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Smart, slick, and furiously paced, The City of Violence is part detective story, part mayhem-packed thrill ride. Director Ryoo Seung-Wan, "Korean's cinema's answer to Quentin Tarantino" (Johnny Vaughan, The Sun, UK), combines stylized camerawork, whirling tae kwon do moves, and an array of entertaining villains to create a classic revenge saga. The story follows a pair of high school friends who reunite to investigate the murder of one of their own, hurtling toward an epic two-against-the-world showdown where they will try to take vengeance at any cost.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 205084021
UPC 796019802635
UPC 14 00796019802635
Format DVD
Release Date 2/5/2008
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Ahn,Kil-Kang
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Beomsu Lee - Actor
Doo-Hong Jung - Actor
Jeong-min Kim - Producer
Jeong-min Kim, et. al. - Writer
Jun-Seok Bang - Original Music By
Na-yeong Nam - Editor
Seo-Hyung Kim - Actor
Seung-wan Ryoo - Actor
Seung-wan Ryoo - Producer
Seung-wan Ryoo - Director
Yeong-cheol Kim - Cinematographer
ReviewSource Evil Dread
Review The City of Violence is a very stylish new Korean kind of action movie dealing with two old friends who believes that there's something fishy behind their newly departed friends death. The title of the movie pretty much sums things up and if you like watching violence and fights on screen, then this movie is a definite must see. But obviously it has a lot more to it than just violence, even though it has more than plenty of that to offer. It also deals with old friends coming together after a long time away from each other, including flashbacks to when they were young, something that made the story telling work really well. The action elements were great in the movie, but it also had a drama part that felt genuine and did a lot for the movie as well...The City of Violence is an adrenaline kick and a real roller coaster ride to watch, filled with explosive action scenes. It's truly entertaining, violent as hell, but still offers some good drama with the story telling and pacing being really good. It's a slick movie that has a great feel to it with some cool characters and a story that is interesting as well as it's intense. Sounds good? It is, so go for it.
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Variety
Review Less ambitious than the recent "Arahan" and "Crying Fist," but with a more compact visceral power, "The City of Violence" harks back to the earlier slugfests of South Korea's poet of pugilism, Ryoo Seung-wan. Story of former friends who find themselves pitted against each other when a colleague is killed is basically one long lead-up to an eye-popping final battle, but gains depth and flavor from perfs by its three leads, in particular popular comic Lee Beom-su in his first villainous role...Though the plot's trajectory is simple, opening reels unnecessarily complicate things with too many subsidiary characters and detail, including a wacky flashback montage (complete with a song) showing the protags in their younger, punky days. But as Lee gradually comes to the fore in a terrific perf as the slimy Jang, the various elements coalesce, with Jeong providing some whiplash martial arts smarts and Ryoo solid as his shorter-fused sidekick...Tech elements are pro with no special gloss, and the atmosphere of the medium-sized hometown is well caught. Korean title roughly means "A Pair of Cards," referring to the Jeong/Ryoo duo.
Reviewer Derek Elley
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Ahn,Kil-Kang
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jonathan Trout, BBC A roaring rampage or revenge.
Maxim Four stars. Brilliant.
Variety ...eye-popping...
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