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SYNOPSIS: The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation called "New World," with the perfect weapon. The boss' right hand man, Ja-sung (LEE Jung-jae, THE THIEVES), has been a deep-cover operative for 8 years, closely watched by handler Police chief Kang (CHOI Min-sik, OLDBOY). With a baby on the way, and living in mortal fear of being exposed as a mole, Ja-sung is torn between his duty and honor as a cop, and the fiercely loyal gang members who will follow him to hell and back. (c) Well… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"New World tries to expand the genre with nods to The Godfather but can't escape the over-the-top acting, expansive violence and overdone story typical of Seoul-made crime dramas."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Writer-director Hoon-jung Park tells this twisty story of internecine warfare within a Korean corporate crime syndicate with patience, elegance and no small amount of bloodshed."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"While Park Hoon-jeong's gangster film seems to celebrate the genre rather than adding a whole lot, it's reflective of a self-conscious style that's helping South Korean directors turn a few heads."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Smart, sharp entertainment that meets expectations dead on...if you've been looking for another The Departed-esque movie to keep you guessing, this would be a good place to start."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"However familiar its moves may sometimes be, New World continually punches above its weight and that's true even when the screen isn't filled with black-suited extras assaulting each other with knives and baseball bats."
‑ Jason Anderson, The Grid
""New World" is both less bloody and more thoughtful than most of its genre, the shifting-alliances plot becoming more engrossing as it progresses."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Like many of his SK-action peers, director Park Hoon-jung has a knack for staging violent set pieces but comes up lacking in terms of character development, narrative clarity, etc."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Tense, dark, violent and brilliantly acted, if New World is any indication of what's in store for the future of the Asian cop drama; harder, sharper, yet finessed and even elegant, then carry on Korea."
‑ Diva Velez,
"Reverse-engineered from several gangster classics, New World is like the knockoff shades and counterfeit wristwatches its antihero complains about: flashy but ultimately cheap."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"This is action-thriller feather preening, but all the wit in the world can't hide the narrative sprawl that rots from within."
‑ Tina Hassannia, Slant Magazine
"No one in American movies has made a crime opera this good in years."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Park's direction is sleek and assured, but lacking the dynamism that might help energize a film that-its title notwithstanding-comes off as dully old-school."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Living up to the core of the noir tradition, New World takes a long view of the human species and dissects us with the cold, surgical blade of a laboratory scientist."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"New World is just an intense crime thriller that is solid from beginning to end no matter how you look at it."
‑ Chris Sawin,
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