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The Unjust (2010)
Director: Ryoo Seung-wan
A running theme in quite a few movies from South Korea is mistrust of the police and hatred of authority, this film goes for the throat with a case of a serial killer that needs to be "fixed" when the prime suspect is shot whilst being arrested.
Due to all the media attention there is nothing for it accept to get someone to take the fall as a suspect and they need someone to do their dirty work.
Cheol-Gi (Hwang Jeong-min) is a good cop investigating business dealings, but has made a lot of high-up enemies due to being too good at his job and not playing politics. He knows it is a bad deal, but goes along with it as he doesn't really have a choice in the matter as they have him in a corner.
Ju Yang (Ryoo Seung-Beom) is the hot young public prosecutor who has a bit too cosy relationship with one of the shady businessmen that Cheol-Gi's team has been bothering. Their paths cross on this case and Ju Yang begins to get suspicious about the dealings on the big case.
Cheol-Gi makes arrangements to get the person they need, only to find things getting worse and worse for him when his contact decides to blackmail both him and the prosecutor to try and get them under his thumb.
There is a lot of to and fro in the plot and it is hard to follow at times, but the story is still strong enough to keep your interest throughout the running time.
It does start to get brutal later on, but it does seem justified in the context of the story and there are no real good guys in the story due to murky ethics.
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