You want crime thrillers? You’re thinking the Mafia; the boys … films like The Godfather, Goodfellas and The Departed right?
All are excellent. What is it about these films, and others, that make them so compelling? They have great stories with intricate plots that draw you in, punctuated by violence, betrayal … and more.
Well Go USA has selected July 23 as the street date for one of the best in recent memory, writer/director Park Hoon-Jung’s New World. Separate DVD and Blu-ray editions are planned for release.
The head of South Korea’s largest crime syndicate — the “Godfather,” if you will — is killed under mysterious circumstances (a car “accident”). As a result, everything within the Goldmoon crime organization is thrown into chaos as the under lords immediately begin to plot against each other to fill the power vacuum.
What they don’t know — what these rivals can never know — is that for the past eight years they have been spied upon by an undercover cop, Ja-Seong (Lee Jeong-Jae), and during that time he has gained the trust and confidence of Jung Chung (Jung-Min Hwang — Dancing Queen, Happiness, A Bittersweet Life, etc.), one of two lieutenants (coupled with their minions) who are vying for the top spot.
Easy. Ja-Seong simply rats them out, the entire organization collapses at this critical moment and South Korea is rid of a major problem. Easy to say, but after eight years on the inside it is not so easy to pick sides … to know for certain what is right and wrong.
Like chess pieces on a board, Hoon-Jung serves up a series of intricate moves — action set-pieces — with the “hero” at the center of the Machiavellian mayhem. And we mean action! New World delivers it in spades!!
Bonus features include a photo gallery and a behind-the-scenes production featurette.
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