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For the Emperor (2014)

Hwangjereul wihayeo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 12 June 2014 (South Korea)
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Lee Hwan is out of professional baseball after being involved in match fixing. He is recruited by gangster boss Jung Sang Ha to work for him as a loan shark. Over time Lee Hwan climbs the ... See full summary »

Director:

Sang Jun Park

Writers:

Yong-soo Lee (screenplay), Seong-Dong Kim (comic book)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Min-ki Lee ... Lee Hwan
Sung-woong Park ... Jung Sang Ha (as Sung Woong Park)
Tae-im Lee Tae-im Lee ... Cha Yeon Soo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae-young Han Jae-young Han ... Tae-Moo (as Han Jae-Young)
Jae-won Lee Jae-won Lee ... Kyung-Soo
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Lee Hwan is out of professional baseball after being involved in match fixing. He is recruited by gangster boss Jung Sang Ha to work for him as a loan shark. Over time Lee Hwan climbs the ranks of Jung Sang Ha's company as the game becomes one of blood, money and sex. Written by LP

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gang war | murder | casino | See All (3) »

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Classification in South Korea is 18.

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Action | Crime

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

12 June 2014 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Emperor See more »

Filming Locations:

Busan, South Korea

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Opus Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Datasat (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not Believable
8 July 2015 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

I had thought the Korean studios had turned the corner a year or so ago and started to produce intelligent action crime/thriller films, but this title is a throwback to the old days. Robotic and stereotyped acting (and appearance) for everyone from criminals, to hookers, to cops; to storyline; it's like they were uncreatively formed from a mold of typecast characters of previous similar films. Disgraced former baseball pitcher, Hwan, accused of throwing games for money turns into an enforcer for organized crime including, of course, sports betting as well as the other standard crime-of-the-day activities. Hwan, despite being skinny and probably having spent most of his young life playing baseball suddenly acquires the skills to turn into a martial arts beast taking multiple baddies down (most much bigger, with knives, and practiced at their art) - in other words incredulity follows Hwan for the remainder of the film. He does have a badass stare down though. The film is basically knife stabbing and martial arts' throw downs (e.g through windows, tables, the usual). Suggestion: If looking for crime/action film that puts films like this to shame I suggest checking out the "Justified" series. LIke comparing junk food to the highest Michelin rated restaurant, "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey".


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