Choi Min-sik

poster new world

New World is the new gangster epic from South Korea that follows an undercover cop’s struggle to do his job and stay alive while the criminal organization he’s a part of falls apart around him. My full review will be posted later, but I’ll say now that fans of Infernal Affairs and Goodfellas will definitely want to keep an eye out for this one. Keep reading for the full synopsis.

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The 11th Annual New York Asian Film Festival runs from June 29th through July 15th in NYC. South Korea, 2012 133 minutes, in Korean with English subtitles Directed by: Yun Jong-Bin Starring: Choi Min-Sik, Ha Jung-Woo, Jo Jin-Woong, Ko In-Beom South Korea existed beneath military dictatorships up until the 1980s, but that only encouraged black market dealings and illegal activity for illicit profit. In 1990 though, President Roh Tae-woo’s fledgeling democracy came out strong against organized crime and went so far as to declare war on the criminals behind it all. Caught up in the mass of arrests is the very unassuming Choi Ik-hyun (Choi Min-sik). He’s tasked with telling the police as much as he can about his time in Korea’s mafioso, but as his story unfolds from the beginning it becomes clear that Ik-hyun is either a criminal mastermind… or a bumbling idiot.

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published: 04.19.2014
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