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Les formidables (2006)

Gang-jeok (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 22 June 2006 (South Korea)
Su-hyun wants to leave the syndicate and opens a small restaurant. Helping his life-long friend from an orphanage, he gets arrested for a murder that he didn't commit. To catch the real ... See full summary »


Min-ho Cho




Credited cast:
Joong-Hoon Park ... Inspector Sung-woo
Jeong-myeong Cheon ... Lee Su-hyun
In-yeong Yu In-yeong Yu ... Mi-rae
Chang-min Choi Chang-min Choi ... Jae-pil
Soon-Tek Oh ... Jong-chae
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi
Hak-seon Kim Hak-seon Kim ... Detective Choi
Jung-ki Kim Jung-ki Kim
Ik-joon Yang Ik-joon Yang ... Yang Jin-soon
Jung-hee Moon Jung-hee Moon ... (as Jung-Hee Moon)
Hyeon-jin Baek Hyeon-jin Baek
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seok-jeong Hwang ... Detective Hwang
Seung-Beom No Seung-Beom No ... Teolbo


Su-hyun wants to leave the syndicate and opens a small restaurant. Helping his life-long friend from an orphanage, he gets arrested for a murder that he didn't commit. To catch the real killer, he hurts himself in prison and is transported to the hospital. Sung-woo is a homicide detective. His wife has left him, and his son's life is in jeopardy. He can't afford to pay the hospital bills, not to mention the liver transplant needed to save his son's life. To make matters worse, he gets reprimanded at work for walking out on his undercover post, which led to the death of his partner. Having gotten drunk out of guilt, he creates a scene at the funeral for his late colleague and gets kicked out, only to end up becoming a hostage of a jail breaker, Su-hyun. Written by Anon

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Action | Crime | Drama


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22 June 2006 (South Korea) See more »

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South Korea


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His supporting role in this Korean production would be the final film for popular Korean-American actor Soon-tek Oh, ending a forty year career. It would also be his first film appearance in his native Korea. He would pass away 12 years later. See more »

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Starts out with a bang but then stalls
7 September 2006 | by dmuelSee all my reviews

Les Formidables tells the story of a man trying to start a life independent of the Korean mob, who is accused of a murder he didn't commit. He pairs up with a guilt-ridden, divorced cop who has a son in need of a liver transplant the cop cannot afford. The cop wants the man, who the cop believes is truly a killer, to murder him so his family will collect money from his death--solving all his problems. The film starts with considerable energy and verve, but stalls about midway through and later seems sorely in need of extensive editing. The film is too long, with the camera lingering too much on our hapless duo, who are dodging both the mob and other cops as they try to sort out their respective difficulties. Also, one wonders why the film's "English" title is actually French.

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