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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood spatters, pools, ouzes, flows and drips. Wanna take me on?
New World is a Tour de Force in stylish, thrilling, and emotive film making. It has humour, real tension and shock value. The film is ambitious enough to emulate films of its genre worldwide and it stands shoulder to shoulder with the best. The plot develops and twists along side iconic screenshots and a fantastic music score (the same guy provided the score for Oldboy)...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its just a shame that the drama ran out of steam with an all-too predictable ending.
Park Hoon-jung follows up his classic debut ‘I Saw the Devil’ with ‘New World’, starring Choi Min-sik as the manipulative police boss Kana who’s spent years trying to imprison scores of gangsters known collectively as Goldmoon.

This large criminal syndicate is thrown into chaos when its head is killed in a dubious car accident...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood spatters, pools, ouzes, flows and drips. Wanna take me on?, 8 Oct. 2013
This review is from: New World [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
New World is a Tour de Force in stylish, thrilling, and emotive film making. It has humour, real tension and shock value. The film is ambitious enough to emulate films of its genre worldwide and it stands shoulder to shoulder with the best. The plot develops and twists along side iconic screenshots and a fantastic music score (the same guy provided the score for Oldboy). The violence is explicit, but then it is a violent world being portrayed. Min-sik Choi (Oldboy) is great as the insensitive police chief manipulating everything he can, his ultimate goal the downfall of 'Goldmoon', the corrupt organisation whose leadership is up for grabs following the death of it's leader in a mysterious car crash. The rest of the cast too are excellent, especially Jung-Jae Lee, the undercover cop caught so deep in Goldmoons' hierarchy. The direction is exemplary, wait till about 90 minutes where there is a scene of epic proportions reminiscent of Oldboy's corridor scene that will stay with you long after the film ends.The final scenes transfix you until like the crescendo of the perfect Mozart classical composition the last scene ends. Believe me, this film hits it out the park.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and thoroughly enjoyed (if that's the right adjective) this movie, 7 Oct. 2014
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Yes, another high quality south korean masterpiece. Shades of godfather and scorsese but ultimately inimitably south korean. Couldn't get a rental copy to view first so took the punt as I am a real south korean movie buff, and thoroughly enjoyed (if that's the right adjective) this movie. One to get your hands onto i fyou have the opportunity.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its just a shame that the drama ran out of steam with an all-too predictable ending., 4 Mar. 2014
Park Hoon-jung follows up his classic debut ‘I Saw the Devil’ with ‘New World’, starring Choi Min-sik as the manipulative police boss Kana who’s spent years trying to imprison scores of gangsters known collectively as Goldmoon.

This large criminal syndicate is thrown into chaos when its head is killed in a dubious car accident. Bosses from different factions vie for a place at the helm. The contenders in pole position are Jung (Hwang Jung-min), Ja-sung (Lee Jung-jae) and Lee (Park Sung-woong). Kang senses blood, since he’s employed some moles into the various factions.

Goldmoon seems to be run like a corporation, everyone seems more interested in keeping their sharp suits clean whilst backstabbing each other. And by doing so, you can forget about Hoon-jung’s crazed bloodbath being repeated in this film until near the end. The action doesn’t really get going till at least an hour into the film, when the many characters start to play their hands. Kang succeeds in playing the contenders off each other, leading to a bloody all-out assault by hundreds of men in suits in a car-park, ending in a great action sequence in a lift.

‘New World’ has plenty of twists, and then some. The problem is that its been done so many times now, and as hard as it tries it doesn’t offer that one twist which elevates it above the many other crime dramas. The red-hot cast do their jobs well, but the cool veneer of this stylish film lacks the tension needed to build the momentum for the second half of the film. ‘New World’ is an accomplished film, the direction and especially the cinematography from Chung Chung-hoon is superb. Its just a shame that the drama ran out of steam with an all-too predictable ending.

Rating 7/10
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