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Numerous Korean movies have been invited to the 70th Cannes International Film Festival. Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” and Hong Sang-soo’s “The Day After – 2017” are in competition.
In the non-competitive division are; Hong Sang-soo’s “Claire’s Camera” in Special Screening and Jeong Byeong-gil’s “The Villainess” in Midnight Screening. Director Byeon Seong-heon’s “The Merciless” is being released on the 18th this month and it’s also categorized into Midnight Screening.
The Fact took a look at “The Merciless”.
– The story is rich in taste
“The Merciless” is about the friendship between Jae-ho (Sul Kyung-gu) and Hyeon-soo (Si Wan) who meet in prison. Jae-ho who is exclusively in charge of the cigarette business in prison, voluntarily offers gangster Kim Seong-han (Heo Joon-ho) half of his business.
However, Kim Seong-han refuses his offer and Jae-ho gets beaten up. Hyeon-soo saves Jae-ho from being stabbed and they become friends until new truths about each other start to surface.
“The Merciless” has many turning points as Byun Sung-Hyun opens up everything towards the middle after being so secretive in the beginning. He completely ignores the stereotype that the biggest turning points come in the end. He unravels the story from the middle but never loses the balance of the movie. He also doesn’t put a single spoiler in here for the audiences.
– Sul Kyung-gu’s well-suiting role
Actor Sul Kyung-gu hasn’t had much luck with roles. He recorded 102,100 audiences in “Lucid Dream”, “The Long Way Home” 609,000 and “My Dictator” 386,000. Even the movie “Hope” from four years ago recorded only 2.7 million.
The number of audience doesn’t lead to literary value or the quality of an actor but it does lead to the overall review.
However, “The Merciless” might turn over a new leaf for Sul Kyung-gu. He is outstanding in the role of Jae-ho who has a strong will power to live, looks at Hyeon-soo in a gentle way and doesn’t trust anyone.
Sul Kyung-gu and Si Wan are the two sides of the movie. Si Wan is no longer known as ZE:A – Children of Empire Si Wan but ‘actor’ Si Wan.
Kim Hee-won, Lee Kyeong-yeong, Jeon Hye-jin, Heo Joon-ho, Kim Seong-oh and others make up a powerful cast that will lead the movie down the right path.
– Director Byun Sung-Hyun, beyond imagination
Story, performance and direction makes up a good movie and that is exactly what “The Merciless” is. The director brings up engagement to 120%. In the movie, Si Wan is taken somewhere with a bag over his head but the camera views this scene from Si Wan’s point of view, inside the bag.
The dull voices coming from around him and the petrol that’s dumped on Si Wan’s head is very realistic. Not only that, the director uses different colors and filters for every scene so that the audience can easily understand the psychological and space changes in the character.
– Undercover but perfect for the taste of the audience
“The Merciless” is an undercover movie. ‘Undercover’ means spy activities by the police or government. One good example of an undercover movie is “The New World”. However, the emotion of “The Merciless” doesn’t make the undercover theme seem uncomfortable.
There might be people who say, “Another undercover movie?” However, in “The Merciless” it’s hard to tell who’s the good or bad guy.
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