Asura: The City of Madness

Asura: The City of Madness

Asura: The City of Madness

South Korean crime thriller following a man of the law who's had his hand in dirty politics. The moment he wants out, he realises he's stuck in the game.

Detective Han (Jung Woo-sung), who for years has been secretly doing dirty work for the corrupt mayor Park Sungbae (Hwang Jung-min), is now pressured by a ruthless prosecutor Kim Cha-in (Kwak Do-won) to cooperate in an investigation against the mayor. Feeling trapped, Han persuades his young partner Sunmo (Ju Ji-hoon) to take over his work for the mayor, but things start to get tangled in unpredictable ways. As things are getting worse, only the most evil survives in this dog-eat-dog world.

2016Rating: R16, Graphic violence and offensive language136 minsSouth KoreaKorean with English subtitles
ActionCrimeDramaThrillerWorld Cinema
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Village Voice

Village Voice

press

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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Variety

Variety

press

Splattered with Korean aesthetics of troglodytic violence and blighted by irredeemable characters, Kim Sung-soo's Asura: The City of Madness is a stygian crime thriller that casts a jaundiced eye at South Korean regional politics.

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Time Out

Time Out

press

Some may balk at the excessive violence, more for its repetition than goriness ... but in the performance and styptic departments, Asura is never less than entertaining.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

There are a number of impressive action set pieces to be had here, including one of the more hellacious car chases to hit the screen in a while.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

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.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Splattered with Korean aesthetics of troglodytic violence and blighted by irredeemable characters, Kim Sung-soo's Asura: The City of Madness is a stygian crime thriller that casts a jaundiced eye at South Korean regional politics.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Some may balk at the excessive violence, more for its repetition than goriness ... but in the performance and styptic departments, Asura is never less than entertaining.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

There are a number of impressive action set pieces to be had here, including one of the more hellacious car chases to hit the screen in a while.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0

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