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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Company Man

Have you ever had a job that you just couldn't stand? I think we've all been there a time or two. Of course, most of us don't start hating our jobs immediately. It's typically a little by little kind of thing for most people and the same was certainly true for Ji Hyeong-do. He put on his suit and tie and clocked in at the office just like many other people, but unlike other people Hyeong-do would start killing people because that was his job. I can see how somebody might grow to hate that after a while. 

A Company Man isn't an entirely original film, but it is certainly a decent film. In fact, I'd say it deserves a bit better than the 6.6 IMDB rating it has. While not as good as some of the other Korean films I've seen, A Company Man can hold its own against many films and that is thanks in large part to So Ji-sub's fantastic performance and the balls against the wall climax. 

This film was Lim Sang-yoon's directorial debut and at times it does feel like the work of a first-time director. Certain scenes just feel underdeveloped and rushed (especially during the beginning) and the hour and a half running time doesn't help matters, either. 

However, that's about all I can hold against this movie. It doesn't do anything new, but it all still works on a certain level. The movie kept my attention and the good far outweighs the bad. 

I'd certainly recommend it to fans of Asian cinema and anyone looking to get their action and feels fix. 


  1. I finally got around to watching this one. The ending sure does make up for the slow start. From the time Ji has the fight in the car (which is just about the most awesome fight in a car I've ever seen) until the end of the movie is top notch stuff.

    1. Wow, it's already been a year since I saw this one. I kinda forgot about it. Glad you enjoyed it, though.