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.” (wikipedia.org)
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.” (jdiff.com)
“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.).” (salon.com)
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. (thedivareview.com)
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