Gerald Wright's Movie Coverage
Tribeca Film Festival- April 25th-May 6th
2007, U.S.A., 91 minutes
Directed by: Michael Kang
Genre: Crime Drama, Thriller
This is a gritty crime thriller following part of the life of John Kim (John Cho), an ambitious young Korean attorney who takes on a pro bono defense case to exonerate a fourteen year old boy of the murder of a crime boss. This fourteen year old is the younger brother of hard working Lila Lee (Grace Park) who also cares for an ill elderly mother. In his investigation he must infiltrate the underbelly of the Manhattan Korean underworld.
This crime world is complex and searching for clues is difficult until he gets a lead from Lila to meet Mike Juhn (Jun Sung Kim), a ruthless rising soldier in the syndicate. Recognizing John's determination and aggresiveness, Mike brings John into his confidence, by allowing him to hang out with his crew of thugs. Eventually, John and Mike become close friends. During the partying John and Mike take an interest in a party girl Suki Kim (Jane Kim). Suki witnessed the murder of the crime boss and has information to give John. This information can hurt his defense case and Lila doesn't want her young brother to stay in jail. So as the plot evolves in this intricate movie, Mike wants to get ahead in the crime world and John wants to make his mark in his lawfirm as they use each other in some unscrupulous and treacherous ways to gain their goals. Murder and lies are simple tools to use in this turbulent underworld.
This film projects the true modern day Korean crime world with superb acting by all cast members.
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