"Nameless Gangster" released in North America 2012/03/28, Source, PREFACE
"My reason for wanting to tell a story from the '80s is because I feel that the current societal climate is very similar. About 3 years ago I got a feeling that the era of my deceased father was suddenly coming back, an era in which everyone's good will is only reserved for their own survival and well being. But like my own father, I did not see these people as selfish fools, but sympathized with them. I wanted to portray these characters not as criminals who were on the wrong side of the law, but as people who tried their best to survive and thrive despite the conditions they were in. People innately follow the times they live in and those who ride it architect the next generation. The '80s in South Korea were an incredibly volatile decade in which a single person's decision could change the direction of an entire era. Following men who lived through that decade, I wanted to show that the eighties had more dramatic appeal than any other decade. I wanted to inquire whether it was the times that were changing the people, or if it was the people that were changing the times. Most of all, I hope that the audience can laugh and identify with these men who lived like kings in the face of loyalty, betrayal, and ambition".,...More
Controversial director tackles corruption in 'Nameless Gangster' 2012/02/17, Source,
Actor Ha Jeong-woo, second from left, plays a gangster boss, and Choi Min-sik, third from left, plays a customs officer who falls in with a gang in the film "Nameless Gangster", which has topped the box office since its release earlier this month. Provided by Showbox Mediaplex
Corruption is the big issue at the box office these days as films highlighting serious issues and based on true stories gain traction.
Recent releases such as "The Crucible", which exposes abuse in a school for deaf children, and "Unbowed", a film about a professor who goes up against the judiciary when he is accused of shooting a judge with a crossbow, have won audiences over and sparked discussion about problems in society,...More
Two young men, Seung-woo and Jae-hyun, serve as ‘hosts’ or male escorts for a discreet private women's club in a post district of Seoul. In the backdrop of Seoul's fast-changing modern lifestyle, these two young try to live the upbeat life of the affluent crowd by raking in money at the club even though their personal lives become ruined by the day. A realistic look into the dark businesses that go on in the rampant city life of today's Seoul metropolitan.
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