Ngo fu chong lung
Also known as: THIS IS LAW
A vigilante who calls himself "Dr. Q" is gruesomely disposing of
vicious criminals who have managed to evade prosecution, due to some technicality.
Each killing was captured on video and Dr. Q uploads them on to the internet
shortly after each body is discovered. In between busting the usual roster
of thugs and lowlifes, reckless young cop Bong (FUN MOVIE's Im Won-hee) and
his more collected, middle-aged partner, Na (TELL ME SOMETHING's Jang Hang-seon),
work on the case but clash with their S.T.F. counterparts, Lt. Pyo (FAMILY's
Kim Min-jong) and computer whiz Kang (MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER's Shin Eun-kyung).
Pyo discovers a bug in the S.T.F. headquarters but asks Kang to keep this
a secret for the time being. Further suspicious acts on Pyo's part leave Kang
uncertain of his loyalty. Bong and Na, meanwhile, are assigned to work directly
with S.T.F, leading to several clashes between Bong and Pyo, whose styles
could not be more different. All leads point to The Ilsim Ring, a clandestine
assassination squad apparently made of up of high ranking law enforcement
Essentially a South Korean variation on GEN-X COPS (with slightly older leads
and more modest stunts and FX), OUT OF JUSTICE is aimed at the same hip audience,
with computers, the internet, and cellphones playing a large part in the storyline.
Heavy metal is also layered over the various chase sequences and Im Won-hee
looks and behaves more like a flaky, low-level gangster than a detective.
There is some decent action, though not all of these sequences are sufficiently
covered and, instead of being actually staged, one motorcycle stunt is executed
with some very poor CGI. Director Min Byeong-jin (2PM SATURDAY) also does
not convey some story points clearly and is overly obsessed with style, particularly
during throwaway moments that could have ended up on the cutting room floor.
The performers are fairly engaging but female lead Shin has little to do and
the best work is done by Jang, who seems to have the role of "rumpled
veteran cop" down pat.
Cover art courtesy Bear.
|Bear Entertainment (No Catalog
#) (South Korean label)
Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0
Sync Sound Korean Language
Optional English Subtitles
20 Chapters Illustrated In the Menu With Clips
Enhanced for 16:9 Displays
Coded for ALL Regions (The packaging carries the Region
3 symbol but the disc is actually all-region)
Contains brutal violence, moderate sexual violence,
coarse language, and nudity
menu courtesy Bear.
BOARD RATINGS AND CONSUMER ADVICE
South Korea: 18
The anamorphic presentation looks quite nice, with
no flaws worth mentioning, and the mix is reasonably energetic in between
the hard rock barrages. Like many South Korean DVD releases of late, there
are a number of untranslated extras on offer. A music video includes some
material dropped from the final cut and there is also a theatrical trailer
and TV spot, cast and crew bios, and a 11 minute "Making Of..." program consisting
of behind-the-scenes footage and brief interviews with the three leads. There
is an obvious layer change at 1:01:59. The keep case comes in a cardboard
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