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The Attorney(변호인)

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Korea · 2013
2h 7m
Director Yang Woo-seok
Starring Song Kang-ho
Genre Drama, History

In the early 1980s, South Korea is torn by student protests over the lack of representation in the government. Song Woo-Seok is a successful attorney in Busan specializing in tax law. His views regarding civil liberties are changed by student activist Park Jin-Woo. When Jin-Woo is put on trial for his activism, Woo-Seok decides to defend Jin-woo.

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The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

Despite its shameless manipulations and unsubtle approach, it’s an ambitious and well-intentioned feature debut from a director whose future efforts bear attention.


Los Angeles Times by Inkoo Kang

The Attorney is on the side of justice, but it's a ham-fisted dramatization of real-life events that mistakes anger for persuasion.


Variety by Joe Leydon

The pacing gradually accelerates after a leisurely first act, so that The Attorney easily sustains interest, and often stirs emotions.


Washington Post by Mark Jenkins

The Attorney can be melodramatic, and first-time feature director Yang Woo-seok is not yet a singular filmmaker. But the movie is carried by its rousing pro- democracy message and a lively performance from the versatile leading man.


The Dissolve by Nick Schager

An inspired-by-real-events drama that finds honor, decency, and sacrifice in the legal profession, The Attorney is a rousing old-Hollywood tale of one man risking everything for a just cause.


The New York Times by Nicolas Rapold

Mr. Song puts his usual big heart into the character, though there aren’t many layers or nuances to the drama. Every scene does its job, tears flowing on cue.

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