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Veteran (2015)

Beterang (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 5 August 2015 (South Korea)
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A honest cop seeks justice for a common man against all odds. A rich boy seeks revenge on the cop.

Director:

Seung-wan Ryoo

Writer:

Seung-wan Ryoo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hwang Jung-min ... Seo Do-cheol
Yoo Ah-In ... Jo Tae-oh
Hae-Jin Yoo ... Choi Sang-moo
Dal-su Oh ... Team leader Oh
Yoon-ju Jang ... Miss Bong
Shi-hoo Kim Shi-hoo Kim ... Detective Yoon
Dae-hwan Oh ... Detective Wang
Jeong Woong-in ... Chauffeur Bae
Man-sik Jeong Man-sik Jeong ... Manager Jeon
Young-chang Song ... Chairman Jo
Jin Kyung Jin Kyung ... Joo-yeon
In-young Yoo ... Da-Hye
Park So-dam ... Youngest
Dong-hwi Lee ... Yoon Hong-ryeol
Sung-Woo Bae ... Used cars business owner
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Storyline

Jo Tae-Oh is a young man who was grown spoiled in a wealthy family. He keeps on committing pretty much every crime that one can think of. He tries to buy his way out of everything which almost always works but Detective Seo Do-Cheol won't let that happen this time. Written by Anonymous

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The unstoppable. The untouchable. See more »


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Actor Dong-seok Ma's cameo towards the end of the film wasn't planned ahead of its shooting. The actor came to the set just to watch them shoot the scene and volunteered to make a short appearance. See more »

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References The Dark Knight (2008) See more »

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Op. 7 - 1
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Frédéric François Chopin)
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Surprisingly intense and gritty noir for action comedy
3 October 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

The first act of Veteran consists of utter shenanigans and plenty of nut shots, which might undermine its closer to reality dark story later on. When it introduces the rich mad antagonist it ramps up into one of the best cop dramas from Korea in recent times. The setup is smart, often looking eerily authentic yet still presents a couple of heavy themes with strikingly eccentric characters.

It opens up with simple case of car smuggling which feels as though it's usual Korean drama, while funny it doesn't possess the right gravitas. About half an hour comes the antagonist Tae Oh (Ah In Yoo) who practically turns the tone upside down. From then it's a mental and physical struggle that's utterly bloody and dark. This is quite the brutal chess game of cop versus criminal.

It's definitely a pleasant surprise, delivering harrowing scene of debauchery and corruption. The way the actors carry themselves bring just enough realism to the character, either it's from the daily life or interaction between colleagues or disproportionate respect to boss. The social and public culture is exaggerated, yet it's odd enough to be real. The director knows how to present the characters, both the flawed antagonist and seemingly suave antagonist, and make audience root or despise them.

Action is pretty good, it keeps the tone of actual brawl with real life martial art and has succeeded on portraying impact on its punches and kicks. The visual takes very direct ambiance and aside for a few distinct moments, it keeps the genuine atmosphere intact. If there's a hindrance in the movie, it's that the quirky comedy might not translate well. These types of gags are common for Korean shows, but they do tend to be excessive.

Using far end spectrum from both crime drama and action comedy, Veteran is a fervid and visceral cop thriller with dissonantly relatable social backdrop.


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Country:

South Korea

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Korean | Russian | English

Release Date:

5 August 2015 (South Korea) See more »

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Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$371,754, 20 September 2015

Gross USA:

$1,200,627

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,393,020
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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