Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Mafia, The Salesman, 2007 Korea

Netflix added the mother lode of Korean films recently and I presume that if you're reading this blog then you've seen Oldboy and The Good The Bad & The Weird, so I'm going to review some of the lesser known Korean films (at least in the US) now streaming on Netflix. First up, The Mafia, The Salesman from 2007. Directed by Seung Bo Shim and starring Lee Sung Jae. The netflix description makes the movie seem to be about the effects of globalization on the Korean mafia which piqued my curiousity. Unfortunately it is more of a fish out of water film. The young mobster is picked by his boss to go work for a corporation and learn "globalized management". The mobster joins an insurance firm and ends up having to sell door to door life insurance. Wacky hi-jinks ensue and they are moderately funny. The action is okay. As is standard in Korean mobster films, it is mostly large groups of people attacking another large group. Here is the unsubtitled Korean trailer. The streaming version has easy to read subtitles.

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