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The City of Violence (짝패)

짝패 (Jjak-pae)

Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan (류승완)

Screenplay by , ,

Action Drama

92min | Release date in South Korea :


Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan and they reminisce. Suspecting something fishy about Wang-jae's death, Tae-su and Seok-hwan start investigating it each in his own way. Both of their investigations lead to a land development project that Pil-ho is directing and the two embark on a difficult battle...


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  • [UK] Opening Gala Event of the New London East Asia Film Festival Friday 23 October

    2015/10/16, Source,
    Korean Blockbuster "Veteran" with Special Guest Director Ryoo Seung-wan. The inaugural London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) will be taking place from the 23rd to the 25th October 2015 . LEAFF's festival director, Hye-Jung Jeon (former director of the London Korean Film Festival) and Chris Fujiwara, former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival are delighted to launch this '0th' edition of LEAFF 2015. It will highlight the excitement, range, and achievement of major films from Korea, China, Japan and East Asian and the festival's mission will aim to take UK audiences on a continuously unfolding adventure of cinematic discovery,...More
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  • [HanCinema's Film Talk] Siblings in Cinema: The RYOO Brothers

    Siblings don't always get along. Even when working within the same field family members often choose to keep their personal and professional lives separate to keep the peace. Personal histories, grudges, and just knowing one another as well as they do can cause friction and frustration in the workplace. Not so though with renowned South Korean actor Ryoo Seung-beom and his moviemaking brother Ryoo Seung-wan. The brothers' most recent effort, "The Berlin File" (2013), marks another successful family collaboration that rocked Korean cinemas earlier this year. The brothers both came into the spotlight with their 2000 début feature "Die Bad"; a collection of four hard-boiled short stories that follows two teenagers and their descent into the violent world of organised crime. The film was written and directed by Seung-wan and stars himself and his younger brother Seung-beom. Seung-wan has sometimes been described as the Korean Tarantino, while his talent younger brother has been likened too the American-Canadian comedy actor Jim Carrey,...More
  • Filmmakers and Highlights of the 5th Annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival

    2013/06/04, Source,
    With 2 days to go to the Opening Night, it's time to reveal the guests of the 5th annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival and the Festival organisers are delighted to make a series of other announcements. Highlights of this edition are the guest talent from Asia who will be attending the festival, the talent Masterclasses, the winner of the inaugural Terracotta Short-Film Competition, unveiling of the Official Trailer and the festival parties,...More
  • [Guest Review] The Berlin File

    2013/02/08, Source,
    Ryoo Seung-wan's ("The City of Violence", "The Unjust") new film "The Berlin File" is certainly a must see for all film fans. The movie stars some of Korea's most talented actors, Ha Jeong-woo ("The Chaser", "Nameless Gangster"), Jeon Ji-hyeon ("My Sassy Girl", "The Thieves") Ryoo Seung-beom ("The Servant", "The Unjust") and Han Seok-Kyu ("Forbidden Quest", "Eye for an Eye"). The film revolves around Ha Jeong-woo's character, a North Korean spy, as his own country turns against him and he must find a way out not only for his sake, but for his wife's as well,...More
  • Cinema on the Park returns, Embrace your connection!

    2012/07/09, Source,
    The Korean Cultural Office has just announced it's program for the new season of Cinema on the Park beginning on July 19th.  Providing a diverse range of Korean cinema, this weekly event is perfect for both the average movie-goer and the seasoned cinephile. With special guests and tasty snacks, EMBRACE YOUR CONNECTION to Korean cinema,...More
  • Korean Blogathon 2012 : Second Batch

    2012/03/06, Source,
    Tuesday 6th March 2012 : Remember to add names of authors if possible! Feel free to message us if we miss you, there are a lot of links rolling in!,...More
  • KOFFIA 2011 Film Line-up announced!

    2011/07/27, Source,
    KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA 2011 KOFFIA 2011 is coming! HOLD ON TIGHT! For immediate release The KOFFIA Korean Film Festival is back in Sydney for the second time this August, bigger and better than ever, and it all begins here! KOFFIA 2011 will present 13 feature films and 7 shorts that showcase the great diversity of Korean cinema today, as well as providing a true Korean cultural experience with industry forums, cultural performances, food tastings and so much more. HOLD ON TIGHT! The festival will take place from 24th – 29th August at Dendy Cinemas in Circular Quay, Sydney. In this Australia-Korea Year of Friendship, we are very excited to announce that KOFFIA will also travel down to the beautiful city of Melbourne! The festival will run from 10th – 13th September at ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne. This is an extra special date, as 12th September marks the important Korean Thanksgiving Holiday of Chuseok, join us in this celebration,...More
  • Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival to sail with "The Yellow Sea"

    2011/07/07, Source,
    by KOFIC One of the world's leading genre film festivals, the 44th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia has made an early selection announcement which includes Korean director Na Hong-jin's action thriller "The Yellow Sea". The Sitges festival previously screened Na's debut feature The Chaser in 2008. The serial killer thriller was a much-lauded film that made Na's second feature, "The Yellow Sea "(a.k.a. The Murderer), one of the most highly anticipated films of 2010,...More
  • On Joo-wan feels bad to leave military after North Korea attack

    2010/12/03, Source,
    Actor On Joo-wan salutes reporters in front of the Defense Media Agency in Seoul, South Korea after being discharged from the military on December 3, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily] Actor On Joo-wan said Friday that he feels bad for being discharged from the military amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong island on November 23. On made the remark today morning after he stepped out from the Ministry of National Defense where he completed South Korea's two-year mandatory military duties,...More
  • Actor On Joo-wan to be discharged from military on Friday

    2010/12/01, Source,
    Korean actor On Joo-wan [Yuleum Entertainment] Korean actor On Joo-wan will be discharged from the military on Friday upon which he will complete South Korea's two-year mandatory military service. "My time serving at the Ministry of National Defense was unlike any other experience that I have had and my time there was something different and very valuable", On was quoted as saying, adding that he hopes to become a better person and actor after his discharge,...More
  • [INTERVIEW] Director Ryoo Seung-wan - Part 1

    2010/11/18, Source,
    Director Ryoo Seung-wan [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] It has already been ten years since director Ryoo Seung-wan, whom we thought would always be the 'action kid', showed up in the film industry with "Die Bad". And while having shot ten movies during that time, he has been on a break over movies that have flopped, agonized over people not liking his scripts, and is now old enough to look back in embarrassment on childish remarks he made a long time ago. However, his movie "The Unjust" is the result of what he describes as having "lived through and felt". And it presents us with a form of shock that is different to what the audience has felt from his previous films -- a sense of reality so vivid that is weighs down us as very much the Republic of Korea that we live in today. What happened to him? In his interview with 10Asia, Ryoo Seung-wan talks about "what hasn't changed but has changed". * This article may contain spoilers. 10: The response to "The Unjust" had been extremely positive even ahead of its premiere, securing the highest number of advance ticket reservations and seeing many favorable articles on the movie. You must be happy doing this interview. Ryoo Seung-wan: I should be modest but it's true that I'm happy,...More
  • [INTERVIEW] Director Ryoo Seung-wan - Part 2

    2010/11/18, Source,
    Director Ryoo Seung-wan [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]  10: But the empathy felt toward the characters or organizations within the movie is almost at a national level ? to the extent that it seems almost surprising that the actors felt the script doesn't make sense. Don't you believe discord and conflict between prosecutors and the police, and corruption within public organizations exists everywhere quite openly? Ryoo Seung-wan: But it wasn't the incidents within the movie or the structure of the story that drew me to the script. I wasn't even No. 1 on the list of directors the production company had in mind for the film. What I was interested in was the individuals who get caught up in the incident. Many people who bow their heads and go on their knees in front of others to make a living but wait for the time that the situation will turn around. Including myself. (laugh) That's why I wasn't too worried when something that occurs in the movie happened in reality. The movie focused more on the individuals. 10: What left a strong impression was that nobody had absolute power when it comes to their relationships. It was a pandemonium, with no entrance nor exit, where the power structure and the winner and loser constantly changes. Ryoo Seung-wan: Of them, I think Jooyang (Ryoo Seung-beom) in particular was similar to me because a movie director is allowed to exercise dictatorship,...More
  • The Unjust has strong domestic opening

    2010/11/12, Source,
    "The Unjust", a new high-voltage thriller from "The City of Violence,...More
  • Ryoo Seung-wan is a 'hit director' now

    2010/11/07, Source,
    'Action Kid' Ryoo Seung-wan is now called new 'hit director'. Ryoo Seung-wan's 'The Unjust' recorded over a million viewers in 8 days after the release. The production company is projecting over 1.5 million viewers after 3 weeks.,...More
  • [DVDs] 'Blood Rain:' Pouring Red

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    Kyu Hyun Kim (qhyunkim)

    The film opens in 19th century Korea, the late Joseon period. A small island off the coast of Seoul, known for the production of high,...
  • The 8th Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival Opens this Week
    2009/06/26, Source,
    This year's Mise-en-scene Short Film festival will showcase a total of 120 films. The film festival whose focus is genre short films will feature films genres normally associated with feature length films.  These genres include horror, fantasy, love and even action.  It features 57 films in the offi,...More
  • RYOO Seung-wan's Next Project, "I Enforce"
    2009/03/03, Source,
    Korean action king, director Ryoo Seung-wan has a new project in development, a US $3 million thriller titled "I Enforce" (renamed to "The Unjust"). To be featured in the upcoming,...More
  • HAF Selects 4 Korean Project
    2009/01/09, Source,
    The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) has chosen 4 South Korean projects, including the latest by director Na Hong-jin ("The Chaser"), for its high-profile project market, t,...More
  • New technological step in Korean animation

    2008/06/05, Source,
    After Ryoo Seung-wan's "The City of Violence" (Jjakpae) and,...More
  • [DVD Review] 'The City of Violence': Lean and Mean

    2008/02/05, Source,
    Ryoo Seung-wan's action extravaganza draws upon classics of the genre

    Kyu Hyun Kim (qhyunkim)

    A Seoul cop, Tae-su (Korea's top action c,...
  • It's Song Kang-ho's 'Show' All the Way

    2008/01/29, Source,
    'The Show Must Go on' a vehicle for Korean star's amazing talent

    Kyu Hyun Kim (qhyunkim)

    Kang In-gu (,...
  • Independent Film Fest Offers an Alternative Take
    2007/11/13, Source,
    Seoul Independent Film Festival's (SIFF) 33rd edition will open on November 22 and run until the 30th. The festival will highlight independent films from around the world and awards several awards to support independent filmmakers financially.

    SIFF's opening ceremony will feature short films by K,...
  • "The Cut" Combines Talent and Promising Actors

    2007/07/16, Source,
    Egg Films and Chungeorahm Films released their horror summer title "The Cut" (Haeboohakgyosil). The film is directed by,...More
  • 6th Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival
    2007/06/26, Source,
    Opening June 27th at Yongsan CGV in central Seoul, the 6th edition of the Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will run until July 3rd, screening over 60 short films. This year's slogan is "Beyond the Barrier of Genres", the event will celebrate films that challenge conventional genres.

  • Short Films Think Tall
    2007/06/24, Source,
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    Though running as briefly as six minutes, short films show that size is not a factor for capturing the limitless power of imagination. Andre Bazin, film critic and founding father of the French New Wave, called short films "the film of the future".

    As the 6th Mis,...
  • Korean Films in NY Asian Film Fest
    2007/06/22, Source,
    This year's New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) features a spate of prominent Korean films and runs from June 22nd to July 8th. Now in its 6th year, the festival selects 30 top Asian films to screen along with three programs of award winning shorts taken from Korea's very own Mise-en-Scene's Genre,...More
  • Korean Films Attack the Big Apple
    2007/06/19, Source,
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    Korean cinema will take a big bite of the Big Apple as the 2007 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) begins Friday. The festival will feature more than 30 works from the East, of which almost a third are Korean. The event will take place at the IFC Center until July,...
  • 44th Grand Bell Award Nominations
    2007/06/05, Source,
    One of South Korea's top two annual film awards ceremonies will take place June 8th in the city of Daejeon. The 44th Grand Bell Awards, which is televised nationally, will be accompanied by the week long Daejeon Film Festival which will showcase 66 domestic films including last year's sensational <,...More
  • Early Summer Horror Titles
    2007/04/23, Source,
    Like Koreans enjoy specific dishes and activities in particular seasons, young Koreans have the tradition of being chilled down during the hot summer season by horror films; which compete with the spectacular blockbusters lined-up by Hollywood each summer. Early horror titles include ",...More
  • 2 Korean Films Awarded at 9th Deuville
    2007/04/05, Source,
    Local blockbuster "The King and the Clown" and low-budget drama "Ad-Lib Night" took home two of the four main awards handed out the 9th Deuville Asian Film Festival,...More
  • Korean Action Film Invited to Asian Film Festival in France

    2007/03/13, Source,
    Director Ryoo Seung-wan's "The City of Violence" has been invited to t,...More
  • 'The City of Violence' invited to Deauville filmfest

    2007/03/12, Source,
    Director Ryoo Seung-wan's latest film "Jjakpae (The City of Violence)",...More
  • Korean Projects Awarded at PIFF (PPP)
    2006/11/03, Source,
    A number of Korean feature film projects were awarded production support and cash awards at the Asian Film Market (AFM) which ran for four days during this year's 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). The main event at AFM is the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), a project market where selected A,...More
  • Movie With English Subtitles

    2006/10/12, Source,
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    Popular director,...
  • 11th PIFF Announces Line-Up
    2006/09/21, Source,
    Last week in Seoul at an unusually crowded press conference, Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) director Kim Dong-ho and his team, presented an impressive line-up of premieres, programs, and celebrity events, all to take place during its,...More
  • Director Ryoo Is Sole Presence at Venice

    2006/09/05, Source,
    By Paolo Bertolin
    Contributing Writer

    VENICE, Italy . Ryoo Seung-wan's ",...
  • Korean Films Left Out of Global Power Games
    2006/08/13, Source,
    By Paolo Bertolin
    Contributing Writer

    While Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" was effortlessly munching one record after another at the domestic box office, the Korean film world has been,...
  • 'My Wife Is a Gangster 3' Takes New Direction With Hong Kong Actress
    2006/07/17, Source,
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    NAMYANGJU, Kyonggi Province _ Local gangster comedy "My Wife Is a Gangster (Chopok Manura)" was a huge hit in 2001, drawing over 5 million moviegoers. But as goes with many sequels, the 2003 sequel was disappointing and commercially unsuccessful attracting less tha,...
  • Jeong Doo-hong, best martial arts movie director in Korea
    2006/06/14, Source,
    One person is drawing extraordinary attention in the Korean movie industry these days. He is an indispensable figure in action films. The man in focus is director Jeong Doo-hong, who is considered the best martial arts director in Korea.
  • Korean cinema at Cannes 2006
    2006/06/02, Source,
    The year 2006 saw Korean cinema enjoy less of a spotlight at Cannes than in 2005 -- when a record seven films screened at the event -- or in 2004, when Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy" was,...More
  • Korean Blockbuster The City of Violence Makes Inroads into the U.S.
    2006/05/30, Source,
    The Korean film "The City of Violence", released on May 25 in the Republic of Korea, is being distributed by the major American film distribution company, the Weinstein Company. ",...More
  • Korean Action Film Sold to 20 Nations
    2006/05/25, Source,
    The latest Korean action film "The City of Violence" has been sold to 20 nations at the film market held at the Cannes International Film Festival. The nations include not only European countries such as Britain, France, Germany,...More
  • Top star invests in domestic films
    2006/05/25, Source,
    Keyeast, a media contents investor co-established by actor Bae Yong-joon, recently signed a contract with CJ Entertainment to invest 700 million won ($730,000) in four movies produced by one of the most established movie producer/distributors,...More
  • Ryoo Seung-wan Joins in HD Film Project of CJ Entertainment
    2006/05/02, Source,
    The City of Violence (Jjakpae) will be the next action packed - film for director Ryoo Seung-wan. Ryoo's recent films were the critically acclaimed boxing drama Crying Fist (2005) and the popular martial arts comedy Arahan (2004).

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 Produced by
 Kim Jeong-min-II (김정민)
 Ryoo Seung-wan (류승완)
CJ Entertainment (CJ Entertainment)
 Jeong Doo-hong (정두홍)
 Production department
 Bang Joon-seok (방준석)
 Lee Byung-hoon (이병훈)
 Music department
 Jeong Doo-hong (정두홍)
 Nam Na-yeong (남나영)
 Jeong Doo-hong (정두홍)
 Martial arts
 Kwak Jin-seok (곽진석)
 Jo Joo-hyeon (조주현)
 Kim Min-ho (김민호)
 Kim Hyo-seok (김효석)
 Assistant director
 Kwon Hyeok-jae (권혁재)
 Assistant director
 Kim Won-seok-II (김원석)
 Assistant director
 Kim Dong-hu (김동후)
 Art direction department
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Release date in South Korea : 2006/05/25
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2006.06.18 : 944,507 admissions (total)
As of 2006.06.11 : 888,899 admissions (total)
As of 2006.06.04 : 679,158 admissions (total)
As of 2006.05.28 : 340,822 admissions (total)

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