The President's Last Bang
The President's Last Bang (2005)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 4, 2006
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81%
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janice Page
Boston Globe

what the film lacks in depth it makes up for in Hong Kong-style punch, with vivid cinematography and powerfully choreographed action.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

The President's Last Bang comes off as all too ridiculously believable.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Im Sang Soo is, film by film, challenging the way modern South Koreans think and behave.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I found it muddled and un-engaging.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Derek Elley
Variety

A virtuoso slice of sustained black humor.

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Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
Based on the assassination of Korean President Park Chung-hee, <i>The President's Last Bang</i> creates some controversy about the portrayal of… More
John Ballantine
I was not familiar with the plot to knock off the Korean dictator Park Chung Hee. I'm not sure if that helped or hurt my viewing of this film but it kept… More
El Hombre Invisible
An unabashedly leftist take on a dark period in Korea's history. Set almost entirely on the day of President Park Chung Hee's assassination in 1979,… More
Panta Oz
The President's Last Bang (&#44536;&#46412; &#44536;&#49324;&#46988;&#46308;) is a movie which gives you a real punch from the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The President's Last Bang" takes place on October 26, 1979. South Korea's reigning president has been in power since… More