JIN Hyun-pil heads up a multi-level marketing company called 'One Network Inc.' that has an extensive network covering all of Korea. The Intellectual Criminal Investigation's Chief, KIM Jae-myung, is on to Jin's company suspecting its deep and widespread connection to CEOs, politicians, and bureaucrats. Kim catches a break when he tracks down the company's IT architect and brain, PARK Jang-gun. Kim persuades Park to hand over information on Tech Hub and Jin's secret ledger, in exchange of a plea bargain. Park pretends to cooperate while making his own plans to turn in his boss and steal the company's huge secret fund. Jin gets wind of the police closing in on him. He closes off his scheme in Korea and stows away with his partner, hiring assassins to execute Park. Kim never gives up pursuing Jin but 6 months later, news about Jin's murder stirs the country once again.Written by
The NC16 rated version in Singapore has been edited to get a PG rating. See more »
A financial thriller with top-billed cast
It is rare to find three top-billed cast in a single South Korean movie, which probably explains why 'Master' shot up to the top of the box-office charts and attracted 5 million viewers in the first two weeks in the home country.
This financial thriller revolves around President Jin (Lee Byung- hun), of One Network who is heading a pyramid scheme. He is a cold- hearted, greedy con man who plays the most complex character as he brings up the main theme of the story. Park Jang Goon (Kim Woo-bin) plays an expert systems manager who seems to shift loyalties between police and villains multiple times. Kim binds the two characters of Lee and Kang together and plays a witty, two-dimensional character. Kim Jae Myung (Kang Dong-won) is an obligatory police captain who plots to catch the bad guys and bring justice to the innocent people who were scammed. I personally find Kang's character the best and his exceptional performance in this movie is absolutely remarkable. The bromance among the three characters is not to be missed.
The storyline flows fast while building some degree of suspense, especially towards the latter part. However, half of the running time shows how one double-crosses another and the story to circle around itself without getting anywhere. There are a few action scenes and nothing brutal. Neither any sort of romance is involved.
The movie is shot in South Korea initially and moves to Manilla, Philipines towards the latter.
I definitely recommend this movie to everyone who enjoys thrillers.
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