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But the protagonist's love interest with gorgeous Han Hyo Joo hasn't been given much formation in the story line as to make it seem even out of the blue romance between the two. And this lack of character development only adds to make the running time feel longer than it already is.
I have to give respect to the effort they put in to come up with non CGI primitive brawl styled actions as well as the visually provoking underground tunnel action scenes which depicts the original anime.
All and all, I hope the following reviewers and critics alike ( mostly Westerners I am sure ) would view this action flicked romanced tear jerker as a Korean FILM that came out as the byproduct of the so called " PHASE" in our cinematic industry of being globalized as to setting a foot print in the beginning of the era of K movie global influence domination following K-POP and K-dramas. Thank you and merci beaucoup.
Does a Reunification mean a Republic of Korea or a Democratic People's Nation of Korea?
Makes the South Koreans seem petty, as fighting and killing each other for control of the Republic of South Korea. While the Republic of South Korea Government is fighting for Reunification, while some South Korean Citizens are fighting against Reunification.
Script 8 Entertainment Value 8 Acting 8 Would recommend this to others to watch to learn about Korean Cultural Anthropology.
The story of Illang: The Wolf Brigade is set in the near-future where both North & South Korea have decided to re-unify their governments after years of planning but face resistance from a terrorist group. And so to battle this new threat & wipe them from existence, the South Korean police launches a special & deadly unit.
Directed by Kim Jee-woon (A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad, the Weird & I Saw the Devil), Illang: The Wolf Brigade packs some captivating set pieces but the drama fails to leave a lasting impression and doesn't offer anything to invest into. Even the opening prologue fails to create a sense of intrigue like it's supposed to.
Not everything is a disaster though for the action scenes retain a sense of kinetic flair and the dynamic use of camera in those moments infuses energy of its own. But it's all for nothing as we are already detached from all that's unfolding on the screen and the characters involved in that environment. Also, the melodrama only makes its worse.
On an overall scale, Illang: The Wolf Brigade has bits n pieces of brilliance but the material is too weak & uninspiring to sustain the interest and leaves the audience feeling indifferent in the end. The film's vision of the future is a plus but it fails to weave a gripping plot around it. An unexpected dud from Kim Jee-woon, his latest isn't what one expects from a director of his calibre.
Regardless, I found this movie on Netflix while perusing through their Asian section. Having seen the animated movie back during my late teenage years, of course I had to give a live action movie a view, without a doubt.
So how was it? Well in all honesty, I can say that it wasn't all that impressive. Sure, the visual effects and the armors were great, and there were a couple of good gun fights. But the storyline was just so mediocre that it was hard to get immersed into the movie, into the universe and into embracing the Korean remake.
The acting in the movie was fairly good, taking into consideration the horribly weak script they had to work with.
Sure, the movie was adequate for what it turned out to be, and it was entertaining for sure. I had just expected somewhat more from a live action movie based on the classic "Jin Roh: Wolf Brigade" anime. But for viewers not familiar with the 1999 anime, then I am sure this is a mighty fine and dandy movie. But for us already well familiar with the 1999 anime, not so much...
The only reason I gave this movie a 9 rather than a 10 is because there is a contrivance at the end. Spoiler Alert!!! The noble leader of the renegade group of law enforcement reformers is obviously quite insightful and intelligent. So why would he want to kill off the heroine at the end, knowing she had to do what she did to save her very physically-ill younger brother? This was obviously done to set up a big, impressively-choreographed fight between the group leader and the hero over the heroine's fate. Everything worked out in the end, but I thought the writer could have done a better job of finishing the story without making the group leader have a temporary mental lapse near the end.
This movie, like the outstanding "Train To Busan," shows that Hollywood better pay close attention to South Korean film makers, especially pertaining to thrillers.
Than somebody told me this is not a North Korean wet dream. This is actually a South Korean wet dream. So is there a difference between the North and South besides the money the whole world injects into the "democratic" side?