Nowhere To Hide (1999)

MYUNG-SE LEE

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

Original Title: Injeong sajeong bol geot eobtda

South Korea, 1999. , , , , . Screenplay by Myung-se Lee. Cinematography by , . Music by . Film Editing by .

A standard police thriller plot is dressed up with a lot of florid filmmaking techniques, combining as many traditions of screwball comedy as of noirish detective stories and everything in between.  The plot is kept to a bare minimum to place emphasis on the method of storytelling, it’s more or less the tale of two very different cops out to catch a killer and determined to shake up any witness to do it.  There are a lot of fun individual action sequences, and the better ones are wisely saved for the end including an exciting chase on a commuter train, though the film is almost purely conceptual and won’t please anyone not willing to enjoy coasting along its slick and inventive surface.

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