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The City of Violence (2006)

Jjakpae (original title)
Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan... See full summary »

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Seung-wan Ryoo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Seung-wan Ryoo ... Seok-hwan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae-mo Ahn Jae-mo Ahn ... Cameo
Kil-kang Ahn ... Wang-jae (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
Dong-Hyeon Baek Dong-Hyeon Baek ... Arcade gangster
Richard Epcar ... Additional Voices (voice)
Seok-yong Jeong Seok-yong Jeong ... Dong-hwan
Deok-hyeon Jo Deok-hyeon Jo ... CEO Jo
Gyoo-Cheol Jo Gyoo-Cheol Jo
Doo-hong Jung Doo-hong Jung ... Tae-su
Byeong-ok Kim
Jeong-sang Kim Jeong-sang Kim
Kkobbi Kim ... Prostitute Schoolgirl (as Kim Kkobbi)
Mi-ra Kim Mi-ra Kim
Seo-hyeong Kim ... Cameo
Shi-hoo Kim Shi-hoo Kim
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Storyline

Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan and they reminisce. Suspecting something fishy about Wang-jae's death, Tae-su and Seok-hwan start investigating it each in his own way. Both of their investigations lead to a land development project that Pil-ho is directing and the two embark on a difficult battle. Written by Anon

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

25 May 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade da Violência See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,201,250
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DTS

Color:

Color
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During one fight scene involving street gangs, you see a group of baseball outfit coming fighters wearing facepaint in in two colors, which is a direct nod to Walter Hills "The Warriors" (1979) to make it more clear they have "warriors" written on their chest See more »

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Action-focused gangster outing with a great ending
19 November 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE CITY OF VIOLENCE is a solid action film with an engaging, gangster-focused storyline and plenty of interesting characters to keep the viewer's attention. Things kick off with a brutal murder in the street, which leads to the victim's childhood friends reuniting to reminisce about the old days. We learn that each character has gone his own way: one's now a small-time gangster, another a cop. The gradual pursuit and uncovery of the truth eventually leads to violent recriminations for one and all.

Interestingly enough, the mystery-style plotting and gangster window-dressing eventually wear off until by the end the film becomes a riotous, ass-kicking extravaganza that bears more than a passing resemble to the infamous 'Crazy 88' action scene in KILL BILL: VOLUME 1. It works: the director contributes plenty of stylish flourishes and the action is well-filmed through, from huge, sprawling street fights early on to the epic bad-assery of the climax. It truly is an excellent ending, lifting what's come before and proving itself a film more than capable of holding its own against bigger productions.


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