A troubled ex-cop imprisoned for a hit-and-run accident 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.

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Hyeon Na (as Na Hyun)

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Hyeon Na (as Na Hyun)
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Credited cast:
Rae-won Kim ... Song Yu-gon
Suk-kyu Han ... Jung Ik-Ho (as Seok-Kyu Han)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Se-ho Ahn Se-ho Ahn ... Ddagaebi
Sung-won Choi Sung-won Choi ... Prison Officer Eom
Hyeon-bae Dong Hyeon-bae Dong ... Hong-pyo's group member
Lee Hae-Young
Joo-wan Han Joo-wan Han ... Jong-dae
Sung-yong Han Sung-yong Han ... Gye-sik
Yi-jin Han ... Kye-sik
Seo Ho-Cheol Seo Ho-Cheol ... Hong-pyo's group member
Kijoon Hong Kijoon Hong ... Buddhist sanctum prisoner
Jang Hyuk-jin ... Representative Lee
Bong-sik Hyun Bong-sik Hyun ... Agoo's gang member
Jo Jae-yoon ... Hong-pyo
Bae-soo Jeon ... Chief of Security
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A troubled ex-cop imprisoned for a hit-and-run accident 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.

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Rule the world from within

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Action | Crime

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Great characters, bleak color palette, epic conclusion
27 October 2017 | by stroggosSee all my reviews

The ex police officer, Yu-gon Song, is incarcerated for a hit-and-run accident. He's now surrounded by convicts who rest assured don't like any police officers hanging out with them. Yu-gon Song soon finds out that everybody in the prison follows the order of the inmate Ik-Ho Jung, who runs the prison from the inside like a crime lord, who is respected even by the prison guards and the warden. In order to survive, Yu-gon Song has to win Ik-Ho Jung's trust.

'The Prison' focuses on the relationship between the two inmates Yu-gon Song and the Ik-Ho Jung. The movie takes its time to develop this relationship, with a relatively slow pace. The pay-off for the slow pace is great though, as you learn more about the rich and complex characters. Ik-Ho Jung in particular was deeply interesting to me, a crime lord who is both cruel and dignified, both meditative and power-hungry. Most of the time he walks around the prison calmly with an emotionless face, but then at times his pent-up anger and viciousness breaks out in a truly visceral fashion.

Everything is set in bleak color palettes, shades of grey and brown. One feels cold and damp watching this movie. The atmosphere is super thick. And just about when I felt that the movie was going to bore me with its drabness, the plot went into a completely different direction from what I originally expected. A few twists towards the end build up towards a truly epic conclusion, one that asks deep questions about crime, loyalty and morality.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,376, 2 April 2017

Gross USA:

$207,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,205,329
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Curoholdings See more »
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2.35 : 1
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