“The Drug King” is a film that I saw while sitting in a theatre waiting for the new release of The DaVinci Code. ดู หนัง เจ้าพ่อ I was awed by the first two films, so I knew I’d love this one. I figured someone who hadn’t seen either of them would be a good candidate to review the film. It’s not always easy to find something new in a theater filled with action, dramas, thriller thrillers, comedy flicks and many other genres. In this case, however, The Drug King is a fantastic choice. It has a compelling story as well as great acting and some truly bizarre characters.
It is set in modern Japan and the protagonist, played by Hidehiko Yamane, is a young Japanese man who turns into a powerful and vicious drug lord. The acting is superb and the plot is compelling. It’s often lost in the repetitive characters, the overused characters, the lack of plot developments, and uninteresting twists. This film would benefit from a better plot and more original characters and a better performance if it wanted to stand out against the other action-filled movies of the summer.
Instead, the film plows through the action as it’s designed to do: with little to no building up. There are no colorful characters, no strange locations, no bright costumes there is there’s no Chinese mysticism, or martial arts rituals. Kim’s hairstyle, wardrobe and facial expressions are the only things that seem different from scene to scene. The film simply has too many boring scenes and pointless activities. From the drug lord’s criminal to the victims of his crimes, to the mandatory police meetings and inter-office politics the movie pretty much revolves around the illicit drug trade and the only thing that is different from scene to scene is the uniform colors the police officers wear.
The star of the movie in the film, aside from Kim Dongcheon (Chin Na-young), is the actress Doo-sam. Doo-sam is Kim, a brilliant drug lord who is able to rise to power on the Korean peninsula. He is an excellent tactician and very intelligent man and is also a skilled planner and ambitious planner. He is an expert manipulator and plans to make use of the power of fear to achieve his goals. He also is a lover of Onmyo (Choi Hong-Sul) and wants to protect her. The movie presents the theme of power corrupts and why loyalty is more important than wealth in a nation that is ruled by the drug industry.
At the same time, Kim is also a aggressive and ruthless criminal whose past has been concealed from Onmyo. She is extremely upset because her husband has disappeared and she suspects him of involvement in the drug trade. Doo-sam is also in competition with Bum-shing, a drug lord who wants to control the lucrative drug industry. When the two fight each other on the drug turf and the police are able to discover that Kim and his goons have also arranged a meeting with Yoo-jung, the Chinese drug Yoo-jung, a lord of the Chinese drug industry.
The Chinese discover that Doo-sam and Yoo-jung are meeting. They attempt to stop them, but are defeated by officers of the Korean National Police Force. Soon, they learn that Doo-sam and his goons have also abducted the daughter of the KNPF chief and taken her to their secret hideout. The KNPF decides to go after the compound and rescue little girl. Doo-san also realizes that the drug king has also obtained some powerful weapons, and decides to use them against the Koreans. The film concludes with Doo-san’s goons shooting at the NPF.
The film focuses on the lives of two distinct characters which highlight the ever-changing cultural milieu in Korea. The very first scene shows the drug king and his crew having a barbecue on an outing , while the helicopter hovers above. The Chinese restaurant in the background showcases their lengthy traditional Chinese meals while Yoo-jung and Doo-sam sit together for their dinner. It is interesting to observe that the choppers in the background are actually Korean helicopters which are used in the military.
This movie is definitely not for those who like action sequences. The movie is filled with action sequences but it’s primarily about two characters who find themselves in the middle a power struggle. Many movies follow a similar plot structure. The storyline was not as complicated as I had expected since it wasn’t written as a screenplay. Overall, it’s an acceptable film from Korea but not as great as my other favorite films like the Replacements and Meet the Parents.