Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger
Starring: Park Joong-Hoon, Jang Dong-Kun, Choi Ji-Woo, Ahn Sung-Kee
Director: Lee Myung-Se
Korean police actioner about a tough cop Detective Woo (Park Joong-Hoon), who will stop at nothing to catch a cold-blooded killer. Violence and police brutality are the tools used to eliminate suspects and find the real killer. Stakeout after stakeout ensues in a relentless effort to corner the bad guy.
NOWHERE TO HIDE is directed by Lee Myung-Se who is being billed as the next John Woo. It certainly has a unique style as most of the film is shot at night and in the heavy rain. This helps to create a very moody picture and is visually very impressive. The only problem is that you really have to concentrate to follow what’s going on. Normally this would not be an issue but the subtitles are often not on screen long enough to read properly, as they try to keep up with the Korean dialogue.
This might be a film that actually benefits from watching it on video, so you can hit the rewind button if you miss an important plot point. NOWHERE TO HIDE is not to be missed and I’m looking forward to more stylish offerings from the director Lee Myung-Se.