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Review Round-Up: ‘Illang: The Wolf Brigade’ & ‘The Drug King’

Illang: The Wolf Brigade

Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Dong-won Gang, Hyo-Joo Han, Ye-ri Han, Minho Choi, Jun-ho Heo, Jin-ho Choi, Moo Yul Kim, Eun-soo Shin, Chul-Hyung Im, Hong-In | Written by Kim Jee-Woon, Jun Chul-Hong, Lee Ji-Min | Directed by Kim Jee-Woon

In the year 2029, South and North Korea agree to set up a unified government. They have prepared for the unification for the past 5 years. Meanwhile, demonstrators, supporting and opposing the unification, become more fierce. A terror organization known as Sect” appears. They are against unification. A special police force is formed in response, while a powerful government intelligence agency is also against unification.

Illang: The Wolf Brigade, directed by Kim Jee-woon and based on the 1999 anime Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade which was directed by Hiroyuki Okiura and written by Mamoru Oshii, has so much potential at its fingertips but loses it all in a meandering tale of social malevolence and melodrama

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