8 February 2016 | paul_haakonsen
Fast paced gangster action comedy...
"My Wife is a Gangster" (aka "Jopog manura") is an entertaining movie, as it has a good amount of action and a good amount of offbeat humor in it. And it is also spiced up with a good, wholeheartedly storyline.
The story in the movie is about Cha Eun-jin, a female gangster boss, whom is forced to live out her dying sisters last wish; that being to see her married. And while having no suitable romances, her henchmen are sent out to find a man for her to marry. She ends up tying the knot with a man unknowing of her true nature and line of work.
There is a good amount of action throughout the movie, with the fight sequences being quite nicely choreographed. And the action part of "My Wife is a Gangster" is a necessary aspect to the movie, as this is a gangster movie, after all.
And there is also a good amount of comedy throughout the course of the movie, especially in the parts where Cha Eun-jin has to become feminine and let go of her rugged, masculine, gangster mentality. And the situation with the gangster wife and the unsuspecting husband also does incur some hilarious moments.
What works in favor of the movie is the characters, as they are detailed, memorable and outstanding; and that goes from the main characters and right down to the goons in the gangster family. Lots of nice details and colorful characters throughout the movie. And actress Eun-Kyung Shin does a good job in the lead role.
"My Wife is a Gangster" is a good movie for an introduction to the wonderful world of the South Korean cinema, if you are not already familiar with it. It is an entertaining movie and can actually been watched more than once. I have seen it three times by now, since I stumbled upon the movie somewhere back in the mid-2000's.