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- The Foul King
- 112 min.
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As Unit 731 said, the funniest moments are when Dae-ho's interacts with his boss. There's one particular scene where Dae-ho sneaks into the office like an assassin, and makes like he's been there the whole time. His boss simply gives him the 'thousand-yard' stare and says 'what the fuck are you?'
Good, but not great.
Even though the movie is about professional wrestling; the obnoxious garbage only watched by ignorant little kids and illiterate white trash, this early Kim Jee-woon is pretty alright. This is due to the fact that the film mostly makes fun of the aforementioned homoerotic charade.
As a comedy, it works most of the time. Some moments are really funny but others just simply missed their mark. The definite best moments are Dae-ho's interactions with his boss.
Also, I don't think the film fully takes advantage of the premise but Kang-ho Song makes up for it with his magnificent presence.
Sadly though, it felt like they ran out of ideas towards the end.
I prefer Kim Jee-woon's debut over this, due to a better premise and script, but overall this is still a decent film.
The fact that Kim started his career with comedy is still quite surprising to me.
Korean attempt at comedy that almost works.
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This movie ranks #18 in Film 2.0's 100 Korean Masterpieces
This movie ranks #523 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide