Another Public Enemy

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Movie Review by Susan Hodgetts

Starring: Sol Kyung-gu, Jeong Jun-ho, Kang Shin-il, Park Geun-hyeong
Director: Kang Woo-Suk

This Korean film is overlong and a bit violent, but it’s traditional enthralling good guy, bad guy stuff.

Likeable, noble Seoul DA prosecutor Kang Chul-Joong (Sol Kyung-gu) is forced to cross paths with old class mate Han Sang-Woo (Jeong Jun-ho) when Mr Ahn, a Director of the Myung Sun Foundation, becomes suspicious of Han and asks the DA’s office to investigate.

Han’s father, the owner of the foundation, and his eldest brother, suffer mysterious fatal accidents within two weeks of each other — leaving Han suddenly in control, selling off his father’s assets and making himself wealthier by the day. Kang is sure of his hunches and engages in a cat and mouse game of trying to pin his raging mental nemesis down.

The two leads are excellent in a well-played cat and mouse head to head of good guy versus evil guy. The characters are well rooted in their extremes, with Kang being quirky but made of bullet proof moral fortitude, fighting against even the odds of his superiors, whilst Han is pure terrifying unstable evil, from whom even no road sweeper is safe. The film is rather violent in places and certainly over long, and whilst it’s nothing original the outstanding central and supporting performances make this worth a look.

4 out of 6 stars