Review: ‘Eye for an Eye’

South Korean helmer K.T. Kwak, whose career has run the full gamut from triumph ("Friend") to disaster ("Typhoon"), clocks in with a very solid, at times moreso, crimer in "Eye for an Eye."

South Korean helmer K.T. Kwak, whose career has run the full gamut from triumph (“Friend”) to disaster (“Typhoon”), clocks in with a very solid, at times moreso, crimer in “Eye for an Eye.” Gritty widescreen showcase for stars Han Seok-gyu (“Shiri”) and Cha Seung-weon (“Blood Rain”) as a hard-assed cop and a cool mastermind, respectively, is trim entertainment, but beyond Asia reps more film-week or buff ancillary fare. Locally, actors’ names propelled it to a tasty 2 million admissions in August.

About to retire to run a grocery store, maverick Capt. Baek Seong-chan (Han) is lured back by a daring holdup in which his own identity is used in the getaway. Robbery is just the start of an elaborate revenge plan by Ahn Hyeon-min (Cha) against mobster businessman Kim (Song Yeong-chang, aces), who drove Ahn’s father to suicide, and Ahn has deliberately involved Baek as the latter never succeeded in nailing Kim. Gum-chewing and silver-haired, Han tries too hard to convey Baek’s manic side, though his chemistry with the much more natural Cha is fine. Use of split-screen at major moments is effective in ramping up the tension.

Eye for an Eye

South Korea

Production

A Lotte Entertainment release of a Taewon Entertainment production, in association with UBU Film. (International sales: Fine Cut, Seoul.) Produced by Jeong Tae-weon. Executive producer, Jerrold Tae Directed by K.T. Kwak, Ahn Gwon-tae. Screenplay, Kim Dong-woo; adaptation, Kwak, Ahn.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen, HD-to-35mm), Oh Hyeon-je, Alex Hong; editor, Gyeong Min-ho; music, Bang Jun-seok; art directors, Jeon In-han, Gang Chang-gil; costume designer, Go Heui-jeong. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (market), Oct. 3, 2008. Original title: Nunyeneun nun iyeneun i. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Han Seok-gyu, Cha Seung-weon, Lee Byeong-jun, Kim Ji-seok, Song Yeong-chang, Jeong In-gi.
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