Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Violent Prosecutor
Released February 3rd 2016 (South Korea); July 8th 2016 (NYAFF 2016)
2 hrs 6 mins
Not Rated
Drama, Comedy


Director: Il-Hyeong Lee

Hwang Jung-Min as Byun Jae-Wook
Kang Dong-Won as Chi Won
Lee Seung Min as Wu Jong Gil
Park Seung Wong as Yang Min Wu
Park Jong Hwan as Lee Jin Seok
Han Chae Young as Jang Hyun Seok
Kim Ung Su as Kang Young Sik, the Congressman
Shin So Yul as Kim Ha na
Ju Jin Mo as Judge Choi
Kim Won Hae as Young Cheol
Jeon Bae Su as Kang Yeong Seob, the section chief
Kim Hong Pa as Prison Governor

Review by Stephen M.

A Violent Prosecutor which stars Hwang Jung-Min as the titled character, Byun Jae-Wook reminds me a lot of Mel Gibson's darker violent movies like Payback and Ransom.  Blending action, comedy  and drama into a perfectly crafted revenge vehicle solely to entertain and for the most part, A Violent Prosecutor doesn't disappoint.  

The movie has buddy comedy elements as Byun Jae-Wook meets Chi Won in jail, and they develop a bond over Chi Won's involvement in an incident that led to Jae-Wook's imprisonment.  Chi Won played by the youthful Kang Dong-Won is Eddie Murphy, to Hwang Jun-Min's Nick Nolte.  That is a bit of an exaggeration on Dong-Won, as while he has his moments in the film, it is Jung-Min that really shines in the film.

Overall the film is a great film to watch, if you enjoy buddy films, or revenge films that includes some legal proceedings that requires a bit of thought.  The film is pretty straightforward, with predictability which is their only shortfall.  However, I would say to still give this film a shot as you would be entertained by Chi Won's silliess or Jae-Wook's methodical approach to uncovering the truth even if it's with fists.  The film plays at the New York Asian Film Festival on July 8th 2016.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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