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New World [Blu-ray] (2013)

Choi Min-sik , Hwang Jeong-min , Park Hoon Jeong  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Choi Min-sik, Hwang Jeong-min, Lee Jeong-jae, Park Seong-Woong, Song Ji-hyo
  • Directors: Park Hoon Jeong
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,067 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"A superb gangster thriller" --Toronto Sun

"A stylish saga...ruthlessly effective" --The New York Times

"Gangster movie fanatics should take note" --Time Out New York

Product Description

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1997). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han Seok-gyu. 1997 marked his return to motion pictures, with a role as a tough-talking police investigator in Song Neung-han's No. 3. His biggest role came in 1999, when he was cast in Korea's most successful film ever, Swiri. His portrayal of a North Korean agent garnered him much praise and a Best Actor Award from the 1999 domestic Grand Bell Awards. After starring in a theater production of Hamlet in spring of 1999, Choi took on the role of a husband who discovers his wife's infidelity in Happy End, and in early 2001 starred as a third-rate gangster opposite Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung in the acclaimed Failan. In 2003 he starred in the now classic Oldboy.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek tragedy come to life August 3, 2013
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You recall old myths, legends, or history that talks about power struggles? The old guy having poison poured into his ear? Well, this is an updated version of myths that show no matter where we are as a species, the same need to stay in power is there.

I enjoyed this movie because I saw a lot of corporate politics taking place. The kind of politics that seems to have gotten worse since the early 2000's when corporations stopped developing people and have turned a blind eye to bully a-holes.

Watched it twice, and more than likely will purchase the film. I especially enjoyed the character development between Ja Sung and Chung, b/c they were friends, but power and friendship don't really mix when push comes to shove.

I recommend it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful film about the bad side of the world! July 2, 2013
By Dee J.
This is a well-done movie about people you REALLY don't want on your bad side! Though not shown in explicit detail, these bad guys know how to make their enemies "feel the pain!" Even the supposedly "good guys" have their bad side, when it comes to fighting crime, but this story is more believable than the typical what you might be expecting. Entertaining and thought-provoking film, but definitely not for the kids.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Gangster Film Since The Departed July 14, 2013
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Since The Departed, what has Hollywood given us in the realm of quality gangster films? American Gangster? That's a good flick. Public Enemies? Okay. Lawless? Eh, alright. Gangster Squad? Oh, wait, what? It just appears to keep getting worse in Hollywood. Not so much in South Korea. Between A Bittersweet Life, A Dirty Carnival, and now New World, these guys are on fire.

The film opens with the brutal dispensing of a rat within Goldmoon, the biggest crime syndicate in Korea. It is a cold, not-so-subtle warning of what happens to a rat and undercover police officer Ja-sung knows it: either via a pair of concrete boots or by concrete ingestion, you'll sleep with the fishes. After 8 years, he's successfully infiltrated Goldmoon and become the right hand man and "bro" of Goldmoon's 2nd in command, the half Chinese Jung Chung. The stakes are as high as he sees they can get, and for that reason, he wants out.

Meanwhile, after successfully being acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence, Goldmoon Chairman Seok Dong-chul is killed in a mysterious car accident, throwing the massive syndicate into a succession crisis, with Ja-sung caught right in the middle of those loyal to his "bro" Jung Chung, those of the full Korean Lee Joong-gu, and those of his manipulative and lying boss, Police Section Chief Kang Hyung-chul, who seeks to influence the succession in the Police's favor. As you can guess from the title of my review, it may be needless to say I found the ensuing events in this Korean "Game Of Thrones" immensely gripping. I won't go in any further to avoid spoilers.

Written and Directed by I Saw The Devil's Park Hoon-jung, New World has convinced me that it's the best entry in the Gangster genre since The Departed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted, authentic movies with great acting! January 3, 2014
By Gozz
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If you are looking for realistic(authentic), suspense thriller, gangster, korean movie, I strongly recommend this.

There are a lots of great korean movies out there, but this is by far least typical overacting Korean movie.

Strongly recommend this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultraviolent Undercover Cop January 4, 2014
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Stone-faced actor Lee Jung-Jae as a cop deep undercover during a gangster power play for top seat is riveting, nail-biting violent take on Korean gangsters. Lots of edgy acting by veteran cast, nice little subplots with woman handler and wife who's also on the police hook. Elements of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed and Tony Leung in A Cop's Story but moves at a Korean style and pace. Heavy duty kill or be killed, first-rate filmmaking and sticks to you long after the movie is over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best January 3, 2014
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One of the best gangster epics ever. A feel I can best describe as a cross between The Godfather and The Departed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb crime drama December 15, 2013
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Park Hoon-jung‘s “New World” is a top notch crime drama from South Korea. Its complex plot features Jung-Jae Lee as Lee Ja-sung, an agent who’s been undercover with the Goldmoon crime syndicate for eight years now and has managed to reach the position of second-in-command to the group‘s leader. When the latter is taken out in a hit, Jung-Jae naturally assumes that his assignment will likewise be terminated and that he’ll be allowed to return to a normal life with his pregnant wife. However, his actual boss, Police Chief Kang (Min-sik Choi), has other plans for him, namely to stay an active member in the gang and to eventually fill the vacuum left by the assassinated leader. This, however, will necessitate eliminating the top two lieutenants, Jeong Cheong (Jeong-min Hwang) and Lee Jung-gu (Seong-Woong Park), his two potential rivals for the throne.

At times brutal and bloody, “New World,” nevertheless, remains predominantly a drama of character and ideas, as the “good” figures in particular must find their way through the moral morass that is the world of crime, where the fine line between good and evil, right and wrong, often has to be crossed in order to secure a desired end. And somehow they must do so without losing both their humanity and their soul in the process. For the embedded Jung-Jae, for instance, there is the inexorable pull to the dark side as well as the inevitable shifting of loyalties that comes from immersing himself so deeply into this brotherhood of criminals, while Kang, the Javert-like figure of the piece, is so obsessed with bringing down Goldmoon that he is even willing to sacrifice some of his own operatives to bring it about.

Sharp writing, intense performances, excellent pacing, fine direction and an ironically preordained conclusion all combine to make “New World” a must-see film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best undercover movies ever
this movie is just great with suspense and action. think a yakuza version of 'the departed'. this story deals with an undercover cop that rose through the ranks in the yakuza... Read more
Published 13 days ago by chino
5.0 out of 5 stars A New World... indeed!
Caught this at the theater last year by accident and it ended up on my 10 best list. An epic riff on the gangster genre that truly pays tribute to The Godfather. Read more
Published 16 days ago by James Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I enjoyed this movie vry much. The story is strong, an the ending was superb. It's well thought out...Awesome thanks
Published 27 days ago by T.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, clever Korean action/thriller
"New World" is a complex thriller about a cop who has successfully infiltrated the Korean Mafia or Kkangpae (literally "thug" in English). Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lemons
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Korean Gangster Film from the Writer of "I Saw the Devil"
“New World” (2013) – not to be confused with Terrence Malick’s “The New World” – is a South Korean gangster movie directed by Park Hoon Jeong, writer of Kim Jee-woon’s “I Saw the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tsuyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb mafia thriller
I have mentioned several times that the most exciting movies these days are made by Koreans. Every year a new face comes to the fore front delivering topnotch films. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amit Talpade
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Korean crime dramas
Great movie, great plot, intense in action and moral dilemmas, one of the best movies about Korean crime syndicates that I have seen.
Published 1 month ago by Wilfredo
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie.
i enjoyed the whole movie. i was engaged in every scene and never got bored with it. worth a watch.
Published 1 month ago by Frank Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Korean movie
Lee Jung-jae is the best actor in Korea!
There is no his replacement even though a Hollywood star.
He is a real movie star.
Published 1 month ago by Yuri Ajima
5.0 out of 5 stars The Politics of Crime
Crime dramas are pretty frequent, and often filled with cliches. Very few are intelligent and most of the time seem to exist solely to showcases torture scenes or acts of mindless... Read more
Published 2 months ago by shaun brammer
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