You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Korean

A gangster pic told through a shifting series of perspectives and fractured timelines.

With:
With: Josiah D. Lee, Jennifer Vos, John Yost, Jack Erdie, Rik Billock, Rose Smith.

Debutante writer-director Thomas Dixon’s “The Korean” is a gangster pic told through a shifting series of perspectives and fractured timelines, and it should serve to illustrate a key storytelling principle to fellow aspiring “Reservoir Dogs” imitators: Even in a nontraditionally structured narrative, there should still be a source of dramatic tension beyond “who is this person?” and “why are they doing that?” Pic, which opened Feb. 12 in limited release, is at times impressively shot despite a miniscule budget, but its heavy affectations and maladroit scripting make it a tough slog, and commercial prospects look dreary.

Beginning with the apparent assassination of stone-faced Korean gangster Lee (Josiah D. Lee, failing to meet even the most charitable standards of bad-assery), the pic proceeds to leap through time anarchically as he pursues an assortment of gangsters and a pro forma love interest, turning what would have been a bare-bones double-cross narrative into an impenetrable fog. Attempts to fill time through Tarantinoesque violent comedy and tough-guy bluster fall flat, and some subtitled Italian mafiosi appear to have been reading their lines phonetically from cue cards. Individual shot compositions are often inventive, however.

The Korean

Production: An Indican Pictures release of a Storyteller presentation in association with Jonadab Pictures. Co-producer, Alexander Wilson. Directed, written, edited by Thomas Dixon.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Andreas Krol; music, Jace Vek; art director, Marcus Miller; costume designer, Diane Collins. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, Feb. 9, 2009. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Josiah D. Lee, Jennifer Vos, John Yost, Jack Erdie, Rik Billock, Rose Smith.

More Film

  • Mary J Blige Walk of Fame

    Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens, More to Perform at Academy Awards

    Debutante writer-director Thomas Dixon’s “The Korean” is a gangster pic told through a shifting series of perspectives and fractured timelines, and it should serve to illustrate a key storytelling principle to fellow aspiring “Reservoir Dogs” imitators: Even in a nontraditionally structured narrative, there should still be a source of dramatic tension beyond “who is this […]

  • Bizzers Like "Sound" of South-South Co-Prods

    Bizzers Like "Sound" of South-South Co-Prods

    Debutante writer-director Thomas Dixon’s “The Korean” is a gangster pic told through a shifting series of perspectives and fractured timelines, and it should serve to illustrate a key storytelling principle to fellow aspiring “Reservoir Dogs” imitators: Even in a nontraditionally structured narrative, there should still be a source of dramatic tension beyond “who is this […]

  • Former IM Global Exec Stuart Ford's

    Former IM Global Exec Stuart Ford's New Venture to Focus on Content

    Debutante writer-director Thomas Dixon’s “The Korean” is a gangster pic told through a shifting series of perspectives and fractured timelines, and it should serve to illustrate a key storytelling principle to fellow aspiring “Reservoir Dogs” imitators: Even in a nontraditionally structured narrative, there should still be a source of dramatic tension beyond “who is this […]

  • 'Eldorado' Review: A Moving Essay on

    Berlin Film Review: 'Eldorado'

    Debutante writer-director Thomas Dixon’s “The Korean” is a gangster pic told through a shifting series of perspectives and fractured timelines, and it should serve to illustrate a key storytelling principle to fellow aspiring “Reservoir Dogs” imitators: Even in a nontraditionally structured narrative, there should still be a source of dramatic tension beyond “who is this […]

  • 'Museum' Review: Dazzling, Heartfelt Mexican Heist

    Berlin Film Review: 'Museum'

    Debutante writer-director Thomas Dixon’s “The Korean” is a gangster pic told through a shifting series of perspectives and fractured timelines, and it should serve to illustrate a key storytelling principle to fellow aspiring “Reservoir Dogs” imitators: Even in a nontraditionally structured narrative, there should still be a source of dramatic tension beyond “who is this […]

  • Touch Me Not

    Berlin Film Review: 'Touch Me Not'

    Debutante writer-director Thomas Dixon’s “The Korean” is a gangster pic told through a shifting series of perspectives and fractured timelines, and it should serve to illustrate a key storytelling principle to fellow aspiring “Reservoir Dogs” imitators: Even in a nontraditionally structured narrative, there should still be a source of dramatic tension beyond “who is this […]

  • 'Survivors Guide to Prison' Review

    Film Review: 'Survivors Guide to Prison'

    Debutante writer-director Thomas Dixon’s “The Korean” is a gangster pic told through a shifting series of perspectives and fractured timelines, and it should serve to illustrate a key storytelling principle to fellow aspiring “Reservoir Dogs” imitators: Even in a nontraditionally structured narrative, there should still be a source of dramatic tension beyond “who is this […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content