No Mercy For The Rude (2006)

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama














No Mercy for the Rude (Yeui-eomneun geotdeul) is movie written and directed by Cheol-hie Park, so far his only one, which is a shame, because judging from this work, he is really good at what he does.

A chef who dreams to become a matador. Embarrassed to talk, playing mute since childhood because of his tongue deformation, he decides to fix this, but a lot of money is required for corrective operation. Unable to provide it with usual means, he becomes a hitman for local crime organization. A hitman who vows to kill only ones whom he consider rude.

While sulking in bars, he meets a prostitute, who somehow forcibly pushes herself into his life. Then there's a homeless boy, whom he meets by chance and becomes his caretaker. With this makeshift family by his side, his quite miserable life slowly starts to unravel itself.

But good things usually don't last... bad fortune smiles upon him, just few jobs short to his goal, he makes a mistake during hit and gets into a huge mess with local crime figures.


It's hard for me to find words to properly describe this movie, it just leaves such a different impression after watching it, that no plot summary could explain. It's dramatic, violent, with some nudity, and grim humor. And all these things intersect freely between each other, which might surprise viewers used to western movies.


The cinematography is brilliant, soundtrack is absolutely amazing, featuring latin rhythms and mesmerizing use of Anita Lane cover of Bella Ciao.

But the strongest part it's the actors performance. Starring Ha-kyun Shin whom is fantastic actor, known for many famous Korean movies. His narration and portrayal of this difficult character, who imposes himself to be a real macho, wearing leather, and sunglasses, while overdoing it, even at night, while underneath being and dreaming something entirely different.

This movie carries that character archetype, seen in movies like A Bittersweet Life, The Man From Nowhere and Leon: The Professional which I absolutely adore.

I really hope to see more from this director in future. Highly recommended.

DVD from Amazon





3 comments:

  1. bookmarked your blog. Keep the good work up :D

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  2. Hidden gem. Had caught this film by chance under a different name on youtube. Just my crazy luck. One of my all-time favourites. :D

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    1. can you give a link?

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