After their childhood friend is murdered, a two-man martial arts army beats a path to the perp.


Seung-wan Ryoo
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Credited cast:
Seung-wan Ryoo ... Seok-hwan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae-mo Ahn Jae-mo Ahn ... Cameo
Kil-kang Ahn ... Wang-jae (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
Dong-hyeon Baek Dong-hyeon Baek ... Arcade gangster
Kim Byeong-Ok
Richard Epcar ... Additional Voices (voice)
Seok-yong Jeong Seok-yong Jeong ... Dong-hwan
Deok-hyeon Jo Deok-hyeon Jo ... CEO Jo
Gyoo-Cheol Jo Gyoo-Cheol Jo
Doo-hong Jung Doo-hong Jung ... Tae-su
Woo Jung ... Teen Wang-jae
Jeong-sang Kim Jeong-sang Kim
Kkobbi Kim ... Prostitute Schoolgirl (as Kim Kkobbi)
Mi-ra Kim Mi-ra Kim
Shi-hoo Kim Shi-hoo Kim ... Teen Seok-hwan


Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan and they reminisce. Suspecting something fishy about Wang-jae's death, Tae-su and Seok-hwan start investigating it each in his own way. Both of their investigations lead to a land development project that Pil-ho is directing and the two embark on a difficult battle. Written by Anon

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During one fight scene involving street gangs, you see a group of baseball outfit coming fighters wearing facepaint in in two colors, which is a direct nod to Walter Hills "The Warriors" (1979) to make it more clear they have "warriors" written on their chest See more »


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A fun ride
24 April 2007 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

City of violence is an action movie. And when it comes to action movies the plot isn't that important. At least as long as it never forgets to be in function of the action and not the other way around. But I was surprised to see that, (although not very original) the plot was quite interesting. The actors also did a great job in carrying this plot. They were believable as childhood friends who reunite after the death of one them. Doo-hong Jung (Arahan) who has the lead as the friend who is a cop also is the martial arts director for this movie. And it shows. He choreographed some excellent fighting scenes. Especially at the ending you will be in for a treat. One of the highlights of the movie is one big action scene in he middle of the city where Doo-hong Jung has to fight several gangs of kids on his own. He does gets assistance of a friend, Seok-hwan played Seung-wan Ryoo who is the director of this film. Not to be confused with his brother (actor Seung-beom Ryu from Arahan) who looks very similar to him! When these two get together the fun really begins. I don't know if it was meant as a parody or tribute to The Warriors, but it was sure a spectacular sight to see the Korean hoodlums dressed as the gangs from that movie. They were just as dangerous and menacing. The good mix of comedy, drama and action makes this a movie that has to be seen. It's one big and fun ride!

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25 May 2006 (South Korea) See more »

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A Cidade da Violência See more »

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South Korea


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