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Asura: The City of Madness(아수라)

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Korea · 2016
2h 16m
Director Kim Sung-soo
Starring Jung Woo-sung, Hwang Jung-min, Ju Ji-hoon, Kwak Do-won
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller

Detective Han, who secretly helps the corrupt mayor with dirty work, is pressured by a ruthless prosecutor to cooperate in an investigation against the mayor. Feeling trapped, Han persuades his young partner Sunmo to take over his work for the mayor, but things start to get tangled in unexpected ways...

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The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

As the suspense slackens and blood starts spilling nearly to the point of self-parody, it almost seems designed as a test of mettle — for both the filmmakers and the audience.


The Hollywood Reporter by Justin Lowe

Fight scenes are staged with brutal directness and relentless energy in an interminable series of beatings, shootings and more creatively inspired assaults.


Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray

Though the plot’s too convoluted, the relentless pace and pungent atmosphere elevate the film above the typical grim crime stories soaked in blood and despair.

75 by Peter Sobczynski

This decidedly dark and super-violent South Korean crime drama from Kim Sung-su tells a tale so jam-packed with betrayals, double-crosses and alleged authority figures that even the most dedicated of genre buffs may find it too unrelentingly grim and cynical for their tastes.


Village Voice by Simon Abrams

Winningly over-the-top Korean gangster drama Asura: The City of Madness is what you'd get if you combined The Wire with a really good soap opera.

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