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Believer (2018)

Not Rated | | Action , Crime | 8 June 2018 (USA)
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A police detective determined to catch the unseen boss of Asia's biggest drug cartel joins hands with a revenge-thirsty member of the gang.

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Hae-yeong Lee (as Hae-young Lee)
2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jin-Woong Cho ... Won-ho (as Jin-woong Jo)
Seung-won Cha
Jun-yeol Ryu ... Rak
Sung-ryung Kim ... Oh Yeon-ok
Ju-hyuk Kim ... Ha-rim
Seung-Hyun Kang ... Soyeon
Hae-Joon Park ... Sun-chang
Joo-Young Lee Joo-Young Lee
Ga-ram Jung
Dong-Young Kim Dong-Young Kim
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Storyline

A police detective determined to catch the unseen boss of Asia's biggest drug cartel joins hands with a revenge-thirsty member of the gang.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

To catch a devil, trust a sinner. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site [Well Go USA]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

8 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drug War See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$146,630, 10 June 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$365,639, 8 July 2018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Yong Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Last film starring Ju-hyuk Kim, who passed away in a car accident on 30 October 2017. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Won-ho: Have you ever been happy in your life?
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Crazy Credits

Before the closing credits, a line "In the memory of Ju-hyuk Kim." is shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended version of the film has a duration of 131 minutes 32 seconds and is 8 minutes 12 seconds longer than the theatrical cut which had a duration of 123 minutes 20 seconds. Both versions have the similar 15+ rating. See more »

Connections

Remake of Du zhan (2012) See more »

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I partly Believe
17 October 2018 | by deastman_ukSee all my reviews

When a baleful underling survives an assassination plot, and the police accept his help to crack the drug gang's mysterious Mr Big (or Mr Lee) we know we will not be witnessing anything original.

I always try and catch Korean films in a festival, and I'm glad I caught this one. Borrowing heavily from style over substance hits such as Diva, through Usual Suspects and Infernal Affairs, it keeps a Mission Impossible tempo but in the end goes for a mystery ending. The hyper violence isn't quite up to 11 but is fairly unrelenting.

While definitely a great film, with notable sound and cinematography, it doesn't quite hit the heights of some other Korean action films due to some limited character development and imprecise editing. And the editing has filed away a sometimes visible consistent heart.


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