3.0, Korea

The City of Violence

New York Asian Film Festival2006 / Ryu Seung-wan > I imagine that Ryu’s intention with The City of Violence may have been to exploit every inch of the martial arts/action genre he could while still having some semblence of plot and character development. And that he did, if barely, but just enough to progress the film towards crazier and more ridiculous fighting sequences. Clocking in at roughly 90 minutes, Ryu doesn’t force the Korean convention of the two hour film, but instead keeps it short and sweet. The meat may be thin, but the bones don’t break: The City of Violence is the result of every successful director’s wet dream.