The City of Violence (Jjakpae)
The City of Violence (Jjakpae) (2006)

Martial-arts pro Jeong Du-hong stars as Jeong Tae-su in notorious Korean action director Ryoo Seung-wan's The City of Violence (aka Jakpae). A former punk and brawler-turned-police detective, Tae-su returns to his hometown for the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 4, 2007
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Johnny Vaughan
Sun Online

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.

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Total Film

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A pure show with a tight story, great acting, and fantastic action scenes you can't miss...

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Jonathan Trout
BBC.com

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.

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Kat Brown
Empire Magazine

Humorous with some decent action sequences.

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Anton Bitel
Film4

Knowingly derivative, Ryoo's action-driven elegy is nevertheless full of surprises - not least of which is its relative restraint.

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Daily Mirror [UK]

You might have seen it all before but you probably haven't seen it done with this much style.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
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Tsubaki Sanjuro
I have to say i was expecting a bit more from this one, especially after seing such a character-driven film like it was Crying Fist, the previous film from the… More
xGary Xx
A Seoul cop returns to his hometown for the funeral of a boyhood friend but when he finds that one of their own is responsible, the remaining two friends unite… More
JY Skacto
This Korean action movie was somewhat what I was expecting, but it wasn't enough to be considered a really great movie.<p>The story starts out pretty… More
Luke Baldock
What seems like it may be a cross between Stand By Me and any number of revenge films underminds itself by being too lighthearted. A serious plot and… More
Lesley N
Four childhood friends reunite at the funeral of the fifth, and 50% of them start to uncover the truth. With lots and lots and lots (and lots) of fighting… More