Coming to Bluray from director Park Sang-jun and Well Go USA Entertainment is a tale of loyalty when it is “For The Emperor.”
This film tells the story of Lee Hwan (Lee Min-ki), a baseball player from Busan who is disgraced from the league because of a game fixing scandal. Hoping to make a comeback, Hwan finds a job in the mean time with Emperor Capital, a loan company.
Jeong Sang-ha (Park Sung-woong) runs this organization of crime through the one-two combo of loyalty and cold-bloodedness. Taking Hwan in, Sang-ha show him the life of power with the flow of money.
Hwan takes his job seriously and quickly becomes known controlling the flow of money through collecting gambling and lending debts. Thinking this is his life he meets Cha Yeon-Soo (Lee Tae-Im), a beautiful bar owner who happens to owe Sang-ha a large sum of money.
As their relationship gets serious, Cha disappears and Hwan suspects his boss. When Hwan can’t get answers, it’s time to take matters into his own hands and once they begin, there is no turn back and blood will be spilt.
Nothing good comes of gangsters and loan sharks!
Min-ki as Hwan is amazing in his role. There is a stillness about him that is bordering on jumping out of my skin watching him. I never know from one scene to the next what he will do and that’s pretty cool. Mainly because I want to be transfixed by a character and from first scene to last, Min-ki provides!
Sung-woong as Sang-ha is equal to Min-ki. It is clear from the moment he is on screen that this is a man not to be trusted and if you are close to him…trust even less. I enjoyed watching these two actors explore their characters and come together only to discover that one is cruel beyond belief and the other is not what he seems.
Tae-im as Cha is lovely and caught up in the traps of loan sharking. Owing a huge debt she works to pay the loan and little else but money isn’t the only thing Sang-ha requires of those who owe him.
Other cast include: Kim Jong-gu as Han-deuk, Jeong Heung-chae as Straw Cutter, and Lee Jae-won as Kyeong-soo.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “For The Emperor” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This film from Korea is sleek in its telling, slick in its cinematic execution and filmed beautifully. Dubbed the South Korean action noir film it would be difficult for anyone to argue. The storyline is complete from start to finish and director Park Sang-jun brings it all full circle with an amazing cast.
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In the end — they never saw him coming!