Asura: The City of Madness

Asura: The City of Madness

(2016)

Once you trip in, there is no way out.

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.... More

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.Hide

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  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review