The story is set in Asura, the dimension of pure desire according to ancient Buddhist mythology. The mythical realm is threatened by a coup from a lower heavenly kingdom and the story follows from there.
A troubled ex-cop is imprisoned for a hit-and-run accident. He discovers that the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate who has been running a crime syndicate with the help of the warden and guards which provides them 100% alibi.
A coup in North Korea forces an agent to defect to South with unconscious "Number One". While operatives from North hunt for both of them, the agent has to work with South Koreans to stop the nuclear war.
Detective Han (JUNG Woo-sung), who for years has been secretly doing dirty work for the corrupt mayor Park Sungbae (HWANG Jung-min), is now pressured by a ruthless prosecutor Kim Cha-in (KWAK Do-won) to cooperate in an investigation against the mayor. Feeling trapped, Han persuades his young partner Sunmo (JU Ji-hoon) to take over his work for the mayor, but things start to get tangled in unpredictable ways. As things are getting worse, only the most evil survives in this dog-eat-dog world.Written by
I don't know about you but I am getting tired of these films, where there is corruption in politics and the police investigate, but the police are corrupt themselves. Its full of violence but it's never there for a god reason. Occasionally this is OK. The violence in Oldboy was justfied by the character's fury at being locked up for 15 years, but here, it just felt as though the director wanted to wallow in sadistic violence to shock us. Just why is Hang (Sung-woo) working for a sleazy mayor? i never understood, although it is suggested that it's because his wife, who is dying of cancer, is being supported by her half-brother who is the mayor. the shame of this film is that the only female characters given any screen time are either shown as dying or about to be killed. The audience I watched this with seemed to laugh or be sickened by the violence. I like Korean cinema usually but this one was not worth the time.
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