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Good, not Bad, but also Weird
on April 6, 2014
Difficult to say what I felt about the ending of this film. Everything up and coming towards it was rather fun, visceral, and honestly thrilling at times. I wanted to root for one of the characters in particular, but then a late-game revelation made me think twice about who I was cheering on. This is the kind of film that takes its time setting up action sequence after action sequence, fantastically shot and entertainingly made, but the ending seriously made me scratch my head. It simply happens; afterwards there's little explanation given. Also.....
It's difficult for me to believe that the character of Tae-Goo has settled into his new surroundings without anyone knowing his former past as the "finger chopper." Everyone knows that he was in a duel with Chang-Yi, but Tae-Goo doesn't remember this at all during the film. Which means he's either ignoring it, or everyone knows he's the Finger Chopper, or they don't, or -- confusion. And then the ending gives no explanations. It just ends.
Overall, this is fun, and worth the price. Watch it, enjoy the action set pieces, but don't expect a satisfying ending, unfortunately.