The City of Violence (Jjakpae)
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The year is 2005. Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets with his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan and recollects their past. Tae-su and Seok-hwan suspects something fishy about Wang-jae's death and starts to investigate it each in his own way. The more they find out, the more they realize that Wang-jae's death is connected to a land development project that Pil-ho is directing and the two embark on a difficult battle.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Roly-poly comic Lee Beom-su's terrific performance as the oleaginous villain is another plus, setting the seal on a no-nonsense action flick delivered with skill and conviction."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"KOREAN cinema's answer to Quentin Tarantino, Ryoo Seung Wan lives up to his all-action reputation with this bone-crunching, chop-socky revenge thriller."
‑ Johnny Vaughan, Sun Online
"It's not polished or ambitious enough to be another Old Boy but there's no doubt that it's ready to rumble: think Get Carter meets The Warriors with bone-crunching tae kwon do and you're nearly there."
‑ , Total Film
"A pure show with a tight story, great acting, and fantastic action scenes you can't miss..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"There's not much below the surface, and it does take time to get up to speed, but the jovial, high-energy approach and the endless charisma and athleticism of the leads makes for a superior slice of high-kicking entertainment."
‑ Jonathan Trout,
"Humorous with some decent action sequences."
‑ Kat Brown, Empire Magazine
"Knowingly derivative, Ryoo's action-driven elegy is nevertheless full of surprises - not least of which is its relative restraint."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"You might have seen it all before but you probably haven't seen it done with this much style."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
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