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Nameless Gangster

2012 2h 13m Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 75% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
A corrupt customs officer steals a confiscated shipment of methamphetamine and partners with a crime boss to start a business. Read More Read Less

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Yasser Medina Cinefilia I approve of 'Nameless Gangster' as an epic of Korean gangsters that stands out, solidly, with the performances of Choi Min-sik and Ha Jung-woo. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Jun 25, 2020 Full Review Panos Kotzathanasis Asian Movie Pulse Yoon Jong-bin presents a highly realistic and entertaining depiction of the crime world of the 80s and 90s, and creates a truly masterful crime thriller with constant plots, intrigues, betrayals, and violence. Mar 8, 2019 Full Review Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI) Yoon Jong-bin's film has the epic sweep and detail of a gangster movie like "Scarface," but none of the mythologizing. Rated: 3/4 Apr 22, 2013 Full Review Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru A well-acted, intelligent and riveting thrill ride that will take your breath away. It's one of the most powerful gangster films in years. Rated: 9.5/10 Apr 7, 2012 Full Review Beth Accomando Nameless Gangster does what a number of recent Korean films manage to do so well, mix genre elements with serious social and political realities. This mix makes the films richer in their themes and emotional impact. Apr 6, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The best Korean movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Only slight demerit is that the story wasn't great. Everything else was. Especially the cinematography and acting. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member 2 of my hands down fav's - Min-sik Choi (Oldboy/I Saw the Devil) and Ha Jung-woo (Yellow Sea, Berlin File) in a so/so movie thats well done but in the end is all about watching people that can run circles around normal actors without even looking like they are breaking a sweat. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Decided to check this out because it starred Choi Min-sik (star of the original 'Oldboy' and 'I Saw the Devil') and because it was a gangster film. It is a genre that has given us so many cinema classics after all, regularly providing a reliable source of entertainment. However, 'Nameless Gangster' itself should take note and sleep with the fishes. The film mimics a 'Scarface' rags to riches style set up, showing Min-Sik as a man who rises up the ranks of a gangster organisation. It's a shame his ascension is more of a drunken stagger instead of a graceful rise to power. With no real implementation of cunning forceful manoeuvres, Min-sik manages to constantly improve on his situation simply because of his broad family connections. There is no denying the social weight of family links, as I've come to realise having recently joined the job-hunting population; but it is difficult to believe a man, with no apparent street awareness nor physical or intellectual intelligence, would skate his way into such a comfortable position. This film concentrates on political operations rather than those of the violent nature but it is not as smart or gripping as it thinks it is, meaning the movie becomes a drag long before it even reaches the two-hour mark. My attempt at delving deeper into Choi Min-sik's filmography and finding more hidden gems has failed. Nothing particularly interesting at all happens, meaning 'Nameless Gangster' does not warrant your attention and so might as well be regarded as nameless. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member no me gustan las películas de gangsters, y esta no me ha hecho cambiar de opinión Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review sarfaraz a Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (Bumchoiwaui Junjaeng; "War on Crime: The Golden Age of the Bad Guys") - South Korean gangster film co-produced, written and directed by Yoon Jong-bin. Starring Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Ha Jung-woo. For the role Choi put on weight (10kg). Film received several accolades and nominations at Baeksang Arts Awards, Buil Film Awards, Grand Bell Awards, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, Busan Film Critics Award and Asian Film Awards. Nameless Gangster is said to have been inspired from the real events emanating from the decade 80s-90s, when South Korea was ruled by rampant street low-life thugs and gangsters - until an operation was executed under direct orders from the Korean presidency. Time has frequently equated it with Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas - and further says, that this should be what may make Scorsese proud of. Set in Busan (South Korea) early 80s - the film starts with footage from the period showing massive crack-down on crime-gangs, after country's President Roh Tae-woo declares war on gang-crimes - who'd vowed during election-campaign to rid country of corruption and crime. Choi Ik-hyun (Choi Min-sik) is handcuffed and behind the bar where he's visited by country Attorney-General, who asks him to write his confession about his involvement with the gangs (which he denies, and gets a beat for this). Film than jumps back to the past, showing the rise of Choi as beneficial to crime-syndicate. He works as custom officer of mere rank at shipyard. He owns lovely family (a wife - 2 daughters and small son). He seems to have reach to influential governmental, official bodies - based on his clan-name he uses it to persuade the people to help him out from grave situations, often using it to receive favors and sympathy. In deep down he's neither coward nor a brave person. One day he finds 10kg of heroin in the container which his colleague takes him to a young handsome looking drug-dealer Choi Hyung-bai (Ha Jung-woo). After learning the clan-name (Choi), Choi rebukes him and asks him to bow before him - soon he's shown getting slaps after slaps from Hyung-bai's bodyguard. Choi reaches out to his old father who scolds Hyung-bae for treating him that way and further informs him that Choi had actually helped him during his boat-operating days. This sets of long-lasting partnership between Choi and Hyung-bai - Choi tells him, 'I have got brain and you've got muscles - let's use them to grow as one'. I tried to play this movie to get a preview of it but then decided to continue it - because I was fascinated by the pace and settings in it. Remarkable indeed, this concludes the reasonable assumption that Korean cinema has taken correct path to achieve its goals of becoming one of the finest cinemas from largest continent (Asia). What is there to learn more about acting when you have name like 'Choi Min-sik' and 'Ha Jung-woo'; but it's actually Min-sik who steals the show. He has continued his rhythm of bearing sensitive approach that he shown in 'Oldboy' and 'I Saw The Devil'. Nameless Gangster should be regarded long after this in milieu of movies that became pioneers to set standards for South Korean cinema. Go ahead and enjoy the brain and genius tactics that Choi applies to get his assignments done - that even Michael Corleone or others used little for their scenes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A corrupt customs officer steals a confiscated shipment of methamphetamine and partners with a crime boss to start a business.
Yoon Jong-bin
Yoon Jong-bin
Production Co
CJ Entertainment, Palette Pictures
Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
May 15, 2016
2h 13m