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Issue #122 HOME E-mail: mail@dighkmovies.com BACK ISSUES August 26th, 2002

Out of Justice
(2001; Asia Film Development & Finance Korea/Bear Entertainment)

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Korean: Ngo fu chong lung

Also known as:

A vigilante who calls himself "Dr. Q" is gruesomely disposing of vicious criminals who have managed to evade prosecution, due to some technicality. Each killing was captured on video and Dr. Q uploads them on to the internet shortly after each body is discovered. In between busting the usual roster of thugs and lowlifes, reckless young cop Bong (FUN MOVIE's Im Won-hee) and his more collected, middle-aged partner, Na (TELL ME SOMETHING's Jang Hang-seon), work on the case but clash with their S.T.F. counterparts, Lt. Pyo (FAMILY's Kim Min-jong) and computer whiz Kang (MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER's Shin Eun-kyung). Pyo discovers a bug in the S.T.F. headquarters but asks Kang to keep this a secret for the time being. Further suspicious acts on Pyo's part leave Kang uncertain of his loyalty. Bong and Na, meanwhile, are assigned to work directly with S.T.F, leading to several clashes between Bong and Pyo, whose styles could not be more different. All leads point to The Ilsim Ring, a clandestine assassination squad apparently made of up of high ranking law enforcement officials.

Essentially a South Korean variation on GEN-X COPS (with slightly older leads and more modest stunts and FX), OUT OF JUSTICE is aimed at the same hip audience, with computers, the internet, and cellphones playing a large part in the storyline. Heavy metal is also layered over the various chase sequences and Im Won-hee looks and behaves more like a flaky, low-level gangster than a detective. There is some decent action, though not all of these sequences are sufficiently covered and, instead of being actually staged, one motorcycle stunt is executed with some very poor CGI. Director Min Byeong-jin (2PM SATURDAY) also does not convey some story points clearly and is overly obsessed with style, particularly during throwaway moments that could have ended up on the cutting room floor. The performers are fairly engaging but female lead Shin has little to do and the best work is done by Jang, who seems to have the role of "rumpled veteran cop" down pat.

Cover art courtesy Bear.

Shin Eun-kyung (left) and Kim Min-jong Image courtesy Bear.

Im Won-hee. Image courtesy Bear.
Bear Entertainment (No Catalog #) (South Korean label)

Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0

Sync Sound Korean Language

Optional English Subtitles

20 Chapters Illustrated In the Menu With Clips

Enhanced for 16:9 Displays

Letterboxed (1.79:1)

Coded for ALL Regions (The packaging carries the Region 3 symbol but the disc is actually all-region)

115 Minutes

Contains brutal violence, moderate sexual violence, coarse language, and nudity

DVD menu courtesy Bear.

South Korea: 18

The anamorphic presentation looks quite nice, with no flaws worth mentioning, and the mix is reasonably energetic in between the hard rock barrages. Like many South Korean DVD releases of late, there are a number of untranslated extras on offer. A music video includes some material dropped from the final cut and there is also a theatrical trailer and TV spot, cast and crew bios, and a 11 minute "Making Of..." program consisting of behind-the-scenes footage and brief interviews with the three leads. There is an obvious layer change at 1:01:59. The keep case comes in a cardboard slipcover.

Available at Poker Industries. Note this title is listed on their website as THIS IS LAW.

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