Extreme Job (극한직업)(2019)

dir. Byeong-heon Lee. An action comedy, about a team of narcotics detectives try and take down a gangster, by renting out a failing fried chicken shop across the road from the gang, knowing the criminals are the only patrons of the shop. The second most successful Korean film in Korean cinema history, surpassed only by PARASITE (2019). I suspect there are a lot of Korean cultural specific jokes that are lost in translation, but to me this was painfully unfunny. The action scenes are tedious. I was hoping for a Stephen Chow style madcap action comedy, but this is not that.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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