Tae-soo, a detective from Seoul, returns home in almost a decade with the death of his friend, Wang-jae.
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di Ryoo Seung-wan
The City of Violence
Scenografia Set Design
Costumi Costume Designer
Interpreti Main Cast
Film Maker R & K
Seoul Action School
Distribuzione internazionale World Sales
Corea del Sud South Korea
35 mm, Colore Colour
Tae-soo, a detective from Seoul, returns home in almost a decade with the death of his friend, Wang-jae. Questioning his close friend’s death, which was allegedly the result of a quarrel with a couple of teenagers, Tae-soo extends his stay in his hometown, and starts to investigate the whereabouts by himself.
Looking for clues in a now unfamiliar town, Tae-soo receives a rough welcome from some unknown town hooligans. In a critical situation, reckless Suk-hwan shows up to save Tae-soo. Upon this incident, Suk-hwan and Tae-soo form a close bond to avenge their friend’s Wang-jae’s death.
As they pursue for more clues, the two reveal the reason behind the killing of innocent people. With On-sung being impoverished by the tourism development business, Wang-jae had impeded behind the trust of the town people, and was subsequently killed. Pil-ho had been behind this project, manipulating the town people and constantly threatening those that intervened. In a nick of time, Tae-soo and Suk-hwan realize that they are exposed to a formidable opponent, defenseless and weary.
Commento del regista Director’s notes
The City of Violence is a product of my own aspirations, particularly targeted at the genre of action, which I have been interested since I was a child. I have been aggressive enough to act as a director, producer, actor, and editor of this film.
In the film, the primary colours of red, yellow, and blue have been emphasized, which brings out the characteristics of a super 16mm camera. This particular tool has been chosen because it brings out the best of fast-paced action.
Because of the very reason that I was fortunate enough to be able to plan and shoot a film as I’ve wanted to, I am very satisfied of the quality of the film. But as an amateur actor, I do lack the very basics and professionalism of a real actor, thus I felt like I could have been better, and also that I shouldn’t take part in any acting in future films.
Focusing on action, I wished to portray the true “Korean style” of action. This could be characterized by the mob scenes in which the main actor has to overcome the various obstacles simultaneously, as opposed to one-on-one confrontations. We have also stayed away from wire-actions, because, although these help in providing more freedom of maneuvering, they do look unreal. All in all, I am satisfied in the way that the audience that has watched the film feel that the storyline is straight-forward, and that it’s full of action.
Ryoo Seung-wan was born in December 15th, 1973 in Onyang, Choongchung province, South Korea. A cinema kid from his early years, he has become a die-hard fan of Jackie Chan at the age of 7. Studying filmmaking through film workshops and cinematheques after graduating high school, he met director Park Chan-wook in 1993, and found the perfect inspiration for the art of directing. He has since directed films such as Die Bad (2000), No Blood, No Tears (2002), Arahan (2004), and Crying Fist (2005).
1996 Transmutated Head cm; 2000 Jukgeona hokeun nabbeugeona / Die Bad; Dachimawa lee cm; 2002 Pido nunmuldo eobshi / No Blood, No Tears; 2004 Arahan jangpung daejakjeon / Arahan; 2005 Jumeogi unda / Crying Fist.