Believer Korean Movie (독전 | 毒战) Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com
Recommended Audience: Fans of Cho Jin-woong 조진웅, Ryu Jun-yeol 류준열, Kim Sung-Ryoung 김성령, Park Hae-jun 박해준, Cha Seoung-won 차승원, Kim Joo-Hyuk 김주혁, Lee Hae-young 이해영 and crime/thriller movie fans
Believer Korean Movie (독전 | 毒战) Movie Synopsis
Detective Jo Won-ho (CHO Jin-woong) is determined to catch the mysterious ‘Mr Lee’, the infamous leader of Asia’s largest drug market. But to track down Mr Lee, Won Ho must work with Rak (Ryu Jun-yeol), a drug cartel member who seeks revenge against Mr Lee. An endless dilemma between trust and suspicion begins.
Believer Korean Movie (독전 | 毒战) Viewer Rating: 4/5 ****
Believer Korean Movie (독전 | 毒战) Movie Review:
Before watching the film, I have no idea that this was a remake of Johnnie To’s 2012 “Drug War” (even though it has the same Chinese name and I’ve actually reviewed the original film back then). While I can’t exactly give a clear comparison whether this is better than the original, because I can’t recall the exact performance of the Chinese cast, I would say, the Korean version provides a more psychological twist than the typical gun-fights you would see in a Hong Kong film.
The film started off with a bang, capturing the audience’s attention less than 5 minutes into the story. The string of antagonists then passed the baton, amazing the audience, one after the other with their cold-blooded, crazy yet unique personalities. Chinese-Korean drug boss Kim Ju-Hyeok (Kim Ha-Rim) and Bo-Ryung (Jin Seo-Yeon) were the wildest and most vicious, while Brian (Cha Seung-Won) went for a cold-blooded ruthless.
Ryu Jun-yeol transformed from a naive university student in A Taxi Driver to a seemingly harmless drug cartel member in the film. While both characters might feel similar, his performance was actually more subtle and interesting here. While the character was spun off from Louis Koo’s character in the original, it is pretty refreshing to see how they managed to recreate some of the classic plot sequences with altered personality.
While the every one did a great job, the main lead Cho Jin-woong as Jo Won-ho, the persistent narcotic detective became the weakest link, not because of his performance, but the fault of the script. His motivation to chase after the mysterious drug lord was amplified by a death of an informant – a strong emotional stimulus at the start but the motivation seemed forgotten later on. Luckily, he was able to deliver the classic identity exchange scene well enough for us to overlook the loopholes.
The film stayed true to its name in several angles, making this a multi-layered film. Be it the police-informer relationship between Won-ho and Rak, the identity of Brian who studied pastoral studies and talked about God all the time while being ruthless with people who are useless to him, or the identity and evolution of Mr Lee, they were all mind0gripping and impressive.
This is a great remake worth your dollars any day, and most importantly, it made me want to re-watch the original to compare.
Do You Know?
The movie is a remake of the 2012 Johnnie To film Drug War (毒战).
Behind The Scenes and Interviews
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Believer Korean Movie (독전 | 毒战) is out in cinemas on 5 July 2018.
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