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The King (2017)

Deoking (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 January 2017 (South Korea)
The story of a young prosecutor who rises swiftly to power, but tumbles even quicker.


Jae-rim Han


Jae-rim Han
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Credited cast:
In-Sung Jo ... Park Tae-Soo (as In-seong Jo)
Sung-Woo Bae ... Yang Dong-Chul (as Bae Sung-Woo)
Jun-Yeol Ryu ... Choi Doo-II (as Ryoo Joon-Yeol)
Jung Woo-sung ... Han-Kang Sik
Kim Ah-jung ... Sang-Hee
Jung Eun-chae ... Tae Soo's Sister (as Jeong Eun-Chae)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ko Asung ... Ms. Kim (as Ah-sung Ko)
Liz Cha ... Sanghee Secretary 1 (as Jiwon Cha)
Soo-Yeon Han Soo-Yeon Han
Seung-eon Hwang Seung-eon Hwang ... Jeon Hee-seong
Myeong-gap Jang Myeong-gap Jang ... Uhm Hyun-Ki
Do-won Jeong ... Prosecutor (as Do-won Jung)
In-gi Jeong ... High rank prosecutor
Lee Joo-yeon Lee Joo-yeon ... Cha Mi-ryeon
Won-joong Jung Won-joong Jung ... Moon Hee-goo


Park Tae Soo was born to a difficult family, one day he wanted to be a prosecutor. He was able to achieve his dream accepted in one of the best university in South Korea and became a prosecutor. Park Tae Soo is one of the best prosecutor although he is the youngest among them. Then everything changed when he meet Han Kang Sik, prosecutor who has the power of the king, but then Tae Soo see what's behind the curtain, the movie reflected the power of the prosecutors on the 90s. Written by Unknown

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From sheep to wolf
16 August 2017 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

The King is a movie about the rise and fall of a young prosecutor who gets involved in organized crime and politics. The film is a mixture of a drama and a crime flick but it also includes a healthy dose of social criticism that shows us a corrupt country. The movie reminds me of similar South Korean movies such as Nameless Gangster and New World. The film also recalls elements of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street in its better moments.

One of the movie's strengths is that its story is closely connected to historic events in South Korea. This makes the story more authentic. Another strong point is the acting. Jo In-sung portrays the main character perfectly and convinces as an ambitious young man from a poor village with a solid moral compass who slowly gets corrupted by older colleagues but realizes that power and wealth don't necessarily make him happy.

On the negative side, the movie is at least half an hour too long with a total running time above two hours. Especially the middle section lacks fresh ideas and includes too much repetition that harms the movie's flow. A more concise movie would have been even more efficient.

If you are interested in recent and contemporary South Korean history and society or if you like dramatic crime movies, you should give The King a chance. This film might have its flaws but it's overall enjoyable and clearly above average. It also includes a few truly memorable scenes such as the heavy opening car crash, the protagonist's first nasty party, the protagonist's tense split with his wife and the weird interview with the ambitious journalist at his seaside mansion.

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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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