Plot: In this uncompromising vision of the gritty Korean underworld, a crystal meth dealer with a tragic past is forced to team up with a renegade cop to take down a powerful crime lord. Reminiscent of the Hong Kong action films of the 80’s but full of the dark and unpredictable machismo of Korean cinema today, Bloody Ties is a sinister and vicious film noir thriller.
«It is a shame that “Bloody Tie” probably won’t be widely seen in the West, as it is certainly one of the best Korean films of the last few years. Although some may be put off by the fact that it belongs to an undeniably overcrowded genre, it is very much the definitive film of its type, and is one of the very few to offer such a believably harsh portrayal of the drugs trade in Korea. »
«Bloody Tie is a dark, vicious and surprisingly poignant film noir, which maintains its integrity despite wholly unnecessary (and ultimately detrimental) capitulation on its maker's part to the lineage of '80s Hong Kong cinema. Do not expect something beautiful and slick: this baby's got a bite.»
«While it may lack the technical sophistication of A Bittersweet Life, Bloody Tie succeeds on the strength of its characters with both Lee and Doh presented as highly complex men driven by a multitude of conflicting forces. The constant power struggle between them, the distrust balanced against mutual need, makes for always interesting viewing. Ryu and Hwang both acquit themselves well in their roles and the film is directed with a dash of style that lifts it above the pack. While not a classic Bloody Tie is certainly comfortably above average in terms of writing, direction and performance – a combination that makes for a solid piece of entertainment.»
Lunapark6, by luna6source:
«The positives for the film would be the acting by the two main actors, very good cinematography & lighting, and a fast paced directorial style that had me interested throughout the film. Some negatives about the film were the odd 1970’s soundtrack used in a film set in 1997, less than convincing performance by the main actress, and a script that was not particularly original. Anyways if you enjoy fast paced & at times very violent film noire, than Bloody Tie may be worthwhile to check out. Some may really like it, while others may find it to be just o.k.»
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