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Movie Suggestion XX – New World (Sin-se-gae)

Movie Suggestion XX – New World


Original Title: Sin-se-gae


Country: South Korea – 2013


Genre: Thriller/ Crime


Directed by: Hoon-jung Park


Starring: Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, I Saw the Devil)


Plot: “Undercover police officer Ja-sung infiltrates Goldmoon, the biggest crime syndicate in Korea, to investigate them under the command of his handler Chief Kang. After eight years, Ja-sung becomes the right-hand man to the ring’s second-in-command Jung Chung, who holds the real power. But when its leader is killed in a mysterious car accident, Goldmoon is thrown into a succession struggle that threatens to tear it apart.


Caught between Jung Chung who trusts him with his life, and Kang who thinks of him only as bait, Ja-sung is cornered by both bosses on opposite sides and must make a final decision that rests on loyalty and betrayal.” (


Another outstanding movie from South Korea, directed by the same man of movies such as I saw the devil and starring Choi Min-sik, one of the best actors in the world, in my humble opinion, Sin-se-gae has everything you want on an Asian movie: action, drama, stylish scenes, cool characters, blood, crime, police x Asian mafia, thrilling scenes. The movie may be long, over two hours and ten minutes, but you never feel bored at all.


“Any film that opens with a snitch being force-fed a cement smoothie deserves some latitude to make its case, and the South Korean crime drama New World is no exception. Set in the scheming heart of a powerful crime syndicate, this stylish saga from Park Hoon-jung conjures a world where hardly anyone is who he seems.” (


“We’re in familiar territory here, whether the setting is Asian, American or otherwise: sterile but luxurious settings, hard men in impeccable suits, a quasi-Shakespearean moral landscape of shifting alliances and repeated betrayals. Park, previously best known as the screenwriter for Kim Jee-woon’s hit serial-killer drama “I Saw the Devil,” handles it all with stern, commanding detachment. (The cinematography is by the terrific Chung Chung-hoon, who has shot most of Park Chan-wook’s recent films.).” (


If New World is any indication of what’s in store for the future of the Asian cop drama; harder, sharper, yet finessed and even elegant, then carry on Korea. (


Watch this Korean masterpiece! You’ll not regret. And, as usual, sadly (at least for part of the fans) there will be a remake.


April 27, 2014


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