Well Go USA has added Blu-ray and DVD editions of director Park Sang-joon’s (aka: Park Sang-jun) neo-noir thriller, For the Emperor, to its July 7 release calendar (already set for that street-date Tuesday is writer/director Gren Wells’ award-winning road trip comedy, The Road Within).
Set in modern day Busan, South Korea, we meet disgraced professional ballplayer, the baby faced Lee Hwan (Lee Min-ki — Monster, Tidal Wave, Spellbound), who has been banished from the game for illegal betting activities.
With few options, Lee digs even deeper into the underbelly of the city’s vices and is easily recruited by Jung Sang-ha (Park Sung-woong), the gangster head of Emperor Capital, a “money-lending” company (loan sharks; shylocks) that uses brutality and murder to enforce its lending contracts.
Don’t let his youthful appearance fool you, he’s a stone cold killer, who is handy with a blade and is never shy in using it. But what is that time-honored expression, something about: “He who lives by the sword …”