This review is from: The Yellow Sea (DVD)
Korean film noir thriller with a contemporary feel, whose engine is its own powerful forward momentum.
For the most part we follow the anti-hero protagonist 'x' across a gritty narrative arc set in and around the 'Yellow Sea'(between Korea and China), a literal and metaphorical no-mans land of crime, illegal work and people trafficking, a hidden world which lends the movie a frisson of edgy topicality and reminiscent at times of W.Friedkin's 'The French Conneciton'. Similarly, the grimy, down to earth setting belies the film's compelling taut slickness. The director (who also directed 'The Chaser') draws out plenty of tension from the dark underworld setting. It's a shame that the 'Bourne-movie' slickness tends to dominate later on, charging furiously and headlong through so many plot twists and dramatic escapes that it concludes on a mawkish and exhausted note. For thrill-seakers though 'The Yellow Sea' is a 'Must Sea'.