The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
After barely surviving a violent attack by an elusive serial killer, crime boss Jang Dong-su (Don Lee) finds himself forming an unlikely partnership with local detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo Yul) to catch the sadistic killer.
I haven’t seen many reviews for this in Instagram so might as well go ahead and recommend it. The film was screened at Cannes earlier this year and i can understand why. Frankly, it’s a hell of a film. Safe to say, i had so much fun with it. First off, the standout is Dong-Seok Ma as the Gangster, you might know him from the excellent ”Train to Busan” a couple years back. Everytime he gets the spotlight here, he kills it and owns every second of it. His portrayal of a mob boss is ace. Funny, threatening, bad-ass and zero f-s given. Good is also the co-star Mu-Yeol Kim who plays the cop. Best parts of the film for me was when the two were comically disagreeing over everything and fighting verbally & with fists. Through out i kept forgetting that there was a serial killer here, until the guy showed up again. Kim Sungkyu as the killer, also does an ok job considering what he’s given.
Film was also solid from a storytelling perspective, though the film isn’t the deepest of movies this year. Cinematography is surprisingly good, music choices are thrilling. Through out it’s a non-stop old school badassery and it’s very self-aware about it. ”The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil” had me smiling for the entire film, and yeah i’m aware about the gruesome subject matter. -
A refreshing addition to the crime-thriller genre with an absolutely spot-on perfect ending. I strongly recommend seeing this if the chance is given! If not for the cool storyline, then for the oh so great leading performances and excellent pacing or killer action scenes. A film worth your time! More people should check this one out. Might even pump up the ratings a bit on rewatch.
Reviewed by Roope
Roope recommended this to me and I was not disappointed. This is a kickass action Korean gangster flick with a menacing performance from Dong-seok Ma!
After barely surviving a violent attack by an elusive serial killer, crime boss Jang Dong-su finds himself forming an unlikely partnership with local detective Jung Tae-seok to catch the sadistic killer simply known as "K".