Eye for an Eye

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Captain Baek Sung-Chan (Han Suk-Kyu) is about to retire from the police force. Before he hands in his official resignation, a money transport van is robbed with one of the criminals impersonating Captain Baek Sung-Chan. Shortly afterwards, over half a ton of solid gold is stolen on Jeju Island. Being short tempered, Captain Baek Sung-Chan becomes outraged and vows to take down the criminal group behind the crimes.

Meanwhile, criminal mastermind Ahn Hyun-Min (Cha Seung-Won) has orchestrated the heists to prefection. He's following a script that he has crafted for many years and that also entails provoking the short fused Baek Sung-Chan. Ahn Hyun-Min's ultimate goal isn't Capt. Baek, but rather a fellow figure in the criminal underworld that Ahn Hyun-Min wants to seek revenge upon. A man that Captain Baek Sung-Chan wants to arrest.

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Han Suk-Kyu Cha Seung-Won Lee Byung-Joon Kim Ji-Suk
Captain Baek Sung-Chan Ahn Hyun-Min Hyung-Woo / Antonio Song Yoo-Gon

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inat It was a good movie, good plot, talented actors, awesome ending!

Ki Originality isn’t South Korean film “Eye for an Eye“’s forte, nor is it even part of its lexicon. Rather, the film happily barrows favorite moments from U.S. films like “Ocean 11″ and “Heat” and spins it into a mildly entertaining Korean cops & robbers thriller. The movie is co-directed by Kyung-taek Kwak and Kwon-tae Ahn. Kwon-tae Ahn, who served as an assistant director in Kyung-taek Kwak’s 2001 film “Friend” before directing the 2004 film “My Brother“, directs the first half of “Eye for an Eye,” with mentor Kyung-taek Kwak taking over for the film’s second half. Stylistically, there’s usually a love it or hate it relationship with Kyung-taek Kwak films. Personally, I group Kyung-taek Kwak with Jae-young Kwak (”My Sassy Girl“), two renown directors from the early “Hallyu Wave” that are also part of the “IM1PFATRASKB” club. The “IM1PFATRASKB” stands for “I Made 1 Popular Film and The Rest All Sucked Kimchi Balls”.

With obvious influences from U.S. films “Ocean 11″ and “Heat,” as well as Korean films “Tazza” and “Public Enemy,” “Eye for an Eye” likely won’t win any “best original screenplay” awards. From a Korean movie-goer’s perspective, the lure of “Eye for an Eye” lies more so with Suk-kyu Han’s return to the bigscreen after a two year hiatus, as well as Seung-won Cha appearing alongside Han. Suk-kyu Han’s also gets a makeover as well, appearing with frosty white hair and a snazzy wardrobe. His temperament is more over-the-top than anything we have seen from him in the past (easy to forget this is the same Mr. nice guy from “Christmas in August“). Counter-part Seung-won Cha, delivers on his end as well, giving a more nuanced performance than what you may normally expect from him. While the two main stars did their part, the supporting performances was marred by Byeong-jun Lee’s (opera singer in A Bloody Aria) juvenile performance as a transvestite. His character was painfully stereotypical and, in a round about way, signified the lack of creativity in the movie’s script.

When the end credits roll around, your enjoyment of “Eye for an Eye” will depend largely on your tolerance of the movie’s heavy lifting from U.S. films “Ocean 11″ and “Heat”. If you could careless about this aspect and you generally enjoy action films, you’ll find yourself enjoying “Eye for an Eye”. If you’re a more discerning viewer and not a huge fan of action films involving cops & robbers, than the derivative nature of film will become a far bigger obstacle.

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