Movie of the Week #16: Asura: The City of Madness by Kim Sung-soo

Thriller is a genre that has been accomplished to death in South Korea and directors now need to have to continuously reinvent narratives and genre tropes if they want to make a substantial function that stands the test of time. Exactly where quite a few fail to do so, Director Kim Sung-soo managed to do just that in 2016 with “Asura: The City of Madness”, a production which subverted expectations in a quantity of distinctive techniques.

This is a really dark film featuring a quantity of characters, all played by A-listers, but manages to surprise as each single one particular of these characters is so despicable and deplorable that you do not locate your self rooting for any. This is specifically an achievement for a narrative that has you hooked from the very first minute to the final, with the energy struggles involving the characters proving to be the ideal portion. Genre fans can revel in its internet of complications and the quite a few unpredictable bouts of violence, which culminate in an insanely epic bloody, brutal and oh-so-violent final act that will have you riveted to the screen.

Set in the fictional city of Annan, “Asura: The City of Madness” follows corrupt cop Han Do-kyung (Jung Woo-sung in his fourth collar with the director), whose only job appears to be at the beck-and-get in touch with and do the bidding of the even a lot more corrupt Mayor of the city, Park Sung-bae (Hwang Jung-min), who is hunting to earn a housing improvement contract that is set to make Park a lot of revenue. The DA (Kwak Do-won) on the other hand is onto Park. As great as Jung Woo-sung and Kwak Do-won are, as effectively as Ju Ji-hoo and Jung Man-sik in their respective roles, “Asura: The City of Madness” belongs to Hwang Jung-min and his deliciously demented Mayor Park, in what is very easily one particular of his ideal functions ever.

Come to Annan for the superlative thriller and keep for the glorious violence, twists aplenty and a Hwang Jung-min on his absolute A-game. A contemporary day classic.



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