치외법권 (Untouchable Lawmen)

A Storm Pictures Korea/Unipro Production
Distribution: Pancinema
Rating: 15 and Over
Genre: Action Comedy
Running Time: 104 Min
Shooting Time: 2015/Jan/11~2015/Mar/31
Release: 2015/Aug/27

WITH 임창정 (Im Chang-Jung) as Lee Jung-Jin; 최다니엘 (Choi Daniel) as Jo Yoo-Min; 장광 (Jang Gwang) as Kang Seong-Gi; 이경영 (Lee Gyeong-Young) as Chief Wang; 임은경 (Im Eun-Gyeong) as Jang Eun-Jung; 정한비 (Jung Han-Bi) as Wang Min-Jung; 황태광 (Hwang Tae-Gwang) as Corrupr Prosecutor;

CREW Director 신동엽 (Shin Dong-Yeop) Executive Producer 김용대 (Kim Yong-Dae) 이형훈 (Lee Hyeong-Hoon) | Screenplay 신동엽 (Shin Dong-Yeop) 민경근 (Min Gyeong-Geun) | Director of Photography 김훈광 (Kim Hoon-Gwang) Lighting 김계중 (Kim Gye-Joong) Editor 경민호 (Gyeong Min-Ho) Music 이은석 (Lee Eun-Seok) Art Direction 윤범석 (Yoon Beom-Seok) Action Choreography 양길영 (Yang Gil-Young) 이철우 (Lee Cheol-Woo)

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 2,660,251,005 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 345,781
BUDGET: 5,000,000,000 Won

IN SHORT

Im Chang-Jung has often shown to be impervious to the damagingly one-dimensional nature of his projects, even though it wasn't always that way. Going from his blink-and-you-miss-it presence in super classic 여명의 눈동자 (Eyes of Dawn) and bit roles in Jung Ji-Young's unforgettable 남부군 (Partisans of South Korea) to the lightweight comedies that made him a star from the late 1990s onwards is a big jump. But he's at least managed to stay relevant over the years with films that never pretended to be anything more than fluffy star vehicles selling the same persona over and over. His.

His recently falling fortunes at the box office are more a sign that the industry has changed macroscopically more than anything having to do with the quality of his choices – much in the same way Han Suk-Gyu found himself “just another middling star” when the age of the 10 million ticket seller kicked in, moving him to re-frame his career path. But this awkward buddy movie trying to be a little bit of everything at the same time is definitely not Im's finest day: he still manages to get his stuff in, but the pairing with Choi Daniel (who's becoming like a poor man's rendition of Lee Min-Gi without the endearing quirks) never works. Possibly even worse is Shin Dong-Yeop's direction, yet another example of creative bankruptcy and downright laziness from one of Chungmuro's most infamous schlockmeisters – he's responsible for vile wastes of celluloid like 내 사랑 싸가지 (100 Days with Mr. Arrogant) and 서유기 리턴즈 (Supermonkey Returns). His amateurishly lackadaisical mixing of genre tropes, horribly invasive music, silly one-liners, over-edited and ill-concocted action choreography makes the proceedings a chore to sit through, despite the decent cast at his disposal.

ACTING GRADES

64 이경영 (Lee Gyeong-Young)
61 임창정 (Im Chang-Jung)
58 장광 (Jang Gwang)
57 황태광 (Hwang Tae-Gwang)
56 정한비 (Jung Han-Bi)
56 임은경 (Im Eun-Gyeong)
55 최다니엘 (Choi Daniel)

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