Just another movie about the rise and fall of a gangster.
The brutal knife and bat combat sequences were fantastic but what really stood out to me was the relationships Jo In-sung tries to hold on to while maintaining his gangster life. This includes his girlfriend, his childhood friend and his gangster crew. I especially liked the cyclical nature of being a gangster: how Jo kills his boss, only to be killed by his crew at the end.
The sad thing is that the further Jo got in the criminal world, the more risks he had to take and the more likely his eventual fall would occur. He can’t see a way out, and his only option is to try and get further and further up until he has no opponents, which obviously is an almost impossible task.
I’m glad I wasn’t worn down by the long runtime!