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After a fatal accident, Yu-gon, a former police inspector, is sentenced to hard time in a prison he once helped fill. Once inside, he discovers the entire penitentiary is no longer controlled by the guards, but by a vicious crime syndicate that breaks out at night, using their prison sentences as the perfect alibi to commit intricate heists. Looking for revenge against the system that placed him inside, Yu-gon joins the syndicate... but with every man out for himself, how long can the perfect crime last?
Language: Korean (original)
Available Subtitles: English
...The Prison punches, kicks, and stabs its way to the top of the genre and claims itself at the top and it does so quite confidently. --Blood Brothers Film Reviews
The Prison is a must see for any cinephile and Korean cinema enthusiasts should have a new favorite to add to their lists. --Blood Brothers Film Reviews
The Prison is a ferociously effective genre film from Korea that feels like the kind of movie Hollywood will remake in its own image. But adding star power and the English language won t necessarily improve things, as The Prison is brutally entertaining just the way it is." --Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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The movie is a little over two hours, so the beginning did feel slow moving, but it was much needed to get a feel of each characters personality.
The prison is all about survival on the inside coexisting with a secret revenge scheme.
I really thought the concept of the story was pretty good, it does have a sad side to it, and from both cop and prisoners perpectives.
If your into martial arts, dont mind having to read movies, lots of action, thrilling / was a few scenes that were pretty brutal ( gore/ horrifying to see) and watching how one man behind bars can make EVERYONE ( gaurds, wardens...) his personal "sidekicks".. maybe more like slaves to him, as ALL feared this one man, is all worth watching if you like these types, as this movie really gets your mind thinking more and more of how its all so messed up and truthfully does happen in all sorts of places to an extent.
One example of what I mean is, say someone thats been arrested for murder, and all evidence points to them, but they are let go... its always about the money. They're wealthy and just hush the judges, the cops, and the lawyers are in on it, you name it and the killer gets what they want. Things like that are all around us, sadly.
But with all that said, this movie shows what money and fear can get you and it shows just how far another man would go thru just to get revenge on a man who thinks he owns everyone and everything. Very good movie!!!
The movie focuses on the dynamic between Yu-gon and Ik-ho, and there’s plenty of action mayhem, consisting of martial arts fights, shoot-outs, and explosions. Unfortunately, the movie draws on many men-in-prison cliches and is based on a highly unlikely premise. Structurally, there are problems. Some information about Yu-gon is withheld too long, making his arrogance and sense of entitlement off-putting. It is explained later. On the other hand, many details about the plot are revealed too early rather than allowing them to emerge through action.
Though there’s considerable action, no single scene is particularly memorable. Every fight, every confrontation, every explosion looks generic. A film such as this should have at least one or two stand-out action sequences. As far as casting goes, with the exception of Suk-kyu, who plays Ik-ho, everyone looks too handsome and refined to be hardened criminals. They look more like accountants than tough career criminals.
There are no bonus features on the unrated, widescreen Blu-ray release. The film is in Korean, with English subtitles.