The Merciless

The Merciless
  • 2017
  • South Korea
  • 18
  • Directed by: Byun Sung-hyun
  • Cast: Im Si-wan, Sul Kyoung-gu, Jeon Hye-jin
  • Language: Korean
  • UK release: 27 October 2017

Hyun-soo (Siwan) is an undercover cop released from prison who debonair mob boss and prison buddy Jae-ho (Kyoung-gu) doesn’t realise is still undercover. Rock-hard, violent Korean gangster epic which is practically begging for a Hollywood remake; spectacular action, unexpectedly jolly humour and a tight focus on the central relationship make it a taut thriller.

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The Merciless

23 Oct 20174 stars

Taut and visceral crime thriller from South Korean director Byun Sung-hyun

South Korean cinema has built up quite the reputation for tight crime thrillers, from Oldboy and The Villainess to I Saw the Devil, Memories of Murder and The Age of Shadows, and writer-director Byun Sung-hyun provides yet another strong genre entry…

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