The Outlaws (aka Crime City)
Director: Kang Yun-sung
Cast: Don Lee, Yoon Kye-sang, Cho Cha-yun
Film genre: Action
Cert 18, 121 mins, 2018
Distributed by M-Line Distribution
Based on the 2004 Chinese-Korean gangster mop-up operation in Seoul’s Garibong neighbourhood during which 32 gang members were arrested, Kang Yun-sung’s work of fiction sees Don Lee using his fists like he did in the gargantuan box office hit Train to Busan. This time, the star is not up against zombies but ruthless Chinese-Korean gangsters when new thug on the block Jang Chen (Yoon Kye-sang) wants to seize control of the local area with the help of his two sadistic sidekicks. Ma plays a hard-boiled cop called Ma Suk-do who is determined, together with his team, to bring peace to the area, which means hunting down Jang and his gang. Full of humour, this crime action-thriller is certainly violent but it never takes itself too seriously, with Ma providing much of the film’s entertaining spectacle.