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Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012)

Bumchoiwaui junjaeng: Nabbeunnomdeul jeonsungshidae (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 February 2012 (South Korea)
On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.


Jong-bin Yoon (as Jong-Bin Yun)


Jong-bin Yoon (as Jong-Bin Yun)
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Credited cast:
Min-sik Choi ... Choi Ik-hyun
Jung-woo Ha ... Choi Hyung-bae
Jin-woong Cho ... Kim Pan-ho (as Jin-woong Jo)
Dong-seok Ma ... Kim Sung-bang
Jongsoo Kim Jongsoo Kim ... Manager Jang
Jong-gu Kim Jong-gu Kim ... Chief Jo (as Kim Jong-Goo)
Tae-won Kwon Tae-won Kwon ... Director Ho
Young-chang Song ... Attorney Han
Yeong-Seon Kim Yeong-Seon Kim ... Ik-hyun's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Cavnoudias Peter Cavnoudias
Gyu-pil Go Gyu-pil Go ... Fake Firefighter
Cheol-woo Han Cheol-woo Han ... Hyung-bae's Gangster
Hyun Joong Kang Hyun Joong Kang ... Hyung-bae's Gangster
Sin-cheol Kang Sin-cheol Kang ... Waiter
Eung-soo Kim ... Public Prosecutor Choi Joo-dong


On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

2 February 2012 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Nameless Gangster See more »

Filming Locations:

Busan, South Korea


Box Office


KRW10,000,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Min-sik Choi reportedly put on 10 kilograms for his role. See more »

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Nameless & Mediocre.
28 March 2014 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

A tale of crime, corruption & power, Nameless Gangster concerns a Busan customs officer who along with his corrupt colleagues doesn't mind bribes but when he's on the verge of getting fired & accidentally discovers around 10 kg of crystal meth which he, with the help of a colleague, later sells it to a gangster who turns out to be of the same family clan as his. The rest of the film is about him leaving his customs post & teaming up with this vicious gangster in what later becomes the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.

There isn't much to talk about this film so I'll try to point out the likes & dislikes. Starting with the likes, Choi Min-sik delivers a brilliant performance here as a wannabe gangster whose rise & fall is chronicled in this tale. The rest of the performances are no slouch either. The action is nicely choreographed, the characters are intriguing & overall, it works as a fine gangster film. And as far as the dislikes go, the story could've been more tightly structured, the flow of events could've been smoother & it could've worked with a reduced runtime.

On an overall scale, Nameless Gangster might work for some of its viewers but it's not as impressive as what the other Korean films of its genre has to offer. There are many noticeable flaws in here & the story is just not that interesting either to keep one emotionally invested. It didn't manage to meet up my already mediocre expectations from this film but its family themes & the choice one has to make when faced with loyalty vs own's life are nicely explored. Worth a watch? At least once for sure.

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