Dae-su has been imprisoned in a room for 15 years. He has no idea why or how he got there. His days drag into each other until the day he’s released unexpectedly without ever seeing his captors or where he was held prisoner. He meets and falls in love with Mi-do but he fears being imprisoned again, together the seek answers and revenge.
This Korean action crime drama revels in its genre’s conventions. You’ll get intense fight scenes, gore and all around bad-assed behaviour. It’s all done grittier, slicker and more stylish than most.
North Korea is a country short on food, electricity and most basic needs. The country and it’s people are poor. Bend It Like Beckham with its joyful take on Indian culture in London couldn’t be more foreign. Here’s my take on what I imagine was being discussed around North Korean TVs.