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! Finally resulting in a not particularly clever but nontheless enjoyable little cat and mouse story, whereby Kang must use all his guile and rumble tumble to stop this vicious public enemy at large... The audience left with a film that is hardly the equal of Dirty Harry, but one which is certainly an entertaining dogged cop Vs slick serial killer movie.
Having watched this, I am now completely baffled as to how Health and Safety Laws in the Work Place operate in Korea, as they just seem to slap one another over the head with whatever comes to hand every 30 seconds. As though the action is necessary in order to properly end a sentence whilst at work. Strange..
The disc has a good picture and quite a number of extras (behind scenes, deleted scenes, outtakes, trailers etc) that I haven't got round to watching yet. Obviously, the film is subtitled. 3.75/5