July 17, 2013

New World (2013)

Genre: Crime, Thriller














New World is a second movie from new face in South Korean cinema Hoon-jung Park, who started his career as scriptwriter, better known to us for his work at brilliant movie I Saw the Devil. Now he's stepped up a notch and this is his second movie that he not just directs, but writes a script for. Someone to keep an eye on in future.


It all starts when a chairman of major Korean crime syndicate dies in a traffic accident. Power struggle begins to name his successor. Two rival groups within are committed to take the chair, one is led by jest Jeong Cheong (Jeong-min Hwang) and his right hand Ja-seong (Lee Jeong-jae), other by sinister Lee Joong-gu (Seong-Woong Park). But there is third player involved in the game, police who have planted mole in the organization and now are trying to influence movements within to their own interests. Who will come out as a victor in this game?

While the premise must sound familiar or even cliche to any crime genre fans, events that unfold during the film and in the end are not so typical, and will leave these viewers most definitely satisfied.


Film is about big fish of crime world, and everything is clean and expensive there. Good looking people, expensive cars, beautiful apartments and exquisite office buildings. It's just a good looking movie itself to support the events it's showing. Even when the hands get really dirty, which they do, it keeps it's good looks.

Some really solid cinematography and good actor casting for lead roles, it's always a pleasure to look at Min-sik Choi's acting. Supplemented with quiet, almost classical, ambient music so fit to the theme of the movie.

As I wrote above, it's a good looking film, a film about top brass of organized crime in best traditions of the genre, and more. Well worth a watch.

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7 comments:

  1. I really appreciate the work you're doing here. Thanks for the recommendations and reviews

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  2. Hi, I truly admire your work. These movies are great and much better than all this hollywood crap. Also i was thinking - did you saw Korean drama IRIS? Regards, TheCollector

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    1. Hey! Thanks for kind words.

      And yes, I have seen and enjoyed very much IRIS, although I watched it in TV show format, not movie(s).

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  3. Hi, Have you seen movie Tajja?

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  4. Hey, this is a great movie, loved it! Also great was Nameless Gangster!! Do you have any other crime related movies?

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    1. I have not written about them, but you can check out HK's movie Election and it's sequel.

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