“The Drug King” was a film I saw as I waited for The DaVinci Code to be released. Being a fan of the first two films, I knew that I would be awed by this one. I thought that someone who hasn’t seen any of them would be a great candidate to comment on the film. In a cinema filled with action, thriller thrillers, drama and comedy flicks it’s sometimes difficult to find something that’s not already popular. In this case however, The Drug King is a great choice. It has a compelling story as well as great acting and some truly bizarre characters.
The film is set in the present day of Japan and the main character is played by Hidehiko Yamane, is an innocent Japanese man who turns into a powerful and vicious drug lord. The acting is universally great and there’s a compelling storyline in all. It is often lost in the monotonous characters, the overused characters, the lack of plot developments, uninteresting twists. ดูซีรีย์ญี่ปุ่น This movie would benefit from a better plot and more original characters and a better performance in order to stand out against the other action-packed movies of the summer.
The film moves swiftly through the action with little to no buildup. There are no colorful characters, no eerie locations, no colorful costumes, no Chinese mysticism or martial arts rites. The action scenes are monotonous, and the only things that seem to change from scene to scene is Kim’s hairstyle and clothes. The film is filled with too many uninteresting scenes and pointless activities. The movie revolves around the trafficking of drugs from the drug traffickers to their victims, through the mandatory police meetings and inter-office politics. The only thing that is different between scenes is the colors of the uniforms.
The star of the film, aside from Kim Dong-cheon (Chin Na-young), is the actress Doo-sam. Doo-sam plays Kim the amazing drug lord who is able to rise to power on the Korean peninsula. He proves to be a brilliant tactician and a very intelligent man as well as being a skilled planner and ambitious planner. He is an expert manipulator, and plans to utilize the power of fear in order to accomplish his goals. But, at the same time he is a father to his daughter, Onmyo (Choi Hong-Sul) and wants to defend her. The movie presents the theme of power corrupts and why loyalty is more important than wealth in a country that is ruled by the drug industry.
In the same way, Kim is also a aggressive and ruthless gangster whose past has been concealed from Onmyo. She is very upset that her husband is missing and she suspects him of involvement in the drug trade. Doo-sam is also in competition with Bum-shing, a drug lord who wants to manage the lucrative drug industry. The police discover that Kim and his gang have also set up an event to discuss the Chinese drug Yoojung, the lord of the drug.
The Chinese discover that Yoo-jung and Doosam are meeting. They try to stop them, but they are defeated by officers of the Korean National Police Force. They soon discover that Doo-sam’s goons also kidnapped and took the KNPF chief’s daughter to their secret hideout. This prompts the KNPF to raid the compound and rescue the little girl. Doo-san finds out that the drug king has powerful weapons and decides against the Koreans. The film ends with Doo-san’s goons pursuing the NPF.
This film depicts the lives of two distinct characters that highlight the constantly changing culture of Korea. The opening scene shows the drug king and his gang enjoying a barbecue as a helicopter hovers above. The Chinese restaurant in the background displays their long traditional Chinese meals while Doosam and Yoo-jung eat together for their dinner. It is interesting to observe that the helicopters in the background are actually Korean helicopters, which are used in the military.
This movie is not for those who enjoy action scenes or superheroes. The movie is filled with action sequences, but it’s about two characters who find themselves in the middle a power struggle. A lot of films have a similar plot structure. The storyline wasn’t as complicated as I expected because it was not written as a screenplay. Overall, it is a decent movie from Korea, but not as good as other favorite films like the Replacements and Meet the Parents.