"City of Violence" may not be wholly original, but it is proof that a film doesn't need to be one to deliver an intense and entertaining experience. It isn't perfect and it does have its share of clumsiness inherent in the first half and the lack of an intricate storyline is a little annoying. The direction thankfully recovers from its flaws, and manages to regain its energy and forward momentum with some gritty performances from its cast; Lee Beom Soo (who plays Pilho) certainly steals the show. It is fast-paced and definitely delivers in the action/fight scenes brilliantly choreographed by Jeong Du-Hong. It is exactly what action-buffs have clamored for in a long time!
Highly RECOMMENDED! For action fans. [4 Stars]
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