New World -- A Film Review

The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, after a late-night engagement with a blue lozenge and a fair mistress, leaving his two closest lieutenants to duke it out for top dog. Seizing the opportunity, if somewhat outgunned and outmanned by the rival-clan gangs operating in their prefecture, the police launch an operation called "New World," with the ideal weapon. The boss' right-hand man, Ja-sung (LEE Jung-jae, The Thieves), has been their deep-cover operative for 8 years, closely watched by handler Police chief Kang (CHOI Min-sik, Oldboy), much in the manner of classic Mafia/gangland flicks (1997) and The Departed (2006). The set design is ultra-sleek and high tech, except when in the service of meetings on the QT they are grungy and sanguinary, ready for knife-play and bludgeons. With a baby on the way, and living in mortal fear of being exposed as a mole, Ja-sung is torn between his duty and honor as a cop, and the fiercely loyal gang members who will follow him to hell...(Read Full Post)