The Yellow Sea – review

This highly efficient Korean thriller from the director of the ultra-violent The Chaser has an unremarkable plot: a taxi driver at the end of his tether is induced to carry out a murder in Seoul and finds himself crushed between two different branches of the mafia and goes on the run. The film does, however, in addition to moving with the speed of a bullet, have three distinctive features. One is that it's the first Korean thriller to have attracted a major investment from a Hollywood studio. Another is that it's one of the bloodiest movies I've ever seen, the goriest perhaps since Le sang des bêtes, Georges Franju's 1949 documentary about a day in the life of a Parisian slaughterhouse, and that was in black and white. Knives and axes are the gangsters' weapons of choice and they go about their work gleefully in pools of blood. Only the
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