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Traffickers (2012)

Gong-mo-ja-deul (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 30 August 2012 (South Korea)
A thriller about the passengers with different objectives on board a cruiser headed for China, being chased over and over again and unexpected happening of things.

Director:

Hong-seon Kim

Writers:

Hong-seon Kim (screenplay), Sang-myung Kim (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chang Jung Lim ... Yeong-gyoo
Daniel Choi ... Sang-ho
Dal-su Oh ... Kyung-jae
Yun-hie Jo Yun-hie Jo ... Yoo-ri
Dal-hwan Jo Dal-hwan Jo ... Joon-sik
Ji-yoon Jeong Ji-yoon Jeong ... Chae-hee
Young-hoon Lee Young-hoon Lee ... Dae-wong
Seung-hwan Shin Seung-hwan Shin ... Dong-bae
Il-hwa Choi Il-hwa Choi ... Chul-soo
Jae-hwa Kim Jae-hwa Kim ... Choon-ja
Moon-su Lee Moon-su Lee ... Oh Park-sa
Joon-seok Heo Joon-seok Heo ... Man in Prologue
Yoon Sang Ho Yoon Sang Ho ... Seung Mu-won
Sung-taek Park Sung-taek Park ... Choi Bi-seo
Il-mok Park Il-mok Park ... Won Moo-gwa
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Young-Gyu (Im Chang-Jung) is a former leader of a human organ trafficking group, but after the death of a member he has quit the group. Since that time, Young-Gyu has become a broker for smuggled goods from China. He has also fallen in love with Yoo-Ri (Jo Yoon-Hee), a ticket agent at the local international port terminal. Meanwhile, Yoo-Ri's father (Choi Il-Hwa) is gravely ill and needs an organ transplant. She turns to the black market and goes to Dong-Bae (Shin Seung-Hwan), a loan shark and an organ dealer. Dong-Bae, knowing that Young-Gyu loves Yoo-Ri, calls him in for a meeting and asks Young-Gyu to do a job for him. Young-Gyu doesn't want any part of it, but when he learns Yoo-Ri has turned to Dong-Bae, he decides to take the job. Young-Gyu then reforms his old team and they board a ship for Qingdao, China. Meanwhile, Sang-Ho (Daniel Choi), who works as an insurance agent, takes his wife Chae-Hee (Jung Ji-Yoon) on a cruise ship to Qingdao, China. Sang-Ho's wife is also the ... Written by Subrat Jain

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 August 2012 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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It could have been much more, but still turned out to be entertaining...
18 April 2014 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

While "Traffickers" ("Gong-mo-ja-deul") is not the brightest moment in Korean cinema, it is neither the darkest. This movie is the type of movie that will have to simmer for a little while as it sinks in, because it is a movie that gives you something to think about.

As such, then "Traffickers" may not appeal to just everyone in the audience, and can be something of an acquired taste.

The story is about a group of people who deal in illegally obtained organs taken from people against their will, with deadly results.

While there are many different layers to the story here, it does seem a little bit out of place, and as if director Hong-seon Kim is trying a little bit too much, and not fully accomplishing what set out for. However, as the movie progress, what previously didn't make much sense or came off as being strange and out of place, starts to make sense as the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. With a movie that works in this manner, perhaps a second viewing is to be done in order to fully grasp the whole thing.

The acting in the movie was good, and there was a great flow to the story, although it just didn't always make much sense at first.

It should be said that there are some fairly brutal and visually macabre scenes throughout the movie. But for a movie of this caliber and genre, it is a necessity. But be warned, some might find it a bit appalling.

"Traffickers" is enjoyable, although two hours were pushing the boundaries a little bit, and the movie would have fared better with a bit cut out in the editing here and there. And while things portrayed in the movie may or may not actually take place in the world, then "Traffickers" does give something to think about. So if you sit down with the intend to watch this movie on autopilot, you might be better off with something else, perhaps with a movie that doesn't really require conscious thought.


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