marți, 27 noiembrie 2012

My Top 10 Korean Action Movies

1.The Man From Nowhere (2010)
A retired special agent Cha Tae-Sik (Won Bin) forges an unlikely bond with his neglected young neighbor, and vows to bring the girl back home safely after she's kidnapped by violent criminals. When Tae-Shik hung up his guns to open a small pawn shop, he also shut himself off from the world. Tae-Shik prefers to live in solitude, yet he still takes a liking to his precocious neighbor So-mi, whose mother pay her little attention. When So-Mi's mother crosses a local gang of criminals who respond by kidnapping the desperate mother and daughter, Tae-Shik realizes that he may be their only hope of making it out of the situation alive. After entering into a tenuous agreement with the local mob, Tae-Shik becomes the target of an intense police manhunt and finds himself besieged on all sides. Now the closer Tae-Shik gets to So-Mi and her mother, the more his dark past finally begins coming into focus

2.The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)
The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

3.A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Gangland boss Kang (Kim Yeong-Cheol) suspects his girlfriend of being unfaithful and sends his trusted right hand man Sun-woo (Lee Byung-Hun), to sort out the problem. In an uncharacteristic moment of weakness, Sun-woo falls for Hee-Su (Shin Min-A), taken in by her grace and humanity. When Sun-woo finally catches Huei-Su with her lover, he finds himself unable to kill her and allows her to flee. This infuriates Kang and order his thugs to savagely beat him and leave him for dead. However, they do not finish the job and when Sun-woo eventually revives himself, he has nothing but vengeance on his mind.

4.Guns and talks (2001)

Guns and Talks follows a team of four skilled hitmen who will assassinate anyone for money. However, these are not your normal hitmen. They actually wouldn't kill anyone without a contract, and still ponder why people would ever want someone to be killed.
5.A Better Tomorrow (2011)
The film centers around the complex relationship between two brothers: Sung Tse-kit (Leslie Cheung) is a recent graduate of the police academy while Tse-ho (Ti Lung) runs a massive counterfeiting ring along with his gangland associate, Mark Lee (Chow Yun-fat). Tension between the two brothers comes to a head when their father is murdered after a crime deal goes sour and Tse-ho lands in jail after being double-crossed. In perhaps the most influential scene in Hong Kong cinema in the 1980s, Mark avenges his friend by staging a dinner table assassination. As Mark tries to shoot his way out of the restaurant, pulling a series of hidden pistols from potted plants and alcoves, he gets horribly injured. With both founding members of the counterfeiting syndicate incapacitated, the operation falls into the hands of Shing (Waise Lee Chi-hung), Tse-ho's former underling who has little of his boss' élan or experience. When Tse-ho gets out of jail, he reunites with his now-crippled comrade, Mark, to take out Shing and to protect Tse-kit whose life is in danger for investigating their former subordinate.

6.A Dirty Carnival (2006)

Byung-Doo (Zo In-Sung) is a low-level gangster, barely able to take care of his family and the gang members working under him. His boss frequently short changes Byung-Doo and gives the more lucrative jobs to other people in his organization. Byung-Doo soon attempts to change his fate by risking his own life.
Byung-Doo sits in on a dinner between his boss Sang-Chul (Yoon Je-Moon) and the top boss in the mafia group President Hwang (Cheon Ho-Jin). Hwang complains to Sang-Chul that he is getting hounded by an attorney that knows too much about their group. Hwang asks Sang-Chul if he could fix this problem, but Sang-Chul politely declines knowing how hard the police will come down on his group if he does so. After the meeting, President Hwang asks Byung-Doo to drive him home. While Byung-Doo drives President Hwang home, he offers to fix President Hwang's problem permanently.
Meanwhile Byung-Doo meets two people from his grade school days. Min-Ho (Nam Gung-Min) is an aspiring filmmaker wanting to learn about Byung-Doo's gang life. Min-Ho is attempting to make his first film, which deals with the mafia, but his script lacks originality and authenticity. The other person that Byung-Doo meets is Hyun-Joo (Lee Bo-Young).They become better acquainted through Min-Ho and soon develop a rocky relationship, that is burdened by Hyun-Joo’s disapproval over Byung-Doo’s gangster lifestyle.

7.Rough Cut (2008)
Gang-pae, #2 in his organization, is swamped with routine violence, and his dream of becoming an actor never went away. Star actor Soo-ta lives behind a veil, away from public eyes. Over time his behavior becomes increasingly agitated, provoked by paparazzi wanting a piece of him wherever he goes. This behavior puts him in a series of spiraling and uncontrollable situations. Now he begins shooting a new movie playing a gangster. Because of his bad temper, he beats up a fellow actor and forces the production to a halt. Feeling responsible, Soo-ta requests Gang-pae, whom he met by chance, to play alongside him in the movie in order to save the production. Gang-pae agrees with the condition that the violence portrayed in the movie has to be real and not fake acting violence. Soo-ta accepts the condition and they get ready for the real match.

8.The City of Violence (2006)
Tae-Su (Jung Doo-Hong), a tough-as-nails gang-squad cop in Seoul, is drawn back to his hometown Onseong when his high school pal Wang-Jae (Ahn Kil-Kang), a crook gone straight and certainly no wimp, is murdered in an alley behind his little bar. Once home, Tae-su reconnect with the remnants of his circle, Pil-Ho (Lee Beom-Su), Dong-Hwan (Jeong Seok-Yong) and Seok-Hwan (Ryu Seung-Wan), summoning up memories of the crazy scrapes that cemented their friendship. Tae-Su’s instincts tell him that Wang-Jae’s death was no random tragedy, and he elects to lurk around for a few days and beat the bushes. The bushes beat back, and Tae-Su barely escapes a swarm of teenage hoods with the able assistance of Seok-Hwan. The stakes are raised, the pieces are coming together, and the scrappy quartet of buddies is beginning to fall apart. Before long, Tae-Su and Seok-Hwan will charge headfirst into a sea of enemies, battling their way to the core of a corrupt, criminal empire with every last ounce of strength they have.

9.Public Enemy (2002)
Ruthless cop Chul-joong and a merciless killer in raincoat run into each other in a small alleyway and form a fatal bond. A free-for-all fight occurs by coincidence on a rainy street. A week later, the dead bodies of an old couple are discovered with multiple stab wounds. Chul-joong suddenly recalls the night he met the man in the raincoat. Chul-joong meets the old couple's son CHO Gyoo-hwan. He has an intuition that CHO is the murder but has no clue. In the meantime, another murder takes place in the same fashion. The showdown between a dirty cop and a killer unfolds, as things get more personal.

10.Poongsan (2011)
Poongsan (Yoon Kye-sang) has the unenviable job of delivering messages across the North and South Korean border to separated families.
When South Korean government agents ask him to smuggle in In-oak (Kim Kyu-ree), the lover of a high-ranking North Korean defector, into the South, the damsel and rescuer fall in love instead.

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