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Believer (2018)

Dokjeon (original title)
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.

Director:

Hae-Young Lee (as Hae-young Lee)

Writer:

Jung Seo-Kyoung
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Cast

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

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Taglines:

He is no one. He is everyone. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

8 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Believer See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$146,630, 10 June 2018

Gross USA:

$365,639

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,047,153
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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

Upon its release, the film became not only the first South Korean film to reach 1 million moviegoers but also the fastest South Korean movie to reach 3 million moviegoers, both in 2018. See more »

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[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 Drug War (2012) See more »

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Believe in this film.
17 July 2018 | by Prashast_SinghSee all my reviews

I have not seen the original film, DRUG WAR yet.

I'm very impressed with this South Korean crime action film, BELIEVER.

I guess the original will also be very entertaining since its remake has succeeded in hitting all the notes perfectly. Ranging from action to twists to performances to background score: BELIEVER excels in all the departments. Seriously, BELIEVE me.

I could say this is one of the best movies made on this theme. It is perfectly edited at 123 minutes (though I've heard there's a longer version too) and on the way delivers loads of action and some unique plot twists with pulsating music. The director has successfully extracted brilliant performances from the cast, especially Cho Jin-woong, Ryu Jun-yeol and the belated Kim Joo-hyuk.

Without extending the character drama to an overboard limit, BELIEVER remains engaging for the most part. It's the execution which even makes me wonder if this is the best crime action film I've ever seen. The film holds its ground on the technical front. The splendid cinematography does justice to the film's mood and tone.

BELIEVER doesn't intend to evoke emotions; it intends to entertain with its thrilling storyline and heart-stopping action sequences. It uses twists in limit, and without the plot getting too convoluted, it becomes an easily likable film. And as far as the action sequences are concerned, I like the way how a particular setup leads up to the big ones. Hand to hand combat, gunfights, explosions, destruction: there is everything an entertaining action film would have and all of these action blocks are simply outstanding.

And I mean it; every single action scene is spectacular and worth repeated viewings.

To sum it all up, BELIEVER is a film I will highly recommend to anyone who likes crime action movies with a great climax which allows thoughts to flow in. If you haven't already seen it, see it now!


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