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A man learns being an avenger for good is tougher than it looks in this independent thriller from filmmaker Chris Chan Lee. After his best friend, Joon (Leonardo Nam), a small-time dope dealer, is murdered during a shakedown by gangsters, Sam Kim (Sung Kang) leaves the United States and spends a year in Singapore, trying to sort out his emotions. Eventually Sam decides to return to America with two goals in mind -- bring down the thugs who killed his friend, and patch things up with Vera (Kelly Hu), his estranged girlfriend. With the help of underworld kingpin Don Osa (Tom Bower), Sam sets out… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's arty, murkily plotted and derivative of too many other movies."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"[Director Chris Chan] Lee tries to innovate, but he relies on so many tricks -- woozy overexposures, rapid-fire slideshows -- that his movie looks like the product of a teenager playing with the camera on his new MacBook."
‑ Julia Wallace, Village Voice
"though it's marred by way too many film school editing tricks, it's still a gripping little tale"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Undoing isn't a bad film; it's just not anything great or worth recommending."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Los Angeles neo-noir meets multiformat video grit with varying degrees of success."
‑ Frako Loden, L.A. Weekly
"The film is too short because the characters just aren't sufficiently developed, but even at a scant 90 minutes, it feels way too long."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"UNDOING is a perfect example of how NOT to make an independent film."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Despite the fact that its style comes off as somewhat schizophrenic, Undoing is a film of remarkably direct emotions."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Undoing, by the writer and director Chris Chan Lee, buries a potentially haunting pulp thriller beneath flashy tics."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"[Director] Lee evokes the character of his varied Los Angeles environments, even if the human element feels as if it's been done -- and undone -- before."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"... full of flashy visual flourishes %u2026 in fact, too full. What at first seems intriguing quickly becomes a problem, complicating an already unclear narrative."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"A smidgen of originality lies in its being a noir film with Korean characters: others nothing new, but still a watchable gangster pic."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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