Director: Jeong-beom Lee. Cast: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Hyo-seo Kim. 119 min. Rated R. South Korea. Action/Crime.
Koreans have an incredible ability to portray the darkest corners of the human soul. This well-directed film magnificently accomplishes what innumerable foreign movies have failed: transcending the language/culture barrier, and creating an explosive action movie with intense drama and an emotional touch, as attractive and enigmatic as the best Hollywood can offer. An ex-CIA special agent goes after a child-trafficking/organ-harvesting circle, just to save the next-door neighbor little girl. Imagine a climactic action sequence as bloody as Kill Bill (without Tarantino's humorous take), but then a final scene that may leave you in tears. Watch and see how that's possible.
PS#1: If you like this, don't miss Oldboy. Or vice-versa.
PS#2: This movie again proves when it comes to violence, there is no concept that can prompt an NC-17 rating.
PS#3: Surprisingly, the Blu-ray version is available on Netflix.
PS#4: Thank you, JZ, for the movie recommendation.