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A Company Man [Blu-ray]
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"A blackly satirical comedy" --Film Business Asia
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One day Ji Hyeong-Do's perfect life as first-rate killer starts to change, however, when he chooses not to follow a certain part of the order given to him. This leads to his meeting with Yu Mi-yeon (Mi-yeon Lee), mother of two children. And Yu Mi-yeon was a singer Ji Hyeong-Do adored when he was young.
A 2012 Korean thriller "A Company Man" is more about the central character Ji Hyeong-Do and his transformation than about the brutal fights he has to go through. The action is sparse, especially in the first half of the film, but once it begins, it gets pretty tense with bloody and violent combat scenes.
Perhaps writer and director Sang-yoon Lim (his feature debut) could have developed the relationship between the salaried killer and the retired singer. Some of the subplots are also underdeveloped, with a police detective whose role the film could have used more effectively. With the superb acting from the cast and intense climax, however, "A Company Man" is worth checking out.
As with many popular South Korean films, this one not-so-subtly mocks modern Korean culture. Everyone is very impressed that Hyeong-Do is a salaried employee of a well-established "company"; he is, but of course he and they aren't do the respect that's automatically attached to them...or are they? The office scenes border on eerie; if you expected to see people in catsuits working with weapons and working with sophisticated weapons, you're going to be disappointed; the employees of this company wear staid suits every day to go to work, and they have as many file cabinets, cubicles and salespeople as any other modern office. They also go on retreats, where they celebrate promotions and give out plaques. In other words, this is a job like any other, but it's also just another job.
And yet of course it's more than that. The grizzled, retired mentor who suddenly decided he needed to leave talks about the love-hate pull of the all-consuming "life". So why does Hyeong-Do want to get out? A combination of a vulnerable newbie and a long-forgotten crush that makes him think he can do his job his way- but when you work for the company, you do it their way.
This had it's share of blood and bone breaking, but as Korean action films go, the level of violence- and the depth of pathos- wasn't disturbing; in fact, this might even qualify as "feel good" for the genre.
I recommend this to anyone that appreciates a good drama, there are some action scenes but they are not the focal point. (although, that scene in the car was so freaking awesome!)
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Well-filmed, well- written, and well-acted. Shows a different side of So Ji Sub's acting range, which is first class. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris
A great DVD !! You will not be bored at all watching this thrilling movie. I am partial to Korean movies; drama's and music so much so that I rate this movie an A+. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sabrina Lizares-Sabo
A different look on assassins for hire...one to make you wonder...hmmmPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you can get beyond the usual American aversion to subtitling, this is a surprisingly engrossing 2012 Korean thriller. Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Combs
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