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A Company Man review – Fantasia 2013

A Company Man / 회사원 / Huisawon (2012)
Director: Lim Sang-yoon ; Screenplay: Lim Sang-yoon
Cast: So Ji-sub, Lee Mi-yeon, Kwak Do-won, Kim Dong-joon

I was actually expecting more action from this movie but what action pieces we do get are pretty good and slick. So Ji Sub does the quiet, brooding type very well as expected and is efficient and brutal in his fight scenes as a hitman who wants to quit and live a normal life. There is some romance, perhaps a bit too much but at least it’s bittersweet. The final shootout plays out like an office worker’s violent fantasy. The story is well paced and surprisingly there is a lesson in all of this. It’s basically that you shouldn’t dedicate your whole life to work because you might miss out on something special (like love or something). Or maybe the lesson is that if all you do is work, you’ll go crazy and shoot up the office. It’s one or the other or both maybe. In any case, the movie is quietly entertaining but could’ve used more action. This isn’t a movie you need to go out of your way to see but you won’t regret it if you do see it. Trailer after the jump.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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