The President's Last Bang
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South Korean filmmaker Im Sang-su (A Good Lawyer's Wife) tackles the assassination of President Park Chun-hee (Song Jae-Ho) in his political satire The President's Last Bang. Im focuses on the internecine bickering and jockeying for position that took place among the dictator's closest advisors. Park was in the midst of a brutal crackdown on student protestors, angry workers, and others whom he saw as a threat to his regime. As the film opens, KCIA Chief Agent Ju (Han Suk-Gyu of Shiri) is getting rid of a hooker and her overzealous mother while President Park prepares for a banquet… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"what the film lacks in depth it makes up for in Hong Kong-style punch, with vivid cinematography and powerfully choreographed action."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"This meticulously well-made picture is disarmingly funny at times ... but also subdued and straight-faced, with one eye planted on 1979 and the other on the violent student demonstrations looming in the distance."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"The film certainly doesn't spend too much superfluous time introducing the players, so it's at times confusing keeping track of just who is doing what to whom. Nonetheless, I found that it unfolded with enough style and humour to keep it interesting."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"The President's Last Bang has been extremely well made, and its cast deftly walks the thin line between reality and parody. Perhaps the players do it a bit too well."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"The gallery of Park's cronies and sycophants are presented as buffoons, but as the violence starts, the narrative thread gets hopelessly tangled."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The President's Last Bang comes off as all too ridiculously believable."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Im Sang Soo is, film by film, challenging the way modern South Koreans think and behave."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"I found it muddled and un-engaging."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"... the way it brazenly mixes matter-of-fact brutality with the deadpan comedy of the fumbling execution and slapdash cover-up is inspired..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It's riveting and unsettling, but, as powerful as it is to watch, because of its basic, panoramically broad conception, it may not really stay fixed in the memory."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Although a tad long-winded and plodding, it's vigorously acted and persuasive, leaving the viewer to suspect that Im's account, drawn from historical records, could be pretty close to the truth."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A virtuoso slice of sustained black humor."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"In the end it's probably best to say, glad I saw it, but not sure I got the most out of the experience. My advice: Do a little history homework first."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The off-kilter humor is a welcome contrast, and the performances are strong, particularly by Baek as the increasingly unhinged patsy."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"In the end, the film develops an amusing entertainment out of dire circumstances."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
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