South Korean crime film “New World”, a sort of cross between Hong Kong’s “Infernal Affairs” and Johnnie To’s “Election”, has apparently made quite an impact, with trades reporting that Sony Pictures have acquired remake rights to the film for an American redo. The studio, no doubt, is hoping to land another “The Departed”, the Martin Scorsese film that was a remake of “Infernal Affairs”.
Directed by Park Hoon-jong (who wrote “I Saw the Devil”), the film features undercover cops, gangland wars, and if you’ve seen South Korean gang films, then you know unlike American films where it’s all guns and explosions, there’s a lot of fisticuffs involve here.
Here the official plot:
The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation with the perfect weapon: Ja-sung, the boss’s right hand man, has been a deep-cover operative for 8 years, closely watched by handler Police chief Kang. With a baby on the way, and living in mortal fear of being exposed as a mole, Ja-sung is torn between his duty and honor as a cop, and the fiercely loyal gang members who will follow him to hell and back. Using inside information from Ja-sung to damage the relationship between the two feuding contenders, suspicions grow that a traitor lives in their ranks. Ruthless Jung escalates the game by hiring hackers to search the police database. As Operation New World closes in, and with the stakes climbing higher and a gangland bloodbath guaranteed among those that remain, Ja-sung makes a final, shocking decision no one could have predicted.
Min-sik Choi (star of “I Saw the Devil”, among many, many other films) co-stars, along with Lee Jeong-jae as the undercover cop.
Here’s a recent trailer for the South Korean original:
Via : Deadline