Well where to start…
Another exquisite piece of cinematography from Asia, once again proving that Asians can make more than horror movies. Story starts in wonderful winter night, relaxing and easy, but with well know feeling which accompany you from the beginning saying: "Something will go wrong in here". With rather long runtime of 141 minutes, I expected the story which will unwrap slowly, with action now and then, and plenty of scenes "important for the story". Because of that I ignored that "well known feeling", story and wonderful winterish night tucked me in and I prepared for the long and rather slow movie. I was so wrong! After only few minutes the "well known feeling" just takes you and harshly plucks you out of the condition you fell into. And I really mean after few minutes! Something starts to happen, the story starts to build, and from that point on the journey begins and holds you for whole 135 minutes of the movie left! All the time there is something new, some action, something that holds you tense and in expectation what will happen next. I started asking myself "Why he didn't do that instead of that?" and similar questions . Main topic of the movie is almost traditional for Asian cinematography – revenge!
The movie is enhanced with PERFECT soundtrack in the background which really raises the overall atmosphere, and just fits the situations and atmosphere. Honestly I haven't heard such a good soundtrack long, long time! It is really on the world-class level.
I deliberately didn't mention Mr. Min-Sik Choi, who should be renamed only for this movie into Mean-Sick Choi! What a performance! He impersonated a cruel psychopath so flawlessly, this role really fits his face and physical appearance. Well done! I would even say – better that Oldboy.
You should expect a great movie which will make you think: "What would I do in that situation? Is it possible that wrong can be right in some situations?". This movie is a must for everyone who knows and respects the value of Asian cinematography. Same for everyone else who like the good and quality movie and wants to move away from boring and monotonous films that are recorded in huge numbers this days.
Oh, and of course – there is a need to have a bit stronger stomach to see this movie.