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The Merciless (2017)

Bulhandang (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 May 2017 (South Korea)
A young cop finds his loyalties divided after befriending a notorious criminal while undercover in prison.

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Sung-hyun Byun
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kyung-gu Sol ... Han Jae-ho
Si-wan Im ... Jo Hyun-soo
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... Go Byeong-cheol (as Kyoung-Young Lee)
Hye-jin Jeon ... Chun In-sook
Byung Mo Choi Byung Mo Choi ... Captain Choi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Fronk ... Russian Mafia
Alexis v Hall Alexis v Hall ... Host (as Alexis Hall)
Hong-In Hong-In ... Banggae
Joon-ho Hu Joon-ho Hu ... Kim Sung-han
Jang In-sub Jang In-sub ... Min-cheol
Hee-won Kim ... Go Byeong-gap (as Hie-won Kim)
Seong-oh Kim ... Jeong Seung-pil (as Sung-oh Kim)
Dong-yong Lee Dong-yong Lee ... Cold storage manager
Ji-yoon Moon ... Young-geun
Geun-Su Won Geun-Su Won ... Jjak-jjaki prisoner (as Gun-Su Won)
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Jae-ho has established his own rules and put all of his fellow inmates under his control in a penitentiary facility. After he meets a newly imprisoned inmate, Hyeon-soo who won't give in to anyone under any circumstances, Jae-ho pursues his new ambition to become the boss of his organized crime group once he is released from the prison. Written by subratjain1

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Russian

Release Date:

18 May 2017 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Acımasız See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,538,153
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The Indian version is dubbed in English and has been certified U/A by the Indian Censor Board. It runs at 114 minutes 20 seconds, making it 3 minutes shorter than the Korean original. The film has been slightly cut. See more »

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Beautiful Cinematography, Beautiful Story, Must Watch!
7 October 2018 | by QuilescaSee all my reviews

This movie outdid itself - is simply not any dude bro action flick. It has everything that has been lacking in many blockbuster films that I have been waiting for - for years.

I can tell the team behind it were passionate about the project; the sound effects are poignant when it matters the most, the fighting scenes have humour with people flying out of view (I legit laughed out loud), and the cinematography (sometimes like wes anderson), with appreciated story boarding, makes for contrast and relief from the building tension in the full 117 minutes - which I was on the edge of my seat for the entirety of it.

The film feels like it was made with meticulous love and I recommend it for anyone searching for a ride or die action drama.

Hint: invest in the relationships as there is more than meets the eye.

Also, better than Infernal Affairs, better than the american version The Departed, which, come on, hollywood always forgoes about character and relationships to more fighting scenes.

The Merciless didn't skimp on any of the good stuff - it is in a league of it's own. Shippers will be satisfied - I can't wait to get my hands on a director's cut.


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