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(Foreign/Thriller) In this uncompromising vision of the dark and gritty Korean underworld, a crystal meth dealer with a tragic past is forced to team up with a renegade cop to take down a powerful crime lord.

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  • Actors: Jin-ho Choi, Ja-Hyeon Chu, Jeong-min Hwang, Won-jae Kang, Hee-ra Kim
  • Directors: Ho Choi
  • Writers: Ho Choi, Deok-won Yun
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000KHX71C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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BLOODY TIES (aka. Stoned City) is another stab by South Korea on crime drama. Gritty, at times a bit humorously dark and violent; it hits the right spots with the effects of illegal drugs to people, the politics around them and goes on a direction that a lot of mainstream crime drama do not explore.

Plot synopsis partly derived from the dvd back cover:
A successful drug-dealer with a tragic past named Sang-do (Ryu Seung-beom, ARAHAN, Crying Fist) is forced to team up with a renegade cop; Detective Ho (Hwang Jeon-min) to take down a powerful crime lord protected by a division of the government itself.

Bloody Ties is a character-driven film. Its premise may be a bit simple, it is not be something we haven't seen before. However, with its interesting characters, good cinematography, and with its flashy editing it flourishes and succeeds as a dark and gritty crime thriller. It packs a good wallop with the depth of its characters and the actors' performances. The film has a very straight-forward vision to illegal drugs; its consequences to its sellers, the effect to its users and the political ramifications around it. It may be reminiscent of a Hong Kong crime drama but it succeeds in adapting a Korean feel.

Ryu Seong-Beom has been in a roll lately, this is the third film I've seen wherein he gives a near-stellar performance. His performance is the main key to "Bloody Ties'" success. Sang-Do's character is no role model; Ryu Seong-Beon plays his part convincingly and adds a certain depth and charisma that I had to pay attention to him. It is to the actor's credit that he can play such an unlikeable character with such natural grit. Hwang Jeong-min plays the other side of the coin; Detective Ho.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
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Bloody Ties (Ho Choi, 2005)

Fun little movie, if nothing original; the mismatched-cop storyline attached to the rise and fall of drug lords in South Korea that revolved around influxes of IMF money in the nineties. Except in this case one of the mismatched cops is a small-time pusher. If you're a fan of action comedies, this should be right up your alley.

Sangdo (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance's Seung-beom Ryu) is a street dealer who specializes in crystal meth. He's also been a snitch for the last five years, working for scruffy police lieutenant Do (Black House's Jeong-min Hwang). Things are going along just fine until the movements of the IMF and World Bank depress the drug culture in Pusan, giving rise to a gung-ho district attorney who's bent on putting as many drug dealers behind bars as possible. This includes Sangdo, who goes down for eight months. The money moves again while he's in the slammer, though, and a new druglord takes over his territory: the sadistic Jangcheol (The Divine Weapon's Do-gyung Lee). Do, in disgrace, wants to bring Jangcheol down. Sangdo wants his territory back. Since the two already know each other pretty well, why not team up and try to bring the guy down?

It's brainless, it's got cardboard characters, way too many things blow up, and if you like this sort of thing, you'll love every minute of it. I thought it was a little on the shallow side; Jangcheol is just too evil, while Sangdo is too dealer-with-a-heart-of-gold, but Choi (who also co-wrote the screenplay) does throw some nice twists in now and again (did I mention the DA is too slimy for words?) and Hyun-jae Oh, in his first cinematography job, does a competent enough job to hold the eye's interest. Not great, but not awful. ** ½
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Webb on December 11, 2007
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I was taken by the story line and subperb acting, this is a police drama about drugs in the big city but the story is layered with so many good characters that I found this to be one of the best police dramas I had ever seen. Don't pass this one by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By somebodyelse on November 15, 2012
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This movie falls under the Cop-Teams-Up-With-Criminal category. As always with Korean flicks, the unexpected humor, and subtle nuances of character drive the plot. The acting is flawless. Watch it with the original dialogue subtitled.
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By KriticalKustomer on January 20, 2014
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As a movie connoisseur I am really critical of most movies I watch, This one was so-so…I could skip it and not feel a beat….
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