archive, along with Wangsimni Station (A Bygone Romance), Genealogy, and Mandala. All these contain the elusive English subtitles that are often so hard to obtain for early Korean films released prior to the year 2000. All four films are not only a great introduction to the huge body of work by this director, but a spectacular way to understand a country so divided in the past 50 years, the romance, the love, the politics, the family, and the spirituality.
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