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Cast

Credited cast:
Kyung-gu Sol ... Han Jae-ho
Si-wan Im ... Jo Hyun-soo
Kyoung-Young Lee Kyoung-Young Lee ... Go Byeong-cheol
Hye-jin Jeon 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)
Ji-yoon Moon ... Young-geun
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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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Action | Crime | Drama

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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:

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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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This is what top shelf action crime drama looks like....
9 September 2018 | by s3276169See all my reviews

If you want to see what top shelf action crime drama looks like ,The Merciless, as the title translates, is its very definition.

This is a polished, likeable, laughable but ultimately, very dark film. Its essence if you look closely, is a proxy dysfunctional father son styled relationship. The older and younger crime figures play ball, they have fun, they make jokes, hang out, rough house, conspire, collaborate, share the good and the bad.

Of course given the nature of what they are and what they do the outcome was and is, very bleak and could be noting else. In its closing scenes there's a certain sense of the events of this film coming full circle too. Of loss and a grim kind of anti hero, rebirth.

If you like quality crime drama, with healthy amounts of action, with an adjoiner that this film is violent and occasionally sadistic, then you really can't do better than this offering from Korea. A deeply impressive effort. 10/10 from me.


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