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Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage (2019)

Akjilkyungchal (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 21 March 2019 (South Korea)
A corrupt cop enlists a teenage girl's help to expose a corporate scandal and eventually becomes her unlikely protector.


Jeong-beom Lee


Jeong-beom Lee
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Credited cast:
Song Boo-gun Song Boo-gun ... Prosecutor
Park Hae-Joon
Philip Hersh ... Seong-Sik (voice)
So-nee Jeon So-nee Jeon ... Mi-na
Han-sol Kwon Han-sol Kwon ... So-Hee
Sun-kyun Lee ... Jo Pil-ho
Young-yu Lee Young-yu Lee
Moon-cheol Nam Moon-cheol Nam ... Investigation Team Leader
Tae-boo Nam Tae-boo Nam ... Mug's friend
Chang Ryul Chang Ryul ... Investigation Team Member #3


Jo Pil-ho is a corrupt cop who helps a partner escape after a heist. Teaming up for a seemingly last one, Pil-ho and his partner decide to rob the police warehouse but an explosion thwarts their plans, leaving Pil-ho unconscious and his partner dead. When his own department begins suspecting his involvement in the explosion, for which he isn't responsible, Pil-ho decides to erase all evidence pointing towards him: and in the process finds himself enlisting a teenage girl's help in exposing a corporate scandal. Initially doing it just to get his name cleared, Pil-ho eventually finds himself becoming the girl's unlikely protector after a series of violent events. Written by Prashast Singh

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A Korean 'Bad Lieutenant'
5 May 2019 | by scarredpariahSee all my reviews

The film takes its time to lay out a well-constructed and engaging story with character development solid enough to deliver some emotional scenes toward its conclusion. Light on action but strong on plot and drama, with a convincing antihero 'bad cop' protagonist, and excellent support. The score is subtle, and the lighting is suitably moody. While it doesn't have the impact of 'The Man From Nowhere,' it's still worthwhile viewing.

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21 March 2019 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea


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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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