“The Drug King” was a film I watched while waiting for The DaVinci Code to be released. I loved the first two films so I knew I’d love this one. I thought that someone who hasn’t seen any of them would be a good candidate to comment on the film. It’s sometimes difficult to find something new in a theater filled with action, dramas, comedy flicks, thrillers and other genres. In this case The Drug King is a great choice. It has a great story, excellent acting and some truly bizarre creatures.
The film is set in the present day of Japan and the main character, played by Hidehiko Yamane is a young Japanese man who turns into an extremely powerful and brutal drug lord. The acting is flawless and the plot is compelling. It’s often lost in the repetitive characters, the overused characters, the lack of plot developments, and boring twists. The film could benefit from a more compelling plot, more original characters, and better acting if it wanted to stand out among the other action-filled movies of the current summer.
Instead, the film plows through the action like it’s designed to do: with little to no building up. There are no brightly colored characters, spooky locations, vibrant costumes, Chinese mysticism or martial arts rituals. The action scenes are repetitive, and the only things that seem to change from scene-to-scene are Kim’s hairstyles and her clothes. The film simply has too many boring scenes and pointless activities. From the drug lord’s machinations to the victims of his crimes to the obligatory police meetings and inter-office politics the film essentially revolves around the trade in drugs and the only thing that is different from scene to scene is the uniform color scheme the police officers wear.
The main character in the film, aside from Kim Dong-cheon (Chin Na-young) is actress Doo-sam. Doo-sam plays Kim, the brilliant drug lord that rises to power on the Korean peninsula. He is a brilliant strategist and intelligent man. He is also an expert planner and ambitious planner. He is a master manipulator, and plans to utilize the power of fear to attain his goals. He also likes Onmyo (Choi Hong-Sul) and is determined to protect her. The movie focuses on how power corrupts and why loyalty matters more than wealth in a country controlled by the drug trade.
At the same time, Kim is also a determined and brutal criminal whose past is concealed from Onmyo. She is very upset that her husband has disappeared and she suspects him of involvement in the drug trade. Doo-sam is also in competition with Bum-shing, an infamous drug lord who is seeking to manage the lucrative drug industry. The police discover that Kim and his group have also arranged an informal meeting to discuss the Chinese drug Yoojung, a lord of drugs.
The Chinese discover that Yoo-jung and Doo-sam are in a meeting. They try to stop them, but they are defeated by officers of the Korean National Police Force. Then, they discover that Doo-sam’s gang have also kidnapped the daughter of the KNPF chief and dragged her to their secret hideout. This prompts the KNPF to raid the compound and rescue the girl. In the meantime, Doo-san discovers that the drug king has also acquired some powerful weapons and decides to use them against the Koreans. The film concludes with Doo-san’s goons shooting at the NPF.
The film focuses on the lives of two different characters that highlight the ever-changing cultural milieu in Korea. The first scene depicts the drug king and his goons enjoying a barbecue while the helicopter hovers over. The Chinese restaurant in the background showcases their lengthy traditional Chinese meals while Doo-sam and Yoo-jung sit together for dinner. หนัง เจ้าพ่อ It is interesting that the helicopters in the background are actually Korean helicopters that are used in military missions.
This film is definitely not for people who are drawn to action sequences. The movie is filled with action sequences, but it’s mostly about two characters who are in the middle of a power struggle. A lot of films follow a similar plot structure. The storyline wasn’t as complicated as I had expected because it was not written as a screenplay. Overall, it’s an acceptable film from Korea but not as good as my other favorite films like the Replacements and Meet the Parents.