Korean Connection (1974)

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Yong-cheol, a gangster living in the 1930's, gains the reputation of having amazing fighting skills. However, he decides to give up his lucrative but dangerous calling for his girlfriend. ... See full summary »


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4 September 2006 | winner55
| well made for the genre
ej's kung-fu capsule review for films of the chop-socky old-school - 1. basic plot type - gangsters; family honor; fair damsel saved; betrayal between brothers.

2. plot construction - absurd at times, but solidly built.

3. dramatic - occasionally.

4. funny - sometimes, but unintentionally.

5. dialog - all to the purpose, so not bad.

6. cast performance - surprisingly strong, if occasionally overwrought.

7. crew performance - technically solid; well made for the genre.

8. amount of fighting - lots.

9. quality of fighting - solid old-school street-brawling.

10. special any cast or crew notes - apparently includes an early appearance by Huang Jung lee of 'drunken master' fame - i don't recognize him, so either he's 'way young here, or his role is small. impossible to date; the English version claims a 1979 release, but this could not have been made after 1976. further, the English dubbing is by a crew that worked for sys-international, and Australian company, for a syndicate network known as 'chinese metropolitan network'. films dubbed by this crew didn't make it into America until the mid-nighties, when they became notorious for poor video-transfer quality, and occasional parody re-writes of the dialog. this appears to be an early release from them, and so the video-transfer is actually quite good, and the dialog appears to be essentially that of the original film.

  • although there are some character-actors who showed up in Taiwanese 'fu films, this is certainly a Korean production.

11. big positive - solid action with believable characters, even if occasionally over-done.

12. big negative - takes itself too seriously, and could have used some intentional comic relief.

bottom-line - who should see this movie - anyone interested in the genre; anyone who likes non-stop action films; a good entertainment for those not expecting high-art here.

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Release Date:

19 July 1974



Country of Origin

South Korea

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