78. The Unjust (2010)

Trying to thwart corruption with corruption. It kind of works.

Intended for ‘Sneak Peeks of KOFFIA line up’
7/10
Directed by: Seung-wan Ryoo
Written by: Hoon-jung Park
Starring: Jeong-min Hwang, Seung-beom Ryu and Hae-jin Yu

Nothing suss...

State and corporate corruption make for serious entertainment in Ryoo Seung-wan’s The Unjust – a suspenseful and intensely paced crime thriller that is sure to kick off the Korean Film Festival with the right tone, atmosphere and impression.

As the roles, personal interests and egotistical ambitions of a prosecutor and a cop clash, all sense of ethics and moral obligations fly out the window as they engage in a dangerous rivalry that fuels a corporate bidding war and media hype.

Propelled by its dynamic performances and anti-heroic characters, The Unjust is a must-see for its nerve-wracking tension and thought-provoking themes, which unravel in a plot driven by intelligent manipulation and Ryoo’s keen sense of action and effective technical storytelling. It may be difficult for international audiences to swallow the Korean sentiments, attitudes and sarcasm, but with enough patience and interest, The Unjust digs into a story that reflects much of the real-life corruption and dubious scams that have littered Korean politics, law and judiciary.

As The Unjust surprises with enough thrills and unpredictable kills to keep you gripping the edge of your seat, who says crime doesn’t pay.

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