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Public Enemy [2002] [DVD]

Sul Kyung-Gu , Lee Sung-Jae , Kang Woo-Seok    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sul Kyung-Gu, Lee Sung-Jae, Kang Shin-Il, Kim Jung-Hak, Doh Yong-Gu
  • Directors: Kang Woo-Seok
  • Producers: Kang Woo-Seok
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013YQEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,422 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When a corrupt cop and a remorseless killer come face to face, the two men attempt to outwit each other until a brutal and bloody battle to the death ensues.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Korean Dirty Harry 2 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
kyung-Gu Sol stars as Detective Kang, a rough around the edges anti-hero who strives on walking close to the edge, and often crosses the line with falsifying evidence, taunting his suspects in a similar way to Dirty Harry and beating confessions out of the criminals he apprehends. To make matters worse, after his partner commits suicide, internal affairs are on his case for taking bribes putting his career in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, Gyu-Hwan Chul is a devoted father, loving husband and all round family man with an honest persona but when his delicate sensibilities get bruised his esoteric, sociopathic ego quickly emerges to enact before disappearing in the blink of an eye. The first part of this movie slowly introduces both characters separately, allowing the viewer to understand both protagonists, but their paths finally cross one rainy evening intensifying the momentum exponentially.

Detective Kang is investigating the murder of an elderly couple and instantly knows that the filthy rich Gyu-Hwan Chul is the prime suspect but he has no evidence or clear motive to bring the remorseless killer to justice. To make matters worse for the Detective is the fact that Gyu-Kwan Chul is very intelligent and immensely proficient at covering his tracks, the complete polar opposite to Detective Kang in both appearance and demeanour.

This paves the way for an excellent game of cat and mouse with some brutal entertainment (Kang packs a mean punch in one on one combat) that also manages to create a huge amount of humour along the way thanks to the electric performance by kyung-Gu Sol, as Detective Kang, with his hilarious taunting dialogue. The hero versus the villain doesn't come much better than this one, an unmissable flick for fans of Korean cinema.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Slapping 29 Dec 2013
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Kang is a loose cannon detective, with a looser grasp on his temper. He breaks the rules on a regular basis, just to suit his own needs, and despite being investigated by those busy bodies from internal affairs, Kang couldn't seem to care less about them or his job, even though he's as guilty as sin. Not to mention, his trusted partner ~ up to his ears in narcotics, has just killed himself on hearing of the arrival of a new chief..
However one dark and stormy night, whilst out on a stakeout, nature calls, forcing the bored and erratic Kang out onto the streets and into the path of a stranger in a large oilskin jacket, only for Kang to accost the man and then have his face sliced open by this blade wielding psychopath in reply.
And when news comes in of the brutal murder of a elderly couple, within the same neighbourhood, Kang is suddenly given a new focus toward his job, convinced that the killer is the same man who slashed his face in the heavy rain, whereby he gets his act together in order to stop this nasty serial murderer before he kills again...

Touted as the Korean 'Dirty Harry' this film had been on my 'to do' list for some time and last night I finally got round to watching it.
The cast do a decent job and at a runtime of 2hrs 20minutes(ish) it never gets dull due to their endeavours. Packed as it is, with several moments of either dark or slapsticky humour, and of course, as one would expect from the subject matter of this Korean film, occasional bursts of quite graphic violence. Especially from the rich and cocky Patrick Bateman styled killer, that our 'likeable', salt of the earth cop, Kang, is up against!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Thriller/Comedy 22 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
This is one of my favourite asian films ever. Up ther with Oldboy and A Bittersweet life, which I also highly recommend.

It is about a cop who is after a serial killer. The cop is superbly funny in some parts and very brutal in other parts.

This film has many funny moments whilst it still has some very tense moments aswell. This is film is one of the best thrillers in recent years! Buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film 23 Aug 2014
By Seligor
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Excellent if like me you like Asian Films and Dramas. As with all Asian Films, always exciting, always sad, and always full of action, this is the first Public Enemy
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Korea's finest 14 May 2009
By Bar.
Format:DVD
No plot spoliers or detail here but I do thoroughly recommend you watch this. The sequel is also good but this is the daddy. A third in the series is on its way but as per usual, god knows how long we will have to wait for it at a fair price. Detective Kang or Kang division/prefecture? is a great character and his little speech that he recites to bad guys would be a great first sentence or two to learn in Korean - though possibly a hazardous one.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top class entertainment 28 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This film presents us with one of the most entertaining characters I have ever encountered in film (what a performance). Detective Kang meets every situation with violence (generally comic), I have never seen such a temper on an individual. Like the three stooges with a machete he rampages around Seoul up to all sorts of dodgy deeds (and he is a policeman) eventually redeeming himself and becoming a good citizen and cop, well, a bit better. Theres so much more to this movie, social and political statements hidden in the plot but firstly just watch it as pure entertainment, leave anything else for the second third or fourth viewing.
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