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The Policeman's Lineage(경관의 피)

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Korea · 2022
1h 59m
Director Lee Kyu-man
Starring Cho Jin-woong, Choi Woo-shik, Park Hee-soon, Kwon Yul
Genre Crime, Drama

To obtain a secret document about his dead father, a clean-cut police officer, Choi Min-Jae, is assigned to secretly investigate the criminal dealings of a top officer. As he joins the officer's unit to gather information, Min-Jae is exposed to a secret organization within its ranks with sinister plans.

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The Playlist by Christian Gallichio

While the first hour or so is compelling, the problem with The Policeman’s Lineage isn’t so much the fact that it’s an amalgamation of various genres and tropes, but more that there is little coherency when the film transitions between them, creating a feeling of whiplash.


The New York Times by Nicolas Rapold

The director, Lee Kyu-man, makes the camera hover tensely over scenes, but only a couple of action sequences pack much oomph. There’s more sinister tension in brief scenes with elder statesmen of the criminal world, who are chillingly self-assured.


Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray

The film’s exploration of crime-fighting’s gray areas is familiar; but strong performances, some stylistic flair and a matter-of-fact tone give The Policeman’s Lineage the ring of truth.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Forget the cop-out of an anti-climax that the makers of The Policeman’s Lineage insisted upon, and you’ve got a decent thriller built around the struggle for a young Korean cop’s soul.

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