The City of Violence/ JjakPae


Director: Ryu Seung-Wan

Star: Jung Doo-Hong (Tae-Su), Ryu Seung-Wan

Cast: Lee Beom-Soo, Kim Seo-Hyung, Ahn Gil-Gang

Martial arts director: Jung Doo-Hong

Produced By: Seoul Action School, Film Makers R&K

A Trip Inside The City of Violence: Ryu Seung-Wan and Jung Doo-Hong Talk ; PRESS SCREENING The City of Violence ; Film noir showcases duo's martial arts skill

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Trailer, Making Of

Allow me to say this is not a ¡®U¡¯ movie at all. This is a harsh action, and though violence scenes are not as cherished as they often are in this sort of movies, yet their quantity and quality are such that I still would not recommend it to general public. And yes, another reason is that the movie is also very dark emotionally, with tragic changes and friends¡¯ betrayal being the leitmotif.

The movie proves with terrifying inevitability that circumstances can open an abyss of the worst feelings and intentions in a human being, the abyss that nobody will be able to close once it is opened, and that will transfer a man into a monster. Yet no one seems to care ? some are blinded by having close relations with the man, others are offered money to keep silence. And when the already-grown monster starts to destroy their lives, they are taken by surprise. The monster that could no longer be restrained. The one accustomed to impunity. The one they created with their own hands¡¦
Seems like a fairy-tale dragon, does it not?

As for the plot, it is quite unsophisticated. A country town witnesses a murder, the funerals of the deceased gather his school friends. One of them, Jeong Tae-Su (Jung Doo-Hong), who left the town to become a Seoul policeman 10 years ago, can see only too well that both the city and its people have changed. He suspects that there might be something behind his friend¡¯s death¡¦
When I first read the plot, I feared it would be nothing more but a movie proclaiming vengeance as a supreme spiritual value. Yet I trusted Ryu Seung-Wan, and I was right after all)), though to be honest up to the middle my assurance was weakening¡¦ But thank God it was due to Ryu¡¯s wanting to create suspense.

I am sure you will say I am biased (and who is not talking arts?), yet I tried hard not to be, and even tried to imagine what would the movie be like with other actors in it (leaving alone live action scenes where neither stuntmen nor digital effects were used). That¡¯s when I realized that the movie would impress me the same nevertheless. And it is still another thing that I adore Jung Doo-Hong. He is the only one who can play a one-minute role and make it unforgettable. I can imagine no one else who would make such a strong impression in ¡®No Blood No Tears¡¯ and ¡®Arahan¡¯. He is the one whose talent and dedication helped us through the cruel world of ¡®City of Violence¡¯. I guess the world is the main character there ¡¦ a terrible and merciless world grinding people to dust, with nothing but their old photos in the wallet left. This world has no place for those who do not and cannot forget and betray friends and ideals. And yet, people like that, people like Tae-su, still live despite laws of nature that shall never be broken, do what they can, never lose faith ¡¦ and die to prove there is still something to live and die for¡¦

Fighter in the Wind/ Baramui Fighter


Director Yang Yoon-Ho

Actors: Jung Doo-hong (Beom-su), Yang Dong-kun (Choi Bae-dal), Aya Hirayama (Yoko), Masaya Kato (Kato), Jeong Tae-woo (Chun-bae)

Movie is based on a comic book "Baramui Fighter"


Justice without power is empty but power without justice is only violence. Be strong to protect yourself and others.

Miyamoto Musashi

It is a movie about Korean Choi Bae-dal (1922-1994), he is more known as Matsutatsu Oyama. He created kyokushin style of karate. The movie shows becoming of Bae-dal as a warrior.

During the World War II Choi Bae-dal believes to a Japanese propaganda materials and comes to Japan in order to become a pilot. But the Japanese too despised Koreans to teach them. By the end of the war Bae-dal, miraculously survived but morally killed, remains in Japan. There he accidentally meets Beom-su who once was his teacher of fighting arts. Beom-su gets to training of Bae-dal again.

After his teacher is murdered Bae-dal settles in mountains where he brings his fightin skills to a perfection and then he, like the legendary Samurai Miyamoto Musashi, starts to go to schools of fighting arts and wins masters one after another...

It is the beautiful and serious movie about the way of a warrior, about the victory over himself, about pernicious arrogance, about the skill to forgive... and, certainly, about Love...



Miyamoto Musashi. A Book of Five Rings

Site about Masutatsu Oyama

Arahan/ Arahan jangpung daejakjeon


Director: Ryoo Seung-wan

Actors: Jung Doo-hong ("The Supreme Master of Absolute Evil" Heuk-woon), Ahn Sung-ki (“A True Gentleman with Unmatched Inner Strength” Ja-woon), Seung-beom Ryu (Sang-hwan), So-yi Yoon (Wi-jin), Ju-sang Yun (Master Mu-woon)


There is an edition with two DVDs with additional materials - interviews, cut out episodes etc. More


It is a remarkable and very amusing movie. The main hero is Sang-hwan, who is very young simpleton, but honest policeman. He is not able to fight (the scene when the gangsters beat him is, I think, the only one in the movie where we do not laugh). Sang-hwan providentially meats Teachers who protect the world. They find out big abilities in a guy. This teachers are very unpredictable and often funny. The best of them is An Son-gi (Ja-woon) who hasn't changed his actor's amplois even in a comedy :)) Ja-woon has a daughter and the main hero falls in love with her.


You receive great pleasure watching the progress in relationships between Sang-hwan and the tough girl Wi-jin. Besides, soon mysterious and terrible Heuk-woon (Dark Cloud) appears in the movie. Once he was one of Seven Teachers, but he was tempted by the evil and now lives by the principle: "the weak-are-the-meat-of-the-strong". His arrival will bring incomparable fights in the movie will make the movie to sparkle heroic light, and the main hero will unexpected resemble Bruce Lee... :)


Special Terminology

A. Maruchi:

The enlightened male master. “Maru” is a Korean word meaning the “peak” or “top,” as in “san-maru,” meaning “mountain-peak.” “Chi” denotes a person.

B. Arachi:

The enlightened female master. “Ara” comes from both “arumdapda,” meaning “beautiful,” and also “al,” referring to an egg, the holy source of life.

C. Palm-blast:

The masters can concentrate their ch'i energy attained through training on their hands, and blast it from their palms like laser beams. This technique is referred to in Korean as “palm-wind,” or “jang-pung.”

D. Inner Strength:

The cumulative level of ch'i energy in a martial arts master, gained through ceaseless training in breathing techniques and control of the mind.

E. Light Skills:

The methods of moving one's body light and fast as a gust of wind.

F. Levitation Techniques:

Through the control of the flow of ch'i in their bodies, the masters can propel themselves into the air.

G. Inviting Corruption:

When a martial arts master misuses his ch'i energy, it shuts down the natural flow of ch'i in his body, resulting in disability or even death.

(The Terminology is taken from http://www.mysan.de/article9085.html)


"Children try to find the lost thing by spitting upon a palm and striking on the spittle by a finger. They trust that a direction in which the spittle flies specifies where they should search for the lost thing"."The Directory of Korea" 1993 - pay attention, this remarkable way uses Sang-hwan to find Master Ja-woon ;)

"The most surprising casting in Arahan, however, is surely that of Ahn Sung-ki for the role of Ja-un. Ahn Sung-ki, who has transformed himself, chameleon-like, into different roles in different films through a process of calm analysis and thorough preparation, is now faced with a very special challenge. For the first time in his four-decades long film career, Ahn has taken up the burden of ?wire action,? and proves himself better at it than so-called action stars!

Arahan features many elaborate, intricate action sequences, demanding an unusual amount of concentration from actors. Cast as Ja-un, the leader of the Seven Masters, Ahn had to go through grueling physical training for swordmanship and wire action, a hurdle he overcame with gusto that was the envy of younger performers. Known as an actor who takes excellent care of his body and mind, Ahn has performed wire action so well that the martial arts director Jeong Doo-hong could not believe that this was Ahn's first time defying gravity. Ahn displayed the reason he has been admired as the national actor of Korea, by perfectly orchestrating the dazzling duel between Ja-un and Heug-un (played by Jeong), involving a wire jump to the height of 10 feet in the air.

Arahan is the only film where the audience can see for themselves the virtuoso but sturdy swordmanship skills and the light but speedy wire action from Ahn Sung-ki, some completely unexplored talents of this great actor. "




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The Brotherhood of War / Taegukgi


Director: Kang Je-Kyu.

Actors: Jung Doo-hong (a guard of the N.korean captain, whom Jang Dong-kun captured for the medal. This guard has killed sergeant Lee), Jung Don Gon (the senior brother), Won Bin (the younger brother)

Martial arts director: Jung Doo-hong

It is impressive and tragic movie about the civil war between the Northern and the South.

Taegukgi is the Korean flag.

Somewhere off-camera politicians decide how to wage war. America sends soldiers to help Southerners, China sends troops for the North... And we see ordinary soldiers who do not understands something in a policy. The main heroes are two brothers, who are brought to battle-front by a deceit and force, but nevertheless they fight bravely. And we see that on the other side of the battle-front are the boys like them...

We see how war changes people, breaks their relations, unveils both atrocity and nobleness, often in one man...



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Natural City


Director: Min Byeong-Cheon.

Actors: Jung Doo-hong (main villain Sajper), Yu Ji-Tae, Yun Chan, Lee Jae-Eun, Seo Rin

Martial arts director: Jung Doo-hong


I must admit that I did not like thrillers when I first watched this movie (and I changed my mind only regarding the Korean thrillers :)) and therefore I am not an expert and can not really estimate this and the following movies. However I like these movies, though hardly can tell what exactly do I like in Natural City... Possibly because of touching and beautiful scenes of a sad history of love between the SWAT officer and the dying cyborg girl ... This guy is ready to betray and murder for the sake of the girl but an incorruptible providence does not accept this payment from him, but gives a chance to redeem his fault against the lost comrades... But there is possibly some other features of the movie that touched me. Maybe some unspoken, unshown mystery... As I read in one reviews the movie leaves impression of a final part of some serial. The beginning of the story and a portrayal of characters is off-camera ... But nevertheless the movie turned out not to be flat – I felt as if all this is hidden somewhere in the movie :)

Natural City, as the director does not conceal, is sort of a remake of the «Running on a blade». But this remake is very original ;)

The meditation about the destiny of Sajper. Sajper appears to be one of the most mysterious figures in the movie: how dared the scientist to become a cyborg? What did he mean? Was it "a malicious plan" from the very outset or it is a scientific experiment for the sake of the corporation that transformed the scientist into the mighty derelict, who realizes each second that he was betrayed and that he can live only for three years?..



Tube/ Tyubeu


Director: Baek Woon-Hak.

Actors: Seok-hun Kim, Sang-min Park, Du-na Bae, Oh-jung Kwon

Martial arts director: Jung Doo-hong


Basically it is a typical thriller, quote Hollywood-like. The subject is simple – the former secret agent T is betrayed by his boss and turns into a terrorist who wants to revenge. He seizes a train in the "tube" and threatens to ride it to an atomic power station and to blow up the whole city. But detective J who is an old enemy of T whose wife was killed by T is already in the train. Together a girl K who loves him. So the movies can not do without fights and pursuits :)

But the movie shows the characters and mutual relations of the main heroes so delicately that I love it in spite of my (initial) indifference to a genre..


A Russian "Tube" official site writes:

"...Though this picture has a strongly pronounced commercial tendency, actors' performance is very lively, natural, and expressive. This is the main highlight of the movie. The second feature is the realness of shootings where all is made "for real". Specially for "Tube" the train with remote control was made.

The dark tunnel where there is a continuous shortage of oxygen and harsh noise of trains passing by - this dangerous place was chosen for shootings. Necessities for the movie-group became respirators for miners and a portable oxygen cylinder.


The main hero Seok-hun Kim bought a motorcycle and spent 7 months for learning to go by it like a skilled biker. The actor Sang-min Park trained shooting to resemble a terrorist-professional. The actress Du-na Bae polished thieves' skill to become unsurpassed pickpocket like her brave K. Actors got used to roles and played with full self-feedback, they did not reflect about wounds and bruises which they received during shootings. They cried out "Once more!" even when a personnel on a set was ready to drop from fatigue.


How many sweat, blood and tears were shed by actors at the time of a work with the martial arts director Jung Doo-hong. Only shootings of the fight between the main hero and the villain took 6 days! The movie abounds in masterly fighting scenes by impetuous moving train, fascinating races by motorcycles in a rush hour on busy city, pursuits on cars at superspeeds. Jung Doo-hong personally participated in fatally dangerous stunts, but actors also fell abreast of him. After each scene they hastened to a vacuum cleaner to clean off from themselves splinters of the broken windows. Make-up artists were constantly busy, putting a bloody make-up on faces and clothes of actors, or making up wounds and grazes received during fights on a set..."

Photos of shooting

No Blood No Tears / Pido nunmuldo eobshi


Director: Ryoo Seung-wan

Actors: Jung Doo-hong (Silent Man), Jeon Do-yeon (Su-ji), Lee Hye-yeong (Kyeong-seon), Jeong Jae-yeong (Dok-bul), Goo Shin (Kim Geum-bok aka KGB), Kye Seong-Yong , Lee Mu-yeong , Lim Won-hie , Ryu Seung-beom

Art Director: Jung Doo-hong


It is a gloomy thriller with an unexpectedly bright and optimistical end :)

A world of gangsters where everyone has problems and all betray each other. There's no way out of this world. The police can do nothing with it, it even can't help those who decided to break with gangsters.

And there are two women: Kyeong-seon, a former thief who dreams to live quietly together with her daughter and Su-ji who is a girlfriend of the boxer and who is involuntarily involved in the gangsters' world and wishes to escape from it. Kyeong-seon tries to work and to pay off the debts of her husband, Su-ji concocts sly plans... And the destiny proves occasionally that they have no power to change anything. But when at the end of the movie the heroines, more dead than alive, sit at the seacoast, we see (they are still unaware of it) that the storm that broke their lifes, at last abated and left for friends quite a good inheritance ;)


..Probably I began to get used to thrillers as this movie, people who perish in it, gain a strong impression on me. Most of all I was struck with the character of silent bodyguard (you can tell that I am not impartial... probably :) but nevertheless :)). The most part of the movie he doesn't attracts special attention: a shadow goes for its boss, he masterly fight, of course, but it is all. Anynow he notices Su-ji's bruises... But from the scene of his last fight you understand an amazing thing: this person who accompanies a gangster, managed to preserve a delicate, maybe boyish soul. It is not known how "KGB" deserved his fidelity, but Silent Man is faithful really. And thus he lives in his world which is world of fighting arts, honour and charity. A striking scene of his death shows clearly that this world rejects these ideals..

Actor's game is amazing too. As in the masterpieces of a silent cinema where a deep private world is opened to us without any words...

My VCD has some additional scenes (unfortunately without translation). Including the touching scene where we see Silent man smoking secretly from the boss :)

Besides, VCD has ( if I correctlly understand) the clip of "Dragonfly" company. It is actually a tiny little movie about a stuntman (JDH!) and his little son (what marvellous couple!).. You can see a photo

Photos from movie

A Bittersweet Life/Dalkomhan insaeng


Director: Kim Ji-woon

Action director: Jung Doo-hong

Actors: Jeong-min Hwang (President Baek), Ku Jin, Roe-ha Kim, Yeong-cheol Kim (Mr. Kang (as Kim Young-Chul)), Yeong-cheol Kim (President Kang), Byung-hun Lee (Sun-woo), Mu-yeong Lee, Dal-su Oh, Kwang-rok Oh, Min-a Shin (Hee-soo)


Sun-woo - a closest aide of a mafia boss. He's been working servilely for seven years already, and now he disobeys for the first time. The boss told Sun-woo to trace his girl, and if she meets another guy - to kill both. But perhaps having mercy to the boss, and being encharmed with the young cello musician Hee-soo, he only takes their word to forget about each other after having caught them together...


It is hard to judge about this movie. It looks like a common action film, not very different from the Hollywood, energetic, swift, and lacking the depth of the character description - that I like so much. :) The plot is nothing new too - a professional killer has found something human felling inside himself and he turns immediately into the enemy of his yesterday's allies. A beautiful play of the actors, the shift from the charming small details of life to cruel fights - all this captivated and made me feel for the heros, but I almost did not doubt that having watched the movie till the end I won't come back to it again. But it etched into my memory and refused to get from it. First I thought that the matter is in its Asian ending with the happy dream (looks like it is the only sweet part of the life that has passed by our eyes) and the fight of the hero with his own shadow. But after the third watching I begin suspecting that Bitter-sweet life gradually encharmed me like Hee-soo did encharmed Sun-woo :)


From a description of double DVD. A description of shooting. Source: http://www.twitchfilm.net/archives/003044.html

...Thanks to Jung Doo-Hong's constantly improving vision, the action is one of the film's strongest point. Organic, essential, beautifully staged and refreshingly realistic. What's really interesting is how Jung doesn't allow the genre to dictate his style, nor its roots to alienate the characters from their cultural backgrounds. Korea has little or no gun culture, that's why Sun-Woo misses most of his shots, why he doesn't use it with the machismo associated to weapon use in Western or (some) Hong Kong films. He shoots without passion, nervously, often without aiming, hitting parts that are not fatal. He struggles to even mount a strategy since the idea of using a gun is little more than something he saw in the movies. What Kim and Jung did really well here is juxtapose the knife's importance in Korean style violence and the machismo associated with it (go watch some Korean gangster films and you see the weapon of choice is either a sashimi knife or a baseball bat, never guns, even though criminals could get them via the black market), opposed to the bland omnipotence of the black toy. And in line with the rest of Jung's work the keyword here is essential. You don't see unnecessary movement, superhuman wirefu histrionics. The only one allowed to display some style in going mano-y-mano is Sun-Woo, to portray his experience and ability in dealing with physical confrontation. And it's essentialism the focus of the shootouts as well, maximizing the pain inflicted by bullets, showing guns are not a mere toy to use prattling around like some beefcake pseudo-heroic character from Hollywood's action wasteland. It's when the action becomes frenetic and the body count increases that that symphony of violence comes to conclusion, engulfing the hunter and its prey.

...Jung Doo-Hong introduces the action in the film. He says that while the action scenes in noir film are usually wild and spectacular, since this is a relatively new genre for Korea, they followed the basics. They shot some rehearsal at the fighting school with a handheld camera, showing it to the Director later (a common practice for Jung). He made the kind of action that was most comfortable to shoot, the kind of movements he would make if he was in that situation, stressing the essential. He talks about his three favorite scenes, the best being the last one in the Sky Lounge, which felt like an orchestra playing music to him. He compliments Lee Byung-Heon for his hard work, saying he's a fast learner, with a lot of ambition and will to improve, the right body and athleticism. He also talks about his relationship with Kim Ji-Woon, this being the second time they work together after The Foul King. He says at first he felt uncomfortable, with Kim acting a sort of mother role, letting him do what he wanted, not scolding him when he made mistakes, understanding what Jung wanted to do. But he was really happy working with him in the film, it was one of the best experiences in his career.

...Perhaps the most hilarious featurette of the DVD. Basically a general "mea culpa" where someone asks another crew members (usually to the director) why did he do something... Perhaps the most important question is from Jung Doo-Hong. Why did he make that shadow boxing scene at the end? Kim says to show that essentially Sun-Woo was fighting himself more than anyone else, and to show the happiest, sweetest moments in his life. Quite fun, I don't think I've ever seen a feature like this on a DVD.



Director: Kang Woo-Suk

Actors: Ahn Sung-ki, Kyung-gu Sol, Jun-ho Heo (Sergeant Jo), Jae-yeong Jeong, Seong-jin Kang, Won-hui Lim, Shin-il Kang, Jeong-heon Lee


It is a tragical, fascinating movie where Ahn Sung-ki who plays one of leading roles appears as a skilled noble warrior again..


In 1968 the government of Korea allowed to save the life of thirty prisoners fined to death penalty if they agree to participate in the Silmido project. Silmido is a small island near the western coast of South Korea where security guards train prisoners become a diversive group. In the future saboteurs should infiltrate to North Korea and liquidate Kim Ir Sen with comrades. That will promote joining up Korea.


The most part of movie shows us the training of former prisoners, change of their relations with each other, the commander (Ahn Sung-ki) and security guards. Then there comes a crisis. In S.Korea the chief of investigation releaves, peace talks with Kim Ir Sen begin, and operation is first postponed and then it becomes unnecessary. Moreover a government starts to be afraid that if the information about Silmido somehow will filter to Pyongyang, it would cause harm to S.Korea. This problem is offered to be solved in a most simple way: the group Silmido should be destroyed. This order is given to the commander of the group and when he tries to object, he receives a condition: either he with soldiers destroys the group themselves or in one week other people come and destroy them all - both former convicts and security guards.


The commander doesn't wish to deceive people. He summon officers and offers them to decide how to act. And simultaneously he gives to overhear this conversation to one of most reliable guys of Silmido. Now everyone should solve how he would act in promptly varying situation...

Public Enemy/ Gonggongui jeog


Director: Kang Woo-suk

Actors: Kyung-gu Sol (Cheol-jung, Kang), Sung-jae Lee (Kyu-hwan, Jo), Shin-il Kang (Chief Investigator Eom), Jeong-hak Kim (Detective Kim), Yong-gu Do (Detective Nam), Kan-hie Lee, Tae-hwa Seo, Ji-ru Sung, Eun-yong Yang, Hye-jin Yu

Martial arts director: Jung Doo-hong


I must admit that the beginning of the movie (it is a somewhat tedious history about rough and dishonest policeman Cheol-jung) hasn't inspired me at all. It was only a faith in the Korean cinema helped me to watch it through :)


However, as it frequently happens in a Korean movie, after the long introduction the very Story began - a detective story in this casel.

A elderly spouses are severely murdered at their own home. Our hero is convinced that a murderer is none other than the son of the deads. But Cheol-jung has no objective proof and the suspect is rich and influential person therefore this case is practically hopeless. However the monstrocity of a crime and brutality of the murderer forced Cheol-jung to distract from own misfortunes and insults and to take this case despite everything...

When I've seen the movie I understood that the beginning was appropriate - it created the necessary atmosphere and perfectly showed the state of mind of the main hero...

Phantom: The Submarine/ Yuryeong


Director: Min Byung-Chin

Actors: Jung Woo-Sung, Choi Min-Su, Yun Ju-Sang, Son Byeong-Ho, Go Dong-Up, Han Ban-Do, Park Gil-Su, Seol Gyeong-Gu, Jung Eun-Pyo

Stunts coordinator: Jung Doo-hong


I think it is a very impressive tragical movie, it have something in common with "Silmido". There are prisoners as main heroes in both movies. The data about them are erased from the archives, but they can live provided that they participate in a confidential military project (in this case it is a service at the Russian nuclear submarine submitted to S.Korea).

Both movies demonstrate indifference of the rulers to the lives and destinies of the people and decisions based on a principle "no man - no problem". It is familiar to Russians too :( In both movies warriors understand that orders received by them are criminal (I think for Korea - that cultivates huge respect to seniors - this problem is even more serious than in Russian army...

However directors of these movies don't imitate each other. Each of them reveals completely different characters, perfectly reproduces the spirit of the life and fights of SWAT and submariners. Though there is a similarity of conditions, situations where the heroes of the movies are placed is different and the spirit of heroes' decisions is different too... "Submarine" brightly and sharply brings attention to a questions which are absent in "Silmido": can one person change a course of a history? Does it pay to kill innocent people to make strangers really esteem your motherland?


Jung Woo-Sung in this movie appears in a role of a silent lone hero (that is already familiar to the fans of "Musa"... But he lost magnificent hair of Ye-sol :)). Though this time he will not show us peculiar wonders of fighting arts (as concerns the fights: the clashes between Korean and Japanese submarines make great impression and so does impress the skills of the Korean captain), but it will not prevent Jung Woo-Sung to become doubtlessly the main hero of "Submarine"...