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New World [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C6WHPO4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,661 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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"New World" is a very stylish and gripping thriller from South Korea about a police officer "Ja-seong" (LEE Jeong-jae) who has lived undercover as a gangster in a large crime syndicate "Goldmoon" for ten years. When the head of the organisation is killed, a power struggle ensues, through which the police intend to manipulate the outcome to their own ends through operation "New World", using Ja-seong as an expendable pawn. Problems arise as Ja-seong, realises his unscrupulous police superiors are less loyal and trustworthy than his gangster "brother"and boss "Jung Chung" (Hwang Jung-min).

It is beautifully paced and structured as the manipulative head of the police unit "Kang" (CHOI Min-sik), tries to influence, in turn, each faction of the power struggle in the criminal organisation.

While not ultra-violent, there is certainly enough bloody violence to remove any romanticism about the seemingly glamorous and superficially civilised gangster syndicate portrayed.

All the main characters are excellent and while the musical score in places certainly reminded me of other gangster epics, it feels fresh, with a great central performance from Lee, as the conflicted police officer/gangster.

I'd put this one up there with my modern other Korean favourites ; "The Chaser", "A Bittersweet Life", "The Unjust", "The Yellow Sea", "A Dirty Carnival", "The Man from Nowhere", "No tears for the Dead"......

Absolutely recommended

In Korean with English subtitles
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb crime drama 15 Dec. 2013
By Roland E. Zwick - Published on Amazon.com
****1/2

Park Hoon-jung‘s “New World” is a top notch crime drama from South Korea. Its complex plot features Jung-Jae Lee as Lee Ja-sung, an agent who’s been undercover with the Goldmoon crime syndicate for eight years now and has managed to reach the position of second-in-command to the group‘s leader. When the latter is taken out in a hit, Jung-Jae naturally assumes that his assignment will likewise be terminated and that he’ll be allowed to return to a normal life with his pregnant wife. However, his actual boss, Police Chief Kang (Min-sik Choi), has other plans for him, namely to stay an active member in the gang and to eventually fill the vacuum left by the assassinated leader. This, however, will necessitate eliminating the top two lieutenants, Jeong Cheong (Jeong-min Hwang) and Lee Jung-gu (Seong-Woong Park), his two potential rivals for the throne.

At times brutal and bloody, “New World,” nevertheless, remains predominantly a drama of character and ideas, as the “good” figures in particular must find their way through the moral morass that is the world of crime, where the fine line between good and evil, right and wrong, often has to be crossed in order to secure a desired end. And somehow they must do so without losing both their humanity and their soul in the process. For the embedded Jung-Jae, for instance, there is the inexorable pull to the dark side as well as the inevitable shifting of loyalties that comes from immersing himself so deeply into this brotherhood of criminals, while Kang, the Javert-like figure of the piece, is so obsessed with bringing down Goldmoon that he is even willing to sacrifice some of his own operatives to bring it about.

Sharp writing, intense performances, excellent pacing, fine direction and an ironically preordained conclusion all combine to make “New World” a must-see film.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek tragedy come to life 3 Aug. 2013
By Martinis for all - Published on Amazon.com
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You recall old myths, legends, or history that talks about power struggles? The old guy having poison poured into his ear? Well, this is an updated version of myths that show no matter where we are as a species, the same need to stay in power is there.

I enjoyed this movie because I saw a lot of corporate politics taking place. The kind of politics that seems to have gotten worse since the early 2000's when corporations stopped developing people and have turned a blind eye to bully a-holes.

Watched it twice, and more than likely will purchase the film. I especially enjoyed the character development between Ja Sung and Chung, b/c they were friends, but power and friendship don't really mix when push comes to shove.

I recommend it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad 27 May 2014
By Rick Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
How a film of this caliber can go virtually unseen by the American film-going community saddens me deeply. It's an incredible film, get the hell out of the multiplexes you brain washed dung fed idiots, open your eyes and discover the true wonders of what cinema for grown ups is really all about.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Korean Gangster Film from the Writer of "I Saw the Devil" 11 Mar. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
“New World” (2013) – not to be confused with Terrence Malick’s “The New World” – is a South Korean gangster movie directed by Park Hoon Jeong, writer of Kim Jee-woon’s “I Saw the Devil.” Now, those who like Korean crime movies know that Park Hoon Jeong’s sophomore film as a director is going to be very intense. Yes, it is intense, and bloody, too, but what is most impressive about “New World” is a moral question that the film raises.

Head of Goldmoon, the country’s biggest crime syndicate, is killed in a car accident, and a power struggle to succeed his position is about to begin. Higher level police officers including Police Chief Kang (Choi Min-sik) take that as a chance to weaken the crime organization by using an undercover agent that has been inside the syndicate for eight years. But what if he is tired of his mission? Or worse, if he has developed a rapport with the very person he was to bring down?

That’s all I can say without spoiling much about the unpredictable story. Certain sections of the film may remind you of a Hong Kong crime noir “Infernal Affairs” (2002) – or its Hollywood remake “The Departed” (2006) – but similarity ends when the protagonist is forced to make a more drastic move.

The crime drama is notable for the superb acting from the stars. The characters are memorable, including the syndicate’s hot-tempered second-in-command Jung Chung (Hwang Jung-min), his faithful right-hand man Lee Ja-sung (Lee Jung-jae), and of course Choi Min-sik’s disillusioned Chief Kang, who uses his agent as bait, but not without a conscience. I think the film is a bit overlong and some part of is incredible (even by the standard of the genre), but “New World” is engrossing nonetheless.
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Gangster Film Since The Departed 14 July 2013
By Ethan Gorham - Published on Amazon.com
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Since The Departed, what has Hollywood given us in the realm of quality gangster films? American Gangster? That's a good flick. Public Enemies? Okay. Lawless? Eh, alright. Gangster Squad? Oh, wait, what? It just appears to keep getting worse in Hollywood. Not so much in South Korea. Between A Bittersweet Life, A Dirty Carnival, and now New World, these guys are on fire.

The film opens with the brutal dispensing of a rat within Goldmoon, the biggest crime syndicate in Korea. It is a cold, not-so-subtle warning of what happens to a rat and undercover police officer Ja-sung knows it: either via a pair of concrete boots or by concrete ingestion, you'll sleep with the fishes. After 8 years, he's successfully infiltrated Goldmoon and become the right hand man and "bro" of Goldmoon's 2nd in command, the half Chinese Jung Chung. The stakes are as high as he sees they can get, and for that reason, he wants out.

Meanwhile, after successfully being acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence, Goldmoon Chairman Seok Dong-chul is killed in a mysterious car accident, throwing the massive syndicate into a succession crisis, with Ja-sung caught right in the middle of those loyal to his "bro" Jung Chung, those of the full Korean Lee Joong-gu, and those of his manipulative and lying boss, Police Section Chief Kang Hyung-chul, who seeks to influence the succession in the Police's favor. As you can guess from the title of my review, it may be needless to say I found the ensuing events in this Korean "Game Of Thrones" immensely gripping. I won't go in any further to avoid spoilers.

Written and Directed by I Saw The Devil's Park Hoon-jung, New World has convinced me that it's the best entry in the Gangster genre since The Departed. With the exception of the closing scene (which comes across as almost an afterthought), the film is an out and out masterpiece. It is very easy to see why Hollywood shelved out $600,000 for the remake rights. Impeccably acted, scripted, shot, and directed, the film is (edit: was) a major contender for the 'Best Foreign-Language Film' Oscar at the upcoming Academy Awards.

What's bad? Aside from the closing scene feeling like an afterthought, I really can't think of anything. Is it too violent for kids? Yes. Is there a lot of bad language? Yes. Is there a whole lot of sex? Not really. Is it really the best Gangster film since The Departed? Yes. And that's pretty much all the reason a real movie lover should need to check out this wonderful gem.
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