Through my time of watching countless movies, you can get a little bit of tunnel vision so to speak. Genres tend to run together, particular films look like the other and you can get a bit burned out of watching movies again and again. Variety is the only thing that can break you out of the slump of blurred film lines, hopefully punching up a particular genre to get you excited about watching another zombie film or superhero movie. One genre in particular that I can’t only watch a few of before it gets stale are Gangster films. If you have seen one gritty, gangster film, you have probably seen them all. But the same could be said for any genre, so take it for what you will. Thankfully though, there are gangster films that don’t follow the same formula of the underling making his way to the top or the typical mafia don commanding the loyalty his group to rule for generations. Take the Infernal Affairs trilogy for example, it managed to offer and thrilling take on the mob genre by looking at both the law side of taking down mobs and the side in which the mob deals with law enforcements efforts to stop them. So I decided on a little International flavor this time around with a look at the Korean gangster film, A Dirty Carnival.
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