Movie Review: The City of Violence (2006) – Korean Movie

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The City of Violence is an action packed movie that runs high octane throughout.  Much of the action is so over-the-top that it’s exciting and effectively entertaining. This is due to the carefully orchestrated and choreographed martial-arts / fighting sequences. Think of martial-arts pro Jung Du-hong in The City of Violence as similar to Donnie Yen‘s abilities in his wushu movies. Think of this movie as “grand” like Kill Bill.

Synopsis

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Aside from overpopulated and outnumbered combats that set the stage for pockets of violence and blood-shed, there is some other substance in the movie. Its essentially an action-crime-drama shebang that takes a pick at the gang / friendship genre. The themes of friendship and righteousness parallel to movies like Friend and Fate. The ultimate showdown delivers as expected as per the climactic nature of the story.

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Directed by: Ryoo Seung-Wan

Starring: Ryoo Seung-Wan // Jung Doo-Hong // Lee Beom-Soo //Ahn Kil-Kang

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes // Twitch Film // Few Random Rantings // Another Plot Device

aparoo’s words: action, drama, crime, thriller, martial-arts, violence, friendship, loyalty

aparoo says 4/5

Stream: YouTube

photo credit: asianmediawiki.com // Google image search

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