In Conjunction with the screenings at the London Korean Cultural Centre ,we will be featuring reviews of the screenings they hold at the centre.
Starting with our first review here , The first in their series looks at the film maker and screenwriter Park Hoon-Jung.
Though this is the first this year for us the series started of with ''I SAW THE DEVIL'' , a film we viewed last year at the Choi Min-Sik screenings. You can see our review on site Now.
Starring : Hwang Jung-Min, Ryoo Seung-Bum
Directed By : Ryoo Seung-Wan
Screenplay by : Park Hoon-Jung
The Unjust is a 2010 South Korean crime thriller directed by the action kid himself, yes Ryoo Seung-Wan.. Unlike most of the directors features The Unjust was not written by him but by director ,Screenwriter Park Hoon-Joong ..
Now lucky enough the London Korean Cultural Centre in London is running it's 2014 series of screenings and has kicked of with a retrospective of Park Hoon-Jung's screenplays ..
The first shown was ''I SAW the Devil'' a film we covered last year at a similar event by the center when actor Choi Min Sik was the chosen subject of one of the centers series of films screenings. .
So for their second screening in this series we have The Unjust which Park Hoon-Jung wrote as he did with ''I Saw the Devil'' .
Here we have a very different story and one that focuses on the lengths people in various organisations, government and authorities will go to meet targets ,get promotions to get ahead and be regarded as the hero or good guy.
The Unjust stars Ryoo Seung -Wan's brother Ryoo Seung -Bum ( Berlin File , City of Violence) as public prosecutor Joo Yang and Hwang Jung -Min ( Fists of Legend, Dancing Queen) as a Captain Choi of the Metropolitan Investigation Services ( MIS ) ..
When a there are a series of crimes involving young school girls being kidnapped and killed the pressure is on for both the Police and the prosecutors to arrest the subjects responsible and deal out justice.
But when a suspect is killed by one of the victims Uncles who is also a police officer it becomes apparent that justice may not be at the root of the many actions taking place.
Captain Choi who is working one case is removed from it to work on the Kidnap case when it is known that the killed suspect was not the killer.
Of course the answer is to please the big wigs in power and bring someone to justice whether they did it or not, by targeting a former known pedophile who has a job as a School bus driver ,the MIS build a case to arrest and charge the suspect named Lee Dong-seok. .
To get Lee Dong to co-operate Captain Choi uses the services of one Jang Seok-Gu a Business man and underworld boss .
Jang has profited from Captain Choi's involvement in another case when Jang's arch rival Kim Yang-su lost a deal due to intervention by Captain Choi investigating and arresting him.
In turn Prosecutor Joo becomes suspicious of Captain Choi when he discovers Internal affairs are looking into him . Now on top of this Prosecutor Joo is also friendly with Kim Yang-su who is not enamoured by Captain Choi and his tactics due to his interference..
The film builds to a point where to keep the scenario of Lee Dong being the kidnapper Captain Choi has to assure many things stay quite and in the dark ,but Prosecutor Joo and his team discover discrepancies in the handling of the case and investigate Choi. ..
The film might not be as action packed as previous films by the action kid and the story becomes quite involved as you try to keep track of all the characters and whose working for who and who is supporting who.
Of course as the film progresses it gets more hard for both the Prosecutor and Captain Choi to cover their tracks as they try and uncover what the other is hiding. ,on top of this you have the rich business men Jang and Kim who are feeding their relative acquaintances Choi and Joo the info they need while being investigated by each party's rival team..
The Unjust has some good action scenes which entertain well enough and even some quite dry humour in places which may seem at odds with the dark and gritty story that unfolds around you..
Even though the films premise is one of school girl kidnapping and assault it seems to not concentrate wholly on that subject and like many films based on such subject matter ,it does not have that sinister criminal you love to hate ..
In turn even though both Captain Choi and Prosecutor Joo have underhand dealings with people of questionable ethics it's hard to hate one or like another because of it, thus making it hard to side with any one character .
This scenario actually leaves you thinking after viewing the film as you try and decide who actually stood for justice or not , or was it all just a show so the bosses can get promoted and achieve their goals while justice is swept under the carpet?
To find out you may have to watch the film and decide yourself..
Score out of Ten = 7
Review Date : February 27th 2014
Reviewed By : Sertes Nake.
|Directed by||Ryoo Seung-wan|
|Produced by||Koo Bon-han |
|Written by||Park Hoon-jung|
|Starring||Hwang Jung-min |
|Music by||Jo Yeong-wook|
|Editing by||Kim Sang-bum |
|Distributed by||CJ Entertainment|
|Release dates|| |
|Running time||119 minutes|
Characters and Cast
Hwang Jung-min ... Police captain Choi Cheol-gi
Ryoo Seung-bum ... Public prosecutor (D.A.) Joo Yang
Yoo Hae-jin ... Gangster/businessman Jang Seok-gu
Chun Ho-jin ... Police bureau chief Kang
Ma Dong-seok ... Police lieutenant Ma Dae-ho
Woo Don-gi ... Lee Dong-seok, the scapegoat
Jo Yeong-jin ... TK chairman Kim Yang-su
Jung Man-shik ... Assistant D.A. Gong
Lee Sung-min ... Chief prosecutor/D.A.
Kim Su-hyeon ... Soo-il
Gu Bon-woong ... Yoon-jjang
Kim-jae ... Detective Lee
Lee Hee-joon ... Detective Nam
Oh Jung-se ... Reporter Kim
Lee Jong-ju ... Representative Goh
Baek Seung-ik ... killer
Song Sae-byeok ... Cheol-gi's brother-in-law
Go Seo-hee ... Cheol-gi's younger sister
Kwak Ja-hyeong ... Detective Kwak
Director's Cut Awards - Best Director - Ryoo Seung Wan - 2010
Seoul Art and Culture Awards - Best Director -Ryoo Seung Wan -2010
Fantasia Festival -Best Screenplay - Park Hoon-Jung -2010
-Best actor - Hwang Jung-min -2010
- Ryoo Seung-Bum - 2010
Buil Film Awards - Best Actor - Ryoo Seung-Bum - 2010
Sitges Film Festival - Best Film - The Unjust - 2011
Blue Dragon Film Awards - Best Screenplay - Park Hoon-Jung - 2011
- Best Director - Ryoo Seung-Wan -2011
- Best Film - The Unjust - 2011
These are the actual won awards,the film was also nominated a number of times in other categories and festivals.
I SAW the DEVIL - 2010 - Choi Min-Sik stars and Kim Ji-woon directs while Park Hoon-Jung wrote the screenplay.
The Showdown - 2011 - A period action films about three Joeson Soldiers.
New World -2103 - Park Hoon-Jung's crime drama which screened at the KCCUK in London with the Director in attendance. (Pictures from event also here)
For more info on the Film Nights held at the London Korean Cultural Center visit their official site by clicking the banner below.