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Public Enemy (2005)

Park Seung-tae , Lee Seong-jae , Woo-Suk Kang , Kang Woo-seok  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Park Seung-tae, Lee Seong-jae, Yu Hae-jin, Lee Mun-shik, Ahn Jin-su
  • Directors: Woo-Suk Kang, Kang Woo-seok
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ADKWL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The essence of the police, public servant, maintaining public peace, striving for the safety of citizens, has nothing to do with Detective Gang of Gangdong precinct. The meaning of being a public official, putting public interests over his own, has been completely lost on him. Gang uses his job as an opportunity to generate side income and settle personal matters.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smithereens May 9, 2006
Woo-Suk Kang directs "Public Enemy" with a different sense of rhythm and style from our Hollywood products. His characters are vivid. There is a logical story line, punctuated with some great fight sequences. Some combat seems to be thrown in because it'd be a nice time for a fight. Sol Kyung-gu who won a Best Actor award from the Seattle Film Festival for 2003's "Oasis" plays the bumbling cop who takes bribes and would rather bash a criminal's head to smithereens rather than bring him into the station and have to do the paperwork. While all the other cops have desk drawers full of paper, his drawer contains only one pencil. Lee Seong-jae plays the heavy Gyu-hwan in the movie. He is a corporate type who is completely amoral as he wheels and deals. Unfortunately, his aging father wishes to buy and orphanage and help children rather than invest in one of Gyu-hwan's schemes. Gyu-hwan decides on the obvious solution and shows up in a raincoat on a stormy night and slashes his parents to death, thus inheriting the money. As a criminal, Lee Seong-jae is handsome and sinister. I didn't particularly understand the necessity for the male nudity in the first part of the film. We get a backward glance at Gyu-hwan in the shower performing some manual manipulation. This is followed by a hot tub scene where Chul-Choong's partner who is tattooed from head to foot showers and gets into a naked fight with his partner. That's followed by an odd scene where the tattoo cop scrubs his partner's back. Culturally, this must have a different significance in Korea. Some of Woo-Suk Kang's scene selections seemed to make the film unnecessarily long. There's a sequence where Kang Chul-Cheoong who's been put back on the street as a beat cop stops the wife of Gyu-hwan for a traffic violation. Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Public Enemy is hard edge drama that's funny November 30, 2005
I really did enjoy this picture it was funny but not a comedy. It was more drama based. The story starts off Soule, Korea with a dirty detective who never arrested anyone in his carrer. He crosses path with this sociopath. (how that happens is very funny) The detective doesn't know he just murder two people till a week later. So he's determined to prove to his superiors that he's the guy. No one takes him seriously, because they know he's a big MESS up. He not the sharpest tool in the shed, he's hard headed, and one tuff cop. He probally one of the dumbest cops around but this movie is not a spoof type movie. It have a lot of great one liners and the action isn't what you expect from a Asian movie. There in no karate, some gunplay, but a lot of people getting getting knocked off there block. All fights are street styled fighting. When I seen the detective in this movie, he reminds me of Charles Bronson as far as being tough and taking no crap from anybody. He also reminds me of Chow Yun Fat in those old Hong Kong films when he goes off on just about anybody. You'll be say he's bad a## but why can't he just do this or that to get this guy. That where some of the comedy comes in. It a different type of movie if you're tired of seeing the same old tired movies.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Our boy QT loves Asian cinema, his film are influenced by samurai and martial arts themed films. However, the South Korean film "PUBLIC ENEMY" seemed to have turned the tables on the acclaimed director; this film has the coolness and grittiness of a Tarantino film. I've read once that "South Korea makes better Hollywood films than Hollywood itself". This film is another testament to that claim, (aside from the fantastic gangster film; "A Bittersweet Life") this film reminds us of the things that made us love to watch movies in the first place. Director Kang Wu-Seok's outing may have some similarities to "Nowhere to Hide", but it is a far cry from the usual gangster films that comes out of South Korea ever.

Ruthless, unkempt cop named Chul-Joong Kang is not your typical everyday detective. Chul-Joong's activities have a lot of illegal stuff that anyone would wonder whether he is a cop or a gangster. After his partner's suicide pending an Internal affairs investigation, Chul-Joong decides to try to become a good cop for a change. Being a public servant is somewhat new to him, and his superior often mock him about his lack of arrests.
One rainy night, Chul-Joong runs into a ruthless killer in a raincoat in a small alley and the two form an odd connection. A week later, dead bodies of an elderly couple are found with multiple stab wounds. Chul-Joong meets the couple's son, Cho Gyu-Hwan, he has the intuition that Cho is the killer but he has no evidence. Cho is actually the cold emotionless killer that he ran across with in the rain. The inevitable showdown between a dirty cop and a psycho-killer unfolds in a very personal manner.

"Public Enemy" easily sidesteps the usual cop vs. gangster that seemed to have become the thread in Korean crime drama lately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's call it amazing May 28, 2013
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Wow, what an awesome movie! I bought it a while ago and didn't have time to watch it, but once I did, I can say I was totally satisfied with the quality! Another Korean gem- nothing more and nothing less. The action is believable,funny and smart, the characters well developed and the whole atmosphere just makes you watch without even wanting to blink. I definitely recommend this movie!!!! You won't be let down.
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