Movie Suggestion XIV – Nameless Gangster
Original title: Bumchoiwaui junjaeng
South Korea – 2012
Genre: Crime/ Thriller
Stars: Choi Min Sik (Oldboy) and Ha Jung Woo (The Chaser)
“Choi Min Sik and Ha Jung Woo take the Busan underworld by storm in the crime blockbuster Nameless Gangster. Set in the 1980-90s during the golden age of gangsters, the film revolves around the fair-weather partnership between a mob boss and a crooked customs officer. All is well when the money’s rolling, but they find themselves in the middle of the crossfire when the government declares war on crime” (YesAsia.com).
“A corrupted customs officer, Choi Ik-hyeon, faces losing his job. Then, his life turns around as he meets ganster Choi Hyeong-bae who has connection with the Yakuza. They quickly form a partnetship; Hyeong-bae helps Ik-hyeon set up a business with the money from drug trafficking while Ik-hyeon lobbies for his partner Hyeong-bae. As the government declares war on crime, however, their partnership begins to crack”. (hancinema.net)
“A truly great crime thriller should have palpable suspense, action and drama coupled with at least enough realism to character depth to make you emotionally invested in the story and its characters—even if they’re far from moral. Nameless Gangster acheives each of those feats with flying colors. On the surface, it’s a gritty, suspenseful thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat as the twists and turns arise. None of those surprises will be spoiled here, though. Beneath the surface, it’s a profoundly human story about how easy it can be to become corrupt. Ik-hyun essentially gets sucked into the world of gangster crime like a whirlpool. Greed, selfishness and the thirst for power are addictive and seductive to people like him and Hyn-bae. They’re both evil and violent men, but not in a cartoonish way because they’re not one-dimensional characters. Ik-Hyun’s biggest challenge is trying to get out of the whirlpool which only gets more complicated given the government’s corruption.
Writer/director Jong-bin Yun offers both style and substance. He keeps the pace moving along swiftly and keeps the plot character-driven without resorting to contrived or dull moments. A lot happens until Ik-hyun becomes Hyung-bae’s partner-in-crime, but the many events that transpire never feel convoluted or confusing. It also helps that the entire cast delivers solid performances, especially the very talented Choi Min-sik who you might recognize from I Saw the Devil and Oldboy. He’s absolutely mesmerizing onscreen, and sinks his teeth into the complex role with aplomb as well as charisma.
At a running time of 2 hours and 13 minutes, Nameless Gangster is a well-acted, intelligent and riveting thrill ride that will take your breath away. It’s one of the most powerful gangster films in years.” (nycmovieguru.com)
You can pre-order the BluRay or DVD version on the following links:
– BD: http://www.yesasia.com/global/nameless-gangster-blu-ray-first-press-limited-edition-korea-version/1031103792-0-0-0-en/info.html
– DVD: http://www.yesasia.com/global/nameless-gangster-dvd-2-disc-first-press-limited-edition-korea-version/1031047419-0-0-0-en/info.html
By the way, I don’t get a discount or anything related for recommending this site, hehe. One of the best 2012 movies… Choi Min Sik always delivers outstanding performances.
www.nycmovieguru.comApril 12, 2014